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Shower Room Makeover – Before And After

Shower Room Makeover

We’ve never really liked the pink fittings in the shower room. We’re saving up to have them changed but until then, we’ve decided to embrace the pink!

I’ve been searching Google and Pinterest for ideas on the best way to decorate a room with pink fittings.

I can’t say I’ve ever thought about decorating with grey. When the first coat had gone on the walls, I have to admit that I got a bit worried.
I asked Anthony if he thought we should go and buy the lighter grey that we’d seen at B&M but he said I should wait and see how it looked when the room was done.

He was totally right because I absolutely LOVE it!

Before

It always looked messy because there wasn’t enough storage. Only one of the cupboard doors opened which was annoying, especially for me because I can’t bend very well due to having a bad back. I couldn’t reach into the far corner of the side with the fixed door.

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

After

Taking the doors off opened up all that storage space and looked so much better.

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Before

The paint didn’t cover very well when we first did it. You can’t see it on the photo, but when you go in the bathroom you can clearly see it looks all cracked.

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

After

We stripped off the wallpaper and painted the wall directly. It covered much better.

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Before

This corner always looked grubby, no matter how many times it was cleaned.

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

After

I love it now, it always looks clean!

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Before

You can see how this set of shelves got everything dumped on them. I really didn’t like it and was happy to see it gone!

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

After

It’s so much easier to get out of the shower without the shelves in the way 🙂

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

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Shower Room Makeover Before and After

My favourite new addition to the bathroom has to be the shelves Ant built. They’re perfect for our needs 🙂

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

I love reed and essential oil diffusers. This black reed diffuser was a cheap one from B&M. I bought it because it was black; I don’t usually buy cheap ones because they don’t usually work very well, but this one makes the bathroom smell wonderful.

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

I know these wall stickers have gone out of favour, but I still love them!

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

Shower Room Makeover Before and After

The room was done on quite a small budget. Most things were bought at B&M. The wall stickers were from eBay and the wood for the shelves came from B&Q.

B&M

  • Grey Emulsion Paint – £10
  • White One Coat Gloss – 10.99
  • Off Cut Lino – £20
  • You Only Live Once Picture – £1.99
  • Crystal Towel Ring – £5.99
  • Crystal Toilet Roll Holder – £4.99
  • 4 Pce Bathroom Set (soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, cup, soap dish) – £5.99
  • Wallpaper – £2.50
  • Overdoor Hanger – 3.99
  • Bathmat – £3.99
  • Shower curtain – £5.99
  • 3 Pce stacking baskets x 2 – £2.99 for 3
  • Medicine caddy – £2.49
  • Reed diffuser – £1.00
  • Shower head – £5.99
  • Bin and toilet brush – £5.99
  • Glass heart clip jar – £1.99

Ebay

  • 10 Pce towel bale – £13.99
  • Flower hair girl wall sticker – £3.49
  • Fairy wall sticker – £5.49
  • Shower track hooks and gliders – £2.69

B&Q

  • Conti Board – £27.50
  • Fixings – £6.00
  • Fascia tape – £15.00

Approximate total cost – £175

Bedroom Makeover Challenge – Before and After

I was recently asked by Hillary’s Blinds to take part in a bedroom makeover challenge, along with some other bloggers.

We were given £100 and some tips from interior designer, Joanna Thornhill.

Here’s what she suggested for me:

1.Netting around beds can create a dreamy, romantic look, but in a small
bedroom it can feel a little full-on – I’m not sure if you still have these up,
but concentrating them in one spot to create a bed pelmet would allow you to
retain this sumptuous feel without feeling like it’s taking over the space, as
well as making more of a focal point of the bed.
2.I feel like you could potentially have a little fun here with your
wardrobe doors – I’d pick out a colour palette for the whole room, then you
could potentially paint each door in a patchwork of colours to create a real
point of interest. To stop it looking too busy, stick with colours from the same
palette and simply alter the tone, or go for harmonising colours (those which
sit either side of your chosen main colour on the colour wheel). Perhaps moving
away from pink towards a more mauve palette would feel more sophisticated yet
still retain a feminine feel – you could opt for a relatively pale tone on your
walls then play around with the spectrum, bringing in light greys down to much
darker, almost mocha hues, also bringing in the odd splash of warm fuchsia pink
to break things up a bit. If in doubt, visit a paint mixing store with a Dulux
Mixlab machine, and pick colours of different intensities from the same colour
card, to ensure they all work together tonally. Your wardrobes look like they
might be melamine, so you’d need to coat them with some ‘difficult surfaces’
primer first before adding your main colour (go for an eggshell rather than a
gloss finish, for a more contemporary look).

 

3.Your television is quite prominent on the wall across from your bed – to
lessen its impact, try creating a gallery wall full of framed artworks of
various different sizes, filling the whole wall all around it, to help blend it
in. Keep costs down by framing inexpensive materials, such as pretty decorative
wallpaper scraps, or try sites like Etsy.com for inexpensive work from new
artists.

