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Bathroom Renovations Under $5,000: 10 Ideas to Upgrade Your Bathroom on a Budget

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According to the Housing Industry Association, the average cost of renovating a bathroom is $17,500.  Bathroom upgrades can be an expensive endeavour, but it doesn't have to be. With proper planning and execution, you can upgrade your bathroom without breaking the bank. Read on to discover the best return on investment (ROI) options that you can capitalise on for under $5,000.

1. Plan Your Bathroom Renovation

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The first step to renovating your bathroom on a budget is to plan your renovation by deciding what you want to achieve within it. This will help you prioritise what's important and avoid overspending. You can keep the cost of your bathroom renovation down by retaining the existing layout — this saves you money on plumbing and electrical work. If you must change the design, consider working with a professional to ensure the job is done correctly. 
Need help with planning? Our complimentary design consultation will help you turn your vision into reality with bathroom upgrade ideas, by discovering which ABI Interiors styles and finishes best suit your design idea. At the end of the session, you will receive a complimentary moodboard and have a quote tailored to you.

2. Replace Your Bathroom Tapware

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Updating your bathroom tapware is an easy bathroom upgrade and a cost-effective way to refresh your bathroom without the hassle and expense of a full-scale renovation. With up to eight finishes available and an array of styles, ABI Interiors tapware allows you to create a custom look that suits your personal taste and complements your existing decor. Not only does new tapware instantly update your bathroom’s aesthetic, but it also improves the functionality of your plumbing and increases water efficiency.

3. Paint the Walls

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One of the most budget-friendly ways to update your bathroom is by painting the walls. You can choose a colour that complements your bathroom's existing fixtures or use a bold new colour to make a statement. Before painting, it's essential to ensure the walls are clean and free of mould or mildew. If necessary, use a mould and mildew remover before painting. Need help determining what colours could suit your scheme? Uncover the best colour combinations for your interiors.

4. Upgrade Your Bathroom Basin

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Replacing your old bathroom basin with a new one can make a big difference in the appearance of this space. When choosing your bathroom sink upgrade, consider the size and style that will best suit your desired aesthetic and function. A new basin is a small change that will elevate your bathroom instantly. For an earthy, unique look that stands the test of time, the Atelis Concrete Basins will make your bathroom feel like a luxury Mediterranean hotel. 

5. Replace the Bathroom Vanity

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As the central hub of your powder room or bathroom, a bathroom vanity upgrade can give the room a whole new look. Consider wall-hung and freestanding bathroom vanities, with ample storage options that maximise the space. Similar to the bathroom basin, when choosing your new vanity, consider the size and style that suits this space.

6. Install New Lighting Fixtures

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Harsh lighting can make your bathroom experience unsettling, and give you an unflattering appearance! Upgrading your bathroom's lighting will create a luxurious ambience to the room, and is a simple renovation move you can pair with other options. Ensure your lighting fixtures suit the rest of your scheme, especially if playing with bold colours. Look for fixtures that are easy to install and use LED bulbs, which last longer and are more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs.

7. Add New Accessories

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New bathroom accessories like a new towel rail, soap dispenser, or shower caddy fall in the category of cheap bathroom upgrades. Bathroom accessories enhance the functionality of the space, making it more user-friendly and convenient for everyday use. Additionally, carefully selected accessories can enhance your bathroom's overall aesthetic appeal with visual cohesion. Did you know high-quality and durable accessories can also improve the longevity and durability of your bathroom renovation? Investing in well-made products designed to withstand daily wear and tear can help ensure your bathroom looks and functions its best for years to come.

8. Refinish or Replace the Bathtub

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If your bathtub looks worn or outdated, you can refinish it to give it a new look — this will give your bathtub an extra 10–15 years. First, the old finish is removed, and the tub is sanded down for a fresh start. Any imperfections like holes, rust, chips, or marks are repaired. Lastly, a primer, coating layers, and a sealant are applied.


If you prefer to replace it, you can find options that fit your budget, though you may want to limit your other renovation choices if you want to keep the total spend under $5,000. When choosing a new bath, consider a timeless design with thermal insulation and anti-scratch properties.

9. Re-Grout the Bathroom Tiles

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If your bathroom tiles look old or worn, re-grouting them will make them look new again. This is a project you can DIY, there are many online tutorials outlining the process — all you need is a few tools and the willingness to put in the work. By re-grouting your bathroom tiles, you can help them be more resistant to mould, preserve their longevity, and slow down or stop water from seeping out. Plus, you’ll notice the entire room looks brighter!

10. Hire a Professional

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While renovating your bathroom independently is possible, hiring a professional can ensure the job is done correctly and efficiently. Look for a professional who specialises in basic bathroom renovations and can work within your budget. For our insights on working with an expert, read 7 Rules to Set (And Stick To) A Home Reno Budget.

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