Bathroom cheap ideas: 17 Budget Bathroom Makeovers Finished For Under $100

Guest Bathroom Ideas – Driven by Decor

Looking for guest bathroom ideas? I’m sharing 7 of the ideas that we incorporated into our guest bathroom makeover!

It’s done! I’m so excited to share our newly made-over guest bathroom with you guys – I’ve been whipping this sad and boring space into shape for the past several weeks and now I’m dying to have someone come visit because it’s sooo much more functional. And of course prettier too! (post includes affiliate links – full disclosure statement available {here})

Obviously there was quite a bit of room for improvement from where things started…

Yep, white on white on white and a broken toilet. Yikes! The good news is that it was pretty much a blank, white slate and there was nowhere to go but up! Fast forward after a few weeks of planning, installing, and of course fixing the broken toilet and here’s what my space is looking like today:

So much better, right?! These are the guest bathroom ideas that I incorporated when making over our space:


Replace The Pedestal Sink with a Small Space Vanity

Most guest bathrooms are small so many have a pedestal sink. Pedestal sinks are fine for hall bathrooms where people are simply washing their hands but they leave little to no room for guests to place their toiletries. Replacing the pedestal sink with a small space vanity provides so much more space for you guests plus you gain some extra storage space with the drawers and shelves.

It also upped the style factor of our guest bathroom big-time:

My exact vanity was discontinued but {this 24″ gray vanity} that has a single hole for the faucet and {this gray vanity} that has 3 holes for a widespread faucet are the same size and have a similar look. Check out {this post} on small bathroom vanities for several other beautiful options. Don’t shy away from a vanity that you love the look of but has ugly knobs or pulls because they can always be replaced. I replaced the knobs that came with my vanity with {these brass & mother-of-pearl knobs} that are a long-time favorite:

Check out {this post} on bathroom cabinet knobs for other beautiful options.

I also ditched the old, there-was-no-place-to-put-anything pedestal sink and ugly, dated one-piece faucet complete with a rusted drain:

and replaced it with {this} gorgeous bathroom faucet:

I LOVE the cross handles so much – it’s the perfect mix of classic, traditional styling with updated, elegant design details:

2. Add a Towel Bars or Hooks for a Hand Towel Plus Bath Towels

I hung {this towel ring} next to the sink to hold a hand towel that’s out of the way instead of cluttering up the countertop. I went with the chrome finish because I wanted a timeless look and it’s typically the least expensive finish option:

I also added the matching toilet paper holder (found {here}) and towel bar (found {here}):

If you don’t have any wall space for a towel bar, consider placing two hooks on the back of the bathroom door. See {this post} with details on how high to hang your toilet paper holder, towel ring, and other bathroom hardware.

3. Provide Extra Towels

Always make sure your guest bathroom has plenty of extra towels for your guest. You can leave a stack on the dresser in their bedroom or, if you have a vanity like mine, on the vanity shelf in their bathroom:

If you have wall space above the toilet, you could also choose to hang a train rack which combines a towel bar with a shelf for towel storage. See {this post on over-the-toilet storage ideas} for my favorites.

I also put out nice towels for my guests instead of giving them our old cast-offs. Check out my post on the best bath towels for info on my favorite towels at all price points.

4. Leave Extra Rolls of TP & Toiletries

No guest wants to have to ask for extra toilet paper so be sure to provide some extra rolls. It’s nice to leave a few toiletries too for guests that may have forgotten their toothpaste, shaving cream, etc. I put all of our extras in our vanity drawer and let our guests know where they are:


Repaint or Add Wallpaper to Freshen It Up

If your guest bathroom is looking tired and you want to freshen it up, repainting or adding wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to give it a whole new look! I added black and white cane patterned wallpaper to ours and it made such a difference:

The wallpaper was fairly pricey so it would have been too expensive to use in wallpapering a regular room. But since our guest bathroom is small and has beadboard on the bottom half, I only needed two rolls which made it doable. While you may be concerned about using wallpaper in a bathroom with a shower due to the humidity, coating it with a clear flat varnish to protect it is key. Check out {this post} on bathroom wallpaper for all the details. If you’re repainting, I recommend using Benjamin Moore Aura paint that has a mildew-resistant finish.

