Easy ideas for updating your bathroom on a budget


When written content creator Abi Hugo and her spouse were household-hunting at the stop of 2020, she wasn’t set on purchasing a fixer-upper. “We looked around new builds and houses that were absolutely concluded, and mainly because of the kids I was definitely tempted,” she tells Stylist. Brand new residences are recognised a lot more for their immaculacy than their individuality, so she was intrigued in the obstacle of introducing character to a pristine area. 

But when it came to it, the believed of spending for decor that was not exactly to her taste dissuaded her. “In the conclude, I just could not justify paying the money on one thing that was technically concluded and best but not the way I desired it. Why would I commit top rated market benefit when it was not my structure or strategies?”

Abi suggests that the want for a area she could place her spin on, put together with the view – “because we are on a hill, all the things powering us is just fields and fields of greenery. The sunsets right here are incredible” – certain her to consider her renovation challenge. 

It’s clear she loves having something others may possibly forget about and transforming it one particular of her favourite hobbies is upcycling home furniture and she shares the benefits with the 114,000 followers of her house reno IG account @thewhitethistle. She’s taken the eyesight required for upcycling and utilized it on a more substantial scale about her dwelling. A person of the most effective examples is her rest room, which she recently overhauled with leftover wooden and paint from other renovations in the home.

Abi points out that she preferred to do the makeover speedily and cheaply even though ready for a far more long lasting transformation. “We are conserving up for a greater renovation but that space just bugged me – it had fifty percent-painted partitions, exposed pipework just about everywhere and no flooring, just concrete. And 1 working day I just received fed up. I did not want to hold out a different 6 months to a year for a pleasant place. So I just thought, let’s do what I can with what I have lying about the household. I commenced portray the pipes black and a person issue led to yet another.” 

Here’s how she did it.

Abi Hugo is doing work with impartial doorway retailer Chief Doorways.

The leftover resources applied for Abi’s rest room overhaul

Bathroom makeover using wood panelling behind the mirror
Abi utilized wooden panelling to make a function of her toilet mirror

Abi describes her interiors fashion as a “modern twist on a typical style” and this will take the sort of “neutrals but adding distinction with black accents”. 

Maintaining this type in her toilet not only assisted it stream with the rest of the household, but also intended she saved income on paint for the partitions and metalware. She describes: “[The makeover] was generally cost-free I made use of leftover stuff from the other rooms that I upcycled in my house, so that incorporates leftover wooden and paint.”

She utilized Beige 02 from Lick for the partitions and tapped into the pattern for black lavatory accessories at a fraction of the rate by portray her radiator and pipework in Loof from Frenchic.

The leftover wooden, 12mm x 44mm timber from Wickes, was utilized to develop a panelling effect on a person wall, supplying a characterful backdrop to the lavatory mirror.

The just one product Abi purchased for her toilet makeover

DIY bathroom makeover ideas, a bathroom overhauled with stick-on tiles and leftover beige paint
Stick-on tiles transformed Abi’s ground for about £30

Though most of Abi’s toilet overhaul was realized with leftover products, she did purchase one merchandise. Even so, genuine to her thrifty design, it was nonetheless a price range hack. She explains: “The only factors that I bought were being the peel and adhere floor tiles from Dunelm, which were £14 a pack and I acquired two, so just below £30. I am all about the funds renovation!” 

The stick-on tiles generate the influence of a patterned tiled floor with out the expenditure and in a fraction of the time. No tiling knowledge is wanted, either.

How to get the work done in just one sitting

A bathroom with brown/beige walls
Abi’s bathroom makeover took just 24 hrs

A little something that can put many of us off trying Do it yourself is the time commitment concerned. But Abi managed to comprehensive her rest room makeover in just one working day. “The entire transformation only took 24 hrs, since when I get hooked on an plan and I see it in my head I just have to get it performed. It just started off with me painting the radiator, viewing how it went and then one particular issue led to another.”

Whilst she admits to keeping up till 2am to complete the transformation, she does have some tips for how you can continue to keep inspired and ensure you get your Do it yourself wrapped up in time for bed.

“Find a reliable chunk of time and schedule when you will do the function – there is absolutely nothing even worse than being interrupted each individual hour by somebody or some thing – that is the quickest way to close up with an unfinished challenge. Make positive you truly know when you will get the bulk of the do the job performed.”

Before and after of a bathroom
Abi up-to-date her radiators and pipework with black paint

A different detail that aids Abi continue to keep going when she finds herself flagging is concentrating on the concluded merchandise. “Keep visualising what the conclusion final result will glance like. The matter that spurs me on is [that] I want to see it all come collectively and figuratively contact the impression that has been in my head. The enjoyment normally presents me the electricity to retain heading.”

The other necessary ingredient for a successful speedy Diy project? “Snacks – if you’re heading to do a challenge promptly, you need to have heaps of snacks to hold your vitality concentrations up,” Abi suggests.

If, even so, anything does get in the way of wrapping up your venture in one particular go, Abi suggests setting up when you are going to get it carried out and blocking out that time in your diary.

The products and solutions Abi utilised to overhaul her rest room

Visuals: Abi Hugo/Chief Doors/Dunelm/Wickes/Lick/Frenchic


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