We have four full bathrooms in our house and while technically all of them were usable they didn't exactly inspire relaxation or style. They were functional and fantastic for the 1980s but we preferred a more up to date style without breaking the bank because let's face it the whole house is stuck in the 80s! Don't get me wrong we love it; great space great rooms gorgeous fireplaces and breathtaking views so fixing up the decor for all these things we will take it.
Below are some of the ways we saved money on our project and other things to consider.
Using Granite or Marble Shop for Remnants
Consider using granite look alike Laminate
First can the vanity be saved? For us we didn't like the vanity or countertops at all but a new countertop on top of a Refinished cabinet would do wonders for the room. So we started looking at granite to replace those tiles. I always thought it would be so expensive but you know what the best way to do bathrooms is with remnants. They are much cheaper and often you can find something that would have been more expensive but since it is a remnant they are typically heavily discounted. The piece for our bathroom installed was only $300! And it is a gorgeous piece of granite.
Most major hardware stores now have some new laminate that looks like granite and is said to be very durable as well so if you can't find remnants try to see what you can find in the area of laminate that looks like granite.
Limit Expensive Tile to Borders
We saved $1000 by going with a custom made shower pan rather than a tile bottom of the shower. And we don't have to clean grout on the bottom of the shower where it is the worst! They make them in many colors and are custom made for the space. Not like the cheap plastic ones we used to see.
Use expensive tiles as borders or accents
Use a less expensive tile for the majority of the project and accent with more expensive tile. When we first went to pick out our tile the one I fell in love with just so happened to be the most expensive tile in the place. Of course just my luck and I already loved it. So we used it for an accent piece rather than using it overall. Turned out great and probably like it better than if we had used it more.
Paint Cabinets if Possible
Often painted cabinets can greatly change the look and feel of a room. If they are good quality cabinets try painting them. There are a number of tutorials and different ways to complete this task so we are not going to get into a tutorial for that at this time. There are also do it yourself kits at the hardware stores but search for some tutorials first because often these kits can be expensive for what they provide but if you are nervous and your first time might be worth the investment.
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