Four years ago, after coping with one tiny, cold family bathroom which was accessed off an equally small and uninviting kitchen, we decided to add a loft conversion to our victorian home. We gained an extra bedroom and en-suite bathroom, which literally transformed how we lived in our home. The extra space was wonderful (as was having a whole floor to ourselves) and I decided I wanted to create a spa-like feel in the en-suite, making it a sanctuary for my husband and I at the end of a long day. I chose a dark grey colour for the walls, large stone effect tiles from Topps Tiles, and an oak unit with cubby holes for rolled up towels (this always reminds me of a spa – or a posh hairdressing salon!)
The white rolled up towels gave the bathroom a ‘spa-like’ ambiance
Fast forward four years and in typical ‘me’ fashion, I ask my husband if we can re-do the bathroom. I’m lusting after hexagonal tiles, a walk-in shower, black taps… Of course he says no. “It’s only been four years darling,” he states. And rightly so, as really, it’s in perfectly good nick. It’s only that the interiors obsessed monster that lives within me fancies a change, and a new look to go with my now white bedroom scheme (see previous blog post https://lifeatnumber63.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/my-bedroom-re-style/)
Our bedroom has also gone from dark grey to white in recent months
So I ponder a little, and wonder if, through changing the colour, and adding some new accessories, I can give it a small face-lift and still be as satisfied as if I had replaced the whole bathroom.
I decided to give it a go, with nothing to lose and potentially everything to gain. First I needed to determine what I was going to change, and what I was going to keep the same. I realised that since life was busy, the less disruption the better. I kept all the main elements – the suite, tiles, mirror, shutters, lighting and vanity unit.
The bathroom before it’s mini face-lift
I chose a white paint from Crown Paints for the walls (which is everywhere in my home), and Farrow and Ball ‘Clunch’ (a soft stone colour) for the woodwork to blend with the grey tiles.
I chose ‘Clunch’ for the woodwork and unit as seen here on a Farrow and Ball paint chart
Then I added plants and accessories, by shopping my home, and making some new purchases. I will list the new items below in a ‘shop the look’ section.
I had gone off the orange oak colour of the vanity unit, but it is a high quality item and also much needed storage, so I asked friend and local furniture up-cycler Hanna (@fyracompany) to paint it for me and add some new handles.
I found I no longer liked the orange colour of the oak unit but wanted to keep it
I love leather strap pulls and was delighted to find some at Ikea for a very reasonable price. Hanna did an amazing job, her painting is extremely precise and neat and the transformation is incredible! It’s now my favourite thing in the room!
Sanded and painted by local furniture restoration business Fyra Company, it is now my favourite piece in the room!
The lovely people at Trouva sent me a gorgeous patterned bath mat, of which the off white and grey colour co-ordinates perfectly with the decor.
Homage HK living Mono print bath mat, Trouva
I love how the round shape adds interest to a very angular room – most things in a bathroom are either square or rectangular, aren’t they? It also ties in nicely with our round basin. They also kindly gifted me some scandi style wooden wall hooks. I placed one on the wall to hang a hand towel from, and another on the back of the door for my dressing gown.
Mench Utology ash wall hook and Meraki handtowel, Trouva
The quality and choice of products from Trouva is amazing, and I love the concept behind their store. For those of you that haven’t heard of them, here’s a bit of information from their website. ‘Trouva is the home of the best independent boutiques online, giving discerning shoppers access to unique products, whether it’s contemporary pieces for the home, stylish new accessories, or thoughtful gifts for loved ones. Trouva brings together 500 bricks and mortar boutiques in one online destination.’ Check them out if you like to find unique and well-made homewares from small businesses.
I was also sent some of the softest towels I’ve ever come across from Hampton and Astley. Their sumptuous towels are made from 100% Egyptian cotton, and I chose the pure white colour option (of course). They have lots of lovely colours to choose from, however, so there’s something for everyone. The quality is great, and the enjoyment from new towels definitely adds to the feeling that you have created a ‘new’ bathroom space.
You can see a white towel and face cloth from Hampton and Astley here on the Ikea towel ladder
I am staggered at our bathroom’s new look! It only took a few days to paint the walls and woodwork, hang the tiny shelf and add some new accessories, but the look has changed so much for the better. It is still very calm and spa -like, but it has a fresh and crisp feel, that I believe has been achieved through the use of white paint and neutral accessories. I hope you’ll agree that it was time well spent, and that you’ll feel inspired to refresh your bathroom on a budget too. If you do, let me know by tagging @life_at_number_63 in your Instagram posts, I’d love to see your before and after photos!
I absolutely love the new, fresh look!
Shop my makeover below:
Crown Standard White Paint £32
Farrow and Ball ‘Clunch’ satinwood paint £60
Cost of furniture up-cycling £50
Mike white metal wall mount organiser £7.75 Maisons Du Monde
Similar fish wall art ‘Morea’ Maisons Du Monde £25.87
Terracotta Planter with succulent £5 Homebase
MODA Feather Ceramic Indoor Plant Pot – 16cm in white £3 Homebase
Meraki handtowel £17 Trouva
Mench Utology set of 3 ash wooden wall hooks £26.00 Trouva
Homage HK living mono print bath mat £40 Trouva
Osternas leather handle £10 per 2 pack Ikea ( I needed four, so £20 total)
‘Beach Day’ art print 11″ x 13″ $32 Rylander Co (Approx £24)
Hampton and Astley 100% Egyptian Cotton 7 Piece Luxury Bath Towel Set, Pure White £59.99 (But use this link for a whopping 50% off https://hamptonandastley.com/discount/KAT)
Ferm black toilet paper holder £25 Hurn and Hurn
All other accessories I had already and simply brought into the room from other areas in my home.
The total cost was under £400!
Until next time.