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Before & After: Budget Galvanized Shower Surround

published Feb 22, 2011
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Jarrett and Catherine of Bungalow Bungahigh have tackled DIY projects that make mere mortals shy away, like rehabbing an outdated basement bathroom on a super tight budget. They got creative with their choice of materials and were able to get a whole new look for under $200 – $158 to be exact…

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
…and the After!

Here is what Jarrett and Catherine tell us about the project: We recently rehabbed our tired basement bathroom. We worked on a very tight budget and basically only had plans to spruce the space up a bit – nothing major.

The shower surround was a badly dated metallic gold flecked mosaic tile, and the grungy shower basin had seen better days. We had seen some shower surrounds made out of galvanized sheet metal, and we knew it was inexpensive, so we ordered galvanized roofing material from our local big box hardware store. With a bit of trial and error, we cut all the pieces to fit ourselves and installed them around the shower, trimming out the top with cedar 1x4s. We used a tub reglazing kit to give the shower basin a fresh clean white coat. In the end, we spent only $158 on the entire bathroom redo and were really pleased with the outcome.

Check out their complete How To post on the project: Galvanized Shower Surround