These days there can seem to be doom and gloom on every financial horizon.  If you’re a homeowner looking to upgrade your home instead of moving to a more expensive residence, or if you’re a tenant with permission to make renovations, how can you make your dollar stretch?  Millennial money is considered especially important to sock away, as we simply don’t know what’s right around the corner, except that homes are getting more and more expensive to afford and more people are opting for upgrades instead of an all out move.  If you’re looking for tips on how to flip money and get the best bang for your buck, let’s look at one of the most often used rooms in the house by not only your family but also your guests and visitors; the bathroom.

The bathroom is often cited as one of two rooms that can make or break the sale (or purchase) of a house (the other in case you haven’t guessed, is the kitchen).  This is why it’s so important that yours appeals not only to you and your family, but also to potential buyers somewhere down the line.  Below we’ll list some of the best budget friendly bathrooms so that your renovation or decor ideas use your hard earned cash in the best way possible.

Paint

When it comes to making your budget, this is one area in which, unfortunately, there isn’t often a cheap and viable alternative to good quality paint.  Buy the best you can afford.  Top end paint typically has a much thicker consistency than cheap paint, and one can will go quite far.  In fact, most standard sized bathrooms will only take about 1 gallon.  You can however, take a look at what your paint store has to offer in the discount section.  Often mis-tints are sold at half the price of a regular gallon, so if you’re not overly set on a certain colour, deals can certainly be had.  Get a good edging brush and take care around trim and ceilings, and save a few dollars on cheaper roller sleeves and cages, trays and liners.

Lighting

Bare pendant bulbs are making a comeback, and this is great news for those trying to save a few bucks.  You can also get creative and make a light fixture yourself to frame the bulb, using 1×1 wood and some stain.  This can come in the form of a simple cube shape, or something more labour intensive like an octagon.  I’ve also seen beautiful pendant fixtures that truly set the mood when made from recycled wine bottles or mason jars.  Let your imagination run wild!

Flooring

One of the nicest bathroom floors that I’ve seen was probably one of the cheapest and easiest.  If your floor isn’t up to par, consider stamped concrete or plywood, depending on what your bathroom currently has.  If it’s a basement bathroom, it’s very likely that you’ve got a concrete surface below any existing flooring, and this is the perfect canvas for a coat of paint in a neutral colour (there is specific concrete paint that can be found at most hardware stores) and then the use of a large stamp laid out in a pattern throughout the floor.  Ditto with regards to plywood floor, except of course that you won’t be using concrete paint.

Shelves

Shelves are a great way to add a dose of your personality and create something wonderfully decorative in the bathroom without breaking the bank.  A quick look at several websites will give you more ideas for beautiful recycled shelving material than you could use in a lifetime.  Try salvaging wood from pallets (some won’t even need deconstruction to serve their purpose) and a little chalk paint for shelves that are bright and cheery.   Recycled, rusted pipes look wonderfully rustic when used as the braces for wooden shelf platforms.  You can even find discarded shelves at yard sales or at the local landfill that, with a bit of sanding and a fresh coat of paint or stain will serve years yet mounted on your bathroom wall.

Decor

Depending on what type of style you’re trying to achieve, your bathroom decor is only as limited as your imagination.  Kijiji is a great place to scope out new or lightly used items at a fraction of their original cost.  Keep an eye out for decorative items that suit your personal taste and reflect your style, even if they need a little sprucing up first.

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