Bathroom makeover for under £100

I don’t use the hate word lightly but I’m going to put it out there and say I hate my bathroom. It’s in dire need of a proper make-over, but unfortunately making over a bathroom ‘properly’ can cost a fair amount of money. And after a year where we had a wedding to pay for, I just need to be a tad patient before this can happen. So in the meantime, I decided to give it a bit of a refresh on a budget and do a bathroom makeover for under £100.



First up, a few little ‘before’ details to show you. As I said at the start – I *really* don’t like the bathroom right now. Fingers crossed in next six months will be sorting a proper make-over – I’ve already had someone from Wickes come over and get an idea of what we could do (picture of this at the bottom!) just to get quotes and work out what we can realistically afford to change… to get my bathroom looking a little less rubbish and a little more Pinterest…

The ‘Before’ shots…

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In the meantime, whilst I attempt to persuade Ollie that a full bathroom re-do is a great idea… I had a little browse of H&M Home and placed an order for a few ‘spruce up’ bits to give the bathroom a little bit of a fresher feel. Previously the ‘colour scheme’ was a tad all over the place with some turquoise, some rainbow… then white and wood details too. So I decided to pare it all down to pink white and grey, with some gold touches to add a little touch of luxe. Plus of course a few little marble details, it’s a blogger essential don’t you know?!

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The one thing I didn’t want was the bathroom to look too matchy-matchy, so I wanted to mix up the prints of the towels, bath matt and the shower curtain so it wasn’t all the same. So I picked out two grey, geometric print shower sized towels (£12.99 each) plus a pink hand towel with a simple stripe pattern/texture to it (£3.99). The bathmatt was another geo-print grey item, but with a different pattern to the towels (£6.99). Then the shower curtain (£14.98) is again a slightly different print, with a bit of a floral feeling too it. But not *too* girly… I also got some of the H&M shower rings – a small detail as I could have just used the plastic hooks on the shower rail we have had since moving in, but it added a slightly fancier feel to use the metal loops (£1.99).

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We originally had three simple silver hooks on the back of the bathroom door, but these were pretty cheap ones and over the years we have lived here had snapped to the point where there were only really two hooks left in ‘working order’. One of those ‘we need to fix’ things that never quite made it to the top of the priority list. So I ordered two hook things from H&M – one with a trio of hooks (£6.99) and one single (£3.99). Just a small detail, but I really like these.

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Then I switched out the toothbrush mug from a boring stone one, to a glass one with a gold rim. Simple but I like the gold touch – I want to add more gold details in the full make-over. I then changed some stone pots/decor items for a marble tray and cup to hold those every day make-up bits and a few brushes. Then pulled out one of my favourite candles – Neom Focus The Mind. Not that I really need to ‘focus’ when in the bathroom but the pine and cedarwood scent is lovely and fresh so perfect for a clean fresh feeling bathroom.

Small changes, and all for under £100 (not including the candle as that was something I already had). As for the bigger make-over – below are a couple of shots of the possible results from the Wickes visit. Am still potentially looking at a few other quotes/options. Any tips/recommendations welcome as I’m very new to all this ‘home’ stuff!

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All new home bits from H&M Home

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  1. February 27, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    I love the little changes you have made, they make such a difference! Especially love your new shower curtain xx
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  2. February 27, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    Love the new bathroom, it’s amazing what a few details like the shower curtain, towels etc can make.

  3. February 27, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Your bathroom looks idyllic compared to ours. We have a coloured suite – urgh! Why do bathroom installations have to cost so much? *stomps feet*

    • Jen
      February 28, 2015 / 8:43 am

      I know, so expensive! I am hiding all the things like chipped paint, taps where the cheap chrome has come off and the broken side panel of the bath… And the lovely ‘riveted metal’ pattern Lino….that we hated from the day we moved in and never changed!

  4. February 28, 2015 / 6:49 am

    The new bathroom looks amazing! x

  5. February 28, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    You made some wonderful little changes. I need to follow some of these tips–I love the marble trays!

  6. March 1, 2015 / 12:03 am

    I love the little changes you made, I really appreciate this post because I’m a student living in rented accommodation and the bathroom’s are really small and hard to make ‘cute’ and ‘homely’ so I’m going to look on H&M home now and see if I can find anything to spruce mine up a bit 🙂 Thanks!

  7. nueyork
    March 1, 2015 / 3:01 am

    I love this post so much! I’m a firm believer in the fact that just changing up a few things can make a big difference, and you definitely showed that perfectly here.

  8. Pip
    March 3, 2015 / 11:20 pm

    if you decide to go for metro tiles, get them done in thirds, it looks so much classier than the brick effect, in my opinion.

  9. Pip
    March 3, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    if you decide to go with metro tiles when you change, think about doing them in thirds rather that a straight brick style layout. I think it looks loads better.

    • Jen
      March 4, 2015 / 10:52 am

      Good tip, thank you!

  10. March 7, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    I love this idea and definitely feel your pain my bathroom is the most hated room in my flat and desperately needs new flooring etc. Will give this a go in the meantime 🙂

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