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Woman’s £52 Three-Hour Revamp Turns Bathroom From Bog-Standard to Blissful

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December 15, 2020, 9:00 AM
  • Tansin Cosser Wood, 26, added a new floor, a geometric feature wall and some finishing touches to brighten up the space
  • Budget revamp took her a speedy three hours to do
  • Says it’s “a vast improvement” compared to when she moved in two weeks ago

A sparkling, bright white bathroom makes having a relaxing bubble bath feel that little bit more luxurious, and DIY novice Tansin Cosser Wood would agree.

When the mum-of-one moved into her new rental in Bournemouth, she decided to give some of the rooms a simple facelift. First on the agenda was the beige bathroom.

“I recently moved into a private rental with my one-year-old daughter. I couldn’t make any permanent changes, however, the tiled bathroom floor was cold and hard and my little one is accident-prone so I was looking around for ideas to make it a bit more baby-friendly and attractive,” the 26-year-old sales professional told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.

“I discovered some self-adhesive wood-look vinyl floor planks in B&Q for around £13 for a pack of 20. I bought three packets for £39 and started winging it when it came to laying them,” she says. “I found it a bit tricky to cut the floor planks to fit around the awkward areas such as the toilet, sink and door. I used kitchen scissors to cut it, which made my life really hard and my hands really sore.”

She soon got the hang of it, however, and the job was complete in around two hours.

“It would probably have been a lot quicker without having a baby scurrying around my ankles trying to grab everything,” she quips.

Tansin sealed the flooring with a glue sealant spray, which cost £12 from Amazon.

“It stops the planks from lifting if water gets underneath, yet they will still be easy enough to lift up when I leave without damaging the original floor,” she explains.

With her decorating options limited, Tansin decided that a feature wall would be an easy way to add some polish.

“I wanted something different yet simple that was easy to return to its original state should I ever need to,” she says.

After searching online for some inspiration, she hit upon the idea to create a geometric feature wall.

“I already had a pot of Wilkinson’s own brand grey paint leftover from some work I did in my old house. All I needed was some masking tape, which I bought for £1 from Poundland.”

Tansin masked up the design, making a jigsaw puzzle of shapes to catch the eye. She filled-in the different sections with the grey paint, left it to dry and peeled away the masking tape to reveal the new look.

“I already had the accessories from my previous house and I will probably hang a shelf and add some more artificial plants in the New Year.

“In total, the makeover cost £52 and took just three hours,” she says. “It’s by no means my dream bathroom, but it’s a vast improvement from when I moved in two weeks ago.

“If it was my own place I would have loved to have started from scratch by choosing my own bathroom suite, but for now I’m happy with it.

“The easiest part was taping the wall, which took just 15 minutes. The hardest was cutting in the flooring."

If you’re eager to carry out your own budget bathroom makeover, take this advice.

“Shop around,” she says. “I find that ebay is always good for a browse. There are some really cheap options out there for flooring. I have since given my daughter’s bedroom and my lounge a makeover – all on a budget.”

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk comments: “Your bathroom should be a sanctuary fit for pampering, but if you're not a fan of the colour or the style of your space it can put a dampener on proceedings.

“When you're renting, it can be limiting when it comes to making upgrades and it’s wise to keep costs to a minimum.

“The good news is that there are some fantastic quick fixes available, such as stick on vinyl floor tiles, that can help you achieve an entirely different look without breaking the bank.”

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