Transforming a dated bathroom can be one of the most expensive design projects in your house.
From tiles, toilets, baths and basins to the actual cost of installation and plumbing – a brand new bathroom can set you back thousands of pounds.
But if your savings won’t quite stretch to a full renovation, there are still several ways you can give your bathroom the makeover of your dreams.
If you’re flexible with your vision and utilise some clever interior design and room-saving storage hacks, you can give your bathroom an impressive new look without splashing too much cash.
And there’s no shortage of budget bathroom inspiration on social media.
The online community of interiors enthusiasts have been at it again with their handy, money-saving design solutions.
From repurposing furniture designed for other rooms to the cheap way to add pops of colour with having to change tiles, fixtures or fittings – there are plenty of ideas being shared.
Here’s a round up of the best makeover hacks that will give your bathroom a new lease of life for less.
Consider stick on tiles
If you’re looking for a quick fix for dated tiles – whether it be for the wall or the floor – consider stick-ons.
Stick on tiles are available in a variety of colours, patterns and textures for around £5 to £40 per pack.
In a short clip, user @kfoulkes revealed how she used stick-on tiles to transform her bathroom.
She said: “When I moved into my flat there were some tiles with pictures of shells on in the bathroom and I couldn’t afford to re-tile the whole bathroom.
“So, I ordered these tile stickers from Amazon.
“Just chopped them down, stuck them over the old tiles and they’ve worked pretty well.
“They’re waterproof and it was so much cheaper than re-tiling the whole bathroom.”
Make your own bath shelf
A bath shelf (also known as a bath caddy or bath tray) is a piece of wood, plastic or metal that bridges over your bath for extra ‘self care’ storage.
People use the shelf to hold books, candles, soaps, a glass of wine and anything else you might use in the bath to help you unwind and de-stress.
In stores and online, most bath shelves will cost you from £15-£40 but you can make your own for less if you have a spare piece of wood and a few tools.
TikTok user @hammsmom uploaded a video explaining how she made her own.
She begins her project by cutting wood boards to match the width of her bathtub before gluing them together and sanding them down until they’re completely smooth.
She then modifies the shelf by drilling a hole and sawing a thin slot from the edge of the wood to the edge of the drilled hole to create make-shift wine glass holder.
After staining the wood a dark brown colour, she adds a few further modifications including wooden rests for a tablet or book, personalises the shelf with a hand-painted ‘relax’ messages, and decorates it with candles and a small plant.
Add plants for a splash of colour
In a recent interview, Be caught up with the woman behind the popular Belfast House Bird Instagram account – Valerie Robinson.
The budget interior design enthusiast revealed how she transformed her bathroom by adding plants.
Valerie said: “I love putting plants in the bathroom as they soften the hardness of the tiling but I like them to stay ‘just so’ so I tend to mostly use artificial plants.
“They’re easy to keep clean – just pop them under the shower!”
Artificial plants can purchased for around £5 per pot from stores including IKEA and B&M.
Repurpose furniture designed for other rooms
Think outside the box when it comes to furniture and storage for your bathroom.
In our DIY IKEA hacks for upcycling your furniture article, Be revealed a towel storage hack created by TikTok user The Thrift Guru ( @thethriftguru ).
In the video, she says: “I got this wooden ladder that was supposed to be a part of a bunk bed from IKEA for like $7 (approximately £5.39 in the UK).
“I was thinking it would probably be a cool decoration in my bathroom.
“So, what I’m planning on doing is putting the wooden ladder behind my toilet and adding some towels on the back of it.
“This was a super easy bathroom decor so you guys have got to give this a try.”
Several TikTok users in the comments suggested that to take the hack one step further, The Thrift Guru should paint it or stain it silver.
Paint your bath
TikTok user @blonderebel decided to repaint her off-yellow bathtub white for a cleaner, more modern look.
In her video she uses a paint brush to apply ‘Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit.
She applied two coats of paint and then reveals her new-look bath tub.
If you’re brave enough to have a go at repainting your bath yourself, you can find bathtub refinishing kits on online retailers for approximately £20 to £40.
If you’re from Northern Ireland and have recently completed a budget DIY project in your home – our Belfast Live Be team would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected].