If you want a remodeling project that has a great return on its investment, consider bathroom remodeling. I recently renovated my 1970s home into a more modern home, which involved renovating just about every room in my house. I have to say, though the bathroom renovations were some of my favorite.
I wanted to share my experience with you as I learned how to save as much money as possible on bathroom remodeling, giving me an even greater return on my investment.
DIY Bathroom Renovations
You may think that bathroom renovations are not an easy DIY project, but I found that they are more doable than you think. Below are a few things I did myself that look great and saved me a ton of money.
Don’t Touch the Plumbing
Plumbing is expensive and to exactly a DIY project. Leave it where it is. Create your plans around it. In other words, keep the layout the same; just change the features and décor. You can make a lot of changes in the bathroom without changing the plumbing’s location.
Frame the Mirror
Want a simple change that just about anyone can do? Frame your mirror! Yes, that ugly builder’s mirror can turn into a work of art with just a little work. The sky is the limit when choosing the wood to frame your mirror. Think of the color and style you want in the bathroom, as the mirror is the room’s focal point.
Update the Lighting
Another easy fix is to change out the lighting. If you still have the builder’s lighting or if you’re like me and had lighting from the 1970s, this can make a big difference. Choose lighting that helps you see well enough in the bathroom, but that adds to the charm of the bathroom. Vanity lights, pendant lights, and even ceiling lights for a different look.
Update the Flooring
Saying goodbye to my 1970s vinyl was the best thing I could have done for my bathroom. Honestly, this was one of the first things I did and it made an amazing difference. I probably could have left some of the other features and would have loved the look, but of course, I renovated the entire room.
I used vinyl planks for a sophisticated look without the cost. The planks were incredibly easy to install – I even did all of the work solo, without any help. I did do my research though, and even ceramic or porcelain tile would have been doable because my bathroom isn’t that big. If you have your heart set on porcelain or ceramic, do your research – you may be able to install it yourself.
Install a Vanity
The vanity is another focal piece in the bathroom. You have two options – buy one ready-made at the store or find a fixer upper at the local resale shop. I chose to buy a fixer-upper just for the fun of it. I had a specific look I wanted in the bathroom and wasn’t finding vanities that would match at the local stores. I had a lot of fun sanding, painting, and adding my own hardware to my vanity. It is now the perfect addition to my framed mirror.
There was one area of the bathroom that I was willing to spend money on to have professionally done – the bathtub. If you have a bathtub from the 1970s, you know where I’m coming from. It needed a lot of work and I was willing to pay someone to do it for me.
My bathtub was completely worn down, so refinishing or replacing were my only options. I love the size and structure of my tub, so having it sanded down, the cracks repaired, and then having it painted was ideal in my eyes. The bathtub reglazing and refinishing contractors I used did an amazing job. My bathtub fits in perfectly with the work I did in the bathroom.
Even though I knew I could get some of the greatest returns on my investment renovating my bathroom, I wanted to save as much money as possible. Now that it’s done, I can honestly say I had a great time on this project. I got to do things the way I wanted them done and I didn’t have to worry about overseeing contractors or complaining about their work.
If you want to save money on your bathroom renovations, consider using some of my tips. You may find that you too love renovating rooms on your own, especially when you have more money in your pocket.