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

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Mum reveals how she completely transformed her ‘grotty old’ kitchen for just $2,000

A mother has revealed how she transformed her ‘grotty old’ kitchen into a luxurious modern space in two months, and the entire DIY project set her back just $2,000.

Australian woman Jennifer Jones said she and her partner spent ‘two months with breaks’ putting together their new kitchen using items from Bunnings Warehouse.

And while it was a lot of effort, the rewards have more than outweighed the blood, sweat and tears.

‘We finally completed our kitchen renovation, and the best part is that we have managed to do that for just under $2k and all ourselves,’ Jennifer posted on Facebook. 

‘A real cheapy, but we put in a lot of love.’

BEFORE: A mother has revealed how she transformed her 'grotty old' kitchen into a luxurious modern space in two months, and the entire DIY project set her back just $2,000

BEFORE: A mother has revealed how she transformed her ‘grotty old’ kitchen into a luxurious modern space in two months, and the entire DIY project set her back just $2,000

AFTER: Australian woman Jennifer Jones said she and her partner spent 'two months with breaks' putting together their new kitchen using items from Bunnings Warehouse

AFTER: Australian woman Jennifer Jones said she and her partner spent ‘two months with breaks’ putting together their new kitchen using items from Bunnings Warehouse

The average cost of a kitchen renovation in Australia in 2020 is $17,000, meaning the Jones family saved at least $15,000 by doing it all themselves.

Jennifer wrote: ‘I won’t lie, we are not DIY beginners, but putting in the bench top from joiners to cutting out the sink and stove wasn’t a picnic and we were definitely over it by the end of it’.

‘But it was all worth it,’ she added.

BEFORE: The average cost of a kitchen renovation in Australia in 2020 is $17,000, meaning the Jones family saved at least $15,000 by doing it all themselves

BEFORE: The average cost of a kitchen renovation in Australia in 2020 is $17,000, meaning the Jones family saved at least $15,000 by doing it all themselves

AFTER: 'We finally completed our kitchen renovation, and the best part is that we have managed to do that for just under $2k and all ourselves,' Jennifer posted on Facebook

AFTER: ‘We finally completed our kitchen renovation, and the best part is that we have managed to do that for just under $2k and all ourselves,’ Jennifer posted on Facebook

In the kitchen, the mum said she first of all tackled her cabinetry, which can often make a kitchen look instantly better or worse.

‘I used Taubmans 3-in-1 primer and painted one coat of it,’ Jennifer wrote.

‘Then, we covered this with two coats of Dulux’s Aquanamel Gloss and added silver knobs to the cabinetry.’

Jennifer and her partner followed this by tackling the tiles on their splashbacks.

‘We used White Knights paint from Bunnings on the tiles,’ she said.

‘One coat of the primer and two coats of the white completely transformed it.’

The walls were also all about painting, with the mum using the Taubmans 3-in-1 primer and 8-in-1 paint in the shade ‘Still Here’.

In the kitchen, the mum said she first of all tackled her cabinetry, which can often make a kitchen look instantly better or worse (pictured during)

In the kitchen, the mum said she first of all tackled her cabinetry, which can often make a kitchen look instantly better or worse (pictured during)

'I used Taubmans 3-in-1 primer and painted one coat of it,' Jennifer wrote, as well as a gloss paint (pictured during)

‘I used Taubmans 3-in-1 primer and painted one coat of it,’ Jennifer wrote, as well as a gloss paint (pictured during)

When it came to the bulk of the spending, the Jones family said they spent it on their benchtops.

Jennifer bought new benchtops from Bunnings, the Victorian Ash range, for $435 and $641.

‘We painted the benchtop with Cabots

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