Tips for Modernising your Bathroom on a Budget

Bathrooms can look worn out faster than other rooms in a home because of too much moisture and general humidity.  Sadly, it’s not cheap to renovate a bathroom.

Here are nine inexpensive ways to modernise your bathroom, because having a limited budget does not mean you have to live with a less than attractive bathroom.

1. Hang a new shower curtain
Replace your shower curtains regularly. If you see yours looking shabby, then it’s time to replace it.  It’s a good idea to get a decent quality shower curtain if you are not going to renovate any time soon, or if you’re leasing your present residence for a long time. Good quality shower curtains are normally heavier and more durable than less-expensive ones and they’re an excellent solution to a long-term problem.

2. Update your cabinets
Clean your bathroom cabinets and get rid of bath products that have expired or you haven’t use for some time. If the shelves look worn out, spruce them up with drawer liners or contact.  You can also replace the old door knobs and paint the cabinet doors. It would only take a few hours one weekend to complete.

3. Hire professional cleaners
Have an end-of-lease cleaner professionally clean your house and ask them to pay special attention on your bathroom. Before the cleaners arrive, clean out your bathroom so they can steam clean all nooks and crannies. You’ll never get your house to be as clean as it was when you first move in, so it is a good idea to have it professionally cleaned every year or two.

4. Purchase second hand
You don’t have to spend a huge amount on renovating your bathroom, if you purchase everything second hand. You can buy vintage and second hand fixtures, taps, shower heads, baths and sinks at many reputable online stores or recycling centres.  You can complete a beautiful bathroom upgrade for a fraction of the cost of brand new products.

5. Splurge on some items
If you are a renter and renovating is obviously not possible, decorate your way to a lovely bathroom with what you have. Store your bathroom essentials in beautiful containers or mason jars, invest in delicious fluffy towels and light scented candles.  You can also use soft lighting, which can make even the most worn out bathroom look beautiful.

6. Install new tiles
If the home is yours and you don’t plan to relocate any time soon, think about allocating a budget to re-tile your bathroom. You can try to save by purchasing second-hand, re-used or vintage tiles, but book a professional to do the re-tiling if you’re not a handy person. It would cost you more to hire a professional tiler to fix your mistakes than if you hired a professional in the first place.

7. Give it a fresh coat of paint
Ask help from your local hardware store on what bathroom paints and products are appropriate, and start on giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint.  Look to Pinterest and the internet for inspiration.  Your bathroom would most likely have minimal surface to paint, so you can complete the job in a weekend. You can do it alone, which would save you money on labour.

8. Modernise your fixtures
Replacing the fixtures is an inexpensive and easy way to modernise your bathroom. An old bathroom can have an instant pleasant lift with a new tap and shower head. It is an easy and affordable way to gradually improve the look of your bathroom.

9. Buy new lighting
A warm light bulb, a new lighting fixture or even a floor lamp can easily fix an outdated and unattractive bathroom lighting situation. Go for natural or simulated natural light.

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