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An Upscale Bathroom on a Dime Store Budget

Having a beautiful bathroom is important to many homeowners because they spend a lot of time in there and their guests will almost always visit this room as well. Getting an upscale look in your bathroom can be done on a dime store budget if you are very careful in your choices and pay attention to where you spend your money. Here are some tips that can help you make your bathroom a place you love to visit.

Shop Online

Shop for vintage items in antique stores or online. Finding a beautiful vintage washstand can be less expensive than acquiring a new one and you can add a beautiful granite countertop to make it look more modern. You may need to restore the piece or if it has a great rustic look, keep it as is, depending on the style of your bathroom.

Tile Border & Hardware

When deciding where to spend the most money consider if you would like a tile border or top of the line hardware. You can spend a reasonable amount on faucets and that alone can bring the bathroom up in elegance and value. If you feel like you need a tile border, go to the nearest hardware store and see if they have any tiles that were left behind in a big order. Since you are doing a bathroom border, you do not need as much as say a kitchen border. Pick over the clearance tiles to find your perfect border.

If you already have tile, create a design by taking out some of the tiles and adding new colorful tiles in their place. This is an inexpensive way to make your bathroom look like it just got a brand new tile job. Be creative in your design to personalize the space.

Retiling your bathroom can get really expensive, so if you purchase moderately, such as even boring white tiles you can accessorize them with glass tile. You tile the bathroom leaving room for beautiful glass tiles and your boring tiles turn into a beautifully designed tile job.

Bring the Outdoors In

For a different look you can add elements from the outdoors into your bathroom. You can add a utility light like you would find on a barn and replace your old and tired sconce. The caged fixture gives your bathroom a different and modern appearance. It can also really brighten up the space, which is great in small bathrooms that often feel dark.

New Countertops

Replace the countertop in your bathroom with a beautiful slab of granite countertop. Granite countertops are not only pretty, but they raise the value of your home. Picking the right granite countertop alone can make your entire bathroom look upgraded and elegant.

Shelves Make a Difference

Adding shelving over your bathtub can make more room for towels and depending on the shelves you purchase, you can create a different feeling in the whole space. Sleek black shelves make the bathroom look more modern, whereas weathered shelves offer a more rustic appearance. This is definitely a choice based on your sense of style and how the bathroom has been decorated overall. Shelving is not as expensive as cabinets and it gives your bathroom an open feeling when all the items you may need are displayed on shelves.

Making Better Use of a Pedestal Sink

If you have a smaller bathroom and a pedestal sink you may be losing out on some great storage areas. Instead of replacing the sink with an expensive cabinet, hang a sink skirt around the sink. You can make these out of a full size flat sheet and place Velcro on the bottom of the sink and the top of the sheet. Leave the hemmed edge exposed at the bottom. This is an easy to clean option, but be sure if you have kids, that you only store items that are not dangerous if tampered with. You can also accomplish this look if you hang a curtain on a curtain rod.

Chair Rail Considerations

Adding a chair rail can punch up the look in the bathroom. If you only tile up to the chair rail you can save money on tile and it gives a natural stopping point that looks beautiful. If you make the chair rail a tile’s height above your granite countertops you will not have to do as many cuts, which will save you money.

There are so many ways to upgrade your bathroom and with a little creativity you can do it for a lot less than you think. When you decide on the design of your bathroom, keep that design in mind whenever you go into a hardware store or an antique shop. You may take a few months to gather all the supplies but your wallet will thank you in the long run.