Transform Your Bathroom on a Budget

Beautiful New Modern Bathroom Sink, Faucet, Subway Tiles and Counter.

Your bathroom is probably one of the rooms in your hosue that takes the least priority when it comes to DIY and it’s hardly surprising when new bathroom suites are so pricey. Luckily you don’t need thousands of pounds stashed away to create a room you’ll love getting ready in. Here are x easy (and, more importantly, cheap) ways to give your bathroom a new lease of life without breaking the bank.

A new shower curtain

We all know it’s important to change your shower curtain often to prevent mould and grime build up, but why settle for the same old boring white every time? Add a pop of colour to your bathroom and jazz things up with a shower curtain that has a unique pattern or bold colour. You can pick up shower curtains very cheaply from all major supermarkets and it’s a great way to inject some fun into an otherwise sterile white room. It’s also worth installing a curved curtain rod while you’re there. As well as giving the room a sleek and polished finish, you’ll get more elbow room when you’re reaching for all of your lotions and potions.

A lick of paint

So simple it seemed too easy to add here, but you should never underestimate what a fresh lick of paint can do to a room. Even if you don’t go all out with a new colour, topping up your existing colour will instantly make the room look fresher. If you’re going for a new look stick with a white ceiling to make the room look bigger and head to your local DIY store from some testers so you can see what the colour looks like before you commit. Eggshell and satin finishes are good for bathrooms as they clean easily and don’t show imperfections so well.

Accent tiles

Re-tiling a bathroom can be expensive so why not go for an accent look instead? A mosaic tile effect around the shower surroundings never goes out of style and you can pick up tiles very cheaply in clearance sales. Just be sure to plan the design out on paper before you begin to avoid any problems at a later stage.

Add a shower shelf

A simple change that really makes a huge difference. There’s nothing like clutter to really detract from a room and you wouldn’t leave bottles of condiments sprawled all over your kitchen, so why should your bathroom be any different? A shower shelf means you can keep the important every day essentials such as shower gel and shampoo kept neatly hidden away while you store your lesser-used products in a stylish wicker basket. The shelf is so easy to install too – you just need a little adhesive found in all DIY shops.

Ditch the towel rail

There’s nothing worse than towels ending up in a crumpled mess on the floor so ditch your towel rail and go for hooks on the back of the door instead. As well as looking chic they’re super easy for the kids to use and you can fit several towels into the same space as you can fit one on a towel rail.

How to Create a Clutter-Free Bathroom

Even the teeniest, tiniest of bathrooms can look super-duper glam, provided that you tidy away the clutter after your shower. There’s no easier way to make a bathroom appear cramped and untidy than to leave towels strewn about and empty shampoo bottles in the bath – so follow these tips to learn how to create a clutter-free bathroom. If you need help, hire a handyman or plumber to do the job for you.

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  • Use wall-hung furniture – it’s a brilliant way to make a space feel bigger, as you can see underneath cabinets and the loo, which makes it seem as though they’re floating. It also means that you’re not taking up too much space with cupboards and surrounds. It’s the same trick used to make living rooms seem bigger – choosing furniture on legs, rather than furniture that sits flat to the floor.
  • Add a luxurious feel without making the room feel cramped by using plenty of white, but in varying textures, as demonstrated in the image above – clear gloss tiles on the floor and block tiles on the walls. Contrast the white with glossy coloured cabinet doors or splashbacks for boutique bathroom style, and if your budget is a little smaller, use coloured towels, soap dispensers and toothbrush holders to add a pop of colour.
  • Spend five minutes each day after your shower, or whilst brushing your teeth, giving the bathroom a bit of a tidy. Roll up towels or fold them, adjust the bath mat, make sure that all of your bits and bobs are put away. It won’t take long, but it’ll make a huge difference.
  • Use mirrors to maximise space. We can’t say it enough, but mirrors are really one of the simplest, easiest ways to make the bathroom feel bigger without having to do any major work. Make the bathroom brighter and lighter by choosing a mirror with LED lights underneath – it’ll mimic the effect of natural light. Choose a big, bold mirror without a frame rather than with an intricate surround.
  • Reverse the door hinges so that it opens outwards, rather than inwards, or consider putting some sliding tracks down so that the door can slide open, saving floor space.
  • Maximise the available space by using hanging door hooks and organisers to hold your towels and bathrooms. If you don’t have space for a cabinet, you can get an over-door organiser to keep your shampoo and soap in.
  • If you’re renovating, opt for drawer storage underneath the sink rather than cupboards – it’s easier to see everything from a drawer if you’re standing over the sink, rather than having to lean down and look into a cupboard.

