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10 ways to transform your bathroom

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Refreshing your bathroom can be a simple and cost-effective D.I.Y. project.


From painting walls to adding shelves, Bunnings Workshop members have shared many ways to make their bathroom a more functional, pleasurable and modern space.


Check out some examples below. Let us know if you have any questions.


1. Spray paint your tapware


Spray painting tapware is one of the most cost-effective ways to refresh your bathroom. Mariana (@lifestylebymari) used Dulux spray paint to turn her tapware from chrome to black, adding a touch of style to her space.


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Have a look at these bathroom makeovers using paint for more inspiration.

2. Add VJ panelling


Give your bathroom a stylish upgrade with VJ panelling. Tamara (@tamaraharringd) opted to install VJ wall panels in this coastal-inspired bathroom refresh.


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Check out more VJ panelling projects for any room in the house.


3. Add or change lighting


Lighting can dramatically transform the look and feel of your bathroom. Shirley (@Shirld)'s bathroom redesign incorporated LED lighting to enhance its relaxing, luxurious feel.


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The Bunnings guide How to light your bathroom contains handy tips.


4. Build a feature wall with wainscoting


Wainscoting is a great way to turn a plain wall into a stunning feature of any room, adding style and character. During her luxury D.I.Y. bathroom renovation, Aletheia (@homeinmelbourne) added a “traditional element to an otherwise modern bathroom” by including a feature wall.


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Get more ideas from 3 ways to create a feature wall and 5 feature walls with wainscoting.


5. Apply a fresh coat of paint


Transform your bathroom by painting the walls, tiles and cabinets. Stella (@stelzmodernised her guest bathroom by using Dulux paint to refresh the cabinets and create a bold feature wall.


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Learn how to paint like a professional in this step-by-step guide by experienced Workshop member Rob (@Peggers).


6. Add shelves


Organise your bathroom essentials and maximise storage space by adding shelves. This toilet roll holder shelf is a great and practical addition to @Rodney's toilet.


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Check out resident D.I.Y. expert Mitchell (@MitchellMc)'s guide How to build a toilet roll holder shelf for step-by-step instructions.


7. Update the vanity


Updating the vanity gives you the perfect opportunity to make your bathroom more functional while showcasing your sense of style. During her farmhouse-style bathroom renovation, Sallie (@sallie24) upcycled a dated timber TV cabinet into a large vanity.


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Don’t miss these bathroom vanity makeovers for more clever ideas.


8. Replace tiles


Tiles are great at protecting surfaces from moisture and are perfect for busy areas like bathrooms. Leanne (@craftyhopper) used classic and textured white tiles to enliven her bathroom in this budget makeover.


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Those planning on tiling their bathrooms might also like to check out these tiling projects shared by Workshop members. 


9. Construct a nib wall


Nib walls are a clever way to hide unsightly views in bathrooms and can even create a feature. Community member @jward's bathroom renovation incorporated a nib wall to conceal bath plumbing that comes up through the floor.  


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Find more creative bathroom makeovers with our Top 10 most popular bathroom projects.


10. Add accessories


Accessories like bath caddies and plants can go a long way in making your bathroom more functional and stylish. Aletheia (@homeinmelbourne) made a bath caddy using timber benchtop offcuts.


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The Bunnings step-by-step guide How to make a timber bath caddy is great for anyone looking to make their own.


How to plan a bathroom renovation


Renovating your bathroom is an opportunity to create a functional and beautiful space that is perfect for your needs.


Check out experienced Workshop member Adam Woodhams (@Adam_W)'s guide on How to plan a bathroom renovation for useful tips.


Need more help with refreshing your bathroom?


The Bunnings Workshop community can assist with more inspiration and advice for refreshing your bathroom. Don’t hesitate to start a discussion and tell us what you would like to achieve. We’re here to help.


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