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Woman Saves £100s On DIY Victorian Toilet With Her Own Incredible Art

Imogen Groome
7 May 2021, 3:00 pm
  • Abbie, 22, transformed her Nan’s bathroom with a lick of paint
  • She was inspired by Victorian-style floral motifs and picked out a few designs
  • The makeover was completely free, saving £100s in the process

Redecorating the bathroom can easily lead to a huge bill, but one budget savvy woman managed to help her Nan by giving her a Victorian-style toilet and sink on the cheap.

Abbie Smith, 22 from Basildon, decided to make use of her art skills and transform her Nan’s bathroom with an elegant floral design. She told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘I’ve always been creative and loved drawing and painting, so my Nan asked me to give her bathroom a makeover.

‘The project was inspired by Victorian style baths and toilets, which were usually decorated with flowers and vines.

‘I chose a few flowers that I thought would compliment each other and gathered acrylic paint for the project. These range between £2 and £10 per tube, and I already had these from my other craft hobbies.

‘The first step was to clean the surface area and ensure it’s dry so I would get the best results. Then I used the flowers I chose as inspiration to start painting.

‘Once it was dry, I added gold paint to highlight the details, and once it had dried I varnished it. The project took about 4 and a half hours overall, including the drying time in between and varnishing.

‘It was easy to complete, as the surface was nice to paint on. What’s more, I got it done quicker than I expected.

‘The usual cost for an original Victorian design is usually in the £100s, so I probably saved my Nan a fair bit of money!

This isn’t Abbie’s first creative venture. ‘I have done projects in the past for others such as making costumes, painting boards for advertisements and painting on shop walls to add some character.

‘If anyone wants to do something similar, my advice is to just go for it - I never plan my paints out, I just go with the motion and enjoy it.’

Abbie’s Nan, Brenda Varcoe, said: ‘I love my new bathroom. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but I like the bright colours.’

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘Brenda is lucky to have such a talented granddaughter - this artwork is Insta-perfect and it’s saved her a lot of money.

‘If you decide to paint your own bathroom toilet or sink, remember to check the surfaces before applying the paint. Remove any rust by buffing it off with steel wool.

‘It’s also a good idea to fill in cracks or chips with an epoxy filler. This can be done with a plastic putty knife - these supplies are readily available at Poundland or B&Q for a decent price.’

What do you think of this?
andrea2011a year ago

I could'nt do that as it's not to my taste. But it must fun bringing it to life.

shanikeebera year ago

Wow! That’s stunning! I love the pink flowers on the back of the loo! 🌸 I wish I was artistic!

Sugarbabea year ago

A very nice transformation and your nan must be really proud of your hard work. Image