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Bathroom remodeling can be expensive and overwhelming. Knowing where to start, what to do, and how to keep the costs down can be challenging. Fortunately, there are tons of DIY bathroom remodel ideas that can help you completely revamp your bathroom without spending a fortune. In this post, I’m sharing the best budget-friendly bathroom remodeling ideas that you can easily tackle on your own.
What is a realistic budget for a bathroom remodel?
According to 2023 data from home-improvement site Angi, the average cost to have a bathroom professionally remodeled in the United States is $11,365 in 2023, ranging from $6,621 to $16,773.
The cost of a bathroom remodel depends on a lot of factors, including the size of the bathroom, the materials used, the extent of the remodel, and whether or not you hire a professional.
Remodeling contractors (from electricians to plumbers, etc.) typically charge $40-$100 per hour depending on their particular field of expertise, making labor the most expensive part of a bathroom remodel. It’s estimated that between 40 percent and 65 percent of a bathroom renovation is the cost is labor. So if you are willing to DIY your bathroom remodel, you will save a ton in labor costs.
Is a DIY bathroom remodel worth it?
The answer is almost always YES! According to Zillow, “data shows that bathroom remodels yield the biggest returns in terms of boosting your home’s resale value. For minor cosmetic changes, you’ll see a $1.71 increase in home value for every $1 you spend.” And when you DIY your bathroom remodel, your return on investment is even better. So in addition to enjoying a more functional and updated bathroom, you should also see a return on your investment when you decide to sell your home. Plus, a newly remodeled bathroom can be a major selling point for potential buyers, making your home sell more quickly.
Because bathrooms are so expensive to renovate, we have become pros at updating our bathrooms on a budget! We have fully renovated two bathrooms and have given more budget-friendly makeovers to three bathrooms. So we definitely have a fair amount of bathroom remodeling experience, and I can say that every single one of our DIY bathroom remodels has been worth it!
Not only have we saved thousands and thousands of dollars, we have loved using every single bathroom we updated! You can check out the details of all 5 of our DIY bathroom remodels by clicking here to jump to the end of the post, but here’s a few examples:
- We gutted and fully renovated this bathroom in our old home and it cost us only $5,000 plus a lot of sweat equity, saving us well over $5,000 in labor costs.
- We gave this bathroom a glow-up for only $1,700, saving at least $8,000 over the cost of the average remodel.
- We spent only $950 on this bathroom makeover.
Since hiring a contractor for a full bathroom remodel is not in the budget for many people, I’ve rounded up some of the best DIY bathroom remodel ideas that will help you give your bathroom a new look without spending a fortune!
DIY Bathroom Remodel Ideas
Refresh Cabinets With Paint and New Hardware
Another budget-friendly DIY project for your bathroom remodel is updating your cabinets with paint and new hardware. This is a great way to give your bathroom a fresh look without replacing your entire vanity. You can choose a paint color that complements the rest of your bathroom décor, and add new hardware that matches your personal style. This is an easy project that can be completed in a weekend, and the results will be well worth the effort.
We painted the vanities in both of our girls’ bathrooms to give them a totally new look and are thrilled with how they turned out. We used my favorite quick and easy cabinet painting tutorial.
Make Your Own Bathroom Vanity
Another DIY project that can save money is transforming an old dresser into a bathroom vanity. This project involves cutting a hole in the top of the dresser to accommodate a sink and adding plumbing fixtures. By repurposing an old piece of furniture, you can create a unique and charming bathroom vanity that adds character to your space. Plus, you can customize the look with paint or stain to match your decor. Just be sure to seal the top of the dresser well to protect it from water damage.
Paint Your Counter to Look Like Marble
Once I painted the countertops in our kitchen to look like marble, I was kind of hooked. Our girls’ bathrooms had the same brown granite in their bathrooms that our kitchen used to, so I painted them using the same tutorial. They are holding up beautifully!
Update Your Sink and Counter With Concrete
When we updated the 1980s half bath in our old home, we only wanted to spend a couple hundred dollars, so we had to get very creative. In addition to painting the cabinet without sanding or priming, I updated the ugly, fake cultured marble with a concrete overlay and it cost me less than $50! I had no idea if it would work, but it did! And it still looked great 5 years later before we completely gutted and remodeled that bathroom. Thousands of people worldwide have used my tutorial, which makes me so happy! You can find the tutorial for the DIY concrete vanity top here.
Refresh Your Bathroom Walls
If you want to add color, pattern and interest, consider wallpapering your bathroom walls. Wallpaper can dramatically transform a small space like a bathroom.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to give your bathroom a fresh new look is by painting your walls. Paint can transform a space and make it look and feel cleaner. Consider choosing light and bright colors to make your bathroom feel more spacious and airy. A fresh coat of paint can make your bathroom look updated, and the best part is that you can do it all by yourself! I painted a fun mural in the half bath we remodeled in our last home. It made a big impact but was far less expensive than wallpaper!