Monday, 17 March 2014

budget bathroom makeover

If you haven't been here before, I've been working on my bathroom since last October, which you can read about here, here, here, and here. With a limited budget, there was no chance of changing the yellow bath or the shower but I knew I could make it look a lot better, and I must say I'm really pleased with the result.

I've put tongue and groove all the way round the room, painted the walls, changed the window treatment, made over the chair and a cabinet, moved the shelves and added a couple of new things.

As I mentioned in the last post, there is now a colour above the new white tongue and groove panelling, albeit a very pale colour. I love Farrow and Ball's Lamp Room Grey, but wanted a lighter version. I had a match pot of it and mixed the grey shade I wanted, then copied it with 5 ltrs of cheap white emulsion and some colourises. It turned out really well, it sometimes looks washed out and almost white but mostly it's a soft pale grey which sets off the whites and driftwood really well.

I put another bit of driftwood under the mirror which balances out the stencilled piece on the other wall.

The tongue and groove wraps round the whole room, but the trickiest bit was sorting out the area around the shower door. There were tiles stuck to the front of the shower tray and up the right hand side.

I took the tiles off and put some skirting along the front, then tongue and groove and then a quarter round to neaten up the edges around the shower doors aluminium frame.

I even did a bit of 'plastering' up the right hand side of the shower.
I love the room from every angle.

I love the look of the old shabby door with the crystal handle, the smart white woodwork and the grey walls.

I love the way the t and g wraps around the built in shower.

I love the newly displayed shelves that look way better than before.

I love the view I see in the morning, as I come along the landing from my bedroom.
I love it because it looks so much better than before.
Before and after.

The mini makeover cost me about £120 , which was mainly the t & g, the wood trim, primer and topcoat and lots of filler. The mirror and the mesh, baskets and fabric for the cabinet cost less than £25 so the total cost over the 6 months I've been doing this has been less than £150.
Ironically the shower broke in December so we haven't been able to use it, but I'm saving all my tips from work to replace it, and I think I'm about half way there.

Did I mention that I love it !

It's all thanks to you really. You keep being creative and it inspires me. You never stop doing stuff and that makes me want to do stuff. You think outside the box in which I dwell and that makes me want to push myself, so thank you, all of you.

linking up with
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Project Inspire(d) @ An Extraordinary Day
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Knick of Time Tuesdays @ Knick of Time
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Blissful Whites Wednesday @ Timewashed
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fridays Unfolded @ Nancherrow
What have you done every Friday @ Redoux
Shabbilicious Friday link party @ Shabby Art Boutique
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Silver Pennies Sundays Link Party @ Silver Pennies


  1. Oh it looks fabulous!! I think it exudes more harmony now ....if that makes sense. I also love the colour of your tub, it gives the space an original feel which is always hard to get in that space!!

  2. Fio it is beautiful! I love it and I even like the pop of yellow of the tub. You did good really good.

  3. Stunning! You totally nailed it, your new bathroom is beautiful! Oh, and that skirting on the shower door Wow, perfect!

  4. It's so pretty, you've done a great job. Isn't tongue and groove the most satisfying thing to do? The yellow bath is fine! All my sanitary ware in my last house was PINK and I had to make do too. Now I have white but utterly gross everything else. I blaeched all the mould off yesterday. Eew.

  5. Wow, you have done an awesome job, that board and batting around the tub really looks great, and it just looks very fresh and pretty. Know you must really be enjoying it. Isn't it so gratifying to turn an eyesore into a beautiful thing.
    Love doing that.............
    Blessings, and thanks for sharing it with us,

  6. You did an awesome job!! and the yellow tub is right in style with the vintage vibe that is all over pinterest now!! I love beadboard for the wall finishing,,,,,You get one big GOLD star for this re do!

  7. I am so impressed with your carpentry skills, Fiona!!! Your bathroom has a fresh new look and I can see why it makes you happy every time you pass by. The crowning glory is that gorgeous wood door!!! Now you've got me wanting to try my hand at tongue and groove above my kitchen backsplash tile. I'll add it to my to do list. :)

    Fabulous makeover!

  8. Well, my gosh, WONDER you love's adorable. I just pinned a photo of your "new" bath.
    I am so impressed with all the good work you did here. Love it.

  9. Fabulous makeover! Is there such a thing as a cozy bathroom? Yes! It is great that you are so handy and could do all that work yourself. Love the tongue and groove! Great job!

  10. Fiona, this just exudes calmness and serenity. One of my favorite blog land makeovers.

  11. I'm so in love with your bathroom! I wanted to tell you what was my favourite part, but I kept changing my mind every picture! The tongue and groove really makes the room so comfy and fresh. I love the added driftwood and the open shelves. The old door is amazing. There are two thing you didn' t mention and that I admire: the cord used as a switch... So British and reminds me so many memories. And that towel rack with such gorgeous feet!

  12. Holy cow, that shower looks like a professional job! WTG girl. The whole bathroom is beautiful, full of interest and serene. I'm pinning and pinning and pinning!

  13. So pretty! Love your wall treatment, the paint color is lovely and that how you left it natural with the beautiful know...just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  14. Fabulous! I love it too! I've been doing my bathroom since last January! (that's Jan 2013!) funnily my walls are pale grey too! thank you Fiona you have inspired me to crack on and get mine finished! CJ

  15. From the expertly applied tongue and groove to the pretty arrangement of bathroom trinkets on the shelves, it's all soothing, serene and clean! Love that pale, cloudy grey on the walls and the walnut of the wood; perfect complement to the tranquil white. You are a multi-talented multi-tasker, my friend! How very impressive it all is in a quiet and humble way!!


  16. I love it from every angle too Fiona! I am really loving that old door. I do think the grey sets off that white and the driftwood as well. You did a great job in this room! What's next?

  17. You did a beautiful job! I even like how cottagy the yellow tub looks with all the whites and greys. Well done! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  18. Silver linings - leaving the old Geezer seems to have been wonderful for you. I love everything you are doing in your home. The bathroom is amazing. I need you to come over to help me do some plastering in the bathroom.

    Enjoy your bath!

  19. It looks amazing! Love the tongue and groove! You did a fab job!

  20. it looks so fresh and pretty, fiona:) and that you were able to do it all yourself is just fabulous! sorry about the darn shower, though. you should be proud of this redo:)

  21. What a wonderful makeover! You have a perfect cottage bathroom now and the tongue and groove sharpness along with your shabby natural door look fabulous together. I love all your little styling touches and the soft gray really does make everything snap, including the fun yellow tub.

    Thanks for sharing your inspired project with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  22. You have certainly did a wonderful job! Isn't it amazing what paint can do and of course hard work...fabulous job♥

  23. Beautiful transformation - love the soft colors! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  24. Oh well done!! I love all the changes you put in and the T & G looks great. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday this week.

  25. I love the way your bathroom looks! The tongue and groove looks wonderful! Great job! :)

  26. You have done a marvelous job! I'm amazed at the perfection of the area under the shower! Whoohoo for you!


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