Bonnie’s bathroom renovation before and after: The reveal of her new bathroom

We’ve been busy renovating Bonnie’s house the past few months and one room that’s finally finished (well 95% finished) is her bathroom!

Today we’re sharing all the before and after photos, details of all the products used, and also sharing the budget — something people rarely tell you!

We certainly learnt a lot from this reno and next week we’ll also share our top lessons so you can hopefully avoid some of our mistakes or be a little better prepared for your next bathroom reno.

Bathroom before

Of course, Bonnie’s original bathroom (like the rest of her house) was brown as far as the eye could see.

Looking into old bathroom
View into old bathroom
Old vanity
Old vanity
Old laundry
Old laundry
Old doorway that we closed in
Old doorway that we closed in
Old bathtub
Old bathtub


Bonnie first planned to spend under $5,000 on her bathroom by installing a new vanity, tapware and repairing the missing or broken tiles, and resurface the tiles in white (using a company like Resurfacing Australia). But there was quite a pronounced smell in the space that made us worry there were issues below the tiles and a larger reno would be needed.

As Bonnie plans to live in the house for some time, we decided to do her bathroom once and do it well — and thank goodness we did! Once we removed the tiles, we discovered rotten stud-work and mouldy gyprock that needed to be replaced, asbestos, that the ceiling had fallen off the batons, and other water damage.

In the end, we ripped everything out — bathtub, shower, vanity, toilet, all tiles, lighting, and also levelled out the floor so the shower was at the same level and not raised. We also filled in a second doorway (from her bedroom into the bathroom) as it was creating dead space in the bathroom that could be better used for storage.

This of course blew out the budget and in the end, the total cost was $17,000. This cost included all professional trades, including removal of the asbestos, fixing rotten stud-work, repairing the ceiling, plastering, waterproofing, tiling (this time up to the ceiling and not just half height), repairing plumbing and installing all new products, new lighting, and painting too.

Here are some pics of the damage and demo stage…

Rotten studwork
Rotten stud-work
Removed shower and tiles
Removed shower and tiles
Removed old tiles around bathtub
Removed old tiles around bathtub
Plastered doorway
Closed-in doorway

Bathroom after

We’re so thrilled with how the bathroom is looking now!

Despite all the hidden surprises and issues along the way — and boy were there a lot of those — Bonnie just loves her new bathroom which feels light, bright and generous in size.

Here are the after photos…

New bathroom
New bathroom
New vanity
New vanity
New shower
New shower level with the bathroom floor
New bathtub
New bathtub
Pendant lights
Pendant lights above bath
Bathtub shelf
Bathtub shelf

Towel hooks

Soap dish
Black hardware

Supplier list

Tiles: Tile Republic
Bathtub: Harvey Norman
Vanity: Highgrove Bathrooms (Phoenix)
Shower screen: Woden Valley Glass
Pendant lights: Project Lighting
Tapware: Highgrove Bathrooms
Bathroom hardware (soap dish, toilet roll holder, robe hooks): Highgrove Bathrooms
Round mirror: Highgrove Bathrooms
Door handles: Lane Security from Bunnings
Jute rug: Indigo Love Collectors
Towels: Sunday Minx
Plant basket: Bliss at Pialago

*Disclaimer: some of the products featured were discounted or provided.

All that’s left to do in here is build some additional cabinetry next to the vanity to take advantage of the extra space we created by filling in the doorway. This isn’t a top priority right now though and so we’ll wait to get something custom made down the track.

‘After’ photography credit: Thorson Photography


  1. Hi, I have just come across your site via Instagram and love this bathroom reno! Is the bath the Forme Rubix from Harvey Norman?

    • Hi Zoe, thanks for your lovely comment. Yes it is the Forme Rubix bathtub so it’s a little deeper but shorter than a standard bath – great for small spaces!

    • Thanks Jane! We kept things quite neutral in the space but it has a great feel about it and Bonnie couldn’t be happier 🙂


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