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Mum transforms bathroom decor in a day for under £30 using free stuff and leftovers

Embarking on a room makeover can be daunting on a budget – it can be hard to make a visually appealing difference on a shoestring budget.

But social media is full of people who have been touched by this decorating budget hurdle and are overcoming it by getting creative.

Searching your home for leftover paint at the bottom of pots, scrap wood, furniture that you can reuse or dismantle to use as base materials, leftover wallpaper and self-adhesive vinyl wrap. Even your garden can be involved in redecorating a room for less money.

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Abi Hugo

And finding out if family, friends and neighbors are looking to litter could be a treasure trove for you to poke around and find hidden gems – hopefully for free or just the price of a sociable pint at the pub as a thank you. .

Maybe a regular look at the social media marketplaces could find you a bargain or even some free stuff to use in your room makeover – someone’s pile of scrap wood could be a section of your new wood panel wall.

For inspiration to create something unique in your home on a budget using leftovers, cheap and free items, Instagram is a good source to see what other people have made in their homes using their imagination and creativity, but not necessarily their wallet.

Abi Hugo likes to share her decorating ideas to save money on her Instagram account The White Thistle, the time she transforms her house and more recently the cheap update of her bathroom using leftovers.



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
BEFORE: No flooring and no quiet vibe



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
AFTER: £30 later it looks like this

Speaking to Leader Doors about her use of recycling hacks and buying pre-loved furniture to revamp the entire bathroom without breaking the bank, Abi says: “This makeover was definitely up there because it made a huge difference in the room I just felt was very boring and not very enjoyable at first.”

Life is busy for Abi, but she put more pressure on herself than simply renovating the bathroom on a shoestring budget, setting herself a 24-hour deadline.



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
BEFORE: Pink is a no-no



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
AFTER: Leftover paint on the walls and radiator makes a huge difference

Abi says: “The renovation was almost free! the peel and stick floor tiles from Dunelm which were £14 a pack and I brought two so just under £30 I’m all about budget renovation!

“I made sure to keep things soft and neutral in my paint colors. I chose to use wood as accents to make my wall a feature, so in doing this I added scraps of wood around my mirror, which was very quick to do.



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“I don’t want to waste anything, so for me it’s always like ‘what do I have on hand? “. Layering textures is something that has a fantastic impact on a space, so for me, I brought pampas grass from the garden to give character to the room. So the dried grass, warm neutrals, soft organic linen are the style, and accents of black with paint things like black piping.

In addition to remnants of paint on the walls and specialist paint on the radiator and new floor tiles, the unit has a new plastic cover and changed handles. Scraps of wood have been used to create a feature wooden strip panel behind the mirror and garden plant cuttings add complimentary greenery.

The artwork above the radiator in a frame already present in the house now houses a pressed garden plant cup, with a touch of paint behind.

The leftovers could be more easily used in Abi’s bathroom remodel, as she has a distinctive style throughout her home. This means that any scraps and scraps, paint and materials from other rooms, or brought in from outside with her style in mind, will all fit seamlessly into her home.



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
BEFORE: Basic and functional



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
AFTER: Stylish use of scrap wood for a touch panel, new countertop trim and new handles

Abi says sticking to a theme works for her: “If you can find a theme for your home, and find a color scheme that you like and want to run with, just like building a brand, and if you think about the color palette for your whole house, then your house will sink.

“That’s how I was able to use up leftover paint, because rather than going out and buying a new box, you can just reuse paint, wood, and decor from all over the house to put it all together so that it flows really well.”



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
BEFORE: No real personality



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
AFTER: Abi’s free artwork grabs attention

And Abi’s tips for finding inspiration to create your style and salvage materials might also come in handy for first-time upcyclers and remodelers on a budget.

She says, “Use Pinterest for a mood board because it will really help solidify the look you’re going for and help you plan before you dive in. Also, I’d say research is key, take a full look at your style. personal interior. .



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
AFTER: It took a day of hard work, but it was worth it

“And if you come across a product that you like like a lamp or something, one of my best tips is to use Google’s reverse image search, where Google will reveal all the places the product is located. finds, and you may be able to find the product cheaper elsewhere.”



TIPS: renovating the bathroom on a small budget
AFTER: Abi says have fun, and that includes finding cheap and free items as well as reusing, recycling and using leftovers

Abi says dive in and try, think creatively and above all have fun. She says, “Paint can always be repainted, so don’t overthink it.

“With the DIY, as it’s a step by step process, you can’t really go wrong, because if it were to go that way, you’ll notice it before you go to the next step, so have fun you with and try things!”. And don’t miss out on interior design for delightful dream homes, sign up to our bi-weekly Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter to see them all.

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