A bathroom remodel would sure be nice but unless you’ve got a spare $8,000 (at least) lying around, a gleaming, newly tiled shower with a luxury spa-grade rainfall shower head will just have to wait.
But don’t go crying into your threadbare bath towels just yet. There are ways to pull off a budget bathroom makeover, creating a refreshed look without draining your savings.
You can spend nothing but time or a couple hundred dollars depending on your space and budget.
Budget Bathroom Makeover: Free or Cheap
A free or cheap makeover idea? Simply create more counter space — especially in a small bathroom — by organizing drawers and cabinets to hold more things.
“The visual clutter takes a toll on us and impacts us emotionally even without knowing it,” said Allison Marshall, a certified professional organizer.
But many of us dread the task of organizing a bathroom. Marshall breaks the task into three steps.
1. Pull Everything Out
“The first thing is to pull everything out and put it into categories,” Marshall said. “Teeth stuff, hair stuff, skin care, makeup.”
Then go through each of those piles and decide what you really use.
Have a bag for trash and a bag for giveaway at your side. If there’s a lipstick or tanning lotion you paid good money for but found you hate the color, put the purchase behind you and get rid of it, Marshall said.
3. Organize in Containers
“Once you get it sorted, the containers are the last step,” she said.
There are inexpensive plastic baskets and boxes found at dollar stores, Target and Walmart. But you can skip that step and use shoe boxes you cut down to fit your drawers or empty plastic food containers from your kitchen.
Budget Bathroom Makeover: Free to $50
Here are some basic steps for a luxurious yet cheap small bathroom makeover.
Get New Linens
If it’s been a while, you could probably use a new set of bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. White is bright and can stay bright…