Written by Jenny McFarlane

Stunning before and after fixer upper bathroom makeover ideas

Explore our favourite fixer upper bathroom makeovers, transforming dark, dated spaces into the ultimate room for self care and pampering.

Harding bathroom after makeover with concrete surround, shower and double sink with brass fixtures and fittings

Image: Colin Poole

It’s always inspiring to see the ‘befores’ of a before and after makeover because it remind us all that if someone can rip out an old bath tub, you can too.

Check out these stylish bathroom transformations for size.

Dolan bathroom

Before

before makeover photo of bathroom's sink and tired tiling

After

bathroom after makeover fitted with brass or gold fixtures in shower

Image: Colin Poole

The main focus of the family’s brief was to make space to include a large walk-in shower, complete with a frameless pane of glass.

Fiona Duke Interiors, who came up with the new bathroom concept, upcycled a retro cabinet into a striking vanity unit, using a bright teal for a pop of colour in the otherwise subtle scheme.

Makeover brief

To redesign the layout to fit a larger shower and create a 1920s-inspired theme with a modern twist.

Project costs

  • Sanitaryware £2,712
  • Taps and showerhead £1,400
  • Tiling £1,400
  • Flooring £750
  • Radiator £195

Total spend

£6,457

Ward Bathroom

Before

old bathroom in a terrace house with white tiles and wood panelling on bath

After

after the bathroom makeover with tropical, distressed wood, bright wallpaper and industrial lighting

Image: Colin Poole

The Details

  • Inspired by Japanese soaking tubs, the water level in the bath is just below shoulder-height, while the cutting edge WC has a variety of features, including an extractor fan and a sleek shower enclosure was added by stealing space from the adjacent landing.
  • The owner also unearthed hidden treasures under the bathroom’s floorboards, which she has framed.

Makeover brief

To pinch space from the hallway and create a larger, brighter bathroom with separate shower.

Project costs

  • Sanitaryware £2,230
  • Shower £730
  • Wall mural £94
  • Tiling £630
  • Taps £305
  • Radiator £100
  • Lighting £100
  • Paint £50

Total spend

£4,239

Harding bathroom

Before

a white bedroom before it's turned into a family bathroom

Image: Before the makeover, the bathroom was originally another bedroom

After

Harding bathroom after makeover with concrete surround, shower and double sink with brass fixtures and fittings

Image: Colin Poole

The Details

  • Tanya chose specialist Microcement for the walls and walk-in shower, which features a clever cut-out and a seamless glass shower screen that echo the strong rectangular shapes around the room.
  • All of the taps in Tanya’s new bathroom are polished brass, which she bought at Bert & May, and look stunning against the rough and matte textures of the brick and cement.
  • Tanya’s builder created a bespoke shower screen the perfect size for the room. Made of glass, its framed with black steel U-channels to complete the loft-style look.

Makeover brief

To transform the spare bedroom in their London home into a main bathroom, combining the original Victorian features with a contemporary, industrial edge.

Project costs

Sanitaryware £1,698

Shower £2,836

Basin £2,334

Taps £1,921

Concrete £1,000

Furniture £1,099

Lighting £140

Total spend

£11,028

Eldon Bathroom

Before

before the bathroom makeover when the bathroom had pine flooring and a white toilet and bath

After

after the bathroom makeover featuring tropical wallpaper and a black and white roll top bath

Image: Katie Lee

The Details

  • Extending the en suite into an unused loft area meant there was enough space for a large, walk-in shower enclosure.
  • Elements such as William Morris-inspired wallpaper and a deep, freestanding tub remind Julia of her favourite boutique hotels.

Makeover brief

To extend the original en suite into the loft space, creating a new dressing area. New tiles and sanitaryware, as well as panelling and wallpaper, to be installed.

Project costs

  • Sanitaryware £6,000
  • Wooden panelling £412
  • Floor tiles £850
  • Decoration £2,500

Total spend

£9,762

 

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