Bathroom Before&After

Published on August 21st, 2007 | by Jules Yap


from drab to fab bathroom remodel

the bathroom is supposedly the busiest room in a home. for me, it is also the hardest to furnish because good looking fittings can be so horribly expensive.

matt came up with this affordable ikea solution for his bathroom, which i think totally works.

Before&After Labeled

“when it came time to redesign our half bath we were unable to find an affordable yet stylish solution for a vanity. our search lead us to ikea where i decided to hack a stolmen shelf and create a floating sink/vanity. i cut a hole to allow the hollviken sink to set down in the shelf and mounted it to the wall.

for storage i cut an effektiv storage unit down to 6″ depth (originally 14″) and mounted it to the wall. then i attached a grundtal towel bar to the bottom.

everything else in the remodel came from special order from the local “home centers”. the entire renovation only cost around $1400.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

29 Responses to from drab to fab bathroom remodel

  1. Bathroom carpets says:

    Cool design. Loved black & white contrast in bath.

  2. Plumbing says:

    Great job! I can see that you managed to arrange the accessories in an organized way. This can make your plumbing system effective and functional.

  3. bathroom plumbing says:

    Such a nice improvement. Your ugly bathroom turns to a beautiful and elegant one.

  4. ljamroz says:

    I just would like to know how it’s held up to moisture as I am wanting to “copy” this idea :) Did you seal it or anything?


    I’m impressed! Do you know any hackers in NYC area? I’m looking to undermount an xo ceramic sink. I’m loving the stolmen shelf undermount.
    nice work. cheers.

  6. Angelle Marshall says:

    I would love to do same thing in my bathroom.
    Good Day
    As we know that bathroom is the only place where we can find complete relaxation, away from the world in privacy. So we should give importance to our bathroom too.

  7. bettylion says:

    Wow, that’s really sleek and gorgeous.

    But, obviously designed by a man. You lost a lot of storage under the sink. Where am I supposed to put all my shampoos/hair dryer/flat iron/cotton balls/other girly necessities? :-)

  8. TopTips says:

    Great Work , Excellent way to remodel a bathroom with this budget , you can also find some great Bathroom Design tips

  9. levi says:

    hey matt and Jason…….

    the ideal way to attach this sink is as follows. since most sink mounting bolts won’t line up with two studs, you must add a support between two studs. its very easy. just mark the area where the bolts will go. cut out the drywall between the nearest two studs. cut a piece of 2×6 and attach it firmly between the two studs. reattach the piece of drywall you cut out. mark and drill pilot holes for the bolts (these bolts should have a course thread for the wood and then a regular thread for the nut). mud and tape the seams of the drywall. sand, primer, paint. you can then safely attach the sink wihtout fear of it coming down. a side note to matt as well….using Liquid nails is not recommended for this kind of installation. it is not designed to hold that kind of material/weight. make sure you read the specifics on the side of that tube of caulk!

  10. Matt says:

    Jason, I used the supplied brackets as well as a ton of “Liquid nails” adhesive.

  11. What did you use and how did you mount the effektiv cabinet on the wall? I have two to mount in my office and the mounting holes don’t line up with studs, and there is no space behind them for a support rail.

  12. Matt says:

    The plumbing is completely exposed, I just bought all chrome and made it look as clean as possible. I live in the Chicago area, not sure about the specifics of HD special order, but they have a catalog at the store. It has a lot of cool stuff that is not necessarily on display.

  13. art and chel says:

    I’ll definitely keep coming back to Ikea hacker with hacks like this.

    I’m going to use your reno as a guide for my own second bath.

    What state are you in? I’ve been trying to find the best price for that toilet but my HD doesn’t carry any Duravit products. Can they special order it anyway?

  14. nuno says:

    great work!! i am looking to do something similar with the limited space in my bath.
    Do you have/can you share pics from the underside of the sink? i am worried my plumbing is too exposed.


  15. Anonymous says:

    Very nice reno, indeed! I am fascinated by the clock on the bathroom mirror. What a nice idea. Is that Ikea as well? If not, how did you do that?

  16. Anonymous says:

    the EFFECTIV storage isn’t meant for moisture prone areas. i hope you sealed the exposed particle board. or, it will expand and fail after time.

  17. Matt says:

    Yes $1400 includes EVERYTHING. I did all the work myself so I saved a ton of money there. The entire bathroom is new, I didn’t salvage anything from the old one.

  18. Jared says:

    the bathroom looks so nice an modern. For those asking, the toilet looks like the philippe Stark 3 sold by duravit. Which is probably most of the cost of the bathroom ;) If there is a cheaper doppleganger out there do tell were to find it!

  19. e says:

    Truely a “hack” job, probably the nicest one I’ve seen on here.

    Great way to remodel a bath for under $1500.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I’m not the owner of this hack, but the toilet looks a lot like the Happy D by Duravit – who knows if that’s actually it though. I’m loving the Effektiv cabint/towel hanger, as well as the floor tile (tho hard to tell if that’s original or not…)

  21. Matt says:

    Thanks for the compliments everyone! The toilet is made by Duravit, I got it through special order from the local Home Depot, cost about $350. The toilet flushes fine, as well as any normal toilet, and sits on a 12 inch rough in. It’s a two piece, tank & bowl, no skirt. Have to admit I got it just for the looks but it is easy to clean.

  22. Anonymous says:

    does the $1400 include the tiling on the walls and floor as well? did you DIY or pay someone to install? thanks!

  23. aldyn says:

    very sleek, clean, and modern. great job!

  24. Gloria says:

    I really like it. Sleek, modern lines. Pretty good for $1400.

  25. Kevin says:

    Very cool. I have to wonder with the Effectiv cabinet hack, at that point is there any point in actually buying the cabinet just to hack it down? Looks you could just go to the home store, buy a few MDF panels and take-down fittings, and do a complete DIY. Maybe use an existing Effectiv as a template for the holes.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Please tell us about the toilet! Make/model/source/price? It looks nice and petite, but how does it flush? And how about the skirting? can it be used at 10 and 12 inches, or is it just for aesthetics/easier cleaning?

  27. Rachel says:

    Truly looks fantastic! An incredible improvement. Who made the the toilet?

  28. troy. says:

    Excellent work — one of the best hacks I’ve seen on here!!

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