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How to renovate your bathroom on a budget

A few tips from an expert on creating bathroom bliss minus the bills

By Amy Saunders  | June 18, 2021 | Category

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The bathroom is an important part of the home. It’s where we begin and end every day and practice self-care.

Principal at Leapfrog Polokwane Floris de Kock shares a few tips on breathing new life into your bathroom space while keeping renovation costs low. Take a look below.

Start where you are

If you're on a tight budget, a good place to start is by looking at what can be refreshed with some imagination, a trip to the hardware shop and a bit of effort. The secret to a good paint job is taking the time to properly prepare and prime the surfaces before painting as this will ensure a more professional final look.

"There are a variety of options for painting everything from tiles and cabinets to fixtures like taps and bathtubs - and it will be far cheaper than replacing them outright," De Kock advises.

Upcycle, reuse and repurpose

The savvy renovator's best-kept secret is that you don't always need to buy everything new. Whether it's sanware, fixtures or accessories you're after, consider buying second-hand. Online marketplaces like Gumtree and Facebook offer all sorts, often at significantly reduced prices.

Similarly, consider how you might repurpose the shelves from an old bookcase into floating shelves for a fresh decorative element in the bathroom or how an old planter can be cleaned, painted and moved to the bathroom to bring in some greenery.

Go green

Speaking of greenery, renovating is the ideal time to bring more environmentally green elements into the bathroom.

"Things like low-flow toilets, sinks and shower heads are a simple and not very costly way to save water, and one of the first steps to making your home more eco-conscious," De Kock shared.

The difference is in the detail

One of the most certain ways to make a space feel welcoming is to pay attention to the details, in the form of accessories and accents. Add a touch of playfulness - or luxury - to your bathroom with a wallpapered accent wall, or a creative pop of paint colour behind the toilet. Frame the mirror or window in an expected way or paint a mural on the ceiling.

"Have fun with it and remember that accessories can easily be updated, in line with trends, seasons or simply your taste," De Kock added.