Source: House Beautiful

Transform Your Bathroom from Drab to Fab

One of the best things about going to a hotel is the fancy bathroom, right? Soft, fluffy towels, a high-powered shower and flattering light combine to create a spa-like experience that instantly makes you feel like you’re being pampered. Transform your drab bathroom into a fabulous space by following these top tips – and if you need some help? Hire a plumber today.

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  • Add a mirror on tracks. Mirrors are the easiest way to add interest and glamour to a bathroom, as they bounce around all of the light that comes into the room – especially if there is a light of white or cream in the bathroom. The glossier the tile, the better, really. Putting a mirror on tracks instead of hanging two up means that you’ll be able to move it around as needed.
  • Reconsider your lighting. In most bathrooms, the only lighting that you have is either overhead or around the mirror. To create a cosier feel, use angled lamps for task lighting and consider adding additional lighting points.
  • Wet room. If you can afford to renovate your bathroom, one of the simplest ways to turn it into a fabulous spa-inspired space is by creating a wet room. Have a drain in the bottom of the floor along with a shower head hanging from the ceiling and a free-standing bath. Emphasise the feeling of space by popping a glass divide between the two. Using heavy oak pieces is a great idea if you want to create a space that will stay stylish for years to come – combine the oak with plenty of white ceramics.
  • Full length mirrors. If your room is particularly small, adding mirrors everywhere that you can is the easiest way to make the bathroom feel bigger. If you don’t think you have room, pop a full length mirror on the bath of the door. Easy peasy! If you use the back of the door to hang dressing gowns, just remove the hooks, then place single hooks either side of the mirror or on the wall instead.
  • Faux finishes. Leather, suede and wood are all luxe finishes that instantly make a room feel more opulent, but they’re often really difficult to work into a bathroom for feat of water damage. That’s why faux finishes are your friend – look for sturdy linos for the floor, ready-tiled bathroom tiles (large tiles with groups of smaller tiles within, which makes tiling a breeze) and even laminate wooden panelling for a vintage look. Whether you use faux finishes or “real” finishes, open windows or turn on the fan once you’re finished in the shower so that everything stays dry.

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How to Makeover Your Bathroom

If you’re fed up with your bathroom and want to jazz it up, but don’t have the time, budget or even the patience to renovate it (it’s a bit too miserable outside to be thinking about chucking broken tiles into a skip), you can fake your way to a full bathroom makeover by following these style tips. If you do want to go the whole hog and get a new bathroom suite, you can hire a plumber by clicking here. Do it yourself with these painting and wall covering supplies.

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  • Jazz up the floor. If your carpet or lino is looking a bit worn, you have two options: one, either cover it with some new lino (cheap and you can do it yourself in most cases – all you need is a bit of adhesive), or you can cover it up with a rug. In bathrooms with showers and baths, use a natural fibre or sisal rug so that the water can evaporate instead of soaking into the fabric and getting musty. In toilet-only cloakrooms and en-suites, you can get away with using brightly coloured fabrics.
  • If your shower curtain is more drab than fab, replace it. You can buy new curtains for as little as £5 and they can really make a huge difference to the overall look of your bathroom. If you’re into vintage style, look for a French-style shower curtain and colours like duck egg blue or sage green. Match with your towels and add a few ironwork accessories and viola! If you just like colour and lots of it, pick a curtain in your favourite colour.
  • One thing to remember when using lots of colour in a bathroom – be it on the walls, towels or shower curtain – is to choose a colour that is flattering to your skin tone. That might sound silly, but the last thing you want to do is look in the mirror and think “ugh” when you get up in the morning because the light in your bathroom makes your skin look sallow. You should feel properly pampered in your bathroom, not like you want to cover up the mirrors.
  • If you have a little bit of time but a small budget, a simple and super duper effective way to make your bathroom walls a little less bland is to add a wall decal. They couldn’t really be simpler to apply – peel off the backing, roll onto the wall, then peel off the top layer and smooth out on any pockets. The excellent thing about decals is that they can be removed and reused quite easily, so long as you’re careful when you apply them.

Source: The Nest

DIY Tips: How to Buy Bathroom Towels

There are literally thousands of options if you’re in the market for some new bathroom towels – do you go for waffle towels? 100% Egyptian cotton? A new bale or just two new bath towels? Learn everything you need to know about buying bathroom towels with our handy guide.

