Decor & Interiors Renovation

Traditional Half Panelled Toilet Makeover

I am delighted to say that we have finished our toilet makeover (saying renovation would be a little too much as this was a fairly straightforward project – for us anyway, my dad did the tricky bits!).

The bathroom was one of the first rooms we renovated in the house. We purchased the suite from Better Bathrooms (who I highly recommend) and while we got everything for a great price, toilets and sinks are pretty pricey so I was determined to get what we needed for the toilet at a more reasonable cost.

Buying a traditional style sink and toilet from somewhere like Better Bathrooms would have set us back over £200 plus shipping, which is a lot of money to spend on the smallest room in the house, especially as I wasn’t particularly keen on any of the styles.

After a bit of digging on eBay, I managed to find an immaculate pedestal sink which I won for just under £12.  We then bought a Twyfords toilet and basin set (again, on eBay) and sold that basin for £25.  Finally, someone bought the avocado toilet and sink we removed for £50 (!) so overall the whole room has cost us pretty much nothing which I have to say I am quite proud of.

I had purchased the taps as part of a set with the bath shower mixer that we installed in the bathroom (

We had water coming in around the window before it was replaced and the valley on the roof repaired, so while the walls didn’t need plastering I had to fill and sand that area.  We then wallpapered below the dado rail with Wall Doctor Beadboard wallpaper, which, at £10 a roll, is a lot more pocket friendly than the MDF panelling. This was an in progress shot after I finished wallpapering.  It was about 9.30 at night, but I was determined to get it completed.

Traditional Half Panelled Toilet Makeover

I painted the wallpaper in a pure white and a bright, seaside blue above the dado rail. To continue the thrifty theme this room took I mixed the colour myself from paints we already had.  As in the bathroom, the ceiling was clad in pine panelling.  However, I decided that it wasn’t worth removing it and instead just painted it with white emulsion.  The light fitting was the one that was already there, and after an empty out of the dead bugs and soapy wash it went back up.

As with all of the woodwork in the house the boxing in, skirting, dado rail and doors are Wilko’s Moonlight White Satin paint.
The flooring is a faux wood vinyl in a pale oak effect.

Traditional Half Panelled Toilet.  Victorian Style Cloakroom Makeover Reveal

For the finishing touches I painted an old mirror we had to match the woodwork and we went for the same style toilet roll holder and towel rail as we put in the bathroom.  The

I struggled to find a blind that I liked, as well as one that was long enough. I didn’t want anything too fussy or too bright; the room is only small so simple was the way to go. After a lot of searching I choose the Liselott blind from IKEA. A pretty, semi opaque white material with a beautiful bird pattern. As the window is quite big we leave it pulled down a little bit so it can be seen even when not in use.

The total project, including the basin and toilet, wallpaper and accessories, came in at under £100 which I am pretty chuffed about.  The end result is exactly what I had in my mind’s eye and I’m really pleased I got the look I wanted with minimal work and such little money.  If only all renovation projects could be like that!

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