Last year we finally took the plunge to renovate our master bathroom. It was the original bathroom from when our house was built in 1971. To decribe it in one word, I think I’d go with gross.
And, I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t a cheap renovation, but we did take steps to limit our costs where we could.
5 tips to save money on a small bathroom renovation
1. Reuse anything that you can – For us it was the oak cabinet over the toilet. The cabinet was in perfect condition and works great in the space, it just needed a little spray paint. If you have anything salvageable, consider a fresh coat of paint or stripping old paint to give it new life.
2. Break convention – if you notice from the top photo we don’t have a glass door on our shower stall. It’s deep enough that water doesn’t splash out, so we let the natural light come in as we step seamlessly in and out. Not having a glass door saved us $1,500.
3. Alternative edging – see the metal trim that divides the marble from the dry wall? That was like $8 a foot vs. an upwards of $20 -$30 if we’d gone with marble edging.
4. Minimal porcelain – the sink top we chose has only a thin porcelain top as opposed to other vanities which have huge porcelain tops. This saved us around $150.
5. Leftover paint – a small bathroom needs very little paint, but it still needs some. When I was looking for a color I wanted I fell in love with my friend’s kitchen. She had so much leftover paint that she gave it us to use. Seriously, ask friends and family for paint. Chances are they have some in their basement – enough that there is still some reserved for touch up paint for your home and theirs. Savings = at least $20.
Even though this is a small bathroom, there are some things that I really love about it, that are worth pointing out.
1. The shaving ledge – sometimes it’s hard to shave your legs in a small shower stall. See the third shelf there in the shower? that’s a ledge to set my foot when I shave my legs. It also serves as a shelf for my razor. I love it!
2. His and hers shelves – about 6″ above the sink are two triangular shelves on either side of the sink. One is for my husbands toiletries and the other is for mine. It keeps deodorant, lotion and Q-tips close at hand but out of the way from getting splashed or knocked over.
3. A hook in the shower – though you cannot see it, there is a chrome towel hook on the inside wall of the shower near the entrance. It is far enough from the shower head that it stays totally dry, and is convenient for drying off before getting out.