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Woman Transforms Dark Bathroom For Under £100 Using eBay And Poundland Bargains

Imogen Groome
27 May 2021, 0:00 pm
  • Lisa-Marie, 33, hated her dark and oppressive bathroom
  • She painted the tiles and replaced the lino with transformative effects
  • The makeover cost just under £100 thanks to eBay and Poundland bargains

Transforming the bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank as one savvy woman has proven with her budget makeover. After managing to give her space an overhaul for under £100 thanks to some social media inspiration, she’s even inspired her friends to have a go at their own projects.

Lisa-Marie Hibbs, 33 from Colchester, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘After my mum died, I took over the tenancy on her house. I needed to change it dramatically as all it had was memories and it didn’t feel like my home.

‘After doing a few rooms in the house I realised I kept returning to grey tones, so I went with this theme for the bathroom.’

Previously, Lisa-Marie’s bathroom featured primarily white tiles with a black and white pattern halfway down the wall. The floors were dark and this effect, combined with dark netting on the windows, made it difficult for light to come in. ‘I absolutely hated it but I didn’t have much of a budget, so I couldn’t rip it out and start again.

‘I came up with a better idea instead - I created an Instagram account focused on the progress of my house so I didn’t annoy friends and family, and browsed through the hashtag #tilepaint.

Under the handle hibbshome, Lisa-Marie shared photos of her various interior decoration projects. She commented in one of her posts: ‘In a month I have completed two bedrooms, revamped a kitchen, done a hallway and landing and started a few more projects. You can achieve anything with little money, a pot of paint and effort.’

While browsing Instagram posts, Lisa-Marie was inspired. ‘I found some great ideas so I rushed to B&Q, where I got V33 soft grey tile paint for £36. Once I was home I scrubbed the tiles down thoroughly - as the bathroom is covered in tiles from floor to ceiling, it took six hours to clean!’

Once the first step was completed, Lisa-Marie could move on to the fun part. ‘After painting the grout first, I rolled over the tiles with a foam roller. It wasn’t difficult at all - in fact, it was satisfying to see how it went on thick and rolled smoothly over the tiles. I automatically fell in love with it after the first coat!’

Not only did Lisa-Marie find the job easy, it was also done with minimal consequences or challenges. ‘The only challenge I had was not showering or using the bath for 24 hours while the paint dried.’

Once the tiles were done, the room felt much lighter, as the black tiles had been painted over in a soft grey shade. Lisa-Marie then began thinking about what else the room might need. ‘I realised the bathroom would benefit from new lino, so I purchased some from eBay for £30.’

‘When it arrived, the process of applying it was very simple. I already had lino down, so I took it up, laid it on the grass and used it as a template.’

Lisa-Marie added some other stylish touches to the bathroom using supplies from Home Bargains and Poundland. She attached lights to the side of the bath to brighten up the room, and removed the netting to let more light in. She also changed the towels from darker to lighter colours.

‘The lights are stick-on and battery operated, priced at just £1.50 each from Shein. The towels were easy to switch out as I already had them. I purchased the two lanterns from Home Bargains - the big one was £15 and the medium one was £9.99. The fake candles are from Poundland and cost £1 each.

It’s safe to say that Lisa-Marie’s transformation was budget friendly. ‘In total I only spent £97.50 on the entire room transformation, including the paint, lino and decorations.

Now that Lisa-Marie has finished the project, she’s happy with her work. ‘I think everyone should give it a go. In fact, I inspired some of my friends and followers to get their tiles painted too!

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘It’s great that Lisa-Marie managed to complete this project on such a budget, and I can see why the results have inspired others to start their own makeovers!

‘When installing linoleum flooring, be sure to make exact measurements before ordering supplies online. Once it’s arrived, leave it for 24 hours so the material can adjust to your room temperature.

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sam07a year ago

Looks really lovely well done.