6. Add Fresh Flowers to Make It Welcoming

Since we have loads of hydrangeas in our backyard, in the summer it’s super easy for me to clip a few and bring them inside to add a welcoming touch to our guest bedroom and bathroom. But you could also grab an inexpensive bouquet at the grocery store too! On our toilet, I placed a black marble toilet tray (my exact tray is no longer available but {this tray} is a similar look & size) with a vase of hydrangeas:

and tasseled brass jar holding Q-tips and cotton balls that sits on an extra hand towel:

I also placed a few stems of small flowers in a little vase next to the sink:

The guest bathroom is also a fun room to add a few festive accessories to during the holidays:

7. Have a Large Bathroom Mirror or An Extra Mirror in the Bedroom

Most of our visitors are couples so I think it’s nice to either have a large mirror in the bathroom that both of them can use to get ready at the same time or have a second mirror in the bedroom. I’m not always a fan of wall to wall mirrors in bathrooms, but in this one it worked well and made the space seem larger than it is:

For a more decorative look, you could add wood molding around the edges of your wall-to-wall mirror to frame it out or use another of my bathroom mirror ideas.

8. Leave Your Guests a Night Light or Two

It can be hard for guests to navigate to the bathroom in the middle of the night when it’s dark and they’re unfamiliar with the space so be sure to leave them a night light or two. In our guest bathroom, we installed {this toilet seat} with a built-in night light – it’s one of my favorite guest bathroom ideas and always a topic of conversation the next day 😂. Another option would be to put one of {these snap-in night light outlet covers} in the bathroom or right outside of it:

It’s literally a snap to install and provides a soft glowing light under the outlet without taking up either of the actual outlet sockets like a night light does.

The last change we made to our guest bathroom was to install {this beautiful (and inexpensive!) flush mount light} to replace the sad, itty bitty flush mount that was there before:

Want to see some other great flush mount light options? Check out my post on my favorite flush mount lighting. Also see my post on bathroom lighting ideas for more lighting tips for your next bathroom remodel.

Thank you as always for stopping by – I hope you found a little inspiration in today’s post!

See you back on the blog soon,

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10 Cheap Bathroom Remodel Ideas –

My newest project is this cheap bathroom remodel, using good ideas instead of my wallet! It takes a little investment, but not a ton, thanks to stuff you already have on hand and keeping it simple!

Today I want to tell you my Top 10 ideas for creating a cheap bathroom remodel that stuns your visitors and takes you away to a spa experience with every new day! As I explain my thought process on starting a big bathroom remodel, I’ll go through and answer a few of your biggest questions!

My experience with bathroom remodels is that you can make a cheap remodel look like it really costs a lot! I follow a few simple rules to achieve a whole new refresh, starting with the cheapest and easiest first. You’d be surprised at how little you can spend on a bathroom remodel! Here is a quick list of my Top 10 rules for achieving a cheap bathroom remodel that creates a mood-enhancing room for your family! 

1. Try and use what you have 

The cheapest way to remodel is to shop your own house! I don’t know about you, but I put away décor and extras in closets and in storage, and sometimes forget I have them. If you have a few boards or some tile from another project, or a soap dish you no longer use in the kitchen, anything can be fair game for a remodel. 

You can also check with friends, making a big remodel list first, to see if they have anything in the garage or a closet that’s on your list! They might be as excited as you to swap a few items back and forth for their own remodel projects!

2. Fix it up rather than replace it

If an outdated bathroom is an eyesore and you have little storage, don’t spend thousands of dollars trying to create the perfect bathroom. Instead, create the perfect bathroom for your family using a limited budget! High-quality paint can modernize and refresh at least half of your wall space, if not more! You might replace an outdated tub surround with tile or cover the old linoleum with new flooring. If you don’t have a budget for big items, start with a primer and two coats of paint, and decorate from there.

3. Update your grout by paint or cleaner

The first problem most of us notice in an old bathroom is the stained, aged grout. Older grout differs in its formula from new grout. How do you clean old grout? There are multiple formulas

out there for cleaning grout. Here are three: one part vinegar to one part water, two parts baking soda to one part hydrogen peroxide, or an off-the-shelf grout and tile cleaner. 

