Monochrome Bathroom Makeover: The Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover

Wow, I can’t actually believe it’s more than two months since the first part of this makeover was revealed. Summer goes so quickly doesn’t it? But now I’m so excited to share with you our finished monochrome bathroom makeover. Hopefully you’ll agree that the finished result is such an improvement on what we had before!

Out bathroom wasn’t high on the list of priorities to update, even though it was in quite poor condition. Eventually we will completely renovate the room and planned to keep it as we inherited it, until then. When Carpetright got in touch offering some stunning vinyl flooring in exchange for a monochrome bathroom makeover challenge, it was the kick I needed to get stuck in.

Of course, what’s a makeover without some before pictures, so take a look at this lovely lot.

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Before

Isn’t it LOVELY??

Without much budget and not wanting to completely overhaul the room, we were curious if we could make it look any good. And in time-honoured ‘us’ fashion, it’s taken a while. But it’s been so so worth it and has ended up looking better than we could have ever imagined.

So here’s what we did, and I’ll link to the products below where I can find them.

Painting the patterned tiles – you can read more in this blog post but painting the patterned tiles black made an almost immediate impact. Instead of looking old-fashioned and fussy, the now look modern and clean.

Replacing the shower screen – we don’t actually use this bathroom for showers since neither the one on the wall or the one over the bath taps work very well. The old shower screen was hideous and we replaced it with a clean, simple glass panel.

The window – leaded windows are not our favourite but we didn’t have the budget to entirely replace this just yet. Instead we cleaned it using uPCV cleaner, removed the tatty old blind and replaced the window handles. Such a cost-effective update to make.

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Handles Old

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Handles New

The door – ever since we moved in, the bathroom door kept sticking on the previous floor. Pete took it off, filed the bottom and re-hung it. We gave the door a new coat of paint in Dulux Satin Wood, cleaned the handles and put a new hook on the back.

Changing the bath panel – the original panel was disintegrating so we hot-footed it to B&Q to have a piece of MDF cut to size. We screwed it back into the existing framework and I painted the smaller piece black to create a stylish skirting effect. The whole thing cost us less than £15!

New upcycled vanity unit – we kept the sink but needed to replace the vanity unit underneath. You can see how I did my first IKEA hack here!

New wall cabinet – our bathroom isn’t huge so we replaced the old-fashioned wall cabinet with a more modern, mirrored one from the same IKEA range as the vanity unit.

Accessories – this is always the fun part but somehow still takes the most time…

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Monochrome Bathroom Makeover Reveal

A Lovely Rectangular Pinterest-Friendly Image

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*Flooring – kindly gifted by Carpetright for the purpose of this challenge, £15.99 per m squared
Towels – Hampton & Astley, Midnight Black, £44.99
Toilet Roll Holder – Ferm Living from Future & Found, £25
Soap and Hand Cream – Future & Found, £15
Vanity Unit – IKEA, £35
Vanity Unit Legs – IKEA, £15
Wall Cabinet – IKEA, £29.90
*Electric Toothbrush – kindly gifted by Bruzzoni
Copper Magnifying Mirror – Homesense
Copper Waste Bin – TK Maxx
Bath Panel – MDF from B&Q, custom cut, £11
Faux Palm – Blooming Artificial, £23.99
Plant Pot – Homebase, £5.99
Wooden Bath Caddy – Amazon, £12.89
Copper Windowsill Plant Pot – Amazon
Aloe Vera – bought locally
Floor Lantern – Tesco Direct, £18
*Black City Of Tomorrow Candle – gifted from Wick Candle Boutique, £35
Window handles – Screwfix, £14.99 per handle

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23 Comments

  1. September 13, 2017 / 7:56 am

    I still love seeing this transformation! Thanks for sharing all the places to buy, too. K

    • September 17, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Ah me too Keira, it will make me happy for some time to come 🙂 X

  2. September 14, 2017 / 8:10 am

    Wow! What a transformation! I love the floor and the faux plant really makes it look so stylish X

    • September 17, 2017 / 3:06 pm

      Thank you Pia 🙂 I keep peeping in as I walk past because I can’t even register how different it looks. So happy with it X

  3. September 14, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Wow this is such an amazing transformation! I’ve enjoyed seeing sneak peeks and the finished thing is amazing xx #HomeEtc

    • September 17, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks so much Becky, it may have taken forever but worth it in the end Xx

  4. September 14, 2017 / 9:58 am

    You are so bloody clever!! It looks a GAZILLION times better!!!!!!! That floor totally makes it. I do love a patterned floor — and in a smaller area, it tricks the eye into thinking that the space is larger. Love it. Carpetright have got some fab patterned flooring haven’t they? I’ve been looking at the Moroccan but I LOVE this black and white design — it looks quite art deco, which suits the style of your house. Well done Lins — looks AMAZING!!

    Thanks for being such a brilliant co-host #HomeEtc xc

    • September 17, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      You know I really would have thought previously that the pattern would make the space look smaller but it’s amazing how much bigger it looks. I’m still overjoyed and can’t believe how much of a difference it makes. Pleasure to be co-hosting with you lovely Xx

  5. September 14, 2017 / 11:41 am

    The new floor has made such a difference, wow! And very clever to think of painting the black tiles! #HomeEtc xx

    • September 17, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      I literally couldn’t stomach the idea of retiling just for the blog challenge and so painting was the only alternative but it turned out so well! Xx

  6. September 14, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I love that even your toothbrush has been incorporated into the design theme. Where on earth did you dinf a completely matte black toothbrush?!

    • September 17, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Haha it’s amazing isn’t it? It was gifted to me for a review by a company called Bruzzoni. I believe it’s currently available in Selfridges X

  7. September 14, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    This is so weird! I’m just about to start my bathroom makeover and what I’ve got planned is almost the same! The vinyl flooring, the tiles, the bath panel (which I’m particularly impressed with). I just love it! And it makes me more confident about going ahead with my own bathroom makeover! #homeetc

    • September 17, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Ahh Anne Marie, that’s great! I’m glad to have encouraged and look forward to seeing what you come up with. It’s amazing what a difference very small changes can make. Thank you for stopping by X

    • September 19, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thanks so much Catherine, we’re so happy with how it turned out X

  8. September 19, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Fab to see it in its entirety – looks great. And yeap, black and white always a winner 🙂

    • September 19, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you lovely, got there in the end! X

  9. September 23, 2017 / 7:27 am

    That’s one seriously amazing transformation! I already loved the floor but now that it’s all finished and has come together it looks even better! Love how all of your accessories complement the overall design.

    • September 24, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Thanks so much Christine, it’s definitely turned out so much better than I expected. Now I just need to get a proper shower in so we can actually use the room!! x

  10. September 25, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    You’ve done a fab job on the bathroom Lins. I REALLY like it. The black skirting on the bath really adds to the look. #HomeEtc

  11. October 4, 2017 / 9:01 am

    It’s SUCH a good makeover – all the changes you’ve made really add up and make the room look so polished and inviting 🙂 I really like all of the finishing touches you’ve added, particularly the new toilet roll holder (!). Sounds silly but I didn’t realise you could change handles on your windows so easily – feel rather silly for having paid to have some of ours done in the past, oops!

    • October 4, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you Lucy, honestly we can’t believe it’s the same room although the downside is now that we rarely use it 🙂 And don’t feel silly, I’m just asking if one of my neighbours can drill some holes into a drawer because I don’t know how to and Pete is taking forever so you’re not alone. Sometimes outsourcing just saves hassle! x

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