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Mum reveals how she transformed her grotty old bathroom into a stunning retreat

Mum transforms her grotty old bathroom into a stunning spa-inspired retreat – and the entire project cost her just $5,000

  • A mum has revealed how she transformed her grotty old bathroom for $5,000
  • Australian woman Connie Lane revealed she shopped at Bunnings for the reno
  • Connie said she and her husband did the project entirely themselves
  • Thousands who saw the transformation online were impressed with the results 

A mum has revealed how she transformed her grotty old bathroom into a stunning retreat in a few weekends – and she saved thousands by doing it herself. 

Australian woman Connie Lane spent just $5,000 on her ‘budget bathroom renovation’, saying it’s ‘one hell of an improvement from the original space’. 

Typically, homeowners in Australia can expect to spend between $18,000 and $25,000 on a new bathroom.

‘It’s done. Our budget bathroom reno is complete,’ Connie posted on Facebook.

BEFORE: A mum has revealed how she transformed her grotty old bathroom into a stunning retreat in a few weekends - and she saved thousands by doing it herself (pictured before)

BEFORE: A mum has revealed how she transformed her grotty old bathroom into a stunning retreat in a few weekends – and she saved thousands by doing it herself (pictured before)

AFTER: Australian woman Connie Lane spent just $5,000 on her 'budget bathroom renovation', saying it's 'one hell of an improvement from the original space' (pictured after)

AFTER: Australian woman Connie Lane spent just $5,000 on her ‘budget bathroom renovation’, saying it’s ‘one hell of an improvement from the original space’ (pictured after)

‘It took a few weekends as there was a delay in receiving our shower wet walls.

‘But I think we kept it under $5k. We may have a few cents left and all work was done by us.’ 

Connie revealed where she bought all of the items from in the bathroom, including the bath and shower screen from Builders’ Discount Warehouse and the shower walls from Mr Wet Wall.

‘I bought the vanity from IKEA, the tapware and a wine rack for the towels from Catch of the Day and the barn door, paint, panels and trims all came from Bunnings Warehouse,’ she said.

DURING: Bar moving the bath, Connie said she didn't re-do much of the plumbing as she wanted to save money, and she did the whole project for under $5k (pictured during)

DURING: Bar moving the bath, Connie said she didn't re-do much of the plumbing as she wanted to save money, and she did the whole project for under $5k (pictured during)

DURING: Bar moving the bath, Connie said she didn’t re-do much of the plumbing as she wanted to save money, and she did the whole project for under $5k (pictured during)

Finally, the vinyl flooring came from Evolved Floors, and the mirror was a splurge buy from Temple and Webster.

‘It’s one hell of an improvement from the original bathroom. Now if the boys mess it up they’ll be showering outside,’ Connie concluded.

Thousands who saw the transformation on Facebook were impressed with the results.

‘This looks amazing, such a good job,’ one woman posted.

‘Wow, very impressive,’ another added.

AFTER: 'It's one hell of an improvement from the original bathroom. Now if the boys mess it up they'll be showering outside,' Connie said (pictured after)

AFTER: ‘It’s one hell of an improvement from the original bathroom. Now if the boys mess it up they’ll be showering outside,’ Connie said (pictured after)

AFTER: Thousands who saw the transformation on Facebook were impressed with the results, saying it had inspired them to do their own bathroom (pictured after)

AFTER: Thousands who saw the transformation on Facebook were impressed with the results, saying it had inspired them to do their own bathroom (pictured after)

Some asked whether she re-did the plumbing anywhere, as this can be expensive.

‘We kept everything else pretty much in its original place bar moving the bath to save plumbing,’ Connie explained.

This isn’t the first budget room transformation to wow the internet recently.

Earlier this week, a mum shared how she re-did her ‘boring’ outdoor area and made it into an entertaining area, saving thousands by also doing it herself. 

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