Updating bathrooms are at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists when it comes to room renovations and updates. Replacing old bathroom cabinets is a cost-effective way in which to accomplish this. They are available in a plethora of sizes, styles, and colors. You can purchase them in any local or big box hardware store, and bathroom fixture supply centers.

Please note: The term bathroom cabinets include bathroom vanities as well.

Once you have chosen the cabinet(s) that fit your style, and budget, the next decision is to either hire a contractor to install the unit(s), or do the job yourself. Although taking the job on yourself may sound overwhelming, it really is not as hard as you may think. There are plenty of books that provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to properly remove the old cabinets and install the new ones.

If you learn better by seeing the process, many of the big box hardware stores teach free weekend classes on various do it yourself home improvements including bathroom cabinet replacement.

Doing the removal and installation yourself will save a lot of money that can be used towards other fun and effective bathroom updates.

In addition, you will experience a great sense of satisfaction and pride by learning to do something that you never thought possible.

Your Budget

If replacing the bathroom cabinets is not in your budget, all is certainly not lost. There are other cost-effective ways to give your bathroom that fresh new look that you desire. Instead of replacing the cabinet(s) you can paint or stain them.

The project will only take a couple of hours, and the paint or stain, with supplies and materials, should cost you under fifty dollars. Since you will already have the painting supplies out and are in gear to paint, it is the perfect time to add a fresh coat on the walls.

Paint is an extremely cost-effective way to change the look and feel of your bathroom. Use a color or colors that contrast with the new cabinet color.

Handles and Knobs

Changing the cabinet(s) handles and knobs, otherwise, know as hardware, is another great way to update the look of your bathroom without breaking the bank. Anyone that owns a screwdriver can perform this task. You can typically purchase new handles and knobs for as low as one dollar each, and it only takes a minute or two at best to replace the old hardware.

If the cabinet you are working on is the vanity then you should give serious consideration to replacing the old faucet with a new one. You can purchase them in the same store that you bought the cabinet.

There are many brands, styles, and colors to chose from, so you will be able to easily find a faucet that is perfect for your taste. There is also a wide range of prices, and fancy models tend to get expensive. That being said, many fixtures are available for well under one hundred dollars.

A brand new faucet combined with an updated or new vanity will provide an entirely new look for your bathroom. In addition, changing out the faucet is a project that you can do yourself. You only need a few basic tools, and there are books that provide step-by-step instructions on how to do it properly. The big-box hardware stores also teach classes on weekends if you are more of a visual learner.


Renovating your bathroom cabinets yourself will not only update the room, but it will also save a lot of money. You will also feel a great sense of accomplishment every time you step into the bathroom. Give it a go this weekend, and knock that bathroom renovation project off of your list.