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Bathroom makeover on a strict budget

Making a Splash
Making a Splash

Keeping within a strict budget of $2,000, this bathroom renovation included wall and floor tiling, VJ panelling, fresh paint and a new toilet, benchtop, tapware and sink.





The project


Very pleased and proud of how this bathroom turned out. It took a couple of weeks to complete, with lots of evening and weekend work on it. 


The panels were cut to fit as close as possible to the tile and cornice and I painted them before putting it up to get the edges perfect. As the panelling fitted the space, there were no gaps to fill, except for the pin holes from the fixing gun where I used an interior filler. 



I achieved all this for under $2,000. Mind you, I did get an absolute bargain clearance price on the sink and tap. But without the clearance price I’d have still been under $2,500. With such a small budget I calculated every single thing we needed, even down to the tile spacers and any tool or drill bit that we didn’t have. 


I purchased everything from Bunnings (of course), made smart choices with materials and used the existing shower base and screen to keep within my strict budget. My trick for getting the look for less was to use basic white tiles to keep things fresh and to use other materials that are cheaper, but give a great result.




  • Classic white 300 x 600 ceramic tile


  • Textured white 300 x 600 ceramic tiles


  • Crema 600 x 600 floor tile


  • Estilo toilet


  • Estilo shower head and taps


  • Acacia project panel used for benchtop 


  • Mondella marble sink


  • Oliveri tap


  • Pine VJ panelling 


  • Porter's Paint – Yacht Race


Before and after






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Finding My Feet

What an impressive achievement on such a tight budget! Thanks for all the before-and-after pics as they're super-helpful.

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Retired Team Member

Welcome @SalingPusa. It's great to have you join us. I'm sure @craftyhopper will appreciate the kind feedback.


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Making a Splash


Love your makeover!  Lots of inspiration - love the colour of the VJ and use of space.  If you don't mind - where did you get your textured tiles from?  

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