July 2019 – 4th Annual Ugly Bathroom Contest
The top three entries with the most votes will receive $2,000; $500; and $250 of store-credit to remodel their bathroom. Read about our past winners below!
Congratulations to the winners of our 3rd Annual Ugly Bathroom Contest! These winners were able to beat out 130 other entries to take home their prize.
1st Place – Jessica submitted a photo for her parents Randy & Cherie. They received $2,000 for their entry which had 1,817 votes!
“I am submitting this entry for my mom and dad, Randy and Cherie Jensen. In February 2017 my mom was hit head-on in a car accident resulting in brain injury. She spent 99 days in the hospital and was blessed to be able to return to her own home. Their bedroom is on the upper floor of their home which has no bathroom. It is a challenge for her just to get up and down the steps to make it to her bedroom and so going downstairs in the middle of the night would be a huge challenge so they use a commode during the night For her bathroom needs. Since her brain injury, her whole body has been affected … even her bladder. She gets up several times during the night just to use the restroom. When I was a child there was a bathroom in that bedroom but has since been converted into a closet. It’s going to be a fairly substantial cost for them to get plumbing upstairs to make this part of their life at least a little bit easier and so the $2000 would be a huge blessing!”
2nd Place – Kally and Ryan received $500 to update their bathroom! Their entry had 705 votes.
“Our Vintage Inny-Outty
In-house out-house or inny–outty as we sometimes call it for short. Sounds something like a belly button dilemma and has the same effect. Sometimes things get stuck in there we have no idea how they got there. Comes with having two small children. We’ve even found lint in there on more than one occasion.
If you like history, are you in luck! Guests are able to take a step back in time with the claustrophobic feel of a hundred years ago. If you’re over 5′ 6″ don’t bother closing the inside door for privacy as our toilet is beautifully stationed inside a closet. Don’t let the faux marble walls fool you, on second glance, it’s pretty easy to tell the green and gold vinyl has faded as much as the shag carpet that used to adorn the rest of the room.
And that spot! We can’t seem to figure out where the yellow spot on the ceiling came from. At 100 years old, it’s possibly mold. Or perhaps some poor aiming from male guests? Maybe we’ll call that talent.
Speaking of talent, if you can find the correct position to sit on the stool without putting pressure on the holding tank, you might walk away with dry feet. But the minute you get cozy and lean back, the tank begins to leak right from that crack.
We would love to win this contest to improve our bathroom space making it more safe and functional for our family!”
3rd Place – “Queen” Sara received $250 to make some necessary updates. Her entry had 587 votes!
“Once upon a time there was a King and a Queen who moved into their first home. As a family of two, the first item on this King and Queen’s list was a master bathroom redo. The throne and shower were too small for the King that was ever so tall. Water splashed up against the wall and the weak ventilation fan would make it smell like a musty, warm weather stall. With the 90’s came golden oak, and although there was no princess in the house, that color would make any frog prince croak. When the hour struck to brush their teeth and wash their face, the short, one sink vanity seemed like a disgrace. While leaning over the tiny sink or sitting on the throne to make the bathroom stink, the King would moan about how he wished he could shrink.
With no ideas on what to do, the King and Queen decided to enter the Handyman contest and win votes to make their bathroom new. “Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the bathroom most worthy of them all?” ”
Creative Writing – Jason was given $100 to get him started on his bathroom remodel!
“I purchased my house 2 years ago and remodeling the bathroom has been on my to-do list the whole time. The shower is a major project. The tub enamel is cracking and peeling off. There is a weird painted plastic material on the walls above the shower surround. The window in the shower features fancy pink contact paper so the neighbors can’t see me showering. The contact paper is peeling and the window is wood so I cover it with a shower liner and hold it in place with the biggest binder clips made in Nebraska (GBR). The medicine cabinet is barely attached to the wall. It is being held on with a couple nails and some caulking. My girlfriend refuses to leave her stuff on the counter because she is sure it is going to fall off the wall one of these days. The sink is really cool looking (when it is clean) but it is not very functional. If you turn the water on to a normal level, it shoots water out over the sink and onto your clothes. We don’t tell people that though because it’s too much fun hearing them scream when they get blasted with water. And if they don’t scream, we know they did not wash their hands. The bathroom walls are sanded down and ready to be painted but it seems silly to paint when the rest of the bathroom needs to be updated. My girlfriend offered to get the bathroom floor redone but I don’t want to do that until the walls are painted. Fortunately, the toilet is perfect. It always flushes (if you hold the handle down a couple seconds longer than usual) and my girlfriend cleans it as soon as it gets really disgusting. By the way, I found this contest when my girlfriend posted it on my Facebook page.”
