Have a 1950’s era bathroom but don’t have a chunk of change lying around to help bring the bathroom into the modern age? No problem— here are seven inexpensive ways to bring that pink tile-laden space into the 21st century.


Tile— whether you’re using it for floors or walls— can add up pretty quickly. Luckily, there’s a couple ways you can have your cake and eat it too with this more expensive material. Try shopping at big-box retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s for tile. Hitting up these supercenters as opposed to shopping for custom tile can save you a pretty penny. If you have to go with custom tile, consider using it just as a border. Beadboard has recently come back into play and with it’s classic look, I can’t see this going out of style any time soon. Use beadboard to cover most of your walls and then top off the look with custom tile.


Never underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint. Stick with warm neutrals like gray, greige (yes, this exists; it’s a combination of gray and beige), light taupe, etc. to brighten small spaces. A word of advice: Going the DIY route when it comes to paint can save you hundreds— just make sure you’ve got patience, as bathrooms tend to have small nooks and crannies that are a pain to deal with when it comes to paint.


Marble and granite are all everybody wants these days, but if you’re on a tight budget, these must haves can quickly wreak havoc on your bottom line. Get the best of both worlds when you consider the alternatives: Shop for an inexpensive vanity with a marble or granite top or consider repurposing an old dresser as a sink pedestal.


You’ll be surprised at what simply replacing the fixtures does to your space. Replace dated brass knobs, towel rods, sink faucets, light fixtures and even light switches and outlets to quickly and inexpensively update the look of your bathroom.

Caulk and grout

Nothing makes a bathroom look more drab than unsightly caulk and grout. If your tile and tub are still in good condition consider redoing the grout and adding a fresh layer of caulk around your tub. You’ll be surprised at how quickly this elevates the look of your space.


Replace the frameless mirror over your vanity with a framed mirror. Shop around to find a less expensive, yet modern mirror that fits the bill, or if you’re willing to put in a little effort, consider framing your current mirror with inexpensive materials found at a local hardware store.


Hate that puke green tile lining your tub? Don’t replace— redo! Yep, turns out you can even paint tile. Use a product like Rust-Oleum’s tile and tub kit to transform the ugly green to a sparkling white. Use a similar strategy when it comes to your tub. Instead of buying a new tub, consider refinishing your old one. Many times you can have your tub professionally relined for a fraction of what a new one would cost.