Full bathroom remodels can run you tens of thousands of dollars. If that amount of money isn't in your budget right now (or it makes you cringe to spend that much at any stage of the game), take inspiration from these light remodels, all of which cost under $3,000. These reasonable and affordable redos show it's possible to get a brand-new-to-you bathroom without taking out a huge loan.
This remains one of my favorite budget redos of this past year, and the magic behind the makeover is paint. The old linoleum on the floor was painted using a stencil, chalk paint, and a polyurethane sealer. The wall tiles were coated in Rustoleum Tub & Tile Paint, while the tub was painted with the same paint as the floor. You can see what it looked like before, and how Kristine pulled it off here:
This 1930s bathroom got one update in the '60s, and then held steady for decades until Cynthia bought it. She really wanted to give the bathroom a much-needed update, but didn't want to spend a ton. Unfortunately, it entailed many, many layers of peeling paint and time. You can see all the details here:
This bathroom was the epitome of '90s glam in its past life: gold/brassy fixtures, deep green tiles, and matching green wallpaper. Michi needed a change, but rather then shell out a bunch of money, gave it an understated and affordable makeunder. She kept the deep green tiles, but paired them with classic white fixtures, paint, and decor. All told it took them about a month to DIY everything themselves and $1,300, the majority of which went to the vanity. See all the photos here:
This bathroom was radically transformed into a stunning, smart, and structurally unrecognizable bathroom for less than $3,000. It took vision, elbow grease, and a few (not so) small tasks over the course of two years, not to mention a lot of searching for materials at places like Habitat for Humanity. This is a seriously impressive project from a serious DIYer. Check out Kevin Wagner's entire bathroom here:
Powder rooms are easier to pull off on a budget, but that shouldn't detract from this very polished $500 makeover from Teri Moore. The small bath can be seen first thing upon entering her house, and its formerly pea green paint job just wasn't cutting it. The new wallpaper and stylish decor is a welcome addition, and a near instant way to make a big change for not a lot of money.