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  • Think about how many towels you need. Do you want a full matching set? A few new bath towels? Or just a new set of flannels? You need to know precisely how many towels you need and how many replacements you want. Generally, you’ll want two bath sheets, two bath towels and two face cloths for each person – a wash and a wear. You’ll also need a hand towel for each bathroom as well as a few spares for any guests.
  • Think about the type of towels that you want. Egyptian cotton is the most luxurious and absorbent, but Supima cotton is a great alternative if you’re watching the pennies. Waffle towels are lightweight and absorbent, and standard towels are the best budget option – they’re cheap, but that means they’re easily replaceable if you want to change things up a bit.
  • If you’re looking to recreate a stylish boutique hotel bathroom, go for the thickest and fluffiest white towels that you can find. For an easy way to introduce colour into your bathroom, choose bright, contrasting hues. Black and red towels work brilliantly in a sparkling white bathroom, but bright colours like deep pink and lime green are also great choices if you’re trying to create a modern space.
  • For a subtle look, choose towels that tone in with the rest of the colours in your bathroom – taupe, charcoal and medium beige are always a great choice as they’ll go with everything.
  • For a cool, modern look, opt for brightly patterned towels – polka dots, stripes and flowers are a great choice as you can quite easily mix and match them. They’ll look wonderfully modern against a white bathroom, but they also work well with bright colours like turquoise, magenta and bright green.
  • Keeping the towels neat and tidy is really important, otherwise your bathroom will end up looking like a jumble sale. If you’ve chosen patterned or brightly coloured towels, stack them up in order of size – largest on the bottom, smallest on the top. Generally, in terms of style, it’s better if you have two colours or patterns as you can mix and match them in stacks.
  • To look after your towels, wash them before using them for the first time and don’t use fabric softener as it’ll effect the absorbency of the towels. If you can, hang them on the line after washing to keep them extra fresh.

Source: House to Home

DIY Tips: Hotel Worthy Bathroom Ideas

Longing for a luxe bathroom? Dreaming of your very own five star experience? Follow these tips to learn how to create the bathroom you’ve always wanted – and take a look at this link for tools to help you get the job done.

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  • What makes a hotel bathroom feel luxurious? Soft, fluffy towels hanging up at the sink and on the wall. Buy a new range of towels and instead of throwing them over the banister on the stairs, fold them neatly and arrange over wall-mounted towel racks. Choose thick, Egyptian cotton towels in shades of black, taupe or white.
  • If you have the budget, it’s a good idea to invest in a brand spanking new suite with plenty of contemporary detailing – square edges are always chic. On the walls, opt for large tiles and continue them onto the floors, too, for a seamless look.
  • For a clean, minimal look, choose a shower tray that is either inset into the ground so that it sits flush with the floor, or put a slope into the floor so that it’s a walk in shower. For the door, simply install a piece of thick glass. You could also simply add a wall, tiled in the same tile, for a chic spa-style experience.
  • Make the space look ultra-modern by using open bathroom cabinets, rather than lots of cupboards. If the space is small, cupboards will only make it feel smaller. If you use open storage, make sure you display your toiletries and towels neatly, otherwise the bathroom will look a bit of a mess.
  • Don’t opt for a dull, boring, square or rectangular tile – instead, opt for something in a unique shape, colour or style. Patterned tiles work well in larger bathrooms, as do tiles that are stone-effect or slate-effect as they give a luxurious feel.
  • Use hidden storage, such as underneath the sink, to pack away toiletries that aren’t quite so glam. Don’t lock everything away though – keep a selection of toiletries and folded towels out to add to the hotel feel of the room.
  • For a smart, sleek finish that’s affordable and easy to maintain, too, why not choose vinyl flooring? Opt for a modern pattern or keep things plain and simple with a brightly coloured vinyl.
  • Shutters aren’t particularly cheap, but they do add a smart finish to any room and look particularly stylish in a bathroom. Opt for sleek stainless steel or wooden painted shutters for a homely, period feel.
  • For a hint of period charm, why not add wooden panelling to the bathroom? Opt for a pale, painted wood – just make sure you choose a water-resistant paint that will protect the wood from the moisture in the bathroom.
  • We’re so used to using plain white, chrome and wood in a bathroom that we often forget that there are other options too. Inject a little bit of colour into your space by using a coloured towel rail or radiator, and add a brightly coloured, water-resistant chair or accessories for interest.

Souce: UKTV Home

DIY Tips: Essential Bathroom Design Tips

Bathrooms are an oft-neglected room of the house, which is a bit of a shame, really – after all, your bathroom should be one of the most relaxing rooms in the house. Turn your boring and bland bathroom into the prettiest powder room of them all and a relaxing, soothing space to boot by following these design tips. Take a look at this link for bathroom supplies to get the job done.

