Not your standard opening picture. But I thought I’d show an honest ‘before’ picture of our downstairs bathroom – swimsuits and all.
We’ve been putting off renovating this room ever since we moved in fifteen years ago and it’s still sporting the same red ceiling and blank walls. There was nothing wrong with it per se, it was just very plain and a little dated. Nothing that warrants ripping the entire room out and starting from scratch at least. Even so, it had become unloved and a dumping ground – there were even some skis in the shower!
Renovating a bathroom, no matter how small, can be hugely expensive. But having painted the tiles in our laundry room, I felt optimistic that something could be done to our downstairs loo on a budget too!
Here is what we did.
The first step was to paint the ceiling (I can’t tell you how satisfying it was!). We used a white from the Jotun Lady Aqua range. The floor also got a makeover with 3V3 tile paint in Tarmac.
And then came the rest:
There’s quite a lot at play here. We removed the glass shower door and hung up an L-shaped shower rod (we bought a simple white one and then painted it in the same paint as the floor). The shower curtain (light stone from Humdakin) and rattan matt add a softness to the room and help to dampen the sound – always good in a guest bathroom!
We kept the wall tiles (one of the biggest costs when renovating bathrooms is the work that goes into replacing tiles) – but since the walls were so vast and blank, we decided to put up a glass cabinet (Hastrup from Jysk). It was no easy feat; we had to use a special sensor to detect what was behind the wall. The last thing we wanted to do was drill through a pipe or electric cable. This is a major danger when drilling into bathroom walls, I’d highly recommend calling in an expert to avoid any accidents!
When it comes to budget makeovers, I am a firm believer that the devil is in the details. Picking out smart pieces really help to elevate a room. The brushed brass toilet brush and toilet roll holder are both from Danish brand D-line.
I’ve had the little rustic stool for years (pick up a similar antique stool here*). And the art is by Swedish painter Carola Kastman.
The next step was to give this corner an overhaul:
Here is the result, drum roll please….
We tried to keep the existing bathroom cabinet and sink but it simply wasn’t practical for numerous reasons, so in the end we swapped it out for this very reasonably priced cabinet, sink and tap from Hornbach.
I updated the colour on the cabinet using Mohair from Jotun Lady (thinking about it now, I probably should have used a specific bathroom paint, so let’s see how it fairs!) and added knobs and a towel rail from D-line.
I have never liked the plastic silver lights that were here when we moved in. The problem was we didn’t want the faff and expense of changing the mirror so we had to find a light that exactly fitted the holes! I was very relieved to finally stumble across this bathroom light in Bauhaus!
The final corner to get a simple makeover was this one:
We swapped out the existing aluminium towel hooks for pretty handcrafted ones from D-Line (which match the other details).
I’m a big fan of baskets (these are from Granit and IKEA) – they make each hook go a lot further and now we have a lot more space for bits and bobs like swimwear, slippers (from Humdakin), hair stuff etc.
This is how this corner looks now:
Right folks. That covers everything I think!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our budget DIY bathroom makeover! If you have any questions just give me a shout below and I’ll do my best to help.
By the way, have you noticed how tidy it looks? I’d love for it to stay this way. But will I still find empty loo roll cartridges on the side when I go in? Definitely (does this drive anyone else nuts?). Will it be filled with drying swimwear and ten thousand towels within 24 hours? No doubt!
But for today at least, I will be enjoying it in all its neat and tidy glory!
I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!
A big thank you to Per for helping with so much of the DIY – I’m so lucky to have a handyman and physicist in the house! So much appreciation for the brainstorming and advice from Helen Sturesson too!
Also, thank you for the press gifts D-line, Humdakin and IKEA.
before and after