Before

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before
With the netting

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before
Without the netting

After

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom before

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Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

 

Bedroom makeover challenge - Bedroom after

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No More Messy Bedroom!

Since Christmas Kaycee and Ella’s bedroom has been disgraceful. Ant and I got fed up of seeing it in such a mess so last Monday I decided to go and clean it properly. I’ve told both of them I don’t want to see a messy bedroom again.

Messy Bedroom

I ended up being in there for the whole day (except for one hour at lunch) and with Ant’s help, the bedroom got a change round.
We separated the bunk beds into two separate beds. Obviously, they take up more room but the thinking behind it was that the less floor space they have, the less mess they can make.

Tidy Bedroom!

Time will tell but so far it’s stayed fairly tidy although Ella’s had to be reminded daily to put her clothes to wash and toys away at the end of the day.

The side with Kaycee’s bed has remained spotless.

When they get their own rooms, I know which one I’ll have to nag to keep it clean!

This is the room before the change round

 

 

 

 

 

This is what it looks like now :o)

 

 

We’ve got some shelves to put up for each of them above their beds instead of bedside tables as there isn’t room and I also kept the fairy lights from the Christmas tree so we can put them on the shelves 🙂

Before and after – Built in Bookcases :)

Earlier this year the super wonderful husband made me some built-in bookcases in the alcoves at the side of the fireplace.

I’d been fawning over photos of built-in bookcases on Pinterest and couldn’t wait for ours to be done.
As you can see from the post I linked up, it’s taken quite a few months for us to finish the project! That post is from March and we’ve only just got them painted.

I’m even more in love with them now they’ve been painted and are not stuffed to the gills with books!
We’ve had to put up ten more shelves and get another small bookcase to accommodate all the books we took off the built-in shelves and we’re still struggling for book space but that’s what happens when you have two people who love books so much, they can’t get rid of them 🙂

Before

Before - Built-in bookcases

After

After - built-in bookcase

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Before - built-in bookcases

After

After - Built-in bookcases

 

Shower room – Before and After

This is our new, girly pink, downstairs shower room and we love it 🙂 Aiden, not so much!

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After

 

 

 

 

 

There are two things I would have done differently if I were decorating this room again…..I would have bought the silvery lino and gorgeous pink flowery towels I saw in B&M when we first started shopping for the new house.

We decided to use the blue and white lino in the kitchen, upstairs toilet and bathroom and decided that it made sense to take it from the kitchen and into the hall and shower room.
I do like the lino and there is a bit of blue in the flower pattern on the tiles so it’s not completely out of place but I think the silvery lino would have made it perfect for me.

I can’t see the towels I liked on the website so I’m not sure if they still have them but I’ll have another look next time I go, just in case!

We’re going to be decorating the kitchen over the weekend so hopefully by this time next week I’ll have a kitchen again and it might start feeling like we’re actually getting somewhere!

 

New bathroom and toilet (Before and after photos)

The keys to the old house have been handed in today finally and thankfully! so I can now start to get this house organised into a proper home 🙂

We cut it very fine with the old house; Ant and I finally finished the cleaning close to 10pm last night and we were exhausted.
It was thanks to my family that we managed to get everything done and words cannot express how grateful we are to them all.

So on to the decorating!

We’ve decorated the whole house except for the kitchen, which had a bit of a disaster when we found out it needed completely re-wiring. The kitchen is the next priority now we’re finished at the old house and after having a rest day today, I’ll be making a start in there 🙂

I finally got the upstairs bathroom done after Ant got rid of the rest of that wallpaper and it looks so much brighter now it’s painted white.
I still have to get all the red grout out and re-grout it with white but that’s a job for another day, when the kitchen’s been sorted!

 

Before

 

Before

 

 

The toilet is tiny and it was painted a dark lilac colour. We painted it magnolia and it looks much better.

I’ll be back, soon hopefully, with the bedroom and shower room photos 🙂

 

Bathroom Makeover – Before & After Photos…Finally!

A week later than I expected, I’ve finally got the before and after photos of our bathroom makeover.
I seriously under estimated the amount of time it was going to take to wrap the silver shelves and under sink unit.
In my head, it was going to take me from Friday to Sunday to do the makeover. In reality, it took one and a half days to decorate the room and a full week, working during school hours and after the children’s bedtimes wrapping the poles and weaving the shelves of the silver units.

The reason we covered the silver units in string was because they had started to rust but were still structurally strong.

We didn’t want to pay £85 to buy a new under sink unit and tall shelf unit.
We’d bought new nautical accessories and on some of them, there was string being used to look like rope so I suggested we wrap the silver units in string.
I’m really happy with the results and the fact that it only cost £7 for the string so we saved loads of money! It was £1 for 4 balls of string and I used 26 rolls!
It would have looked better with thicker cord but that would have cost a lot more so we stuck with the string.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love our new bathroom 🙂

I’m not doing anymore decorating for a few months. Our bedroom needs doing but I’ve had enough of home improvement for a while now!

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