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before and after- old and updated bathroom
Inheriting someone else’s taste needn’t be a problem, as shown by this less-is-more bathroom makeover

Magical makeover

Changing the colour scheme in a bathroom is no easy task, but when confronted by a symphony of brown, DIY and organisation expert Ange Sibley of Ever So Homely (eversohomely.com.au) was determined to try. “The house is about five years old now and there are a few things in it that aren’t really to our liking, so it’s just about personalising the house to be more ‘us’,” she says.

Bright update

three different makeover bathrooms

By changing the brown laminate vanity to white, Ange has lightened the whole feel of the room. The vanity was prepped, primed and then painted with Dulux Aquanamel in Lexicon Quarter. The existing chrome handles were a challenge, as Ange couldn’t find any in the same size to replace them. The solution? Rustoleum spray paint gave them a matt black makeover.

Simple changes

modern bathroom with basin and cabinets

The plain bathroom mirror was starting to look worse for wear, with a little de-silvering around the edges. A frame fixed to the front of the glass solved the problem, while adding the organic appeal of timber.

Accents of black are a fantastic way to add an on-trend finish to the bathroom. Ange chose a Caroma ‘Jade’ tower mixer for the basin and a Mondella ‘Rumba’ waterfall bath spout. The bath tap was fixed behind the tiling, which meant changing it for a new one would become a major job, so Ange spray-painted it and the existing bath spout back plate to match the new fittings. The chrome towel rails made way for Mondella ‘Vivace’ ones, while a Mondella ‘Rumba’ toilet roll holder was just the right size for a hand towel. “Making these minor improvements to the bathroom has created a sense of space. It is now modern, clean, simple and bright – a pleasant place to be in,” says Ange.

Note: Any plumbing works must be carried out by a licensed tradie

Need help with bathroom planning?

Our guide shares lots of tips and tricks to help you create the perfect ensuite.

Photo Credit: Sue Stubbs

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.