The "after" would make Joanna Gaines proud.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated June 01, 2018
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After spending just $3,000, the room looks dramatically different. Shiplap on the walls, a fresh brass faucet ($598, wayfair.com) and light fixture ($130, wayfair.com), and a brand-new vanity ($1,670, wayfair.com) completely transform the space. One of the biggest decisions Brooke had to make was whether to invest in a double sink or opt for a single. After considering the cost of plumbing, plus hooking up a new light fixture and adding a second mirror (not to mention the time spent cleaning an extra sink!), she decided to stick with a single-sink vanity. In the end, that simple decision helped cut the renovation costs. 
Nesting with Grace

If you've been dreaming of a bathroom remodel, but your budget's holding you back, it may be time to rethink your reno goals. According to the home experts at Wayfair, the average bathroom renovation costs around $11,000 (eek!), but if you start out with a budgeted plan, pick and choose the top-priority areas to tackle, and aren't afraid to DIY some elements, you can cut costs to a fraction of the average. To prove it, Wayfair gave home bloggers just $3,000 worth of product and challenged them to complete a bathroom makeover. Let's just say, the results did not disappoint. The evidence: check out Nesting with Grace's gorgeous (and wallet-friendly) bathroom renovation, below.

Nesting with Grace

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The Bathroom Before

Before Brooke Christen from Nesting with Grace started her bathroom renovation, the room was feeling ready for a refresh. When the family moved into the home three years ago, they made some quick updates (like the hexagonal tile floor and adding subway tile to the shower), but after spending money on the house remodel, they decided to cut costs on the finishing touches. Three years later, they were ready to turn this "blah" bathroom into a spa-worthy space.

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The Beautiful Reveal

After spending just $3,000, the room looks dramatically different. Shiplap on the walls, a fresh brass faucet ($598, wayfair.com) and light fixture ($130, wayfair.com), and a brand-new vanity ($1,670, wayfair.com) completely transform the space. One of the biggest decisions Brooke had to make was whether to invest in a double sink or opt for a single. After considering the cost of plumbing, plus hooking up a new light fixture and adding a second mirror (not to mention the time spent cleaning an extra sink!), she decided to stick with a single-sink vanity. In the end, that simple decision helped cut the renovation costs. 

Nesting with Grace

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Don't Try to Change Everything at Once

Another way Brooke kept the budget in check was by not trying to change everything in the room. She kept the tile, tub, and toilet, so she could focus the money on a standout vanity, stunning hardware, and luxe details (like that pretty rug). Renovation costs can quickly get out of control, so start with a budgeted plan and don't try to tackle every element at once. 

Nesting with Grace

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DIY as Much as You Can

Another smart way to cut reno costs is to DIY as many projects as possible. While plumbing and electrical are better left to the professionals, you can probably tackle tasks like painting and installing hardware yourself. Rather than hire a pro, Brooke decided to install the shiplap wall herself using AZEK PVC board found at the Home Depot. We're pretty sure the finished results would make Joanna Gaines proud.