Woman turns a dull bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary for less than £170

Jess wasn’t a fan of the cream colors (Photo: Jam Press)

A woman shared how she transformed her old, faded bathroom into a beautiful oasis for less than £170.

When Jess, 28, of Gateshead, moved into her home, the priority was to renovate the bathroom and incorporate some of her brand’s ’70s style.

The DIY personality started giving the room a makeover, but her work is cut short for her, and she needs to stick to a tight budget.

“It was so boring and not updated for 15 years,” Jess said.

“We didn’t have the money to take it off right away, so we decided to do an actual budget upgrade.

“We spent less than £175 in total and it made a huge difference to the room.”

Jess used tile paint, spray paint, sticky floor tiles, cut MDF, and old paint from another project to add to the pops of color, with black and white patterned floors and orange walls.

Hand-finger-loving woman turns a dull bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary for less than £170

The bathroom before the renovation (Photo: Jam Press / @homeinthetoon)

She also bought a mirrored wall unit and a matte black toilet seat to complete the look, spending a total of £168.

Speaking about her favorite part of the makeover, Jess said: “We created a new bathroom palette out of just a sheet of MDF and some paint.

“The look of the bathroom has changed a lot and it’s an upgrade over the yellowish plastic sheet that was there before.”

Hand-finger-loving woman turns a dull bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary for less than £170

Jess used tile paint and adhesive flooring to do the job on a budget (Photo: Jam Press/@homeinthetoon)

Sticking to the budget, Jess decided to keep all of the existing fixtures, such as faucets, towel radiators, shower screen, shower head, shower washers, and showerheads.

“We just reused all the existing fixatives by spraying them with matte black, it was a relatively easy process and gave them a new lease of life,” Jess said.

When it comes to transforming spaces, Jess advises looking into products—especially when you’re on a tight budget.

Hand-finger-loving woman turns a dull bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary for less than £170

The faucets are painted matte black for a sleek finish without breaking the bank (Photo: Jam Press/@homeinthetoon)

Speaking to MyLocalToolbox, Jess added: “Sometimes cheaper doesn’t mean better but also more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better either.

Just give it a try, at the end of the day it’s probably just some bits of paint and sticking – if you don’t like it you can just change it up.

“I’ve always liked to create mood boards, whether physical or digital, to help my vision.”

Jess loves to have a mix of different styles in her home, with her bathroom being currently her favorite.

‘My home is a mix of max and minimal,’ she said, ‘full of ’70s colours.

“I was really inspired by ’70s interiors and I look forward to bringing that into my home whether it’s through the colors, the furniture or the finishes.”


How much did Jess spend on a bathroom upgrade

Rust-Oleum Tile Surface Coating – £18

Rust-Oleum Matte All Surface Spray Paint – 2 x £20

Stick on Floor Tiles – £64 x 4

Matte black toilet seat – £15

MDF piece – £16

Mirrored wall unit – £35

Adhesive wall paint – already obtained from another project.

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