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5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Bathroom for Under $100

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Everyone, at one time or another, yearns for a fresh, new bathroom.  However, very few of us can afford the average bathroom remodel price of $10,275[1]!  In fact, for many of us, at any given time, the maximum amount of money that can be spent is around a hundred dollars.  So, what are some inexpensive fixes that can be accomplished for less than $100 to help your bathroom obtain a remodel feel without the remodel cost?

Any time you hire a professional to come in and do a job, you can expect the cost of the job to double or triple in price.  However, if you can do it yourself, you can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.  Here are some do-it-yourself bathroom renovation ideas that cost less than $100.

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Refinish the Bathtub

If you call a bathtub refinishing company to come in and coat your tub, you may be throwing away money that could be spent on other areas of the bathroom.  Instead, consider painting the tub yourself.

According to The Spruce[2], “coating” and “painting” are interchangeable terms used in the industry.  However, these are different than relining, replacing, or refinishing a tub.  All three are much more expensive than $100.  So, to remain in budget, painting is a viable option.  Remember, painting a tub is not a permanent solution, but will help your tub have a new, fresh look without the cost of other options.

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Paint the Walls, Doors, and Cabinets

Painting may be the most inexpensive way to give your bathroom a “facelift.”  In fact, the smaller the bathroom, the more money you can save.  For an average 5’x 8’ bathroom, a gallon of paint will be needed to cover the walls and paint the door.

The average cost of a gallon of quality paint can range from $25 to $50[3].  Since paint comes in such a wide variety of colors, choosing the perfect color might actually be the hardest part (even more than painting the walls).

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Freshen Up Those Grout Lines

Grout can be the first sign that a bathroom needs to be freshened up.  Cleaning the grout and running a clean, straight line of caulk can make a dingy tub or shower feel new, at a fraction of the cost. There are complete grout cleaning systems that cost less than $30[4], and a tube of caulk costs less than $2. This may be the least expensive fix with the biggest change on our list!

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Replace Fixtures

Buying fixtures from resellers, such as eBay or Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, can allow you to buy new or gently used fixtures at a fraction of the price.  If you are willing to go with what is available and not what is the hottest item on the market, you can save hundreds of dollars.

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Replacing old and worn-out bath mats, towels, and curtains can give an old bathroom a fresh update without having any “handyman” skills.

No matter what you choose to do to freshen up your bathroom, remember, making just one change can take an outdated, old, and often forgotten bathroom to a fresher, newer, and more enjoyable place to relax and unwind while adding value to your home.


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