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How to remodel a bathroom in one weekend for under $1,000

Remodeling a space may feel overwhelming. Not only is it important to establish a budget, but you’ll need to put your vision on paper to work out the design. With the right approach, though, bringing an idea to life doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re willing to do a good amount of the work yourself, you can enjoy full control over the end result of any home renovation. Use this simple guide to learn how to remodel a bathroom in two days or less, all while spending under $1,000.

Remodeled bathroom with rug, shelves, and new lights
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Painting — estimated cost: $70 to $150

Switching up the color of your bathroom is often the first project of a remodel. Depending on the size of your room, you are likely to need one to two gallons of paint and a gallon or two of primer. At about $40 per gallon, this will make up the majority of the cost. The other materials are minimal, such as paintbrushes or maybe even a roller sponge and a tray. It can also be helpful to have tarps or plastic sheets with painter’s tape to make nice, clean lines without transferring paint to unwanted surfaces. Those additional tools will run anywhere from $40 to $60. If you opt to pay for labor, it will add an estimated $150 or so to the cost.

Light fixtures — estimated cost: $300

Lighting makes a massive impact on the look of any room, but especially in a bathroom where there are typically fewer windows. Because of the technical implications of changing fixtures, this is usually the most costly change. However, if you budget for more simple fixtures, like sconces, you will be able to minimize the expense. A lower-end range could be anywhere from $30 to $100 per fixture. If you have experience with electrical wiring, you’ll also be able to save on labor costs. If not, it is advisable to have a professional assist you since working with wiring will present hazards. Labor will likely run about $150 or more.

Decor — estimated cost: $150 to $200

Design is in the details, as they say. Swapping out some of your bathroom accessories and decor can bring about a satisfying transformation. Start with simple changes. For example, the color of your towels, shower curtain, and countertop decor (toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, etc.). The total of those items alone will run about $100 or so. You may also consider wall decor. A splash of color adds personality, so abstract paintings or vintage photographs are nice choices to consider. Depending on the size, artwork will add another $50 to $100.

New vanity storage — estimated cost: $200

A basic vanity will start at about $60 but more commonly will average closer to about twice that amount. Keep in mind that you want to keep costs low while procuring materials that will last for some time. Once again, if you’re able to install it yourself, that will cut down on labor costs and give you more room in the budget for a higher quality set. Pay attention to things like color, material, sink depth, and storage capabilities.

Floor upgrade — estimated cost: $150 to $200

There are multiple ways to change up the look of your bathroom floor. One of the lowest-cost options is adding or switching out rugs. Long, runner-type rugs are a great choice or bath mats next to the tub or shower. Changing the floor itself is also doable but can cause your budget to rapidly expand if you insist on expensive tile or hardwood materials. Installation costs will deviate depending on the size and shape of your bathroom. The standard price of labor rests at $75. The most sensible and visually pleasing option is a vinyl hardwood look-alike, which averages around about 50 cents per square foot.

Clean bathroom with new furnishings

As you can see, a little research and planning can allow you to overhaul your bathroom at a pleasantly low cost. The more labor you carry out yourself, the more money you will save. In addition, you don’t need to choose the priciest materials when selecting new appliances, vanities, or flooring. As long as the quality is reliable, and the aesthetic fits your vision, you can skip on the solid gold cabinet fixtures. With these pointers as your guide, you will spend under $1,000 for a completely new bathroom to enjoy.

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