A savvy DIY novice has revealed how she saved over £1,000 by refurbishing her rest room herself.
After transferring in to her dream residence after an extended and demanding shopping for course of, Lauren Ham, 33, was determined to offer the tired-looking rest room an overhaul.
Nevertheless after getting in an expert to offer a quote for a full rest room re-fit, she determined to do it herself – saving over £1,000 within the course of.
Lauren, who lives with husband David and stepdaughter Ella, was initially quoted £1,400 for the work.
However by utilizing provides from Argos, B&Q and Dunelm, she managed to rework her rest room – and all for simply £300.
Lauren, who works as a case administration assistant, instructed money-saving neighborhood LatestDeals.co.uk : “We moved into our residence on the finish of August this yr in what was the dreariest wettest day in historical past, or so it felt.
“It was a really lengthy and demanding course of from provide accepted to transferring in day, additional exacerbated by the restrictions of a nationwide lockdown and the delays transferring inside a series can deliver.
“We first noticed the home again in March and immediately fell in love.
“This home is simply excellent for us and ticked the entire bins we had in thoughts for our dream residence collectively. Now we have been married three years however this was to be our first and without end residence.”
Nevertheless regardless of the property being excellent for his or her wants, the couple compromised on one factor – the tiny rest room.
“It is a spacious three-bed, three-storey townhouse with a beneficiant sized backyard,” she added. “The one factor that we compromised on was the dimensions of the toilet which was simply over 2.06m by 1.58m.
“We’re lucky to have a bit en suite too, however the rest room is my sanctuary and I knew I’d wrestle with a small one with no pure gentle.
“It’s located proper subsequent to the airing cabinet which accommodates the recent water tank so it will get extraordinarily heat in there.
“We’d had just a few quotes for work which have been pretty affordable, however after spending rather more than we had meant on different jobs within the residence we simply didn’t have the finances left.
“I accepted it was dropping down the listing of priorities and can be one thing we’d deal with subsequent yr.”
However Lauren quickly began on remodelling the toilet herself, primarily based on months value of plans she’d drawn up and a color scheme she’d noticed on-line.
She stated:”For this rest room, I needed the tiles to be gentle and recent to enhance the blue, and selected a pale metallic impact vinyl tile to bounce the sunshine from the spots across the partitions.
“For me, the color palette elegantly mirrored the normal basin and bathtub faucets. The unique suite was in excellent situation and we completely cherished the normal options.
“We solely needed to change the faucets on the basin because the outdated ones had stopped working once we moved in.
“I remembered years in the past seeing a full wall mirror in a present residence rest room and cherished how efficient it was.
“Having no window right here was the right alternative to attempt it and we’re thrilled with the phantasm of sunshine and house it affords the room now.”
The job grew to become extra demanding when Lauren pulled up the lino to see what was beneath.
“Having no intention to do something this aspect of Christmas with the toilet, the one night final week I made a decision to drag up the lino to see what was beneath out of curiosity,” she stated.
“That was my mistake as a result of as soon as I’d finished that there was no manner it was going again down.
“Over a interval of 5 days, we stripped the ground, sanded it again and primed it.
“We stripped the sealant from the tub utilizing a Stanley knife and white spirit and an terrible lot of elbow grease. This was most likely the toughest half and one thing I wouldn’t do myself once more in a rush.
“It was inches deep underneath the bottom of the tiles and back-breaking work. I’ve to confess, I did cry and want I’d by no means began!
“As soon as this prep was finished I spent a while researching tile paint. I used to be aware I’d learn so many horror tales and seen numerous photos of tile portray gone flawed, however with the perfect critiques and plenty of useful ideas, I settled on this model and had nothing to lose, or principally no different alternative by this level!
“I scrubbed the tiles with sugar cleaning soap, any bumps have been sanded again with delicate grit sandpaper and we started working with a foam curler utilizing V33 Satin White Tile Paint from B&Q.
“It’s essential go away precisely six hours between coats, which if you’re impatient, is kind of the duty. My husband took coat two as I couldn’t summon the wherewithal, and we closed the door on it till the morning.
