Nowadays, it’s easier and easier to do DIY projects without the expense of professionals.
And one in two savvy moms proved it by transforming their plain white bathroom into a chic Scandinavian space.
Julie Pentelow, a 32-year-old teaching assistant from Swindon and mother of two children aged 5 and 2, explained how.
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She told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I have seen people on Facebook groups save money by remodeling their bathrooms to give them a new look, so I have decided to give it a shot myself!
“I scoured the internet looking for different ideas and fell in love with Scandinavian design. It has a really relaxing and cozy atmosphere that gives you a nice feeling of escape!
“My first stop was B&Q, where I bought Dulux Rich Black for £ 17 and White Satin V33 tile and wall panel paint for £ 25. I also had to think about the tub, which had a lot of black mold in it. To fix this, I used Unibond Re-New sealer on Amazon for £ 5 to cover everything up. Another area that needed some work was the floor tiles so I used a black grout pen on Amazon which costs £ 3.99.
“The next job was to find a console under the sink that wasn’t too big, as I only have a small space between the sink and the tub. I finally found one that was perfect for 34 , £ 99 from The Range, and I painted the handles black to match the color theme.
“I gave my tired looking tub panel a makeover using self-adhesive wall tiles. They cost £ 1 a sheet of One Below and it cost me £ 15 in total. I bought wall trolleys. self-adhesive on Amazon for £ 15.
“I was able to save money on decorations because I do some graphics in my spare time and have an Etsy store selling fine art prints and wedding stationery. made some of my own prints and enjoyed creating some simple designs to add to the Scandinavian picture wall. I used artificial plants and props from IKEA, B&M, Tesco, Dunelm and Matalan to give a look natural to the piece and add color, in total they cost no more than £ 15.
“I cleaned my dirty shower screen after seeing a hack on YouTube. They use a razor blade in the original video with white vinegar – I used a paint scraper, white vinegar, Viakal spray and an Elbow Grease spray and it gave the impression of a new shower screen!
“The self-adhesive tiles were fairly easy to lay on the tub panel. I cut them to size with scissors and also used self-adhesive spray from B&M for extra grip! I painted the tiles using a mini foam roller, it just went on really smooth and made them look like new.
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“Having 2 young children often made it difficult to find time to work on the project without them being near the wet paint or distracting me. My husband Mike sometimes helped keep them away, and I too does a lot of the work on my day off during the week my youngest was napping.
“When it came to painting walls, I often only had time to paint one wall before I went back to mom’s chores and the school run, so most of the time we had a partially painted room for a few days or weeks until I can at least one part was locked out when we couldn’t have people around so I could finish it before other people see it .
“If I had had to redo this project I would have given more time. It was a bit rushed work and some tiles could have been painted better, the painting instructions say to wait certain periods before a new coat and before shower i admit i probably didn’t wait as long as he said.
“We saved thousands of people by decorating ourselves and now it looks like we have a new bathroom! “
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Julie has done a great job transforming her bathroom – the Scandinavian style is more and more popular these days due to its clean design and minimalist.
“She has undoubtedly saved a lot of money painting the walls herself – according to Household Quotes, average painting and decorating prices are around £ 160 per day, with prices ranging between £ 375 and £ 500 to paint a medium sized room. Additionally, according to Building Sheriff, creating a new tiled tub panel can cost £ 300 on average. Plus, prints can easily cost £ 20-50 each depending on the size, so Julie has well done to create his own. “
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