Updating Your Bathroom On A Tiny Budget

A bathroom remodel can seem an all-or-nothing kind of project. You’ve got rip everything out and start again, right?

Well, it doesn’t have to be like that. Especially if you have a small budget to make your bathroom look and feel like something you can be proud of.

There are so many things you can do to your bathroom right now to turn it into more of a luxury spa than a room to avoid.

Some of them might be surprisingly simple!

Add A Mirror

This one is so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it already.

Oh wait, you did? You’ve got a mirror above your basin? Well, let me tell you that you don’t have to stop there. Why not add another mirror somewhere else.

Mirrors are well known for reflecting light around a room and making it seem bigger and lighter.

Rather than investing in some expensive lighting, why not try a simple mirror?

Re-Finish Your Grout

After a few years of constant use, your grout can look a bit tired and grubby. You try to scrub them clean, but they’re just not the same any more.

So, does this mean you need to replace all the tiles? Actually, no.

Get hold of a grout pen from your local DIY store and paint over the grout. It’s that simple. You can even try a new colour!

Fresh Lick Of Paint

It’s an oldie, but a goodie. If your bathroom has walls that are not tiled, you can give them a fresh coat of paint.

Maybe go a bit further and repair or flatten any cracks, holes and bumps. Remove any wallpaper and left over fixings from old shelves.

Do a good, proper DIY paint job and choose a colour that lightens the bathroom and compliments what you already have.

New Taps

One of the smallest, but most impactful jobs you can do in the bathroom is to replace taps. You will find a lot of options to suit the bath or basin holes you have.

If your taps are looking a bit dated or a bit worn, a fresh set of chrome, brass or even black taps will make a huge difference.

This might be a job for a plumber if your taps are tricky to replace, but as it’s a small one it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Which it might do if you tried it yourself.

Renew Sealant

Silicone sealant is the rubbery stuff that is put around edges and eventually gets mouldy and comes loose if it’s not looked after.

Don’t worry, it happens to us all!

It’s a really easy job to replace though. All you need is a sealant remover tool, some sealant in whatever colour matches where you are putting it and a rubber smoothing tool.

A bit of patience and this video explaining how to use sealant will get you the rest of the way.

It’s amazing how much of a difference doing this small job can make.


If your flooring is currently tile then you are facing a bit of a lottery ripping it up. It might come easily or with a bit of a struggle.

Still, it could be worth it if your have loose , cracked or missing tiles.

Instead of re-tiling the floor at great expense, you could go for a vinyl sheet or the far easier option of vinyl tiles.

There are loads of great options out there for vinyl tiles, we love a parquet-effect.

You will need to make sure the floor is nice and flat though.


Sometimes you don’t even need to make changes to the fixtures and fittings to improve your bathroom. There are so many ways you can improve the look just by adding some nice accessories.

There are the obvious options of new towels and candles. But what about something a bit less obvious. We have a few interesting things in our bathroom:

  • A toy brachiosaurus dinosaur whose long neck holds our toilet roll.
  • A monstera deliciosa plant which drapes over the side of our bath.
  • A hand made (by me) bath shelf to hold soap, book and wine during a soak.

You could also think about putting some art on a wall if you have space. We also have an empty picture frame leaning up against one wall for some reason. It’s one of those gold-effect ornate frames though, so it looks good!

These are just a few of the ideas you can use to turn your bathroom into something much more attractive.

When you walk into your bathroom, what parts stand out as letting the room down? Tackle them first and then decide whether you need to go further.

You don’t have to put up with a damp squib of a bathroom any longer!

If you have any further tips that could help people turn their bathrooms into a haven of relaxation, please do let us know!

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