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  • Remember that your bathroom is just as important as your living room in terms of design. Although we tend to focus our budget on rooms like our living room, bedroom or kitchen, a stunning bathroom can add thousands of pounds’ worth of value to your home – plus, the more luxurious the bathroom, the more relaxed you’ll be when it comes to bath time!
  • Don’t scrimp on taps and hardware like the toilet flush or shower fitting. There isn’t really any point spending money on a contemporary square bath or curved toilet with soft close seat if you use cheap taps and fixtures to finish the look. Go online to look for designer-style taps and hardware if you’re on a budget.
  • If you’re incorporating countertops into the design of your bathroom, look for marble, granite or stone – they’re easy to maintain, easy to clean and will last for years. If you don’t want to incorporate countertops into the design, make sure that there’s enough space for a little bit of storage – either below the sink, above the sink in the form of a mirrored cabinet, or even just an open shelving unit erected against a wall.
  • If you have space, incorporate furniture into your bathroom rather than just the more traditional bathroom suite. A waterproof chair that you can sit on to do your hair, a steam-proof mirror and a little cabinet or table that you can use to store all of your beauty bits and pieces will all come in handy. Incorporating furniture into the bathroom design means that the room will be used more frequently, too.
  • Install more than one light source. Lighting in the bathroom can often appear a little bit harsh, especially if you only have an overhead light, so consider using spotlights, lights around the mirror or bathroom-safe lamps to soften the light in the bathroom – much more flattering!
  • If your budget stretches to it, consider splashing out on a rain-shower shower head. It’ll not only add a luxurious feel to your bathroom but it’ll make each and every shower feel like a spa experience – what could be better? Another handy option is to install a showerhead at waist height that can be used to wash feet, rinse hair and clean the shower down after use – a must if your main shower head is fixed in place.
  • If in doubt, choose white tiles and a white bathroom suite. White on white always looks chic, classic and stylish – and it won’t ever go out of style.

Source: Style at Home

DIY Tips: How to Maximise Space in a Small Bedroom

Learn how to maximise space in a small bathroom by following these top tips. Install some nifty storage solutions, use our clever design tips and get rid of unwanted clutter to make your bathroom seem bigger – and take a look at this link for decorating materials to help you get the job done.

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  • Use plenty of light, neutral and bright colours on the walls and where possible, steer clear of pattern and dark colours. Instead of using dark colours or patterns, play with textures and finishes – things like shiny chrome taps, sumptuous cotton towels and a slightly sheeny or matte colour on the walls will all work really well.
  • Flood the room with as much light as possible by putting a mirror onto the wall opposite the window. If there is no window in your bathroom, consider installing spotlights in the ceiling – they make everything look extra shiny and sparkly and are a great way to introduce light into the room.
  • Small bathrooms can easily become damp, so don’t forget to ventilate it regularly by using fans, opening the windows and keeping the door open.
  • Install a short, deep bathtub instead of a long tub – you can still have a good soak even in a smaller tub. Put the shower over the bath and install a clear shower screen instead of using a curtain so that the room still feels open and bright.
  • Make the most of the corners in your room. Corner tubs take up a lot of space, so the best bet would be to use a corner sink or even a corner loo if your space and plumping allows. New loos are also generally smaller than older loos, so just a quick update might be all you need, even if you’re keeping the toilet in the same place. You could also use a curved corner shower unit – they take up hardly any floor space and if you don’t have room for a bath or for a full shower, they can be a good option.
  • The more “stuff” in your bathroom, the busier and more cluttered it’ll look. Do your best to keep clutter to a minimum and the room will instantly look larger – it’s as simple as that. Provide storage solutions, such as wicker boxes tucked away on a high shelf, a storage unit underneath a sink or a cabinet above the loo. Keep cupboard units off the floor where possible to maximise floor space and make use of shelves and any empty nooks and crannies to use as storage. Don’t forget to use boxes or baskets, too, instead of leaving shelves open – that way everything can be tucked away out of sight.
  • Place hooks on the back of the door – you’ll be surprised at how handy the storage will be.
  • If your budget allows, install under floor heating. It’ll keep the room toasty but because you won’t need to install a radiator, the room will feel bigger.

Source: UKTV Home

DIY Tips: How to Get Rid of Bathroom Clogs

CLEAR BATHROOM CLOGS

Get rid of nasty toilet, sink and drain clogs with these simple tips.

You’ll Need:

• rag and bucket
small wire brush
half-cup plunger
• channel-type pliers
• wrench
• probing tool
flanged plunger
toilet auger
• hand auger
• vinegar
• heatproof grease
duct tape

Unclog the Toilet

1. Using a Plunger

Most toilet clogs are caused by too much debris being flushed down the drain. Unclog the toilet in no time using a plunger. Firstly, remove any excess water using a bucket. Discard down an outdoor drain. Place the cup of the plunger over the drain outlet at the bottom of the toilet. Sharply plunge up and down in rapid movements. The suction should clear the debris. To check, slowly pour a bucket of water into the bowl of the toilet to flush any remaining debris out and to ensure that the toilet can drain. If not, try unclogging with an auger.

