How a $2 Bunnings item totally transformed a bathroom: 'Amazing'

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It may often be the smallest room in the house but that doesn't mean your bathroom can't look as stylish as the rest of your place.

Li Cao from Brisbane in Queensland showed that with just a little imagination and a $2 self-adhesive vinyl tile from Bunnings, the look of a room can be completely freshened up.

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A $2 Bunnings item transformed a Queensland woman's toilet. Photo: Getty Images

The research assistant at the Queensland University of Technology spent just $40 tiling the floor of her toilet and the difference is huge.

"Looks amazing!!! Been thinking about doing this myself," one fan said in the Bunnings Mums Australia Facebook group that Li shared it in.

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Before: Li transformed her toilet with $2 Bunnings self-adhesive tiles. Photo: Supplied

Li explained to Yahoo Lifestyle that she chose the tiles as it was a cost-effective way to transform the space.

"DIY helps me express myself and save money," she tells us. "The black and white tile is a classic look which I think fits my house style perfectly."


Li said that it was an easy process to apply the tiles. "Clean with hot water and a dash of methylated spirits and let it dry. Then use a piece of paper the same size to work out the perfect fit, then draw on the sticky tile and cut, position, peel and stick."

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After: Li used $40 worth of $2 Bunnings self-adhesive tiles to transform her toilet. Photo: Supplied
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So easy - the $2 Bunnings self-adhesive tiles Li used to transform her toilet. Photo: Supplied

To complete the refresh Li cleaned the older style toilet with hot water and a dash of methylated spirits to bring it back to its gleaming best. She also added a shelf from Kmart to hold extra rolls of toilet paper and made a seagrass magazine holder from a $2.50 Bunnings doormat.

Members of the group had lots of questions about how she did it so perfectly but all agreed it looked great. And a few vouched for the quality of the tiles as well.

"These are on the floor in my shop - six years still going strong," one group member said.

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A $2.50 Bunnings doormat becomes a magazine holder. Photo: Supplied

"My friend had it in her bathroom for four years and sold the house last year," Li added.

Li has used her time in lockdown to continue to update things in her home. "All my furniture is second hand but I love it. I bought this house in 2016 and have renovated it little by little each year," she tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

"I changed the carpet to wood laminate floor and changed the old terracotta tile in the living room to tile," she adds. "I haven’t started the bathroom yet though because the waterproofing needs to be professionally done first."

To get such a classic look for such a small investment, we think it's well worth the time and effort!

If you can't get your hands on the Kmart self-adhesive tiles, we've scoured the internet for some others online.

10" X 10" Subway White Tile Self Adhesive Kitchen Bathroom Backsplash


Peel and Stick Tile 12" X 12"

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