Bathroom improvements under $50

A complete bathroom remodel can be time-consuming, messy, and very expensive. On the other hand, a few simple changes won't cost as much, but will add up to a big difference in the look of a room. Each of these bathroom improvements will cost under $50 a piece to help complete a bathroom makeover you can afford. Can't afford to do more than one improvement at a time? No problem! Complete one new project a payday, and you'll be able to enjoy a new and improved bathroom in very little time.

New cabinet hardware - With new cabinet hardware, you'll give your bathroom an entirely new look. Many people will assume you've purchased new cabinets altogether! And because there aren't many cabinets in a bathroom, you'll only need a few new knobs and/or drawer pulls to complete this cheap and easy home improvement. Total cost - $10 to $20, depending on the style you choose.

Renew the countertops - If you know where to shop, you may be able to purchase brand new countertops for the bathroom for under $50. Returned tops, precut tops, or countertops that have been discontinued may be available in the size and sink cut you need for your bathroom makeover. If you are unable to find a new one, however, there are other options. With a product called Countertops R-New!, you can polish your existing tops to smooth out scratches, erase regular wear and tear, and rejuvenate the countertops to a fresh glossy shine. Total cost - $50 or less for new tops; Less than $20 for Countertops R-New!.

New flooring - Most bathroom floors are fairly small, so a lot of flooring isn't required to spruce up the space. Sheet vinyl is cheap, easy to install, and available in a wide range of colors, styles, and textures. Many home improvement stores have clearance sections with discontinued flooring that is perfect for this type of home improvement, at a cost of $20 or less! Even in-stock vinyl is inexpensive, however. Total cost - $20 to $50, depending on the style and quantity needed.

Light dimmer - With a light dimmer, you can control the intensity of the light in the bathroom. Lower the light to a dim level for a relaxing soak in the tub, or raise it to brighten the room when direct light is needed. Dimmers help conserve energy and reduce the electric bill when used frequently. Total cost - $10 to $40, depending on special features and dimmer type.

Flush converter - Reduce water waste every time you flush with a flush converter. These easy-to-install units work to control the amount of water used, therefore saving you money every time you flush. This inexpensive bathroom improvement can save approximately 15,000 gallons of water each year, translating to an approximate 10% reduction on water bill costs. Total cost - $30 or less.

New shower head - Add a bit of luxury to the shower with a new shower head. Take down the old unit and replace it with one that is handheld for something different. Or, simply replace your old shower head with one that offers pulsating and massaging jets. This inexpensive bathroom improvement will be something you use daily, and enjoy for many years to come. While there are very expensive models out there, the less costly ones will work just as well. Total cost - $20 to $50, depending on brand, make, and model. 

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