Whichever cleaning solution you choose, start with a good scrubbing before you attempt to paint. Grout pens are available for painting, but you can easily find a paintbrush of the correct width and paint using your preferred latex or acrylic paint. Paint adheres excellently to the texture of grout.

4. Add a few high-end items to elevate the whole look

This is a great idea when you’re looking for small bathroom remodel ideas! When your week is full of stress and you need a spa experience, look no further than your own bathroom down the hall! This is where some high-end décor and spa-type gifts come in handy, not just plush towels and hand-made shower curtains, but also the moisturizers, hair products, and fragrances. When you create a tailored, well-designed look, your remodel can become a vacation at home!

5. Replace cookie cutter/builder-grade items 

I don’t know about you, but I have watched some HGTV shows and fallen in love with a house, but then the kitchen or bathroom is wall-to-wall cookie-cutter cabinets or white plastic and linoleum. With a little ingenuity, these are all easy fixes! If you are on a super tight budget, paint those cabinets and add new, modern knobs. In the bathroom, a new surround for the tub or new flooring from the clearance aisle might do the trick. Another remedy here is adding tile on the wall around the problem pieces, or just replacing them entirely with something a little more unique.

6. Add in extra storage like baskets and/or shelves

Sometimes your bathroom isn’t the problem, it’s all the stuff you have stacked everywhere and hanging off hooks and the doorknob. Instead of going into full renovation mode, try clearing out the entire space and starting again from scratch. Throw out any old, expired containers or things you don’t use regularly, and then figure out how much storage you need for necessary items and décor. From there, pick up some baskets and shelving that will fit in your space, without looking crowded. 

7. Add backsplash or texture to the walls like board and batten

If you’re looking for cheap bathroom remodel ideas for small bathrooms, then this is a place to start. If your budget is tight, then tile or wood, especially with inflation right now, is going to be the big splurge! Board and batten can give you a quaint, cottage look, perfect for an old farmhouse. Or you can use backsplash or texture on the walls to give your bathroom any look you want, from modern and minimalistic, to traditional, country living.

8. Add window treatments like bamboo blinds

A high-quality window treatment can add insulation and privacy to your bathroom, and create a dramatic effect! It can give you a lower bathroom remodel cost while giving you a stunning new way to control morning and afternoon light. A lot of custom shade, blind and curtain options exist, so every uniquely sized bathroom window can be fitted.

9. Add in color with shower curtain and a rug

When you start your bathroom remodeling, it’s a great idea to pick a palette: go bold, use bright, vivid colors, or stay with more sedate, white, and dark farmhouse tones. That’s what I chose to do with my big bathroom remodel! 

The easiest way to add in color, without feeling like you made a mistake down the road, is with a shower curtain and a rug. With a multicolored rug, you’ll gain lots of options on which direction you can go with your other décor. You can add other little pops of color in accessories and décor, to really pull the look together, using contrasting and complementary colors. When the look gets old, it’s easy to put it away and find something new! 

10. Add in decor and accessories

Décor, décor, décor! I’ve said it a lot in this article and I mean it! The difference between those bland, empty-looking bathrooms and the ones that are relaxing and picture-perfect is the use of the right décor and accessories. I don’t like to use tons of stuff everywhere, just items that are on the cheap and that complement the vibe you’re trying to achieve. If you take a look at my budget bathroom remodel before and after, you’ll see a big difference that décor and accessories can make!

What kind of décor do I prefer? I use a lot of shelves that can be used for storage or décor, giving me the option of changing things up for each season or when the mood strikes me. It also gives me the chance to shop my home, move things from one room to another one, or take something down from a closet I haven’t used in a while.

How do you redo a bathroom under 500?

If you’re remodeling a small bathroom, this is absolutely an easy project to complete! Start with your budget and write a list of your absolute needs. Does your toilet have to be replaced this year? Can you find paint on sale? If it’s a small bathroom, new flooring might be within your budget, if you find the right deal on clearance. 

