The $500 bathroom remodel

The Budget Bathroom Remodel

If you're dreaming of remodeling your bathroom but the budget’s getting tight, it may be time to scale-up while scaling back. Your dream retreat is obtainable for less than you might think. These six simple changes will help you transform your space, for less than $500!

The $500 bathroom remodel


Cabinetry makeover

Updating old cabinetry will instantly transform the look of your space, but custom carpentry totes a high price-tag. To achieve a high-end look without going over budget, refinish your existing cabinetry with RustOleum’s Cabinet Transformations. With many finishes to choose from you’re bound to find a match to your personal style. Plus, this product requires no sanding or priming to achieve a custom look!

Our pick: RustOleum Cabinet Transformations, Home Depot, $70


Need some color? Don’t sweat it -- take your space from drab to fab with just a few coats of interior paint! The professionals at your local Home Depot can help you choose the perfect paint product for your space, and can color-match for a shade as unique as you are!

Our pick: Yolo Colorhouse interior paint, Home Depot, $36

Updated light fixtures

Adding decorative lighting is a great way to make any room shine. Flank a decorative mirror with two simple sconces, or replace a multi-light vanity light with a modern upgrade. There are many lighting options for less than $100 that can easily add appeal to your bathroom makeover.

Our pick: Paris lights wall sconce, Lamps Plus, $70


Room without a view? Adding creative artwork to your space is a simple way to improve the scenery. Select art with interesting colors, prints and textures to compliment the other finishes within your space. For budget-friendly artwork, frame personal photos, post cards from your latest vacation or a copy of your wedding invitations. Sentimental pieces will make your space even more enjoyable!

Our pick: Framed artwork, Target, $50


Make the most of your bathroom linens by selecting a set that’s both functional and stylish. For spaces with a neutral color-scheme, select plush towels with texture and depth. Or, choose linens that compliment other accents within the room to create a statement piece. The right linens can turn a simple towel-rod into a piece of artwork.

Our pick: Supersoft plush 6-piece bath-towel set, Kohl’s, $45


For the finishing details of your budget-friendly makeover, pull in accessory items from around the house. Whether it’s a vase from the living room, a dish from the kitchen or a decorative frame from the nightstand, chances are you’ve got the perfect accessory combination for your space. For a special touch, spend a small portion of your budget on accessory items to add a punch that will put your design over the top!

Our pick: Limmaren 3 pack bottles, Ikea, $10

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Karen October 16, 2012 | 11:08 AM

Great article! It’s amazing how much you can do with only $500! A new coat of paint can make all the difference in a room. We just painted our guest bathroom from pale yellow to deep blue and the result was like stepping into a completely remodeled room.

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