Woman transforms ‘ugly’ old bathroom using bargains from Amazon and IKEA

Bathroom renovations can cost thousands of pounds, but an Essex woman managed to save money by using bargains from Amazon and IKEA to transform her bathroom which ‘had no untouched for decades.

Sally Killington, 43, has completely renovated her outdated bathroom. Due to the age of the bathroom and the fact that a new boiler was needed, the refurbishment cost £10,000, but Sally says she saved up to £2,500 by using supplies from Amazon and IKEA.

As reported by Latestdeals.co.uk, Sally told the DIY On A Budget UK Facebook group: “I have seriously underestimated the amount of work needed [when I bought the house], the bathroom in desperate need of an upgrade. The property once had a water tank, so there were large cupboards in the bathroom that housed it, which was now dead space.

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“The bathroom itself was old – I think the sink and toilet may have been the originals it was built in the late 60’s – and barely functional. An electric shower had been installed at some point which was so far from the end of the bath you practically had to be in limbo for the water to hit you.



Sally’s bathroom before the makeover.

“The bath was a cheap acrylic that fell off as soon as you put the smallest amount of water in it. The taps had eroded, the pipes were ugly and exposed, the heater had rusted and stopped working and the light switch was off. practically in the middle of the room – it was a bit of a disaster.

“There was also a very old boiler that had the front panel removed and therefore needed to be replaced as well. I knew I wanted to use the space in the cupboards and I was sure I wanted a bigger bath, so that’s where I started.”

A friend’s dad peeked into the bathroom to share his thoughts on the space. Sally continued: “We discussed having a large vanity unit and I liked the idea of ​​saving space while still having some storage, so that’s what I did. The Boiler had to stay in the bathroom, so I decided to buy cabinets with a mirror to cover it.

“The large mirrored doors would then give the illusion of a larger space. Once I had decided on the look I wanted, finding what I had envisioned was a bit of a nightmare! took months of looking at showrooms, going through brochures, trawling websites, reading reviews, etc.



The old bathroom had a lot of empty storage space.
The old bathroom had a lot of empty storage space.

“I received so many tile samples that I probably could have tiled the whole bathroom with them in the end! I wanted some color in there and while other colors are more on trend, I opted for the greenish blue tiles as blue is my favorite color so I knew I wouldn’t get tired of it after a few years.

Sally ended up buying everything separately from different places. She said: ‘I bought the master bathroom from a bathroom store called Damans of Witham. The mirror cabinets were custom made by a company in Portsmouth and the rest I bought from various online shops including Porcelain superstore, Plumbworld, Big Bathroom Shop and Amazon. It was a really big job so I had to hire the professionals but luckily my friend’s dad does the toilets for a living so I knew I had someone in me could trust.

The bathroom makeover cost just over £10,000 in total, including boiler and labour. Sally explained: “Labour, including plastering, pipes, skip and all building materials, came to £4.25. Electric was £300, boiler plus fitting was £1700, bathroom was £1550, bespoke fitted wardrobes were £670 and tiles were £600. Other items such as the shower, taps, towel rail, shower screen and lights came to £1,100.



Sally's new shower and tub.
Sally’s new shower and tub.

“It was a lot more than I expected and I had to get a loan to cover it. My tip for saving would be to ask your worker to recommend suppliers – they often have relationships with suppliers who will make you great deals and discounts with a Shop Around: Get the make and model of things you see in showrooms and see if you can find the same products cheaper online.

“Try looking for things like taps and showers that come in ‘economy packs’. You don’t have to buy everything from specialist bathroom suppliers. I looked for the type of lighting that is safe for bathrooms and I ended up buying mine from IKEA and Amazon which worked out at a fraction of the price of specialist suppliers.

Sally has some more advice for people who want to drive their own transformation. She said: “Plan your budget and be realistic: if the bath you like is £300 and you find something similar for £150, chances are it won’t be the same quality. My advice to anyone doing something similar is to do lots of research before buying stuff.



Sally's new bathroom sink.
Sally’s new bathroom sink.

“Read the reviews of the companies you order from to make sure the products are of the quality you expect – the cheapest isn’t always the best! Also, order samples where you can and shop around for them. Joining DIY and interior design Facebook groups for ideas is really helpful too.

“Think about the logistics – you’ll be using the part for a long time, so you not only want it to look good, but also to be functional. And finally, check everything for damage as soon as it arrives. Lots of companies give a very short return window so you don’t want it sitting in the box waiting for installation for a week only to find out it’s missing a part or it’s broken and you can’t get it anymore of substitution.

Sally thinks she saved between £2,000 and £2,500 by using department stores and money saving tips. She explained: “Probably the greatest saving was achieved by using the manufacturer’s recommendations for suppliers of large goods. It was a bit stressful living in such a small apartment with such a big job, but it was worth it. The first night I sat in that giant tub with a glass of wine and looked around at how much of a difference it made, I definitely fell in love with it.

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