DIY fan reveals how she transformed her grotty bathroom into a serene space using bargain £16 tiles | The Sun

A DIY-savvy woman has revealed how she transformed her grotty bathroom into a paradise using bargain buys and second hand paint.

Jess, 28, from Gateshead  Tyne & Wear shares her first home renovations on Instagram and recently revealed how she overhauled her space for less than £175. 


Speaking to My Local Toolbox, Jess said, “I wouldn’t say I have one particular interior style, instead, it is more of a mash up of a few different styles. 

“My home is a mix of maximalist, minimalist and full of 70's colours. I'm really inspired by 70's interiors and look to bring that into my home whether it's through colours, furniture or finishings." 

The interiors fan was desperate to upgrade the dated bathroom but didn’t have the budget for a new suite.

Jess says: "When moved in we knew we wanted to rip the bathroom out and start again, it was so dull and hadn't been updated for 10/15 years. 

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“We didn't have the money to rip it out right away so we decided to do a really budget upgrade. We spent less than £175 in total and it's made such a huge difference to the room." 

When transforming on a budget her to tip is "Give it a go, what's the worst that can happen. You can always just paint back over it or change things back"

Speaking about her favourite transformation, Jess says "creating a new bath panel out of just a sheet of MDF and some paint, it's changed how the bathroom looks so much and is such an upgrade on the yellowed plastic panel that was in before." 

When sticking to a budget Jess mentioned upcycling was key "We kept all the existing fixings such as taps, towel radiator, showerscreen and showerhead, flusher, bath etc and just upcycled them all by spraying them Matt Black, it was a relatively easy process and has given them a new lease of life" 

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Jess' top decorating tip would be to "just try it, at the end of the day it's probably just some paint and stick on bits, if you don't like it you can just change it. I always like to create mood boards, either physical or digital ones to help with my vision" 

And when it comes to transforming spaces on a budget she says "Do your research into products, especially if you're doing it yourself and on a budget. Sometimes cheapest doesn't mean best but also most expensive doesn't necessarily mean it's better either." 




Jess’ £175 bathroom in numbers

– Rust oleum all surface paint for tiles – £18

– Rustoleum all surface spray paint in matt black-  x 2 £20

– Stick on floor tiles –  x 4 £64

– Matt black toilet seat – £15

– MDF piece –  £16

– Mirrored wall unit – £35

– Lick wall paint – already had from another project

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