If you’re looking to update your bathroom on a budget, you can save a lot of money by doing at least part of the job on your own, and perhaps prioritizing the most important aspects of your remodel and leaving other features unchanged or simply repairing them.
Unless you’re a master craftsman, it’s best to keep a DIY bathroom renovation reasonably simple. Here we suggest a few potential features that can easily be installed by novice or intermediate homeowners.
DIY Bathroom Flooring
Installing your own flooring can save a substantial amount of money on your bathroom renovation. If you wish to remove prior tiling, it will be a simple but labor-intensive job. Laminate flooring is somewhat easier to remove.
The most simple bathroom flooring option is stained concrete, which lends a simplistic modern appearance. If you’re looking for something with a bit more personality, laminate flooring is another good DIY option. Tile floors are somewhat more difficult to install, but are manageable if you’re an intermediate handyman.
DIY Bathroom Cabinetry
Cabinetry in un-renovated bathrooms is often care worn and outdated, and many homeowners wish to replace or improve cabinetry in bathroom renovations.
Cabinets are fairly expensive and somewhat difficult to install, so if you’re on a budget you may opt to paint your existing cabinets and perhaps replace the hardware. This can significantly update their appearance but is relatively easy and inexpensive.
If you have your heart set on new cabinets, you may need to consult a professional to design your new cabinets and determine the proper dimensions. Fortunately for bathroom renovation Toronto homeowners have many excellent contractors available.
DIY Bathroom Ceilings
Popcorn ceilings were previously vey popular, and many un-renovated homes still have them. Fortunately, popcorn ceilings are fairly easy to remove, although it’s a labor-intensive job.
To remove a popcorn ceiling, use a lawn and garden sprayer to apply a mixture of water and unscented fabric softener to soften the texture, and subsequently scrape it off with a putty knife. Patch any rough patches with plaster and sand prior to painting.
A Note of Caution
Although doing some aspects of your bathroom remodel can save money, some aspects of a bathroom renovation are best left to professionals, particularly those concerning plumbing or electrical work. These mishaps can be dangerous and also do substantial, costly damage to your home. Use discretion in this, and consult professionals where appropriate.
If you’re currently in the process of renovating your bathroom, we’d love to hear some of your own DIY bathroom renovation ideas. Tell us all about in the comments section.