Couple give ‘scabby’ bathroom a DIY makeover ‘saving thousands’

A couple have given their ‘scabby’ bathroom a modern makeover – and saved themselves ‘thousands of pounds’ in the process.

It’s their third transformation project during lockdown, having created a cosy garden hangout for £200, a country-style kitchen, and now a bathroom fit for a stylish hotel – which they say was their ‘toughest project yet’.

Ben Wright, 36, and his wife, 37, spent just £600 on completely overhauling their old and tired bathroom using bargain finds from Amazon, The Range, and B&M.

The multimedia designer, who taught himself how to tile on YouTube, said: “Bathrooms are no mean feat. I have a newfound respect for plumbers and tilers after doing the whole thing myself.

“It was arguably the toughest project yet.”

Ben installed a brand new waterfall shower, toilet, and vanity unit, completing the ambitious renovation in less than four weeks.

Posting the impressive results in the DIYOnABudget Facebook group, he added: “Turned my dingy, scabby, little bathroom into a hotel inspired bathroom. I reckon we’ve still saved thousands by shopping around and doing it ourselves!”



a sink and a bath tub: The Wright's family bathroom before the renovation


© Ben Wright
The Wright’s family bathroom before the renovation



a close up of a sink: The process during - which Ben describes as 'no mean feat'


© Ben Wright
The process during – which Ben describes as ‘no mean feat’

“At times, we doubted the decision to do it ourselves. There were hurdles, many of them along the way! Leak after leak!

“The plumbing work hadn’t been touched in over 40 years which meant every time I so much as breathed in the direction of some of the old joins, they’d happily just start leaking! At one point the ceiling collapsed in the room below!

“I’ve picked up many skills in the last six months so it wasn’t a huge deal and wasn’t long before it was patched up. Hugely stressful though!”



a glass shower door: The project took less than four weeks


© Ben Wright
The project took less than four weeks

Ben, who shares his renovations on his dedicated DIY Instagram page, managed to build the vanity unit by sourcing old scrap wood from Facebook Marketplace for free.

The DIY-lover told the M.E.N.: “It feels beyond amazing to have a bathroom we can be proud of and somewhere we can enjoy and relax in.”

He’s written a rough cost breakdown of everything that was bought, as well as where it was purchased from.

Shopping list

Tiles, adhesive, grout, backing boards, edging = £310. Tiles are from Wickes: City Stone, Grey.

Bath taps = £45 – Amazon

Rainfall shower = £26 – Amazon

Bath screen = £10 – Facebook Marketplace

Vanity unit = Free. Built from scrap wood – Facebook Marketplace

Vanity unit handle = £2 – Toolstation

Vanity basin and tap = £15 – Facebook Marketplace



a sink and a white tub sitting next to a window: Ben built the vanity unit with old scraps of wood for free from Marketplace


© Ben Wright
Ben built the vanity unit with old scraps of wood for free from Marketplace

Toilet = £50 – Screwfix

Radiator paint = £8 – Screwfix

Kitchen ceiling = Free. Left over from a previous job

Caddy and hook = £13 – The Range

Toilet roll holder + towel ring = £15 – The Range

Mirror = £20 – Dunelm Mill

Plants = £20 – The Range and B&M

Bath mat = £7 – B&M

Bath tray = £10 – B&M

Blind = £22 – Dunelm Mill

Total cost = Just under £600 approx.

Hundreds of other interior design fans have liked and commented on Ben’s Facebook post, with one woman posting: “OMG this is amazing, looks absolutely great!!”.

Another shared: “That looks amazing!! Well done guys x”.

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