For those of you who follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, you would know Dad was recently here in Sydney – in fact he stayed with us for 5 weeks! Dad flew all the way from France to help us with the home renovations. I’m very fortunate to have a very handy father and I’m grateful for all the hard work he has done during his stay. My home is finally starting to come together and I’m really liking the end result! The powder room (toilet) has now become my third favourite room since we renovated the living room and the kitchen. In only a week, we managed to create a bright modern look that now fits with the rest of the house. Check out the before & after photos and let me know what you think in the comment section!
The total cost of the powder room renovation was $1,400.
What I hated most about the old powder room was the floor tiles…very 1970’s. We still have the same tiles in the bathroom (the only remaining room that requires renovations). The second thing I loathed about the old powder room was the hideous yellowish pipe under the sink.
DURING THE RENOS
The installation of the new toilet suite required a fair bit of plumbing work – the few hours the plumber spent was the main expense for this room. Luckily we still saved a few hundreds dollars with Dad doing all of the prep work for the plumbing including gutting of the old toilet and sink, fitting of the new ones etc.).
We painted the walls ourselves (in December last year) in the same shade as our living room and kitchen (Dulux Tranquil Retreat). We thought it will contrast well with the large white floor tiles and it does!
Where we saved the most money is by having Dad do the tiling. He has done tiling jobs in many occasions in France and he did an excellent job for us in the powder room. I’m not exactly sure how much we saved as we never asked for quotes from tradies, but I estimate the cost would have been close to $1,000.
We chose those the tiles (size and colour) to make the room looks more spacious – and it certainly does.
The end result is exactly what I was looking for – a bright and modern room, and a style consistent with our living room and kitchen. The investment was minimal yet it makes a big difference from the 1970’s original look and feel.
Stay tuned for before and after photos of our newly renovated laundry and balcony. Make sure you follow me on Facebook to not miss any updates.
What do you think of my new powder room?