A mother-of-three has revamped her entire bathroom into a modern setting with items from B&Q, Argos and wilko in a DIY budget transformation after hating how it looked like a ‘public toilet’.
Victoria Tribe, 31, from Thatcham in Berkshire grew tired of her dull-looking bathroom and felt like it wasn’t a place she could relax and take a bath after a long day.
She decided to take matters into her own hands and transform the entire space, purchasing items from B&Q, Argos, wilko and Carpet Right in a budget renovation that cost her only £223.
Victoria posted a photo of her incredible bathroom transformation on Hinch’s Army House and Decoration Inspiration Facebook group, gaining over 2.800 likes as dozens of users praised the mother-of-three for a job well done.
Victoria Tribe, 31, from Thatcham in Berkshire grew tired of her dull-looking bathroom and felt like it wasn’t a place she could relax and take a bath after a long day, so redid it for £223 (pictured before)
The mother-of-three bought tiles, paint, fablons and a couple of sealants and adhesives to stick everything in together, The mother-of-three removed all her old tiles and fitted it in herself with a filler (pictured after)
The mother-of-three bought tiles, paint, rolls of Fablon and a couple of sealants and adhesives to stick everything in together.
She removed all her old tiles and applied the new ones herself with the help of a friend.
She then sanded the walls and ceilings before applying several coats of paint and even spray painted the pipes and radiator.
Victoria also replaced the toilet seat and built a new sink unit.
The entire transformation took her about four days to complete.
Victoria, pictured, explained she thought her bathroom looked like a ‘public toilet’ before her renovation work
The DIY wiz said she had been ashamed of the way the bathroom looked before, but was proud of her hard work
Speaking of her renovation process, Victoria explained: ‘The floor vinyl and adhesive cost £17.98 but I knew the gentleman in Carpet Right and he gave me a bit of discount.
‘The tiles were £11.52 per box and I bought four boxes for the price of three.
‘The ready-made tile adhesive was £20 and grey grouting kit was £18, the waterproof and anti-mould sealant was £9.50 and the grey trim to go along the top of the tiles was £2.50 per 2-meter strip and I bought two.
‘The Dulux bathroom paint in Warm Pewter was £22 and white spray paint gloss for the pipes and radiator was £13.
She used a ready-made tile adhesive costing £20 and a grey grouting kit at £18 in order to redo the tiles from the bathroom (pictured during the renovation work)
She painted the old blue walls with Dulux bathroom paint in Warm Pewter worth £22 and white spray paint gloss for the pipes and radiator, which cost £13 (pictured before)
Victoria said she did most of the renovation work by herself, except cutting two tiles with a diamond cutter because she didn’t feel confident using it (pictured during the renovations)
It took Victoria four days to complete the bathroom transformation, and she explained she looked for advice online and by asking questions to her local B&Q staff (pictured working on the floor)
Victoria used a £4 roll of fablon from Wilkos and 4mm spacers for the tiles, which cost £3 (pictured: the bathtub before the budget makeover)
‘The roll of fablon from wilko was £4 and the 4mm spacers were £3.
‘The grout finishing tool I got for £3 and the leopard print toilet seat was £20. The sink unit was £35.
‘I did the vast majority on my own, I just needed help cutting 2 tiles with a diamond cutter as I didn’t feel confident using it.
‘My best friend Laura helped me do the grouting as the grout had to be used within an hour time frame before it went off, so as one grouted the other would wash down and tidy the lines.
She used a grout finishing tool for £3 and decorated with a leopard print toilet seat which cost £20, and added in a sink unit at £35 (pictured: the bathtub mid-makeover
A look at the neat bathroom once Victoria was done with her makeover, with the new tiles and bathtub
In total, the bathroom cost £223 to update, but Victoria said her efforts were worth it, and advised people that it looked ‘worse before it look[ed] better’
‘It took me about four days to complete the entire bathroom. I dropped my children at school at 9am and would stop to pick them up at 3 so I did it while they were at school.
‘My advice for anyone who wants to try this would be to just watch some videos online for help and tips and maybe pop into your local B&Q for advice.
‘That’s what I did and a lovely gentleman that worked there gave me a few tips and was so helpful.
‘Just be confident and it looks worse before it looks better!’
People were deeply impressed with Victoria’s DIY skill, applauding her for her perfect bathroom makeover
People loved the results of Victoria’s hard work.
One wrote: ‘Looks fantastic you should be very proud at your great job.’
Another added: ‘Great job! Really inspirational… I’m doing that room next,’
Meanwhile, one said: ‘Wow, what a transformation and all on your own! Amazing!’