The bathroom, per square foot, is one of the most expensive places to renovate in your house. A sneaky solution around this problem is to take inexpensive materials and cleverly use them to make a special statement without spending tons. You'll never miss the marble or brass you previously thought you couldn't live without. Instead, you get a custom look for less.
Incorporating Antique Cabinetry
Old dressers and cabinets are readily found for cheap and easily modified to become sink vanities or storage. And they never fail to add a sense of history and sophistication. Above, the owners of this bathroom from Country Living scored this dresser for only $35, so keep you eyes peeled for pieces that will fit your style, budget, and space.
Using Plywood in Unexpected Places
Fleur Nijmegen used plywood as a detail in her bathroom, including this bump out over the toilet. The unexpected material adds a modern and minimalist touch to the space. The warm wood also blends beautifully with the cold tile, and is very economical.
Embracing Inexpensive Tile
Tile is often considered a low-end choice for countertops, with most people opting for marble or engineered stone. Lisa Breeze’s tiled sink area was renovated to fit the age of the house and manages to look both retro and modern at the same time.
Plating Cheaper Metal
Wanting brass fixtures in her bathroom, but not having the budget, Elsie of A Beautiful Mess explored the world of metal plating. Her originally chrome shower set cost about $200-$250 total after plating, versus the $650 price tag on most real brass fixtures.
Adding Wood Trim
Add texture and architectural interest with molding, trim, and wall treatments. Wood beadboard is also easy to install and incredibly inexpensive. This remodeled bath, seen on Hazardous Design, has added crown molding for a custom look that matches the detail on the rest of the walls.