Budget bathroom makeover after

I showed you some snippets of our bathroom makeover on this post a while back but it was mostly featuring the new decor. The updates to the hardware and surfaces were the biggest change though, so I thought I’d delve into that a bit deeper.

As a reminder, here is the before:

bathroom before

Budget bathroom makeover before Budget bathroom makeover before

And now…


Budget bathroom makeover after

The biggest impact came from painting the wall tiles. We painted the backsplash in the kitchen when we moved in and have been really happy with it so we went with the same method.

Since we only have the one shower it required a bit of planning and a lot of inviting ourselves over to our parents’ for dinner and showering. But SO worth it.

No more faux marble tiles with patterned frieze! The texture of the frieze is still visible in person but I’m not too fussed about that.

The floor tiles are still pretty cruddy – unfortunately tile paint isn’t recommended for floors. I was planning to whiten the grout but with all the moving prep I have run out of time.

Budget bathroom makeover after

Budget bathroom makeover after

The other big difference is the shiny new hardware we The Man installed. We chose the same range of tapware as the kitchen and laundry, plus a sexy waterfall showerhead.

I had wanted a shelf in the shower for the longest time to avoid piles of bottles on the floor. In fact, we did actually have a shelf in there a couple of years ago, but very briefly, because the brackets promptly broke in half and the glass shelf fell down. (No, we didn’t have too much on the shelf, it was just a really shoddy product from Ikea.)

Anyway, now we have a lovely shelf… which we won’t be able to enjoy because we are moving out in two days.

Budget bathroom makeover after

When we replaced the towel rail we also installed a hand towel ring because the room previously didn’t have one at all. The ugly mismatching plastic door hooks came down in favour of matching metal ones too.

Budget bathroom makeover after

Still totally loving the ladder shelf (a much better find from Ikea), it’s the perfect fit for the space. I bought it knowing we were house hunting but it’s such a versatile piece I know we’ll always find good use for it.

Budget bathroom makeover after

This was the last room in the house to have any work done over the six years we’ve been here. Even though we haven’t got the chance to enjoy it for long, it still feels like a great accomplishment.

Our gleaming white bathroom is the icing on the cake of our finished house.

Source list

Tile paint: White Knight

Wall paint: Accent ‘Ivory Stone’ (actually not recommended – it works in the kitchen and laundry but here it looks too green against the bright white tiles)

Tapware, rails and hooks: Renovation D

Towels: Target

Decor & storage: Mostly Target, plus a couple of bowls purchased overseas and some other items I had lying around

Let me know if you have any questions on the process or where any other items were sourced.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post, however in the interests of disclosure please note some of the Target items were provided to me for a previous post.

P.P.S. I would like it to be known that I have not, in fact, killed my beloved potted orchid. Its absence is due to it being in its non-flowering season so it is happily having a holiday outside.


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