The Jungle Bathroom – my cheap bathroom makeover reveal
OK, this bathroom makeover was in the making for so long that I almost forgot to share it on the blog. And it actually started with a TV going up on the wall in the living room a whole year earlier. Yes! You got that right! The TV was going up on the wall leaving an old, a bit tired but still pretty cabinet without a purpose. Then and there in my head that old TV cabinet became a vanity unit. I just needed to convince Rob to my idea…
A year later we started our cheap bathroom makeover…
But let me start by showing you what my bathroom looked like before.
It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t pretty either. It was the only room in the house that didn’t get much of my attention. Apart from the weekly cleaning and few pretty baskets. But with time it definitely needed more than just pretty baskets. As the full revamp was out of the question, I started to think what else I could change without spending too much money. Quickly new vinyl flooring was on the agenda along with some new colours on the wall. Vinyl flooring is one of the cheapest ways to update your existing floors. And if you still associate vinyl flooring with something back from the 70′ or 80′ you couldn’t be more wrong. With so many styles, colours and patterns to choose from vinyl flooring has become more popular then ever.
For the walls I went for black and white which seems to be my favourite colour combo lately (apart from my bedroom’s blue and yellow of course). And I’m telling you painting this one wall (along with the shelves) black made all the difference!
I’ve also painted the radiator black, although it is actually situated against the white wall. I believe there are two ways with radiators (if you don’t have the money to splash on a new fancy one). You can either paint it to match the colour of the wall or paint it in a contrasting colour.
But the absolute star of this bathroom makeover has to be my new vanity unit with not just one but two little basins. We went for two smaller ones instead of one big basin so that the kids don’t fight over who uses it first in the morning… Now they fight over who uses which basin (urghh) I will be writing a dedicated post with all the instructions for making your own vanity unit so make sure you stay tuned.
What we did next?
The next step for this bathroom makeover was to replace the toilet seat as the old one was broken. Unfortunately the cistern broke too so it kind of made sense to replace the whole toilet instead. Luckily we found one we liked on Ebay for less than £100. I guess it proves that it’s always worth checking the internet before heading to your local DIY store.
So next I turned my attention to our horrible plastic bath panel. First idea was to use a sticky back plastic (self adhesive film). Then I thought about panelling it with wood and painting black (still think that would have been the best option). Unfortunately because we haven’t budgeted for a new toilet I went back to the first (cheaper) option. I chose a black and white marble pattern to complement the new flooring and the colours on the wall. I’ve got to say, for a £5 spent I couldn’t ask for a better result!
Last summer (and still way before the project even started) I spotted this lovely dark parrot shower curtain in H&M. I loved the vibrant colours and as I knew I wanted to have lots of plants in my new bathroom, the parrot motif seemed just perfect! And that was the starting point for all the colours in this bathroom makeover. I love that deep blue colour against white walls!
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know I love mixing colours and patterns. Therefore I decided to go for green paint for the vanity unit. It complements the blues perfectly! And it’s not too matchy matchy!
And as a massive blue colour lover I even surprised myself by painting blue mosaic tiles WHITE! I knew I would bring some blue in a different form and this stripe of blue tiles around the room just screamed DATED! So I used white tile paint for the first time as I always thought of tile paints as tacky. I have to say I’m really impressed with the result. Honestly you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between new and old tiles! And because it’s already been couple of months since, I can say that the paint is still there. Cleaning, scrubbing and using chemicals does not effect the painted tiles at all! I also used a grout pen to refresh the grout. Actually I think I must have banged my head on the wall because at first I decided to paint all the grout black for a bold look. Oh boy, how that did not work out! So after this little disaster I used white grout pen to hide the mess. And that looks so much better and I’m happy with the result.
The final touches
The rest of this bathroom makeover was down to some final touches. But you should never underestimate the power of the last few pieces. Often they can make the whole look.
First on my list was a new mirror. Because of the awkward space and a position of the mirror being not exactly above the vanity unit, I decided on a round shape to make it less awkward. And it worked exactly as I wanted. The mirror doesn’t seem to be in the wrong position, instead it looks as it was all planed. (Obviously having two basins instead of just one underneath the mirror also helps.)
I had couple of plants in my bathroom before the makeover as I believe it is their most natural environment in the house (meaning they won’t die even if you forget to water them). And when the bathroom makeover was complete I brought another few for my jungle look!
I also added a beautiful Succulent Art by Charlotte Argyrou. I was lucky enough to win this amazing piece of art few months ago on Instagram but if you would like to buy one or check out her other drawings just visit her online shop (and especially her wedding collection- it’s stunning!).
The last thing I did was to turn a wooden board and a few door knobs into towel hooks. Originally I planed to paint it black but I left the untreated wood just to see how it looked. I liked it so much that I decided to keep it as it is! It brings a little bit of natural feel to this otherwise all painted bathroom.
So, there you have it! My bathroom makeover completed on a budget of £400. You will find a full shopping list at the end of this post but first let me show you the rest of the after photos…
What do you think? For less than £400 I couldn’t be happier with my new bathroom!
Vinyl flooring from Carpet Right £55
2 stainless steel taps from Ebay £45 (use my Ebay tab on the side to find yours)
Toilet with a soft close seat from Ebay £80 (use my Ebay tab on the side to find yours)
Parrot shower curtain H&M £19.99 (it has been discontinued but check out in stores)
Spare pipes and parts for the basins – around £30