When articles creator Abi Hugo and her associate had been home-searching at the stop of 2020, she was not set on getting a fixer-higher. “We appeared all over new builds and houses that have been totally completed, and since of the little ones I was really tempted,” she tells Stylist. Brand name new residences are identified additional for their immaculacy than their individuality, so she was fascinated in the challenge of adding character to a pristine place. 

But when it arrived to it, the believed of paying out for decor that was not specifically to her flavor dissuaded her. “In the finish, I just could not justify paying the dollars on a thing that was technically completed and great but not the way I wished it. Why would I spend prime current market benefit when it was not my structure or concepts?”

Abi suggests that the need for a house she could put her spin on, combined with the check out – “because we are on a hill, everything guiding us is just fields and fields of greenery. The sunsets here are incredible” – confident her to choose her renovation venture. 

It is clear she loves having some thing others may ignore and reworking it just one of her favourite hobbies is upcycling household furniture and she shares the outcomes with the 114,000 followers of her household reno IG account @thewhitethistle. She’s taken the vision required for upcycling and utilized it on a greater scale all-around her house. Just one of the very best examples is her lavatory, which she lately overhauled with leftover wood and paint from other renovations in the property.

Abi describes that she wanted to do the makeover immediately and cheaply while ready for a much more lasting transformation. “We are conserving up for a even larger renovation but that room just bugged me – it experienced half-painted walls, uncovered pipework everywhere you go and no flooring, just concrete. And 1 working day I just received fed up. I didn’t want to wait one more 6 months to a 12 months for a wonderful space. So I just imagined, let’s do what I can with what I have lying around the home. I started painting the pipes black and one factor led to an additional.” 

Here’s how she did it.

Abi Hugo is performing with independent door retailer Leader Doors.

The leftover supplies employed for Abi’s bathroom overhaul

Bathroom makeover using wood panelling behind the mirror
Abi made use of wooden panelling to make a characteristic of her bathroom mirror

Abi describes her interiors design as a “modern twist on a traditional style” and this can take the variety of “neutrals but incorporating contrast with black accents”. 

Maintaining this model in her rest room not only served it flow with the relaxation of the home, but also intended she saved cash on paint for the partitions and metalware. She explains: “[The makeover] was basically no cost I used leftover things from the other rooms that I upcycled in my house, so that contains leftover wood and paint.”

She utilized Beige 02 from Lick for the walls and tapped into the trend for black toilet components at a portion of the price by painting her radiator and pipework in Loof from Frenchic.

The leftover wood, 12mm x 44mm timber from Wickes, was made use of to produce a panelling result on a single wall, furnishing a characterful backdrop to the bathroom mirror.

The one product Abi purchased for her toilet makeover

DIY bathroom makeover ideas, a bathroom overhauled with stick-on tiles and leftover beige paint
Adhere-on tiles reworked Abi’s floor for around £30

Although most of Abi’s bathroom overhaul was accomplished with leftover products, she did invest in 1 item. Having said that, correct to her thrifty style, it was nonetheless a spending budget hack. She points out: “The only points that I purchased ended up the peel and adhere ground tiles from Dunelm, which had been £14 a pack and I purchased two, so just less than £30. I am all about the budget renovation!” 

The stick-on tiles develop the impression of a patterned tiled flooring without the price and in a portion of the time. No tiling know-how is desired, both.

How to get the operate done in just one sitting down

A bathroom with brown/beige walls
Abi’s toilet makeover took just 24 hrs

A thing that can set several of us off making an attempt Diy is the time commitment included. But Abi managed to finish her bathroom makeover in just one particular working day. “The full transformation only took 24 several hours, since when I get hooked on an notion and I see it in my head I just have to get it accomplished. It just began with me portray the radiator, looking at how it went and then one particular detail led to an additional.”

Whilst she admits to being up until 2am to end the transformation, she does have some suggestions for how you can retain inspired and make sure you get your Do it yourself wrapped up in time for bed.

“Find a stable chunk of time and timetable when you will do the work – there is nothing even worse than being interrupted each hour by somebody or anything – that is the quickest way to close up with an unfinished undertaking. Make absolutely sure you truly know when you will get the bulk of the operate accomplished.”

Before and after of a bathroom
Abi current her radiators and pipework with black paint

Yet another matter that will help Abi keep likely when she finds herself flagging is concentrating on the concluded product. “Keep visualising what the finish end result will seem like. The matter that spurs me on is [that] I want to see it all arrive together and figuratively contact the image that has been in my head. The enjoyment normally provides me the electricity to hold likely.”

The other crucial ingredient for a productive speedy Do-it-yourself undertaking? “Snacks – if you’re heading to do a undertaking promptly, you need to have a lot of snacks to keep your electricity concentrations up,” Abi states.

If, nevertheless, anything does get in the way of wrapping up your job in 1 go, Abi endorses organizing when you will get it done and blocking out that time in your diary.

The items Abi utilized to overhaul her bathroom

Photos: Abi Hugo/Leader Doorways/Dunelm/Wickes/Lick/Frenchic


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