Bathroom refresh – getting the spa look on a budget – Part 2

I recently blogged about how I wanted to give our tired bathroom a makeover on the cheap, so this is just to share a bit of progress.

As you can see it was looking cold, drab and uninviting:

I really wanted to tgive it the look and feel of a spa, or as much like one as I could manage with a limited budget and time – so really it was just going to be about some paint and a few new accessories.

The vanity unit doors had warped over time and were looking shabby so we simply removed them; I thought it would look better as an open unit with some nice baskets inside.  I was intending to paint the unit properly with primer and a good quality hardwearing paint, but honestly it seemed like a bit much bother, as we’re going to be getting rid of it eventually.  I just wanted a quick facelift, so decided to go the speedy route and slap on some chalk paint; turns out I had just enough left in Paris Grey to cover the unit, and also just enough clear varnish to go over it (I chose varnish over wax, as it’s a bathroom and likely to get wet often).  This was part way through painting it:

Now that it’s done, if you look closely at the unit it’s not perfect, but really overall I think it looks much better than before.

I wanted to have 3 individual towels on hooks for our boys and loved my hubby to bits when he found these in TK Maxx the other day – two little owls together for the younger two and a single one for the eldest, raised a bit higher for him, which is cute.

I’m trying to find some bathroom beakers that can be wall mounted, so they can have one each with their toothbrushes in.

The warmer colour on the walls and the blind which was courtesy of Web-Blinds have both helped to make the room feel cosier.

The blind I chose is a very dark, espresso colour and gives a smart look.   It is called the Innovation Hot Walnut in Fauxwood, so it is synthetic and water-resistant, but still manages to look like real wood.

I’ve used baskets I already had at home for the shelves of the vanity unit, plus a couple of new dark ones to complement the blind, but I’m keeping an eye out for some slightly more rustic wire baskets, too.

I have been after an acrylic cosmetics organiser for a while, but they aren’t available widely and always seemed quite pricey – however this one was £7.99 in TK Maxx.  The jar with a gold lid was £1.99 from there as well, I thought it would look nice holding some bath salts and I shall put some body butter in the clip jar.

So it’s not quite finished yet, but I hope you’ll agree much better than before, with a slightly more ‘spa feel’ to it – it will certainly be more enjoyable to use the room from now on!

Thank you to Web-Blinds for supplying the window blind free of charge in this bathroom makeover.

© Copyright Antonia, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tidylife
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