Online deals, Walmart, big home improvement stores, the list is endless when it comes to all your options for sourcing materials to use in a redo. If you’re searching for a cheap bathroom remodel near me, you might try the back of a local tile and carpet shops, to check for cheap flooring and tile deals. 

How cheap can you renovate a small bathroom?

If you plan on keeping your tub, classic pedestal sink, and toilet, you can keep the costs to renovate really cheap. I mean, if you spend some time really looking for the best deals, you can fit in a few extra high-end décor pieces to finish it off.  

If you’re stumped for DIY bathroom remodel ideas, follow me through a quick remodel that is cheap, easy to achieve, and that gives plenty of great results! If you don’t like mine, and you’re like me, look around on Pinterest to see what successes other renovators have had with their remodel projects.

Can you remodel a bathroom for $2,000?

You can complete a cheap bathroom remodel for any amount, but $2,000 is a lot of money to spend if you are careful in budgeting bigger for the items that will make a difference for your family! This is a great question because a lot of families have limited money to spend on improving their homes. If you have one big eyesore in your bathroom, whether it’s the floor, walls, or ceiling (just repaint it!), you know where you need to start. I love to find new flooring that can take a lot of wear and tear, or paint existing tile so it has a whole new look, with the same sturdy character.

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Bathroom design: 9 trends and ideas

The bathroom, despite its size, is no less important than any other room. This is a place where you can relax and unwind. It can become a continuation of the general concept of your home, or it can turn into a highlight. The main thing is to make the best use of space so that the room not only looks attractive, but is also comfortable and functional. We tell in our article how to do it.


Minimalist bathrooms are characterized by simplicity, elegance and functionality. Such a design solution will be especially successful for small rooms in which every centimeter counts. In addition, unlike many other styles, minimalism is the easiest to implement. You just need to follow a few simple rules:

Conciseness. The bathroom should have a minimum of decor and unnecessary items, simple wall covering and lamps, and bulky cabinets should be replaced with lighter options. All of these solutions have significant advantages. In such a space it is much easier to distract from thoughts and reboot. Plus, it’s much easier to keep clean.

Easy to form. In the style of minimalism, it is customary to use the most simple geometry, gloss, glass and metal. Mirrors are better to choose a classic rectangular or round shape. Use glass for partitions. As lighting, choose spotlights. And to create an absolutely light and airy atmosphere, stop at light colors.

Lightness. Instead of heavy cabinets and chests of drawers – light structures with an abundance of glass and metal. The trend is also suspended plumbing, which seems to be floating in the air.

Versatility. Since this style uses a minimum of things, each of them should play an important role, and preferably several. Instead of additional lamps, you can use the lights built into the mirrors. A laundry basket can easily turn into a comfortable ottoman, and a hidden niche in the wall can be turned into a place for bath accessories.

If you want to add accents, but at the same time maintain a feeling of airiness, bet on an interior in the Scandinavian style. It combines all the advantages of minimalism, while complementing them with warmth and comfort. For decoration, choose light and natural shades: wild northern nature, coniferous forests, ocean and mountain rivers. Add to them elements from natural materials – stone and wood. And as bright accents, use national Scandinavian patterns.


The trend towards ecology continues to gain momentum, and eco-style continues to win the hearts of people. We all sometimes get tired of the rhythm of the urban jungle and want to be in nature to relieve tension and just enjoy peace. Designers claim that this can be done without leaving your apartment. The main thing is to follow these principles:

Natural colors. What colors do we find in nature? Sandy, woody, grey, earthy, sea & grassy. And most importantly, they are harmoniously combined with each other. A calm and pacifying palette is best used as the main one. And use more colorful shades of greenery and the sea for accents.

Natural materials. Mandatory in ecostyle can be considered the presence of such natural materials as: wood, stone, leather, cotton, linen, bamboo. The main finishing material for the walls are paper wallpapers, which do not emit harmful substances over time and are completely environmentally friendly. As well as natural masonry, cork base or even bamboo canvas. This solution is a little more expensive, but it looks incredibly beautiful. Or you can choose a more original way and make a panel of sea pebbles. You can also use wicker interior items. For example, baskets and vases for fruit.

