Ugly Bathroom Contest

The 5th Annual Ugly Bathroom Contest is over. Thank you to all who entered!

We are looking forward to next year’s contest!

2020 Winners

Alexis M.

Alexis took home the grand prize of $2,000 by gathering 1,029 votes in a single day! Way to go! We are excited to help you and Justin remodel your 1928 home and get the bathroom of your dreams!

I think I should win this Ugly Bathroom Contest because my fiancé keeps peeping on me while I’m in the shower that was cut to fit the window.

Erica W.

The Webers will be able to do some remodeling to their tired bathroom with a $500 credit from Handy Man! Their 2nd place win came with 887 votes!

Where to start? Well perhaps I could interest you in a lovely spa trip to Lavatory de Weber. Lets start by shimmying in the crazy 5ft by 9ft space and the spacious 18 inches to pass between the sink and the cabinet from HELL. Once inside you can see the love and time spent on the 1970 blue plastic tile that has so sparingly been placed for maximum coverage. As for the floors..oh don’t you worry about slipping here, no tile in sight, just some grade A sturdy planks..just put a piece of random carpet over it, you will never notice it. Now I am sure you are wondering about that medicine cabinet right? Oh you can light up your world with this fluorescent nightmare that holds about 3 things but takes the space of a large cabinet. As for the ceiling we were looking for a rustic unfinished look, I think we nailed it! But the icing on the cake, the winner of the trophy is get ready to soak your toes (because that is all that will fit) in this luxury cast iron tub that is a whopping 12 inches deep , that’s right kids, no threat of going in the deep end here! Oh and did I mention I hope you don’t like hot baths, because this baby will suck the heat of the water faster than a baby can suck down a bottle!

Pat C.

Pat has a great daughter! She helped him enter his bathroom into our contest and ensured he didn’t leave empty-handed! Pat will have $250 to help him remodel this pink bathroom!

Welcome to my Dad’s bathroom… It’s ok, don’t feel bad for thinking it is horrendous, because it IS!!! Have you seen one uglier? Grosser? Really think hard, hmmm…. NOPE, probably not. We can only submit ONE photo, which makes it hard to capture the true essence of it’s complete hideousness!!! Look at the cut out linoleum under the toilet to make a quick fix, don’t miss the missing tile on the walls under the window, the moldy shower, the ancient hanging thermometer, & the rest of the never ending flaws & crazy characteristics! Be sure to check out the SWEET pleated lighthouse 2 piece curtain set! This bathroom is in DESPERATE need of a makeover! He has owned this home since I was 5, I’m now 43. Imagine growing up & having friends over with a Pepto Bismol colored EVERYTHING bathroom…Toilet, Sink, Bathtub, Wall Tile, & it’s EVEN speckled in the linoleum!!! So embarrassing! The house is over 100 years old, who knows how long this bathroom has been this style??? It appears 100 years!!!! When he told me about this contest, I said you MUST enter! To my surprise, he agreed!!! WooHoo!!! Now I need YOUR help!!! Please vote for my Dad’s bathroom as the absolute ugliest bathroom!!! He does not own technology, except the flip phone his work issued him, are flip phones even technology these days? He is the one that found the contest, he is the one agreeing to the contest, it’s his name & phone number entered, my email of course, remember he’s a dinosaur with no technology skills. Since it is an online contest I am his only hope!!! I am his only child, so poor guy will be relying on me for his only hope for a lot of things to come! Haha! Let’s start my track record of good, with him winning this $2000 bathroom remodel!!!

Tova A.

We were laughing out loud as we read about Larry, the spider in Tova’s bathroom! She will be taking home our $100 Creative Writing award!

