Learn 5 different ways to save on your bathroom renovation without sacrificing style.

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I am so excited to be participating in a brand new link up hosted by Carrie from Lovely, Etc!  I have to admit, Carrie’s blog was one of the first I ever followed AND I used her planked wall tutorial as inspiration for a feature wall in our master bedroom.  So, I’m kinda really crazy excited that she invited me to parcticipate 🙂

The link up is called DIY For Less and is all about budget friendly projects/decorations/DIYs, etc.  Which is great!  We are all about sticking to the budget here (if only we had told our 25 year old selves this 😉 ).  Each month will be a different theme all centered around doing/making/DIYing for less.

This month, we are chatting all things BATHROOM.

We are deep into master bathrooms renovation planning here.  And by we, I mean me.  I’ve been mildly obsessed with scouring Pinterest and my favorite designers (hello, Studio Mcgee!) projects, trying to come up with the perfect bathroom plan.  If it sounds like I’m complaining, trust me, I’m not.  I could do this all day every day.  It’s like a dream!  Mixing patterns and texture and tile and color and vintage and modern and *sigh*.  Yes, I do love this part of renovating.

What I don’t love is sticking to a budget.  Yuck.  If we only had {insert crazy amount of money} we could do whatever we wanted.  But, since we aren’t trying to break the bank and are actually hopefully moving in the spring, I’m not willing to spend more than I absolutely have to.

So, I figured I could come up with at least 5 budget friendly ideas for a bathroom renovation.  I’m not saying we are doing all of these in our room but it’s at least some place to start.

 

1.  DIY a Vanity

Source: Prodigal Pieces

Since you can now buy a vanity at nearly every store except the grocery store, the options can often seem endless.  And honestly, most of the vanities I see look all the same.  I mean how many white vanities with marble tops can there be?  And, I mean, I guess they do look nice?  Maybe?  But, gosh, it’s just so cookie cutter and predictable.

Aside from vanities all being the same, they’re all crazy expensive for a sort of okay quality.  You can get REALLY expensive and REALLY nice quality like this one but that’s not in the budget!

My solution?  DIY a vanity!  I’m all about making a vanity from old furniture and I even rounded up a few of my favorites in this post.

Source: Tidbits and Twine

I actually found probably my new favorite store this past week AND found the most perfect vintage dresser to use as a vanity.  We spent $300 on the dresser which is a steal!  Obviously we will still have to buy a sink and faucet and some plumbing parts (real technical term there).  But, I’m hoping to come in around $600 total.  $600 for a unique, fun, and interesting vanity.

Here is my absolute favorite dresser turned vanity:

Source: Country Living

Now, I have NO clue how to actually go about turning a dresser into a vanity.  But, I found this article that seems to go pretty in depth about the process in case you want to check it out.

2.  Make your own “cement tile”

Ohhh cement tile.  So trendy.  So very beautiful.  Extremely expensive.

We used cement tile in our shared boys bedroom makeover for the fireplace surround.  When I have the toys cleaned up enough that I can get a glimpse of the tile, man, it is SO pretty.

 

How to install cement tile | how to install tile | diy cement tile | diy tile installation

 

I do really love cement tile.  The patterns and colors really add to any space.  I even rounded up my favorite cement tile and where you can use it!

But, if you’re looking to stick to a budget, using cement tile is probably not going to work.  However, you can still get the cement tile look for a fraction of the price.

I was shocked to find that these tutorials were for STENCILED “cement tile”.  I mean, it looks like the real thing.  I’m totally fooled.  For the cost of a stencil and some paint, you can get the same look for less!

Source: Domestic Blonde

Source: Life on Shady Lane

Source: Classy Clutter

 

3.  Use patterned tile in small areas

Okay, so you’re not convinced with stenciling your floor.  I get it.  And, you want that cement tile look…

So, how about adding in patterned tile in small areas!?  Think cubby in the shower, shower floor, on a bench in the shower or a small section behind the vanity?  Or, use large (plain, inexpensive) tile for most of the floor and use cement tile as a feature in the center of the room!  The possibilities are endless.

Here are a few examples I could find:

Source: Simplicity in the South

Source: Homes Stories A To Z

Source: My Life From Home

The best part about using cement tile is that it draws attention.  It becomes the feature in the room.  So, if you splurge a bit on a larger feature wall or using more cement tile somewhere else, you can balance that out with lots of plain {inexpensive} tile.  Plain white subway tile is very cheap and would compliment the busy cement tile.

4.  Add in DIY shelving

Who doesn’t want some extra shelving in the bathroom!?  Open shelving is so popular these days, especially in bathrooms.  They’re functional AND you can store pretty things on them for all to see.  It’s a win-win scenario.

And, it’s SO easy to DIY your own shelving.  Check out some of my favorite tutorials:

Source: Love Create Celebrate

Source: Shanty2Chic

Source: Brepurposed

5.  Opt for budget friendly fixtures

Finally, when looking for bathroom fixtures, choose the budget friendly option.  There are faucets out there for $1000 and ones for $100.  Do your research and read reviews.  You can get perfectly nice faucet or shower head or any other feature for much less than the ritzy expensive ones you see.

Both of these are available at Home Depot.  The first is $750 and the second is $211.  If I’m being honest and didn’t know the price, I would still choose the second option over the first.  As long as it’s brass, my heart is happy.

 

I can’t wait to share our bathroom design plan and how I plan on staying on budget for this renovation.  It’s just an exciting project for me.  I love to design (I wish I could do this as my job!!!) so I can’t wait to get started!

Remember to check out what everyone else came up with this month!  The theme is bathrooms so if you’re looking for more budget friendly bathroom ideas, you’re in luck!

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Wishing you a joyful day!

7 Comments

  1. Kelly

    So many great ideas, Sarah! I am in love with the dresser-turned-vanity trend right now. Such a great way to add a unique touch to a bathroom 🙂
    Best,
    Kelly

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  2. Shawnna Griffin

    hey girl- love the bathrooms! so cool! have a great week!

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  3. Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

    LOVE all those ideas for the cement tiles. First, never would have thought those were painted… and second, I’m actually loving the little inlays of the cement tile in the showers. Super great ideas!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      I was so impressed with the painted “cement tile” floors, too! Such a creative idea. Cement tile anywhere is just perfect, right?! Thanks, Erin!

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  4. jeanne

    You have some great ideas, which we all need. Mixed metals make so much sense. Thank you

    Reply

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