How to make over a Bathroom on a Budget

REFRESHING AN OLD BATHROOM ON A BUDGET

BAYSWATER BATHROOM BEFORE STORY

This older home's bathroom in the original part of the home, was showing its years- the shower base was like a 'Roman Bath' sunk into the floor with a step down, as you might see in an older seventies bathroom. There was an old yellowing, plastic toilet and old fittings and a federation style, dark wood vanity with doors that no longer suited the room.

The skylight had long since been blocked off and there was no natural light, but the shaft for the former skylight remained intact. There was a single small light in the high ceiling which wasn't enough to see. The mirror was rusted on the edges and the vanity top was stained and cracked.

There were fairly new taps and a shower head installed just prior, but the rest of the room let it down. The square shaped floor of the shower jutted into the room and the floor tiles were tiny old mosaics, like the old seventies bathrooms you see often have.

See some photos of how this tired old 70's bathroom looked before our plan to make it over on a tight budget.

It really was an eyesore and the Roman bath really showed its old age.


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 BAYSWATER BATHROOM AFTER- BATHROOM MAKEOVER SUCCESS!

This bathroom was to become the parent's new semi -ensuite bathroom so something had to be done to modernise and beautify it. However there was not the budget available for a full bathroom renovation or full strip out. In the case of this Bayswater bathroom there was no budget for a full strip out.

So if that sounds like your bathroom- read on to find out what you can do!

 

TOP TEN TIPS TO MAKE OVER BATHROOMS ON A BUDGET

1. re- spray old wall tiles- use a professional to do this. ( not suitable for floor tiles)

2. re- enamel bath tubs, sinks and toilet pans

3. Fit a new toilet cistern and seat on an existing toilet pan

4. replace an old vanity with a shop bought vanity to fit the space.

5. Replace a shower curtain with a shop bought DIY shower screen made to order

6. Add a new border tile to the existing plain tiles

7. Replace an old mirror with a new larger one to give more light

8. Fit a brand new light fitting and exhaust fan

9. Replace taps with new chrome taps, spouts and shower fittings ( shower on a rail)

10. Finish with a brand new paint job use satin paint finish.

So what could we do to update it? We could re -do the floor, delete the roman bath layout, change the shower shape for more space and get a new toilet and vanity installed. Since the roman bath floor was sunken, we needed to fill this in.with cncrete.


Once the floor was again level, we could redraw a new hob that had the shower screen door on the angle to the front. We ordered a new semi -framed corner shower screen. ($800) A new 900 mm free standing vanity in warm wood tones, with drawers and a white stone bench top and vessel basin, was sourced as a package ( $800 ) and we put in a new fancy mixer tap ($120) for the basin. A brand new close coupled china toilet suite was sourced as well ($400)

We managed to keep all the original wall tiles and we replaced ones that were cracked or disturbed and broken. We added a border tile to the top row to modernise the walls.

We re- grouted all the new wall tiles ( thankfully the owner had spares), that were replaced. A new larger coffee toned floor tile was used (found at a tile shop clearance at $14m2) to modernise the space and then we added a modern LED wall light above the mirror. ( Beacon LED $70) The skylight was unveiled and restored to its original state and at once the light bright bathroom came to life!

The renewed bathroom came in under $5,000!


 

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