1 October 2015

2015 Books - September

I read 6 books this month. If a book makes it to this list on my blog, you can assume I enjoyed and would recommend it (unless otherwise noted) - if I'm not enjoying a book, I stop reading it and move onto the next one. Life's too short and there are too many great books in the world to waste time reading ones that I don't enjoy! (Contains affiliate links.)

One Day in May - Catherine Alliot

The Real Girl's Kitchen - Haylie Duff

Life Below Stairs: In the Victorian & Country House - Sian Evans

Love, Tanya - Tanya Burr

Murder on the Home Front: A True Story of Morgues, Murderers, and Mysteries during the London Blitz - Molly Lefebure

Love and Marriage - Patricia Scanlan

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29 September 2015

Budget bathroom / laundry room makeover reveal

Hello, lovelies! It's been a while, but I've really been enjoying my little blogging break. I'm back today to share with you the budget-friendly makeover we've done to our bathroom and laundry room.

The long term plan is to rip everything out and re-jig it all, putting the shower and toilet into the bathroom, having a separate laundry room, and adding an extra toilet BUT that won't be for ages. In the meantime we made some cosmetic changes to the rooms and we love the result!

If you recall, we have a bathroom on one end, a laundry room (with shower) on the other end, with the toilet in the middle, with doors leading to the bathroom and laundry room. Very strange layout.

They were all looking very dingy and dated, with blue paint on the walls and bold tiles.

I'll begin with the bathroom. This is how it looked when we moved in.

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What we did:
- replaced the bath and basin taps
- primed and painted the tiles and wood trim around the tiles
- primed and painted the vanity
- added new knobs to the vanity (from the dollar store)
- gave all of the white woodwork a fresh coat of white paint
- painted the walls with two coats of Dulux paint in Manorburn Double
- added a few accessories to the windowsill
- got a new soap pump
- added a canvas above the bath
- replaced the light fitting
- added a towel rail to the end of the bath and to the back of the door
- updated the hand towel rail.

This is how it looks now:

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The candle holder is from Kmart and picks up on copper tones in the canvas (which was from The Warehouse, on sale).

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The jars were from The Warehouse and hold my cotton pads, Dove soaps, and homemade bath salts, with a little espresso cup (thrifted) as a scoop.

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When I saw this soap pump at Bed Bath and Beyond I had to have it! I love that it ties in the chrome taps and the copper candle holder. The fact that it was 50% off was a bonus.

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I already had the turquoise towels and bath mat, so I didn't spend any money on those. Here's what the old light fitting looked like:

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And here is the new one (from Bunnings):

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Right, on to the loo! Before, it was a uninspiring blue box.

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What I did:
- gave all of the white woodwork a fresh coat of white paint
- painted the walls with two coats of Dulux paint in Manorburn Double
- added a few accessories to the windowsill (which I already had)
- created two collages of photographs that I'd taken and framed them in thrifted IKEA frames that I already had
- painted a piece of wood and added it above the doors for extra toilet paper storage

We have yet to find a replacement toilet paper holder that isn't ridiculously priced, so ignore that that is missing! Here's how the loo looks now.

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I wanted to do collages instead of regular single pictures so there was a lot to look at when sitting on the loo ;) One is winter / autumn themed, one is spring / summer themed. Here is a clearer look:

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And finally, the laundry room. Here's how it looked when we moved in:

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What I did:
- gave all of the white woodwork a fresh coat of white paint
- painted the walls with two coats of Dulux paint in Manorburn Double
- added a mirror (which I already had)
- hung two pieces of artwork (painted by Noah) that I already had
- hung some little canvases that were a gift from my friend Carley
- installed a small counter over the washing machine
- removed the old shelf and hung two new house-shaped shelves (from The Warehouse, on sale)
- bought new towels (from Spotlight, on sale) and bath mat (from The Warehouse, on sale)
- removed the dark navy blue shower curtain and bought a transparent one from the dollar store to let light into the shower
- bought a new shower head and moved it from the side wall of the shower to the back wall

Here's how it looks now.

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I'm in love with these little shelves! House symbols are meaningful to me. The top one holds a container for lost socks, the bottom one has an old hi-fi speaker onto which Grant put an earphone jack for me to plug my phone into (I like music when I'm in the shower). The little chicken ornament was from Pak n Save.

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I hope you like the finished result as much as we do! If you'd like to see the reveal video that I made, here it is (or click on over to here if you can't see it embedded below.)

And here are some before-and-after shots to finish up with.

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And, if you feel inspired to pin this post, here is a pinable image.

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