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21 Nov '20

How we transformed our bathroom for less than £350

Posted by Geraldine Sammut Alessi

Hello and welcome to my first blog series.

I thought I would start to share any significant house renovations on a blog, so I can cover everything you need to know in one place.

As I have recently completed the makeover of our ensuite, I thought this would be the best place to start, but over the next few weeks, I am also going to cover previous room revamps and also our kitchen extension, as I still get a lot of questions about this space and I would love to be able to cover the most commonly asked questions in one place.

If you're reading this then you have most likely arrived from Instagram and you're hopefully wanting to know about how we did it and see some more pictures.


This is where we started. Ideally I would have wanted to overhaul this space and reconfigure it and maybe even install a bath but as we aren't sure if we are here for the long term, there seems little point in doing this.

In the meantime, I wasn't willing to live with it, so my plan was always to revamp it to create a much nicer space without the significant cost. Functionally and structurally, there was not a lot wrong with it. We live in a new build so the bathroom, whilst not our taste, is at-least not too dated. (no avocado suites in sight!) The issues, as you can see, were more cosmetic.



The first thing I tackled in this space were the brown tiles. I painted them initially with the Make it Rust-oleum Tile Transformation Kit, which I purchased from Homebase, but you can get this in most other DIY/hardware stores. It is priced £49.99

I painted the shower areas first and this took two coats using the tile Transformation kit. As this is a two part formula and you have 90mins to use it, before it hardens, I mixed only half the solution on day one and then the reminder on day 2, when I was ready to do the second coat.

This is the shower with the first and the second coat

I didn't have enough paint in the tile transformation kit to paint two coats on the tiles outside the shower, so to save on cost I used Make it Rust-oleum, All purpose satin white paint on this area. It's cheaper and goes a long way and it is suitable to use on tiles also. 



I decided for this transformation, I wanted to try something new with the tiles, and because there is so much tile in this bathroom, I wasn't keen on leaving it as big white slabs. I had seen some narrow green tiles that I loved and this was the start of my inspiration. 

As new tiles were not an option for us, I decided I would try and recreate the look myself. I had no idea at this point if it would work but it was a risk I was willing to take. 

Images 1 & 2 is where I started taping the area with Frog Tape.

Image 3 are the paints I used. I mixed the remainder of my satin white all purpose paint with half a can of the Emerald Green All purpose Paint. Both of these, I purchased from Amazon. I could have used the emerald green straight from the can but I was a little worried the green would be too dark and overpowering and I still wanted the space to be as light and bright as possible, so I mixed them to get my desired colour.

4. Once mixed, I painted in between the gaps of the frog tape, waited for it to dry a little and then pulled off the tape. At this point I could see the lines were just too uniform for me and gaps too big. I decided I would go free hand to paint the white areas in-between the already painted green areas.

I painted just the first 4 tiles, using the tape and free hand painting, to make sure I was happy with the look. It was hard to be sure but I decided it was a case of going with it, so I continued to mask off the rest of the tiles in one go and started painting until all the masked areas were complete. 

Next step was to remove all the masked tape, revealing the remaining white areas and this is the part where I painted the remainder of the gaps by hand using an artist paintbrush that I had, making sure I left enough white to give the illusion of grout lines. The resulting effect is shown below.


With the faux tile effect complete, I moved onto the walls.

I wanted something bold and striking that would compliment the green and for me the best two colours to do that is Yellow and Pink. I was gifted the tins of paint from Ca'Pietra

I chose Ottos Gold and Ophelia's Blush. The paint is an absolute dream to work with and worth it's price in quality. The paint is incredibly thick and luxurious and the coverage in the first coat, was outstanding with minimal paint splatter.


While the first coat of paint was drying, I decided to move onto the Shower Transformation. I wanted to get rid of the Chrome and have a black shower surround, but I was very reluctant to spray paint it, which is the popular choice for most shower screen renovations but I couldn't face the mess and worried about the longevity with ours because of the continuous door sliding.

I decided after a little research, to use black electrical tape. It is really great stuff. It's incredibly malleable, as it presses into shape and moulds around all the bends and folds without breaking, cracking or leaving air bubbles, so you're left with a really smooth and strong finish. The tape is also available in various widths and sizes and it's super cheap too. 3 roles cost me £3.50. I taped all the visible chrome areas on the outside of the shower and used the remaining to create the Crittal Door look. I even had one roll left. I got the tape from Amazon.


Having had success with the Vinyl pop floor tiles from the girls bathroom transformation, I decided to use them again for our Ensuite, but this time using a different floor tile to the one I used previously. I had originally bought these tiles back In August when Dunelm were doing 20% off. They would normally cost £14 for a pack of 10 but the cost was £11.20 with the discount. I had bought them before I had any idea how I was going to decorate the space. I wouldn't normally recommend doing this but I knew the grey tile would be neutral enough to go with a range of styles, so I figured it was pretty safe. I used 5 packs in total for this space with about 3 tiles left over. 

Floor Before: It is really important to give the floor a really good clean, so its free from grease, dirt and dust. 

Floor During: I laid out the tiles to decide what direction I would start and how to reduce tile wastage. I went from left to right, trying to use as many tiles in full as possible, leaving mostly just the edging to fill in, with smaller cuts.

Unlike the first time that I used these vinyl floor tiles, I encountered some unexpected issues. The floor tiles were not sticking as they previously did. I put this down to a few things. The adhesive wasn't as well covered on these particular tiles and our floor in this bathroom is also extremely cold, unlike the girls bathroom, which had pipes running under them, so the original floor tiles were very warm when I applied the vinyl and it seemed to help the quick adhesion. 

As a result of the tiles not sticking properly, I had to think on my feet. We had some strong all purpose spray at home, which I tried but unfortunately didn't work, so I went out to Wilkos and bought a number of products to try, all of which I tested on several different tiles to see which worked the best.

1. Wilko's Instant Grab Power Bond

2. Unibond 

3. Wilko extra strong, double sided tape.

The tape was the most expensive and whilst worked, was a lot of faff and not quite as effective as the Wilkos own power bond and the uni bond. I used the Wilkos own, which was incredibly effective and strong and did a perfect job and only used the UniBond when I ran out of the wilko's own. I would recommend the Wilko Power bond for price and effectiveness. 

Floor After:

There were some issues with alignment of the pattern of these Vinyl floor tiles, but in all honestly, when its completely finished it is not noticeable because the overall impact is so good! For the amazing value of these tiles, I would say it's an incredibly small price to pay.


The total cosmetic cost of the bathroom revamp BEFORE any accessorising £139.49. 

The total cost of new accessories came to £191.96

This is what I bought for the space to accessorise it:


TOWELS - H&M - £8.99 each (I bought 2)

SHELVING - H&M - £9.99 each (I bought 2)




BASKET - B&M's - £4


Everything else in the bathroom is shopped from my home.

If there is anything you would like to know that I haven't covered please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you.


Looks so fab! Can we see close up of the pics of the shower door? I would 100% have very wobbly tape if I attempted that!

Posted by Amelia on November 29, 2020

This is such lovely transformation and even better for the money you spent! I’ll definitely be trying the shower hack x

Posted by Sarah on November 29, 2020

This is such lovely transformation and even better for the money you spent! I’ll definitely be trying the shower hack x

Posted by Sarah on November 29, 2020

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