When we moved into our house just over 18 months ago, the bathroom was one room we decided would be left on the long finger as it was in an acceptable state, having only been installed and decorated by the previous owners about seven years ago.  There’s nothing really wrong with it, it’s just that it’s not to our personal taste, however it’s not hideous either.  The overall layout works well and everything is in very good working order, but I just felt that a few little updates here and there would go a long way in modernising it and make it more our own.

So, I got to work a couple of weeks ago and started on a mini makeover.  As you can see from the ‘before’ photos below, the existing bathroom has been tiled and painted in a continuous colour of buttermilk yellow – on the woodwork, doors, bath paneling and tiles, even on the roman blinds.  I mean, talk about making a decision and sticking with it, the decision was buttermilk yellow and that was it!  It just looks bland, doesn’t it?


Bath before 1Bath before 2


Read on to find out what changes I made and how I got on!

A Bathroom Makeover Project


The first thing I decided to do was to coat the woodwork around the windows and doors in a nice, clean white – I used Farrow & Ball Strong White as we used it in the hall and I just love it on woodwork.  The lick of white paint went a long way in improving the overall look and feel of the bathroom as it instantly broke up the swathe of yellow and made the space feel so much fresher and cleaner.

Next, I turned my attention to the area of untiled wall at the entrance to the bathroom, also painted in the same yellow (no surprises there then).  I picked out a shade of blue-grey that was running through the tiles and matched it to Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon, a gorgeous blue-green grey.  I had it colour-matched by Johnstones in a satin finish that was suited to bathrooms.  I also decided to use the Pigeon along the side of the bath, too, to make a feature out of the tongue and groove panel.  I initially used the same colour on the built-in wooden shelves above the bath, however it was all becoming a bit too matchy-matchy, so I ditched that idea quick-smart and painted over it in the Strong White – good decision!

The last change I made, apart from adding in a few new accessories (of course!), was to re-cover the existing roman blinds in a soft grey linen I had picked up on my last trip to Ikea.  I had actually never considered simply re-covering a roman blind before, however it was super easy with the help of good old Youtube and I plan to write up my method on a blog post in the near future.  It took me an evening at the sewing machine per blind.

So here is how the bathroom is looking now.  Not a huge hand-over-mouth transformation, but a change for the better I think!  Ideally, I would like to lay a new vinyl floor over the existing floor tiles to help eradicate the sea of yellow further, however for now, I consider my work in here done… click on the links at the end to find out where to buy the various accessories… and apologies for the slightly grainy pictures, the light was dreadful to work with and I had to resort to the iPhone rather than the DSLR (lots to learn in that area).


bathroom after makeover


bath shelf detail


bath panel close up


bath panel and shelving


built in bathroom shelving


bathroom roman blind


bathroom window mirror


bath shelf candle


W H E R E : T O : B U Y

Bamboo bath bridge – Amazon

Candle on bath bridge – Dunnes Stores

Bath mat – Dunnes Stores and only available in-store, however this one is a similar idea

Wire baskets – Amara Living

Pedestal mirror – Sainsbury’s Home

Small bathroom tray (on windowsill) – Amara Living

Laundry Basket – Amara Living

Soft concrete tealight holder – Amara Living

Plants & pots – all Homebase


I think I’ll just run that bath and soak in my newly refreshed space now.  Pour the wine, please!

Have you embarked on any mini makeovers recently that have turned out successfully?

K xx


** This post contains sponsored content – Amara Living kindly gave me some products to style, however all opinions given are my own **



4 Comments on A Little Bathroom Makeover Project

  1. Isn’t it amazing what a few changes can make to break up a monotone scheme? You have a great eye Keira! (Just voted on Amara. Good luck!)

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