“The consequence was excellent. This paint dries brilliantly. The protection was glorious after two coats however we selected a 3rd to make sure it will be long-lasting.”
Lauren goes on to clarify precisely how she managed to maintain the price of creating her dream rest room house proper down.
She went on: “As full DIY novices working full time we had some assist from some very trusted tradespeople to finish among the different duties above our talent set.
“We have been initially quoted roughly £1,400 for a re-tile and flooring with sealing the tub and sink.
“The fee to rework the toilet just lately got here in at simply over £300 for paint, flooring, wall artwork, assist from trades for the work we couldn’t do and the massive mirror.
“The bathtub shelf and bathtub tray have been £25 and £5, the white cleaning soap dispenser was £eight and the cleaning soap dish was £5, all from Dunelm.
“I purchased these earlier than we moved at the start of the yr as I had this imaginative and prescient that I needed to create once we might afford it. They do nonetheless inventory these now.
“I really feel the wooden tones complement the sunshine design and soften the room.”
“The small mirror above the sink was £20 from Argos together with the under-sink cupboard which was £50,” Lauren added.
“The big mirror we measured and was custom-made by a neighborhood glass provider for £130 and delivered for no cost. We fitted it ourselves utilizing mirror adhesive. It dries inside 5 minutes.”
“The blush towels and flannels we already owned from ASDA, the wall prints have been £21 for 3 from Etsy, the wood frames have been £5 every from the Body Firm and the inexperienced reusable bottles have been £9.99 for 2 from ebay.
“The ground was primed beneath with Zinsser BIN Multi-Floor Matt Primer. No underlay was required because the floorboards have been chipboard and in excellent situation. We nonetheless have a lot of the tin left, these items is fantastic! I’ll be priming every little thing in future.
“The peel and stick vinyl flooring tiles have been £15.60 a pack from B&Q. The wall paint was Dulux Denim Drift Toilet, and was combined by Valspar as our native B&Q have been out of the unique model (the thrill of native lockdown). It price £15 for one litre.
“The woodwork paint price £26 for 2 litres and was Dulux One Coat Satin White.
“The tile paint was V33 Satin White wall tile and panelling paint from B&Q, utilized with a small foam curler. We used three gentle coats with six hours of drying time between coats. It price £36 for 2 litres.”
Lauren is delighted with the completed look of her rest room, particularly contemplating that she saved over £1,000 on what it will have price to put in professionally.
“We’re thrilled with the ultimate consequence,” she added. “It’s a room we cease to look in each time we stroll previous. Though small, it feels calming, gentle and recent.
“I really like the heat that wood equipment lend, I’m a nature lady at coronary heart and love bringing it into my residence.
“All in all our rest room renovation got here in at simply over £300 for labour, supplies and equipment.
“I feel these DIY tasks throughout a time of worldwide pandemic are a tonic for the soul.
“My husband and I’ve been lucky to proceed to work principally all through however not with out monetary burdens as life has modified for us all.”
Lauren, from South Wales, has some sage recommendation for these hoping to undertake a house enchancment challenge of their very own.
She added: “The fantastic thing about the web supply providers and click on and accumulate is that lots of the gadgets it’s essential get began together with your tasks are so available now with out having to go far.
“My recommendation for anybody eager to do the identical is don’t put an excessive amount of stress on your self. Rome wasn’t in-built a day. Take your time to do it correctly. You’ll be happier with the top consequence.
“Take to social media for recommendation and steering, but when it’s above your skillset, search an expert, particularly if the job can carry dangers.
“Do your analysis, don’t purchase the very first thing you see. There are such a lot of comparable gadgets everywhere in the web.
“It’s okay to begin a job and preserve saving till it’s completed. Now we have just a few different equipment so as to add when payday arrives.
“Take advantage of the house you’ve bought and don’t want for what you don’t have. The appropriate lighting and punctiliously thought out structure will maximise the room house you’re working with.
“Most significantly, have enjoyable. It’s not alleged to be arduous work. That’s what the professionals are for!”