Easy ideas for updating your bathroom on a budget – Stylist Magazine
When content creator Abi Hugo and her partner were house-hunting at the end of 2020, she wasn’t set on buying a fixer-upper. “We looked around new builds and homes that were completely finished, and because of the children I was really tempted,” she tells Stylist. Brand new homes are known more for their immaculacy than their individuality, so she was interested in the challenge of adding character to a pristine space.
But when it came to it, the thought of paying for decor that wasn’t exactly to her taste dissuaded her. “In the end, I just couldn’t justify spending the money on something that was technically finished and perfect but not the way I wanted it. Why would I spend top market value when it wasn’t my design or ideas?”
Abi says that the desire for a space she could put her spin on, combined with the view – “because we are on a hill, everything behind us is just fields and fields of greenery. The sunsets here are incredible” – convinced her to take her renovation project.
It’s clear she loves taking something others might overlook and transforming it; one of her favourite hobbies is upcycling furniture and she shares the results with the 114,000 followers of her home reno IG account @thewhitethistle. She’s taken the vision needed for upcycling and applied it on a larger scale around her home. One of the best examples is her bathroom, which she recently overhauled with leftover wood and paint from other renovations in the house.
Abi explains that she wanted to do the makeover quickly and cheaply while waiting for a more permanent transformation. “We are saving up for a bigger renovation but that room just bugged me – it had half-painted walls, exposed pipework everywhere and no floor, just concrete. And one day I just got fed up. I didn’t want to wait another six months to a year for a nice room. So I just thought, let’s do what I can with what I have lying around the house. I started painting the pipes black and one thing led to another.”
Here’s how she did it.
Abi Hugo is working with independent door retailer Leader Doors.
The leftover materials used for Abi’s bathroom overhaul
Abi used wood panelling to make a feature of her bathroom mirror
Abi describes her interiors style as a “modern twist on a classic style” and this takes the form of “neutrals but adding contrast with black accents”.
Maintaining this style in her bathroom not only helped it flow with the rest of the house, but also meant she saved money on paint for the walls and metalware. She explains: “[The makeover] was basically free; I used leftover stuff from the other rooms that I upcycled in my house, so that includes leftover wood and paint.”
She used Beige 02 from Lick for the walls and tapped into the trend for black bathroom accessories at a fraction of the price by painting her radiator and pipework in Loof from Frenchic.
The leftover wood, 12mm x 44mm timber from Wickes, was used to create a panelling effect on one wall, providing a characterful backdrop to the bathroom mirror.
The one item Abi bought for her bathroom makeover
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