Hello Everybody! My name is Larry Cornelius Cuthbert. I am a Larinioides Cornutus Furrow Spider. I have eight eyes in all, a row of six eyes right above my fangs, and another pair of eyes in the middle of my head. I am a typical orb weaver and for the most part, I like to keep to myself and not get in the way. People think I’m scary, but I wouldn’t hurt a fly (ok, just kidding I would). In any case, that’s enough about me. I wanted to tell you about my roommates. I don’t know their real names, but I call them Mr. and Miss Muffet. They moved into my house about a year and a half ago. They call the place a ‘real fixer upper’. I’m not sure what that means, but I do know that they don’t like to come into my room very often. I live in a little hole in the floor where the toilet used to be. I miss having a toilet, because I loved going fly fishing with my dad. Some days, we’d catch some real keepers in there. I also don’t have a sink anymore, which is a real bummer because I had so much fun sliding around the big white bowl and then propelling down the drain only to climb back up, pop out, and give the two-legged’s a real scare! They would scream out super loud because they thought it was so funny! We still have a bathtub, but my roommates never use it. I wish they would, but they say the water leaks into the basement so they stay away. I really do miss being able to swim around in the bath, my mom always said I was a good swimmer because I had webbed feet. I’m not sure what she meant by that because honestly I don’t even have feet. I know it would be really nice for my roommates to win this contest from Handyman because it’s been a pretty tough year. My roommates have been home a lot more than usual because of some nasty bug going around. I don’t think they are talking about me, but I still looked up the symptoms on Web MD just to be sure. They even said something about a terrible toilet paper shortage, so I know it must be pretty bad out there. If my roommates ever do end up being able to fix up my room, I might have to move to the basement, but that’s ok, I’ll just hang out and surf the web. Thanks for listening to my story and stay safe folks! Creepin it real… Sincerely, Larry


2019 Winners

Congratulations to all of our Ugly Bathroom winners this year! The 4th Annual Ugly Bathroom Contest was a success because of you. We are so happy to announce that we had 176 entries this year.

Mariah S.

Mariah took home the grand prize of $2,000 for her bathroom! She and fiance, Wes, are looking forward to starting remodeling after their wedding this fall. Congratulations, Mariah!

Pepto-Bismol pink was all the rage in 1957 when our fixer-upper was first built… unfortunately our downstairs master bath now causes us to need Pepto and every other heartburn medicine with the anxiety it produces. We bought this house in January and have been slowly making updates to it as we go but with the daunting task of removing pink tile… this bathroom keeps getting moved down the list. We know that with $2,000 we could make it absolutely gorgeous and a worthy winner from the ugliest bathroom to classiest place to do your business!

Janet F.

Janet’s determination brought her 2nd place and her creative writing skills added an extra $100 to her total! We’re excited to help her update her “bathroom from Hell”.

“Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here” reads the sign above the gates of Hell. The same words describe our bathroom. Save us from the depths of our despair with a remodel! Dante wrote his description of hell in 1320 a.d. or about the same time our bathroom was built. Proof is provided by an archaeological look at the 3 levels of flooring and Jimmy Hoffa’s body. There’s also some sort of plate tectonic plywood under the toilet. Like the Earth’s crust, it’s shifting. Dante described 9 rings of suffering. Hold my beer, Satan. We’ve got about 900 in our tub alone! Any attempt to clean it is hopeless. It’s eternal. Hades has a few things superior to our loo. It’s roomier & HAS lighting. The ventilation is better. We have none, causing the paint to peel and demonic faces to form in the stains. Lastly, our bathroom smells worse, probably due to Mr. Hoffa. As the ONLY bathroom in our home, enter we must! Handy Man PLEASE work a miracle. It would be heaven!

Jennifer W.

Congratulations to Jennifer, who sealed the deal with 3rd place! She will be bringing $250 of products from Handy Man into her home for free. Thanks for entering our Ugly Bathroom Contest this year!

I’m terribly embarrassed to even post pictures of my 2 ugly bathrooms.  Only one has a shower (made out of a kid’s pool).  Unusual brag but It’s the only one I’ve seen like it.  The main bath only has a handheld shower.  There’s a cupboard above the faucet so there’s no way to mount a shower head.  There’s also a window above the shower.  The curtains I hung to hide the ugly tub and falling tiles make the cupboard unusable.  There is just a tiny vanity so towels and toiletries have to be stored outside the room.  The basement bathroom has an accordion door for one wall, a tri-fold hosp. screen for another.  There is water damage to the paneling behind the toilet, the lovely outdoor carpet had to be torn out due to damage, the existing floor is painted concrete, and the shower is a handheld shower mounted to the ceiling with a kiddie pool at the base.  I threw a towel curtain in for extra ugliness.  It really can’t get much worse.  I’d so love to have a decent shower and some privacy!


2018 Winners

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.

Jessica M.

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!

Kally Z.

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 innyoutty 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!

Sara M.

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 Handy Man contest and win votes to make their bathroom new. “Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the bathroom most worthy of them all?

Jason L.

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.”

2017 Winners

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 families!


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 the 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 the 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 the 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.

2016 Winner

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