2. Using an Auger

Simply loosen the screw on the toilet auger and push it into the draining outlet at the bottom of the toilet. Keep going until it stops. Tighten the screw, leaving around 6 inches of cable between the toilet drain and the auger. Crank the auger in a clockwise direction and firmly push it forwards. The auger should push the debris through the drain, or, you might be able to pull the debris out. If you pull the debris out, safely discard it in the appropriate place and flush the toilet to see whether it is properly unclogged. If not, this could mean that the blockage is somewhere that cannot be reached with the auger. In this case, call a professional.

Unclog the Sink

1. Using a Wire Brush

Move the stopper lever on the sink until it is in the closed position. Carefully unscrew the nut holding the pivot rod in place so that you can pull it up and out of the drainpipe to release the stopper. Clean the stopper with a wire brush to remove any debris. Put back in place and test to see if the clog is still there. If it is, try unclogging with a plunger.

2. Using a Plunger

Dampen the rag and stuff into the overflow. This prevents the air from being released through the pipes and allows the plunger to suction properly. Place the half-cup plunger over the drain. Run the tap to cover the plunger in water and then switch off. Using sharp, firm movements, plunge up and down rapidly.

3. Using a Probing Tool

Insert the probing tool into the drain to break up and remove the clog.

Unclog the Pipes Under the Sink

1. By Removing the Sink Drain Trap

Cover the wrench with duct tape to protect the pipes. Place the bucket directly underneath the sink drain trap to catch any water or debris. Using the pliers, carefully loosen the nuts on the trap, then unscrew with your fingers. Set to one side. Remove the trap bend completely, holding it over the bucket and clean with a small wire brush. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Reinstall the trap and nuts and tighten with the pliers. Ensure that the trap is installed tightly to prevent leaks and run the water to test the sink. Ensure that there are no leaks.

Unclog a Plunger Drain

1. Using a Wire Brush

Carefully remove the screws on the cover plate of the drain and set to one side. Gently lift out the cover plate, along with any mechanisms and clean any debris from the hardware and mechanisms using a small wire brush. Rinse gently. Lubricate the hardware with heatproof grease and reinstall. Screw the cover plate back on before running the water.

Unclog a Pop-Up Drain

1. Using Vinegar and a Wire Brush

Raise the trip lever so that it is completely open. Pull out the stopper and rocker arm from the opening of the drain. Get rid of any hair or debris and thoroughly clean the stopper and rocker arm using a small wire brush. Remove the screws from the cover plate of the drain and pull out the trip lever and linkage. Using the wire brush, remove any debris from the cover plate, trip lever and linkage. If there is any corrosion on any of the pieces, dip the wire brush into vinegar and scrub the corrosion away. Rinse clean and then reinstall the linkage and trip lever. Screw on the cover plate, set the rocker arm and stopper back in place and close the trip lever. Run water to check if the clog has been broken down. Alternatively, you can use a hand auger tool to remove the clog.

DIY Tips: How to Remove and Replace Old Grout

Dirty, discoloured grout can make tiled areas look tired and unloved. Remove and replace old grout with this tutorial.

You’ll Need:

• grout
• rotary tool
• grout removal tool and carbide blade
• safety goggles and ear protection
• sponge
• margin float

1. Remove the Old Grout

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You can remove the old grout using either a grout removal tool, suitable for smaller areas, or a rotary tool, suitable for much larger tiled areas. Ensure that the bit you are using is small enough to fit between the gaps of the tiles and that it is deep enough to adequately remove the grout. Put on your safety goggles and ear protection.

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Working slowly, use the tool to scrape away the grout, working from the very centre of the grout outwards. Check the colour of the dust coming away from the tiles.

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If the dust is not the same colour as the grout, or if it is the same colour as the tiles, you may be chipping away at the tiles instead of the grout. Try not to get out all of the old grout in one go. It may take two or three passes to get rid of all of the grout without damaging the tiles.

2. Mix the New Grout

Mix and Apply the Grout

Mix up the new batch of grout according to manufacturer’s instructions so that it is the same colour as the old grout. Alternatively, mix up a batch of grout in a different colour and ensure that you remove all of the old grout.

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Apply the grout in even, careful motions using the margin float. Leave the grout to dry for 10 minutes and then clean the tiles using a damp sponge to remove any excess grout.

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