Monday, 23 June 2008

Budget Bathroom Makeover with Window (Mis)Treatment

I have finally finished my mini en suite bathroom makeover. At least, it was finished a week ago but the weather has been so dark and grey that it has been difficult to take photos.

The makeover comprised:
  • removing a rusty old radiator and ugly fluorescent light
  • installing an IXL-tastic; one of those combined light, heater fan thingies
  • replacing an existing, broken exhaust fan with a new one (just so as not to have a huge hole to re-plaster). While two exhaust fans sounds excessive, this bathroom needs them, believe me!
  • scraping flaking paint and mould-treating the walls and ceilings (nearly gassing myself in the process)
  • filling in and sanding holes etc
  • painting ceiling, walls and woodwork
  • making a window treatment (or mistreatment, to quote The Nester. You can see some of her work here and here).

Although you can't see it in the photo above, my window treatment is held together with pins and hot glue. I tried nailing it to the window, but when that didn't work -- I was standing on the toilet and hammering at a very strange angle -- I stuck it to the window using hot glue.


I wanted to inject more colour into the room, believe me, but found the peachy-coloured tiles difficult to manage. Any peachy or apricot-y shades of paint made them look either ghastly orange or too pink. And unfortunately, replacing the tiles (which are also in the shower, whilst slightly pinker tiles are on the floor) was out of the question.

The colour I eventually used was Dulux Antique White USA -- neutral but nice.


I haven't put up any pictures yet, nor have I bought any new accessories as this really is a genuine budget makeover. The largest cost was getting in an electrician, but we did everything else ourselves.



My new ceiling unit. Lovely!

Kate xxx

16 comments:

Jodie said...

It looks fantastic, you have done a great job. Just to let you know, you can actually get a special paint for painting tiles, so if you do ever want to change the colour without putting up new tiles you can. Can't wait to see what other jobs you do next. Keep up the great work.

The Mumma said...

hehe i was about to tell you that you can get stuff to put on your tiles that allows you to paint over tiles(ive used it b4 )
Love the fabric you used to the blind you made very nice
Cheers Sonia

Shabbee Chick said...

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Kirstin said...

Hi Kate,
I like it and I like the window treatment. You should have posted a "before" and "after" shot.. I never think to do that till after, and I have no "before"

Laurie Anne said...

Looks great!! I love the "mistreatment" very pretty fabric. Never underestimate the power of pins and hot glue :0)

Shimmy Mom said...

Your window treatments are lovely. I never would have guessed that it was pins and glue!

Stitchingranny said...

Well done Kate your bathroom looks wonderful and fresh.

Rosy said...

Wow! Fantastic, you've done a great job. I love the window (mis)treatment. So nice and light.

Tracy said...

I really like your window (mis) treatment. It is pretty without being too feminine or frilly

The Tin House said...

You did it! Break out the bubbly!
Lisa x

LadiesoftheHouse said...

Good job Kate--I knew you could do it!

Tracy said...

It all looks fantastic Kate. You've done a great job!

River said...

I love those IXL-tastic thingies. I have one on my list of wishes....
Nice job. Very nice.

Robbie said...

What a great job you have done Kate. You must feel very proud - and rightly so! Can't wait forthe next instalment.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

It's only just begun ...... next thing you know, you'll be painting everything in sight! Love the window dressing. And, double love bathroom with heaters. It's something we did when we built this house and adore it :-) Rosie

mrsjones6 said...

It looks really nice Kate. You guys have put a lot of work into the room. I really love your window treatment. I know you are pleased with the results. Hope you week is going well!
Jen