Plants. They allow you to feel the harmony of nature as much as possible and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But it is worth considering the special microclimate of the bathroom and choosing hardy plants: for example, indoor bamboo and monstera. If the area allows, you can use decorative deciduous trees in ceramic pots or wooden tubs. For example, ficuses, ferns, creepers.


This trendy American “loft” style has not bypassed the bathrooms either. And to apply it, you should use the following principles:

Brutality. This is the case when you can not hide ventilation and water pipes, but rather focus on them. And if the industrial style seems cold to you, just add the appropriate decor to it. For example, ethnic style accessories or gold details.

Rough invoices. An increasingly popular trend for the bathroom is concrete look. And we are talking not only about the walls, but also about the countertops under the sink. You can also use brick, decorative stone or masonry imitation.

Lots of light. Lighting is of great importance in a loft. Traditionally, spaces in this style were large and had many windows. In the bathroom, artificial light sources play this role. In addition to the main overhead lighting, use wall sconces and hidden lighting near interesting textures.

Console and hanging furniture

Firstly, it visually lightens the space and makes it visually larger. And secondly, it facilitates the cleaning process. In the case of hanging furniture and a combined bathroom, it is better to hang not only the cabinet, but also the toilet, so that everything looks harmonious and modern.

The most popular material for making such furniture is wood. Special processing and the use of moisture-resistant rocks ensure a long service life, and the naturalness and environmental friendliness of the material corresponds to the main trend for proximity to nature.

Shower with glass partitions

The last option is suitable for a private house or townhouse. In an apartment building, draining to the floor is considered a redevelopment, and it is almost impossible to agree on it in Moscow.

Freestanding bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs were once a symbol of luxury and an attribute of large country houses, but in recent years they have gradually moved into urban apartments and continue to turn bathrooms into luxurious spa areas. They can be installed near a wall, near a window, or even in the center of the room

But there is one thing to keep in mind. Since the bath is not adjacent to the walls, it will be a little more difficult to keep the room dry. Therefore, most often, a separate shower corner is installed in pairs with it, so that after meditative water procedures it is possible to wash off the foam and not splash the surrounding space.

In terms of materials, the most traditional options are durable cast iron tubs. In second place is warm and light acrylic.

Unusual tiles

Boring squares and rectangles have been replaced by a variety of shapes, textures and non-standard laying – rhombuses, “scales”, tiles with 3D effect, asymmetric, hexagonal, metal, wood, with three-dimensional texture and many other interesting options. You can choose a solid color or make, for example, a bright accent wall.

Especially popular in recent years is the combination of tiles with moisture-resistant paint or wallpaper. Usually the lower third of the walls are tiled, and the upper third is covered with paint. In this case, it is worth choosing furniture and plumbing of concise forms so as not to overload the interior.

Black color

The most daring designers suggest using black color for everything: plumbing, finishing materials, furniture and decor. And if you are not ready for total black yet, you can start with the details. Moreover, the black color harmoniously fits into almost any interior: in combination with marble, it turns into an exquisite classic, with concrete – into laconic minimalism, and with wood – into a stylish loft.


Gold finishes and decorations always give a special feeling of celebration and luxury. They are able to revive the most concise and austere interior. The main thing is to observe the measure, especially in compact bathrooms. Designers recommend using brass, copper or gold-plated steel for faucets, furniture handles, mirrors or lamps.

Marble, travertine, onyx, agate

Natural stones or their imitations continue to be at the peak of popularity. Cold marble looks good next to gold, copper, brass or bronze. And onyx and related agate will be a great accent. But remember that the brighter and more complex the drawing, the less it should be in the setting.

Bathroom Budget Ideas For Your Guest Bathroom 💡 Interior Design |

  • Bathroom decor ideas can be inexpensive yet effective
  • Small bathroom renovation
  • Update your bathroom cabinet with new fixtures
  • Bathroom ideas: transition to new fixtures
  • Make sure your small guest bathroom is for buyer’s appeal
  • Accessory for your guest bathroom
  • Bathroom decor ideas can be inexpensive yet effective

    Bathroom decor ideas can be a challenge when you’re on a budget. Guest bathrooms tend to be multifunctional rooms but often need a welcoming aspect. In addition to being seen as just another bathroom in the house, they tend to become storage areas for items that don’t fit in other areas. Unfortunately, guest bathrooms easily become cluttered and overlooked in terms of décor. While this is normal when you live in a house and don’t use the space, it’s important to treat it properly when your property is on the market.

