cheap bathroom makeover

Ideas for a cheap bathroom makeover

cheap bathroom makeoverLast summer I decided I wanted to makeover our bathroom but had very little time or money. I gave myself a weekend (Friday after work until Sunday evening) and $150 to create a “bathroom themed bathroom.” Except for the storage unit, I did all the work myself and I was quite pleased with the result. Here are a few ideas to transform your bathroom on a budget:


Clean: I started by cleaning the bathroom as best I could. Since I couldn’t afford to replace the toilet, sink or shower, I tried to scrub off stains and replaced the caulk in the shower. You can also take off the cover for your ceiling exhaust fan and run in through your dishwasher to get in clean as new.

Paint. This is the most obvious but also the most impactful. Use gloss paint in a bathroom and be sure to use a coat of primer.

Light fixture: This took the biggest part of the budget but that old fixture dated the entire bathroom and rewiring a light like this is super easy.

Rugs: I sewed mine using an old bath towel on the bottom and a piece of a bed sheet from the thrift store on the top. They are absorbent and easy to throw in the wash for cleaning. They also cover the cracked floor tiles.

Storage: I lucked out and married a furniture-builder so he made a custom piece out of inexpensive MDF but Ikea has some cheap options or you could paint any existing storage units

Curtain: This is made from a $3 shower curtain liner. I cut the shower curtain to the size of the window and used the existing holes in the shower curtain top and shower curtain hangers to attach the curtain to the rod. I finished off the bottom edge with a piece of the decorative border from the sheet used in the rugs. The frosted plastic of the shower curtain liner lets in light and provides privacy.

Decorations: I used painted wood trim nailed directly to the wall to “frame” a square of white paint. The photo is one I took of my daughter in the bath blown up at Costco for a few dollars and put in an inexpensive frame. The words are written directly on the wall with permanent marker. The plates on the back of the toilet are from the thrift store ($0.50 each). The containers and candle are from the dollar store.

Towel bar and toilet roll dispenser: Inexpensive and good looking replacements can be found at major home centers. Don’t live with ugly, outdated towel bars; they’re easy to replace.

Shower: The hard water stains in the shower were permanent so after many failed experiments, I covered the exterior of the shower walls with bubble wrap attached with double stick tape. A weird solution but it’s still working a year later (although I can’t clean the exterior of my shower–not that I was frequently cleaning the exterior of my shower anyway)

See for yourself what I mean by looking at this series of before and after images.

before and after

bathroom tile designs

Brilliant Bathroom Tile Designs

Most of the brilliant bathroom tile designs have some things in common, and some of them are mentioned here. The first thing that is considered by any kind of bathroom tile ideas is the overall size of the bathroom that is at disposal. Depending on the overall size, you can take a look at different bathroom tile ideas. In case you have a small bathroom, you can look for bathroom tile ideas that would assist in enlarging the perceived size of the bathroom by tiles of the right type. However, if you are lucky to have a large bathroom, you can exercise some creative bathroom tile ideas here and go for some amazing combinations.

bathroom tile designs

Shower Tile Design Ideas

Usually, a large bathroom has a separate shower area that needs to be renovated a bit differently. This adds to the aesthetic appeal of the bathroom and enhances the way it looks. For implementing such a bathroom tile idea, you would have to take a look at some shower tile design ideas. Most of the shower tile design ideas would take the overall scheme of the bathroom into account, and give a style that is anti to the established bathroom tile ideas. This would ensure that the shower area gets a completely different look and is separated from the overall scheme of things in the bathroom. However, such bathroom tile ideas can only run well in a large bathroom. Thus, you need to make sure that you have sufficient space, before you settle for any of these bathroom tile ideas.

Selecting Bathroom Tile Designs

While you are implementing different bathroom tile ideas, you would have to put some effort into the selection of a bathroom floor tile. The bathroom floor tile is an important part of the bathroom and helps in giving the right look to the overall design. Further, you need to ensure that the bathroom floor tiles are not too slippery, and they should have a grained texture to them. Further, the color scheme of the bathroom floor tile should be in accordance with the bathroom wall tiles that have been selected. All these aspects are quite important for the overall look of the bathroom and they need to be considered in the complete bathroom tile designs that you are finalizing for your bathroom.

ceramic bathroom tile

Why Use A Ceramic Tile?

ceramic bathroom tileThe bathroom is one of the best places to use ceramic tile for many reasons. Ceramic is versatile, looks good, and non-porous.

