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Easy & Cost-effective Bathroom Make-Over

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Give your tiny bathroom a facelift with paint, a dado and the very clever use of plumbing fittings!
The guest bathroom in our old farmhouse was really nothing to write about, its checker-board floor being its only redeeming feature. The basin was horribly small and impractical and the untiled shower – although roomy – sported a very silly shower head. These were definitely the first 3 things on our list: a shower head, a basin and some tiles. This bathroom is also adjacent to my husband’s office (which incidentally is also the guest room!) so we opted for a more masculine space rather than a frilly powder room look.
The shower was tiled with a simple 15x15cm matt Johnson tile with a black metro tile dado. The black detail was continued around the perimeter of the room with a timber dado rail, painted black to match. Above we opted for a lovely deep blue (Plascon’s Oceanus) – this colour is popping up everywhere in my house now! – which rather than making the tiny room feel smaller, it actually seems to enlarge the space. Below the dado we kept the original off-white, but finished it off with a black skirting. The skirting and dado are such small details but they make all the difference and give the room a simple finishing touch.
I have to admit I am very proud of what we did with the basin. Margaux found a wonderful picture of a Victorian-inspired basin with an antique pipe-work detail around it. Since we love creating looks on a budget, I went to the hardware store and with the help a very clever sales assistant, we built the whole structure right there in the store using plastic piping and irrigation connections. I sprayed them all black and installed it below the sink – and I absolutely love it!
While looking for all the relevant pipes and things I also found these industrial tap fittings which I immediately fell in love with. Fitted to a simple plastic bracket, they make amazing hooks behind the door – an essential in a small bathroom.
I prefer to have a plain white shower curtain, especially since it’s such a small space, but hanging a fabric curtain in front of the shower curtain just softens all the hard lines in the room. I installed a shelving bracket on the wall and threaded the curtain over it. This geo-print was bought from PEP at a steal!
To finish off the room Margaux sourced some Delft images on the net which we them put in 0ld picture frames that I painted white. The random collection of frames really pops against the blue wall with the delicate blue prints adding some pattern to the solid colour.
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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Feb 11, 2015

    Fabulous makeover!

  • Candy Berg
    Candy Berg Owens Cross Roads, AL
    on Feb 17, 2015

    How wonderful. Such clean and simple, love love.

  • Merry D
    Merry D Fairfield, CA
    on Feb 17, 2015

    Awesome. I already have the blue but have been hesitating...time to just get it done! Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Homeology.co.za
      Homeology.co.za South Africa
      on Feb 17, 2015

      @Merry D You are most welcome! Using a dark colour in a small space can be an intimidating decision but one that I am really glad I made. And to be honest, it's just paint - if you don't like it, then you can always paint it again!

  • Sabrina Casanova-Brown
    Sabrina Casanova-Brown Spring Creek, NV
    on Feb 17, 2015

    This is just beautiful!! I love it, it really is bright - surprising with the blue, but I really love this!

  • Peggy Burdette
    Peggy Burdette Springtown, TX
    on Feb 17, 2015

    love it really like the towel hanger under the sink

    • Homeology.co.za
      Homeology.co.za South Africa
      on Feb 17, 2015

      @Peggy Burdette Thanks Peggy - I really loved the look of an antique basin but couldn't justify spending the money. Hence the creativity with the plastic pipes, and it works really well!

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