The Best Sinks and Countertops on a Budget
When it comes to updating bathrooms, it can be EASY to spend tens of thousands of dollars. In between tile, countertop, vanity and fixtures, bathrooms love to EAT money like it’s candy.
And maybe you thought that high-style would be too expensive for your box o’ wine budget and that you had to do the ‘same-ole-same-ole’. THINK AGAIN my friend. You can create a KILLER bathroom AND save money by making some smart choices and today, we’re going to add visual (and actual) value to your bathroom WITHOUT breaking open your kids piggy bank or the wine funnel.
The Best Sinks to Update a Bathroom on a Budget
I LOATHE traditional ‘vessel’ sinks. They are a pain in the butt to use (if you’re a kid) and in my opinion, WAY too weird – it’s a trend that I wish never existed. And while these sinks below are CALLED vessel sinks, they are a fraction of the height and add a WHACK-load more style and class to a space.
These are all drop-in sinks, so they are sinks that you use with laminate countertops meaning you can KEEP your existing countertop OR do an upgrade to one of the new countertops styles (which we’re going to talk about shortly). You can also use them with quartz/granite if you aren’t into under-mount sinks.
(Take note of the countertop in this photo, another FAB money-saver)
The above photo is my fave style for sure. I used this one with my client Laura, and get TONS of comments on it. It looks modern and expensive when in fact, you can get a similar look for under $100!
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Drop in Sinks Under $125
This Jacuzzi brand sink below will give you a similar look and save you some moula. Anna Farmhouse Sink by Jacuzzi.
Decolav also has semi-vessel sink with a similar look. Decolav Vessel Sink.
Drop in Sinks Under $150
If you aren’t digging the square look and want something softer looking, THIS is one stunning sink! I love the soft curved oval shape.
I also like the look and the price of this Ronbow vessel style sink.
Now I KNOW that you might get better quality with brands like American Standard and Kohler, but money talks (when I’ve had too much wine, everything does) and sometimes you can get a bit more bang for buck in a lower price point. If you want to take that next step, here are a few beauties to consider…
Drop-in Sinks Under $225
This Kohler one is beautiful and you can get it in a variety of finishes (including bone/almond!).
Love the look of this one, but it’s a bit more shallow and I wonder how much splashback you’d get?
The above sink is called the Yin Yang sink by Kohler. While it IS more expensive, if you’re doing laminate countertops (therefore, saving THOUSANDS) you can justify spending an extra $100 on a sink without feeling like you’re going overboard on EVERYthing.
The Best Countertops to Update a Bathroom on a Budget
Some of my most POPULAR bathrooms and kitchens on my Pinterest profile are those with laminate countertops – not quartz, not granite, but LAMINATE! And while I’ve already done a blog post on how AWESOME the new laminate countertops are, I want to go in a bit closer here with the Formica line of countertops known as…
And just so you know, I’m not getting paid to promote any of the products that I’ve shown you on this page. I pay myself in wine, Starbucks and self high-fives.
Formica has a WICKED line of countertops known as the 180FX line. You want the look of white or black marble? Done. You want your countertops to look like travertine? You bet! In other words, you can get the LOOK of high-end without the cost or the maintenance.
See all of this bathroom here
A well-chosen laminate countertop can look stunning while coming in at a FRACTION of the price of quartz or granite, and I’m not talking about hundreds of dollars, I’m talking THOUSANDS of dollars (particularly in a kitchen).
The above countertop is Formica Calacatta Marble. With the square wrap profile on the front, it’s got the look of marble for under $400! If you want the reverse look, so black base with white/gray veining, check out Formica Jet Sequoia.
This next countertop is great for bathrooms. I’ve had clients want to use it in kitchens, but because of the strong linear veining, it doesn’t look good on countertops that aren’t 1 piece (where the slab meets in the corner the lines/pattern of the countertop gets pretty mismatched). However, in a bathroom with it’s straight-run of countertop it’s a beautiful choice, particularly if your floor tile is more subdued.
The above countertop is called Formica Travertine Silver, a beautiful laminate with a range of greige and warm tones.
And while this isn’t a bathroom, it is a GREAT example of Formica’s Soapstone Sequoia and it’s actually in my own kitchen!
See the rest of my kitchen remodel here
It would have cost upwards of $7000 to do my entire kitchen in the quartz I wanted, so instead of giving Tim a jammer with the price tag, I put quartz on the island and chose this beautiful laminate for the perimeter. And to tell you the truth, I love the laminate WAY more than the quartz. I see EVERYTHING on the quartz, whereas I can not wipe the countertop for a week (true story) and hardly know it’s dirty!
Now I’m just BURSTING with ideas for saving money, so if you are wanting to know what is best for you and your home, check out my affordable and fun…