When an idea comes into my head about decorating, I usually pine over it without getting off my bum and making it happen. It usually comes down to money. I have champagne taste but lemonade budget and I just want everything to be perfect. There’s also the fact of my capabilities when it comes to decorating. I won’t ever be able to tackle the landing and stairs as the walls are too high and I don’t know what I’m doing, nor will I do the kitchen myself as there are pipes and cupboards and it’s all too much for me. I wasn’t planning on putting my bathroom project into a blog post but it seems that a few of you have got into a tizzy when I mentioned how I’ve used tile paint to freshen up my tiles. It’s going to be quite picture heavy but I will take you through everything and what I bought. Are you ready? Get a cup of tea and get ready for Changing Rooms!
When I first moved in the tiles were blue, the walls had been stripped back to plaster yet there was still dark blue emulsion splashed across the window frames and the back of the toilet. The wooden panel on the bath was dark brown and the floor was a dirty grey underlay with nothing on it. My first decorating project back saw everything get painted white and a vinyl floor in a beech wood effect was laid. Chrome fittings and pink and lime green accessories accented the room.
I’ve freshened up all the painting making it incredibly white and bright in the small space. Tile paint from Wilkos was used to bring life back to the tiles, white gloss for all the wood work, radiator paint to brighten the radiator and white emulsion for the walls and ceiling. It took me 4 days in total to do all the painting. I worked in a pattern of first coat tiles, woodwork, walls and ceiling and then carried out a second coat once dry. The weather helped in drying however it took me a while because of my own mobility. I also had to take into account filling in holes and letting that dry. The paint on the feature wall was done once I’d done two coats of radiator paint and that had dried. I gave the feature wall two coats of Dulux Urban Obsession matte paint. It’s the most gorgeous paint and although I was slightly worried about it being very dark in the room once finished, it doesn’t actually make the room look small or dark. I’m very pleased. I’m also very proud of my straight lines. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment right there.
I’ve still not managed to get round to changing the flooring as I haven’t yet found the right floor. There’s no need to rush this, and I won’t rush it either. When I find the right one, I will know. Once I’ve had new flooring laid, I will be adding an under sink cabinet to increase storage space.
I knew in my head exactly what I wanted when it came to decor and I didn’t know if it was going to work or not. I was browsing Argos, because I had seen a copper bin from Habitat which I needed and I spotted these ladder shelves. Designed to place on the floor, I took a risk and added them to the end of the bath where I have wasted space. After taking down the original shelf, I needed something to store my bathroom products on. I added some fairy lights and I’m so pleased with the outcome. I’ve dressed the shelves with the products I’m using the most and saved a space on the bottom shelf for my iPad to go for when I’m in the bath. Little touches like changing the plugs from rubber to stainless steel, and using a vintage filament lightbulb give a sleek and stylish finish.
Rose Gold Lightshade / Vintage Filament Globe Lightbulb / Stainless Steel Basin Plug / Stainless Steel Bath Plug / Ladder Shelves – similar / Silver Mirror / Chrome Towel Rail (similar) / Copper Bin / Copper Basket / Towels / Bathmat / Over Door Hooks /
My favourite part of redecorating was the final touches. A nice handwash, my favourite products and some fragrance layering. I knew I wanted Jo Malone to be the brand of choice for my fragrance of choice. I’ve really started to get into Basil & Neroli, and I found that the scent was giving me the feeling of being in a fancy hotel. I do like to decorate so it feels like a boutique hotel. I have issues I know. From World Duty Free, I got the Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia diffuser to complement Basil and Neroli, and they work so beautifully together. I also wanted a big Aesop handwash for the windowledge. My Mum thinks I’m crazy for spending £27 on a handwash, but there is a bottle of Carex on the side for guests. It’s only me who can use the Aesop! The skincare products on the copper tray are only the ones that I am going to use. There are no products for show this time. I’m being very restrained and trying to use things up. The same goes with my shelf products. I had to laugh when I was putting out my shampoo and conditioner. I had moaned about spending £50 or so on paint, yet my Aveda collection in the bathroom tops £200. I’m terrible!
Aesop Handwash / Basil and Neroli Candle / English Pear and Freesia Diffuser / Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish / Clinique Take The Day Off / Evolve Face Mask / Votary Facial Oil / Eve Lom Cleanser / Philips Sonicare Toothbrush / Aesop Hydrating Mask / Foreo Luna 2