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Mum-of-four Veronica Chahda transforms the bathroom of her Sydney home for just $126

A new bathroom for $126: Mum reveals how she gave her tired space a budget makeover – complete with $3 vinyl, Aldi paint and $30 worth of Bunnings tools

  • Veronica Chahda revamped the bathroom of her Sydney home for just $126
  • She re-grouted the shower with $30 worth of tools from Bunnings
  • Then painted tiles with $30 Aldi paint and covered presses with $3 Kmart vinyl
  • The mum-of-four bought a new shower head for $40 and a mirror frame for $10
  • She decorated with a plant stand, rug, trays and candles she owned already 

A mother-of-four has given her dowdy bathroom a sleek, modern makeover for just $126 – and the result is so impressive, people are offering to pay her to renovate their own.

Veronica Chahda revamped the master bathroom of her Sydney home with DIY equipment from Bunnings and stylish accessories from discount brands like Kmart and IKEA.

She re-grouted the shower with $30 tools from Bunnings, painted tiles with $30 paint from Aldi and covered the cupboard under the sink with $3 vinyl sheets from Kmart – rendering the room almost unrecognisable from its former dated state.

Ms Chahda posted photos taken before and after the renovation in a household group on Facebook, telling members she thinks she ‘did alright’ on such a low budget.

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After: Into this dazzlingly bright ensuite on a budget of just $126

From dowdy to dazzling: Veronica Chahda transformed the bathroom of her Sydney home (left, before renovation and right, after) on a budget of just $126

Vinyl sheets from Kmart cover the cupboard beneath the sink while matching wooden panels from Bunnings frame the mirror

Vinyl sheets from Kmart cover the cupboard beneath the sink while matching wooden panels from Bunnings frame the mirror

‘But let me tell you, re-grouting ain’t so good for the back,’ she wrote in the caption.

Outlining every step of the transformation, Ms Chahda said she bought a $40 shower head from Catch of the Day and built a DIY mirror frame out of $10 panels bought at Bunnings.

She used $6 ‘Variera’ tubs from IKEA to hold cosmetics and intimate products under the sink and looped the lead of her hair straightener over a Bunnings wall hook to keep stop it trailing along the floor.

Under the sink, cosmetics and intimate products are stored in $6 'Variera' trays from IKEA

Beside, hair straighteners are hung over wall hooks from Bunnings

Under the sink, cosmetics and intimate products are stored in $6 ‘Variera’ trays from IKEA (left); beside, hair straighteners are hung over wall hooks from Bunnings (right)

Almost unrecognisable from its former dreary state, the light and airy bathroom is decorated with a plant stand and rug from Kmart

Almost unrecognisable from its former dreary state, the light and airy bathroom is decorated with a plant stand and rug from Kmart

For the finishing touch, Ms Chahda decorated with a wooden plant stand, rug, soap dispenser and candles she owned already.

She poured hair and body products into stylish pump bottles bought on Sydney website, Label Me Up, to fit the colour scheme of her new and improved bathroom.

Hundreds marvelled at what she had achieved while spending so little, with one woman declaring the bathroom ‘looks like a brand new renovation’. 

The transformation proved so impressive

Many asked Ms Chahda to makeover their own bathrooms on a similar shoestring budget

People marvelled at the transformation (left and right), with some so impressed, they asked Ms Chahda to makeover their own bathrooms on a similar shoestring budget

She poured hair and body products into stylish pump bottles (pictured) bought on Sydney website, Label Me Up, to fit the colour scheme of her new and improved bathroom

She poured hair and body products into stylish pump bottles (pictured) bought on Sydney website, Label Me Up, to fit the colour scheme of her new and improved bathroom

Breakdown of budget renovation

* Re-grouted the shower $30 (Bunnings)

* Painted the feature tiles $30 (Aldi)

* Built a frame for the mirror $10 (Bunnings)

* Used Grout Stain Whitener $13 (Bunnings)

* New Shower Head $40 (Catch of the day)

* Vinyl for the cupboard doors $3 (Kmart)

Total cost: $126

Many were so impressed with Ms Chahda’s handiwork, they asked her to restyle their own homes on a similar shoestring budget.

‘Oh my gosh this looks awesome! Feel free to come and makeover mine,’ one said.

‘Looks awesome, so refreshing. It’s made such a change and your bathroom even looks lighter,’ said another.

A third said: ‘What a great job! (Love Kmart vinyl it’s awesome) and you’ve inspired me to have a go with the tiles and grout in my bathroom now!’

To learn more about Veronica Chahda’s budget home improvements, follow her on Instagram here.

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