Cheap & Chic: Inexpensive Materials Looking Great in the Bathroom

Cheap & Chic: Inexpensive Materials Looking Great in the Bathroom

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Nancy Mitchell
Aug 17, 2016
(Image credit: Bolig)

Even when you're dealing with a small space, a bathroom remodel has the potential to add up to a lot of money really quickly. But the good news, if you're considering a renovation, is that not everything that looks great has to cost a lot of money. Here are eight examples of affordable materials looking great in the bathroom.

You probably haven't heard glass block mentioned seriously as a building material since the 80s, but in the right application (like this bathroom from Bolig) it can actually look really nice. And as an additional plus, it's actually quite inexpensive.

(Image credit: Centsational Girl)
(Image credit: Centsational Girl)

In this makeover from Centsational Girl, an IKEA vanity got a boost from hairpin legs and brass pulls.

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Superfront sells an entire line of products designed to help you dress up IKEA cabinets. Only legs and handles can be ordered in the US, but that'll take you a long way towards an inexpensive vanity that really wows.

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The price for fixtures like sinks and tubs can really add up, so if the look appeals to you, consider purchasing vintage fixtures. Architectural salvage shops are a great place to find everything from cabinet hardware to clawfoot tubs to vintage pedestal sinks (like the beautiful jade-green one in this bathroom from Inside Out) at far less than you would pay for something new.

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Beadboard (as seen in the bathroom of Kristen & Michelle's Austin home) is an inexpensive alternative to wall tile.

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Another great alternative to tiled walls is shiplap, seen here in a bathroom from A Beautiful Mess.

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You'd never guess it from the gorgeous results, but Allison from Shark Tails used vinyl tile to create this herringbone pattern on the floor of her bathroom.

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For those who crave a classic look, there's that old standby, subway tile. It can be laid in the traditional running bond, or in more unusual patterns (like in this bathroom from Stories) for an unexpected touch.

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