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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  1. Thank you for all the pictures, it was fun getting to scroll back and forth between the before and afters. The light gray really gives such a clean, unified feeling to all the spaces. Well that and cancelling out the loud tile which looked good if it was just a children's bath but now it is a very grown-up, calming space. Has the storage cabinet at the end of the bath stayed the same inside with your ingenious rolling system for the bathroom paper? I will freely admit to being jealous of that. Our bathroom tissue has to literally sit in a stack behind the door because there is simply no more available space in our 5' x 5' bathroom.

    Thank you so much for sharing the progress and now the beautiful reveal of your bathroom/laundry. I love it! Congratulations on such a great result.

    1. Thank you! The cupboard with the rolling TP storage has stayed the same :) Would you have space to add a shelf above the door maybe for the TP, like I did in the toilet?

  2. Jen, this is incredible! You deserve to be really proud of it. It looks so fresh and clean and modern. PLUS now those gorgeous floors really pop and make quite a statement. Good show!

  3. Hi Jen! It looks fantastic! Well done!!!
    I just had a question though - how does a canvas go in a steamy bathroom? I would have thought it would start to get mouldy?

    1. Thank you! I chose a canvas on purpose because it has a kind of varnish / plasticky coating to the print, and no glass for moisture to get trapped behind. It has held up perfectly so far.

  4. wow, what a difference! so clean and fresh looking. glad to see you back blogging even if it is once in a while!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! So fresh and classy. I am also in LOVE with your wood floors. Such a lovely color! (quietly doing a happy dance that you had a new post!)

    1. Thanks so much - and thanks for being patient with me while I'm scaling back on blogging.

  6. This looks amazing! You are magical. So clean & fresh looking! Great job, Jen!

    1. Aw, thank you so much!

  7. Amazing! And I liked that you re-decorated it while you wait for the time when you can renovate It! We should do hat more often. You did a fantastic job!!

    1. Thanks so much, what a kind thing to say.

  8. Well done! I think you've done a great job even if your plans are bigger.
    I also appreciate all the details you've included in this blog post.

    1. Thank you so much :)

  9. Great makeover! Just goes to show what you can do with a bit of creativity, paint and elbow grease! I'm in the process of planning a full bathroom reno and it's not cheap, so updating the space for the moment will give you time to save up and enjoy it in the meanwhile! Baaie mooi :)

    1. Baaia dankie! Enjoy your renovation - the hard work and expense will be worth it in the end.

  10. It's amazing what some white and gray paint will do! Your renos continue to inspire projects in our own home. White paint can correct so much!!

    1. Awesome, it's so good to know I can inspire.

  11. Looks lovely. Well done

  12. OMG! I embarrassed myself on BetterAfter site. I said you were a fellow Aussie....I hangs me head in shame...BUT you ARE from the Southern Hemisphere so we are mates, right? (Looks up in a coyly charming way trying to disarm you with my baby blues)
    ANYWHOOOS! I love what you are doing to your place. So much so I am now going to follow you. ;)

    1. Ha ha ha, I saw your comment there! Close enough, you're forgiven :) Thanks for the follow, I hope to get more blog posts up - I have been slacking because I have been vlogging. The link to my YouTube channel is here if you fancy checking it out: https://www.youtube.com/user/jengrantmorris/


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