Posted August 2017
We want to thank everyone who participated in our 2nd Annual Ugly Bathroom Contest this year! We had three excellent winners – Doug, Alyssa, and Kenette, who entered, gathered votes, and came away as winners! We love having the opportunity to help others create a safer and more functional bathroom for their family!
Our $2,000 grand prize winner, Doug, submitted this entry into our contest:
We have a family of 5 using this tiny bathroom. We removed the tile from the wall but the glue is so thick we cannot easily cover it. It would be great to redo the walls and add a bathtub for my children. At this time we only have a shower. The vanity is small and out of date and blocks the door from opening all the way. There are three medicine cabinets probably because there is no storage in the bathroom. There is an outdated electric heater, that doesn’t work, built into the wall. Finally, there is an odd feature above the sink which looks like a pot-filling faucet for a kitchen.
We’d love to win this contest to do the necessary work to make this small space functional for our family!
The 2nd place winner, Alyssa, received $500 to help her update her bathroom.
Linoleum walls, leaking shower, ancient cracked toilet, obscenely tiny sink, and a space barely big enough to sit down in. This bathroom needs some major help! I’ve been saving up to redo this bathroom since I moved into my house 2 years ago but have been hit with a lot of unforeseen costs (surgery for me, surgery for my dog, broken sewer main, etc) that have taken away the bulk of my savings for this project. Being on a single income as a first-time homeowner of an older home, it’s been difficult making all the necessary repairs and fixing up this bathroom would be an incredible blessing. In its current state, it’s barely usable and you can’t even sit down without hitting your legs on either the sink or the linoleum wall. Not to mention (and not visible in the picture) the outside is covered by cheap plastic paneling with the plumbing pipes sticking out of all the walls. The shower is stained and leaks from the bottom, the toilet is huge and the tank is cracked, and the sink is so tiny it’s nearly impossible to even wash your hands. The concrete floor is stained and the linoleum ceiling is falling down and yellow with cigarette smoke. This bathroom needs help, and any help I can get in making it usable would be so much appreciated!
Kenette took home our 3rd place prize of $250!
This bathroom is original to the house. The previous owner installed laminate flooring which has rotted due to old toilet overflowing. Some of the flooring has been ripped out due to stink and rotting mold. The tiles on the wall are plastic and falling off. The wall around the tub is rotted as well. I would really like a shower/tub in place of the old tub. I have replaced toilet but had to. It was so embarrassing to have guests hold plunger after going. The toilet would do 1 of 3 things. 1. Flush as normal. 2. Flush but not go down & had to plunger it down. 3. Overflow to where you had to plunge.
Sink water has been shut off due to major leaks. Pipes underneath need replaced. I have had shutoff installed shortly after moving in. There was none & found out the hard way when toilet would not stop running.
I would really like to win this. I have lived with a not so functioning bathroom for almost 10 yrs. 3 of those yrs you could not use the toilet. Had to go to the basement toilet. Forget showers, only baths.
Posted August 2016
Congratulations to Cassandra Bertwell, the winner of our $2,000 Ugly Bathroom Contest! On Wednesday, August 10th, Handy Man President Joe Swenson and store manager Mike Folsom met Cassandra at our Lincoln store and presented her with her prize.
We look forward to helping Cassandra update her bathroom, pictured below, that received 5,918 votes in 16 days!
Thanks to everyone who participated!
“As far as the update goes we got some wonderful things for our bathroom! A new toilet, stunning vanity with a cool waterfall faucet, new shower head, mirror, towel bars, etc! I’m very thankful for the help that the Handy Man Employees at the Lincoln store gave me. Extremely helpful, great advice, and friendly! I had left receiving a hug too.” – Cassandra B., Ugly Bathroom Contest Winner 2016