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Clever bathroom transformation hacks for homeowners on a budget

Giving a dated bathroom a much-needed makeover can be expensive.

From swanky new tiles, toilets and tubs to the additional cost of plumbing an installation, a brand new bathroom could set you back thousands of pounds.

But if you’re a homeowner on a budget who wants to give the room a new lease of life without breaking the bank, there are several cheaper options available.

People across across the world are using social media platforms to share their DIY makeover tips and tricks.

When it comes to the bathroom, there’s no shortage of ideas to help you get the look you desire for less.

Some people have achieved dramatic transformations without splashing the cash with items including stick on tiles and bathtub paint.

Others have re-purposed furniture made for other rooms in the house and built their own room accessories from scratch.

Here’s a round up of some of the best budget-friendly tips and ticks the internet has to offer.

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, revealing the finished look after two coats.

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.

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, TikTok 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 a 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’ message, and decorates it with candles and a small plant.

Repurpose furniture designed for other rooms

Think outside the box when it comes to furniture and storage for your bathroom.

TikTok user @thethriftguru revealed a clever way to incorporate furniture that isn’t typically designed to be used in the bathroom.

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.

If you’re a Greater Manchester interiors blogger, you’ve recently transformed your home or garden on a budget, or you have a fool-proof hack you’d like to share with readers – we’d love to hear from you. Email [email protected] for more information

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