house renovations

You may remember that last year we gave our guest bedroom's ensuite bathroom a makeover. The guest room and its bathroom are on the second floor so I don't go up there very often and normally ignore it until we have a guest coming. Last year, when we gave the bathroom a mini-makeover, I felt quite pleased with what we achieved. But then, whenever we had guests, I started feeling bad about giving them our old, mismatched towels. So when Rooi contacted me about reviewing some of their luxury towels, I knew exactly where they would be of use.

These Brampton bath towels are so soft and luxurious. They are made of 600gsm of pure Egyptian cotton. And they wash really well. The rib design makes them look really fancy, so my guests will really feel at home. I am a huge fan of white towels. They just make bathrooms look brighter. And they also make you feel like you're in a hotel.

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My Guest Bathroom MakeoverWe bought our home about two and a half years ago, and the only reason we could afford to buy in our area is because the house was mostly a wreck. The only room that didn't need major work is the ensuite bathroom in the loft conversion. As it is the guest room, and on the second floor, we do not use this bathroom very often. But every once in a while I go up there and look at it in dismay. It is just not to my taste. It is so beige and blah. So I decided to see if I could give it a mini-makeover for just £70.

BEFORE:

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As you can see, the bathroom is quite neutral. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of cream. I like things white and bright. And I prefer things squarer shapes. And look at that sad, and dying, plant. Ugh. It's not the nicest bathroom for guests. The main problem with this bathroom is that there isn't a bath screen on the tub. It's fine if you are having a bath, but most guests have showers which makes the bathroom very wet. So we decided to install a bath screen and add some nice accessories. We can't afford to do anything about the tiles, but I have tried to brighten up the room.

AFTER:

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My Guest Bathroom MakeoverThere is quite a bit of green sprinkled throughout the house, and I wanted to bathroom to also have green accents. I replaced the tiny blue bathmat for a large green mat from Ikea. It is super soft, and was a bargain at £5.99. I popped into my local Homebase last week and found a lovely little plant to cheer up the ledge. I had an old green pot that wasn't being used. While at Homebase, I also picked up some fluffy white hand towels. I love white towels. It might not sound practical, but I do.

Last, but certainly not least, we put in a bath screen. I had expected the screen to be much more expensive than it was. It was priced at £54.99, but is now on sale for £43.99. It looks to be of a very good quality. The screen arrived last week and Husband (who works in an office but likes to give DIY his best) put it up on Saturday without any problems. The bathroom looks so much better now. I wish we had done our mini-makeover sooner. What do you think?

 

We were reimbursed by Homebase for our purchases, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

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I am so relieved that this week is almost over. After spending last week in Dorset, we came home for two days before being overwhelmed by the dust and mess of having our first floor bathroom renovated and the house being re-wired. So off to Leamington Spa we drove on Sunday afternoon. Husband had to get back to work so he took the train back to London on Sunday evening. He only drove with us as I hadn't driven for that long before with both kids. Dubz, at 23-months old, is quite a handful in the car. I drove home Thursday afternoon, alone with the kids, and miraculously survived the 2 1/2 hour drive without shouting. That is indeed a miracle.

Anyway, we have been living out of suitcases for two weeks now and I can finally start to unpack. Today will hopefully be the last day of the building works. Am dying to scrub and polish and vacuum the hell out of the house. This is an unusual feeling for me as I am not much of a 'cleaner'. But I feel like there is a correlation between a clean house and my happiness. Which again is not usual for me.

As the week draws to a close, I am looking forward to the end of the chaotic and a return to normalcy.

My hallway. A snapshot of some of the chaos.



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