Four Paths to a Budget-Friendly Bathroom Upgrade

Four Paths to a Budget-Friendly Bathroom Upgrade

Regular bathrooms are an essential part of your home, and often get the most attention when schemes for home improvement come to the fore. Guest bathrooms tend not to get as much love, however, which can be a mistake.

Guest bathrooms are not as crucial to daily life as regular bathrooms, and more often than not homeowners tend to use it as auxiliary storage spaces for stuff they have nowhere else to put. However, guest bathrooms are the ones guests see, so you want it to look its best. An awesome guest bathroom also makes a great first impression with potential homebuyers in case you plan to sell your home in the future.
The bottom line is you need to pay more attention to your guest bathroom, and make the most of it with some key upgrades. You can do this even on a small budget if you are smart about it. Here are four paths to a budget-friendly bathroom upgrade.

Mirror magic

A smart trick for making a guest bathroom look bigger is to use mirrors. Guest bathrooms tend to be on the small side, and in many homes, they are more of an afterthought than part of the grand design. In some cases, they are little more than a closet with a sink and toilet, so cramped is a generous description. Making them bigger without knocking down a wall is a challenge, but mirrors usually do the trick quite nicely.
You want to choose a large, frameless mirror so it reflects the opposite wall, giving the illusion of space. It would be even better if your bathroom walls were a light color such as white, light blue, or lemon yellow. This will reflect light better, giving the room a more airy look. If the walls are dark, consider repainting the walls, and maybe put in a white marble or quartz vanity top to complete the picture.

Wall bling

A great way to upgrade your bathroom with just a little effort is to add some accents to plain walls. You can go with decals, or you can use stencils to put in something fun or interesting such as a flock of birds, butterflies, or flowers.
You can also put in some eye-catching artwork, maybe a reproduction of something famous like the “Sunflowers” series by Vincent van Gogh. If that’s a little off for you, consider framing some fun or motivational quotes such as “If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying!”
Whatever you choose, it should be in line with the general theme and color palette of the bathroom. You want it to be striking, but not jarring. It won’t cost a lot of money, but the impact is beyond price.

Say it with hardware

Another easy way to create some drama in your guest bathroom without enacting one on your wallet is to replace all the hardware. You can replace your boring old faucet with a stylish one in black matte metal the shape of an old-fashioned water pump. You can also do a number with your cabinet pulls, toilet paper holders, towel bars.

Try to have a theme when choosing your new hardware, and see if you can work with some unique items. There are many options out there from top brands as well as garage sales, so don’t limit yourself to just one place to get some ideas.
If you are DIYing, find some tutorials online for putting them in your new bathroom. If you don’t have the budget to buy new hardware that will make a difference to the look of your bathroom, look online on how to give your existing stuff a new finish and make them look more interesting.

Match and match

Sometimes, all you need to is to put in the right kind of accessories to make your guest bathroom much more appealing. You can get some decorating ideas from Pinterest or other such website to make your own guest bathroom look fabulous. Most of it is just about staging such as putting decorative soaps, choosing the right soap dispensers, getting thematic trashcans, scented candles, and matching hand towels.
You can get a lot of stuff to match and accessorize your bathroom without breaking the bank, and you guest bathroom will look fantastic. Anything goes as long as you focus on the effect you want to create.


You don’t have to spend a lot of time and money in upgrading your guest bathroom if it is not in the cards. These tips should help get you there. Of course, the best way to really make your guest bathroom awesome is to do a major overhaul with the help of a reliable remodeling company. Fairfax Kitchen Bath is just the contractor for you in the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas.

We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. You will love your guest bathroom for life.
When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in remodeling kitchens and bathrooms to specifications, and executing them within budget and on time.
We have the expertise to carry out any type of remodeling you need. We also carry the products you need for your bathroom remodeling, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia which houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.
Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.
Contact us today to get a free quote for your fabulous bathroom upgrade.

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Sam Kazanci <br/><span id="position">Owner</span>
Sam Kazanci

Sam Kazanci is the owner of Fairfax Kitchen Bath Remodeling. He has experience to build and remodel the kitchen and baths with his team and the author of fkb blog: You can find Sam on LinkedIn and Twitter.