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Affordable Flooring - Yes, you can absolutely set your bathroom up with a beautiful new floor on a smaller budget. The determining factors will be: the chosen flooring type, bathroom size, and if professional removal or installation is needed. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is both durable, affordable ($2-7 per square foot), and comes in easy-to-install tiles that can look like wood or stone. LVT comes in all kinds of designs, so you can find a look you like that’s much more affordable than tile or hardwood. Laminate is also an affordable option for your bathroom ($1-5 per square foot), though it may need water-proofing reinforcement through the subfloor or underlayment. Like a solid shower faucet set, bathroom flooring is an update where you want to find quality materials due to the high-use and moisture in the room.
A Different Shade - Get out the paint brush and choose the color you want. Painting your bathroom walls is another way to affordably update the space. Aim for a water-resistant paint or at least a waterproof sealant to paint over because of the moisture that can potentially sit in your bathroom. A satin or semi-gloss finish should help protect the walls more fully.
Cover with Wallpaper - If paint isn’t your style or you want to jazz up your bathroom walls further, moisture-resistant wallpaper (with vinyl coating) is also an option to update the walls on a budget. Wallpaper can be super affordable and, given the usual small dimensions of a bathroom, it shouldn't cost much to update. Peel-and-stick wallpaper options are now available, making for easy installation as well.
Handy Hardware - To add further functionality to your bathroom, there is a host of other bathroom hardware that could easily enhance your bathroom on a lower budget. These could include: grab bars, shower curtain rods, robe hooks, and towel bars, hooks, or rings. Consider what kind of functions you’d like to have, then pick a material and/or finish to match your desired style. You may need some tools for installation, but overall, these are inexpensive updates you can make to your bathroom.