When ceramic tile is glazed it is also water resistant making it the perfect candidate for bathroom and also kitchen uses.

A popular use of ceramic in a bathroom tile design is usually on the surfaces and/or floors, but it is important to know that you can use it for other areas in the bathroom!

You can use ceramic tiles to create a very nice shower and bathtub setting letting you design you own shape, style, and size to your liking. It’s also important to note that ceramic tile is very DIY friendly which can save you money on a contractor.

The image shown left illustrates unique do-it-yourself design . It looks sleek and modern and should be well within the abilities of the average home handyman

 Tips For Using Ceramic Tile

  • The smaller the tile, the more grout you will need to use. Make sure you plan accordingly.
  • If you’re using solid ceramic tile colors you can play with different grout colors to make your design much more unique and attractive.
  • Utilizing those colors to create different tile designs is fun and looks very nice! Play around with different colors and patterns before deciding on what you want to stick with.

Alternatives to Ceramic Tile

There are many alternatives to ceramic tile that may suit you better. Take a look at some of these other options that you may like more

Glass Tiles

Glass tiles have been a very innovative design that has been hitting the bathroom tile scene lately. They give you a unique type of look that could be shimmering, semi-transparent, reflective, or even completely transparent. Hand decorating your tiles makes the look more inventive and different from “the usual” boring bathroom designs, so get creative when you create that unique look!

cubway bathrrom tile

Subway Tiles

If you want a more retro style look in your bathroom subway tiles may be the way to go. Subway tile isn’t the most innovative, but if you have a 20th century house this may fit the style exactly. Take a look at this picture of subway tile below:


There are many different options and surfaces for you to choose from when deciding on a bathroom tile idea and design so make sure you look at all the available types. Do enough research and make a good decision on whether or not a certain style fits your house, budget, and time frame. Don’t rush into it and make a smart decision!

Mickey Mouse bathroom décor

Mickey Mouse Bathroom Decor

Mickey Mouse bathroom décor

The bathroom should be a comfortable place where everyone wants to relax a bit maybe after school or work. The common view is completely different when the truth is that the bathroom lacks of light and any decoration. It feels horrible every time you need to use the bathroom.  Looking at the boring wall. Why not remodel your boring old bathroom with more exciting wall and items. One popular options for families with small children is Mickey Mouse bathroom décor.  Add a few colour accents and some mickey mouse toys- the more the better. Children always love this Mickey Mouse bathroom but adults or teenagers also admire this popular Disney cartoon. It’s just too cute seeing the cartoon items are all over the bathroom such as Mickey Mouse linens, toys for the babies, curtains, wallpaper, bath mats, rugs, or stickers on the drawers.

The first time you look at when open the bathroom doors is possibly the wallpaper that covers the wall. Involving the Mickey Mouse bathroom décor to jazz up your bathroom isn’t something impossible to do. Simply, get the Mickey Mouse wallpaper either from the online stores or from the Bath & Beyond. There are various theme color wallpapers you can look at. If your bathroom is a bit dark, buy a bit lighter color such as light blue, light green or yellow. It doesn’t matter whether the bathroom size is small. You can have the feeling of a large bathroom by applying these popular Mickey Mouse bathroom décor ideas to your future bathroom. Framing the Mickey Mouse bathroom wallpaper with red is also great if the bathroom background is white. Create a sensual sense using red and combine with the Mickey Mouse wallpaper.

Mickey Mouse Bathroom Sets

Put your thoughts after looking at Mickey Mouse bathroom décor to make a shopping list on what kinds of items to décor your bathroom. Simply go to the bathroom and note some items that are missing. Think also about the spaces you need when you buy the items. For example, you are missing a new rug for the bathroom. Smaller bathroom will need smaller Mickey Mouse rug than ever. A bigger size might cause troubles in opening the handle door. Hopefully, you have some ideas on what to do to remodel your bathroom.