    That’s why we’re pointing out some bathroom design ideas for your guest bath that will help you make a huge impact when selling your home. That’s why we’re pointing you to some simple bathroom decorating ideas for your guest bathroom that will help you make a huge impact when selling your home. And yes, they are affordable too!

    Small Bathroom Update

    If your guest bath is really tiny, consider decorating it with a white and off-white palette. This will not only help create a calming effect, but also create the illusion of space. What’s more, you’ll be surprised what a new coat of paint can do to improve the look. It’s also bigger with a mirror over the bathroom vanity. If you already have a mirror installed, consider creating it with an inexpensive shade-painted molding that complements the space. Installing a small, fog-free bathroom mirror is also a great way to spruce up the budget. Mirrors are a great way to make a small bathroom look bigger. Consider these illusion mirror ideas for decorating your small bathroom.

  • update your bathroom cabinet using new equipment

    Inexpensive ideas for bathroom decors

    When it comes to the decor of the bathroom wall, do not be afraid to go large. If space permits, an extra large piece of art or an oversized flea market can really help balance bare walls. You can also create a focal point with a multiple of one element with a pattern. A grouping of three to five pieces can make a big impact and visually stimulates a smaller tub. Another fun way to decorate the walls in a guest bathroom is to hang inspirational quotes. Simply print and display them in black and white picture frames. Check out these wall art ideas to decorate your walls without breaking the bank.

    Bathroom Ideas: Switching to New Appliances

    Nothing dresses up a room like shiny, new fixtures, and the bathroom has plenty, including sinks, cabinet handles, towel warmers and toilet handles. Set aside some of your budget to upgrade these items. For just a few dollars, you can upgrade to a sleek style in polished bronze or brushed chrome and give your guest bathroom a fresh, updated look. The vanity hardware, which complements other finishes in the area, is a lovely final touch. Take a look at these tips for replacing your cabinet hardware.

  • Make sure your small guest bathroom is for buyer’s appeal

    Accessory for your guest bathroom

    Add those touches that will make customers feel welcome, bringing beauty into space. Invest a little in these smart vanity accessories, including soap pumps, lotion, a matching soap dish, and a stylish trash can. Fluffy new towels are also needed. Roll them artfully and place them on a rack or in a large wicker basket. Finish off the look with a few strategically placed decorative candles and bath salts infused with mild essential oil. Alternatively, a set of fresh rosemary or thyme tied with a pretty satin ribbon can make for a beautiful sight and smell.

    The bathroom may be the smallest area of ​​the home, but with a spa-like clean tub, it draws in customers. The best part? You don’t need to spend a fortune on this. You can get an elegant and enviable look on a budget with the above decorating ideas. As you do these, think about what you’re looking for in a bathroom when you’re staying in a nice hotel and trying to recreate it for potential buyers. A clean, comfortable and functional space can really go a long way to making them feel welcome.

❓ What is included in bathroom design?

👉 A few decades ago, the traditional design of the bathroom consisted of three important elements – a bath (or a shower cabin), a sink and a toilet (if the bathroom was not separated from the bathroom). However, today everything has changed a little – now a bidet, a hydrobox, a washing machine (sometimes with a dryer) or even a home sauna are installed in the bathroom.

❓ What is a bathroom and how to furnish it?

👉 The bathroom is the place where every new day begins and ends. And you must admit that it is much more pleasant to equip the room in such a way that it can resemble a cozy and atmospheric spa. Then you can relax and enjoy a bubble bath or contrast shower.

❓ How to choose a rustic bathroom?

👉 It is better to choose an oval-shaped bathtub with legs – modern models, as well as shower cabins, will violate the “purity of style”. Another important component of the country direction is textiles. No rustic bathroom interior is complete without fabric curtains, if not on the windows, then at least as a shower curtain.

❓ How can you improve the look and value of your bathroom?

👉 An effective and cheap way to improve the look and value of your bathroom is often as simple as applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls.