Mum creates chic new bathroom with bargains from Amazon, eBay and Dunhelm

A mum completely changed the look of her bathroom without paying someone else a fortune to do the work for her.

Emma George created a chic monochrome look, that could have set her back thousands if she’d enlisted the help of a bathroom design company.

Instead, she transformed the room for £200 after picking up bargains from high street and online retailers.

The 27-year-old mum of three, took out time from her job as a vegan baker, to recreate the space using Frenchic paint and accessories from homeware shop Dunhelm, along with bargains from Amazon and eBay.

Sharing the finished look with money-saving website LatestDeals.co.uk, Emma said: “I hated the upstairs bathroom compared to the rest of the house as it was dated. I really wanted to rip it all out and re-do it all but my husband warned me that apparently that’s grounds for divorce! Also, we were on a tight budget.”

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Instead, Emma used what paint they already had. She added: “To do the bathroom, I just wiped all the tiles down then used a foam roller to apply the paint onto the tiles in thin coats. It took three coats.

“With the taps, radiator and trim, I used one of the kid’s paintbrushes with a round end, and I did thin coats in the opposite directions – so if I did the first coat left to right, I did the next coat up and down – to avoid brush marks. They also took three coats.”

Emma decided to do the painting first, in case it got on the floor. She then replaced the floor, and added accessories like the toilet seat, shower and blinds.

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She said: “Roughly the bathroom cost £200. That includes the new shower for £72 from ebay, stick-on tiles for £40 from Dunelm, a new sink, tap and waste for £30 and shelves for £15 from Amazon, and two more tins of Frenchic paint for £36 from my local stockist.

“I also bought blinds, a bath mat, a toilet seat, a toilet roll holder and a new towel from Argos.

“I used the Frenchic Al Fresco paint to paint the radiator, taps and shower trims as it’s made for outdoor use so it will be able to withstand the constant wetness of the bathroom as it’s just like being outside in the English weather.”

She added: “The whole bathroom was done in a week around three children.”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Anyone with a bathroom board on Pinterest will surely have loads of gorgeous images of black and white bathrooms pinned and saved.

“Bathrooms can end up costing thousands to renovate, but Emma’s amazing project is proof you can totally overhaul a space for just a couple of hundred pounds.

“Using paint and stick-on tiles is genius and far cheaper than ripping out a whole bathroom and having to re-tile!”

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