Small Bathroom Makeover : Final Reveal

This post is sponsored by British Ceramic Tile who gifted us the tiles. This post also contains affiliate links

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So after all this time, I am finally able to reveal my new bathroom…HURRAH!! We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it has changed our lives. It’s amazing what a difference it can make to how you feel about your home. This is the only room in our flat for which we have chosen every single detail. It is exactly how we wanted it, and we love it!

But for you to get a real feel for how much better it is now, I think you really need to see before and after pics together. I’m so used to the new bathroom now that I had kind of forgotten just how bad it was, so when I saw the before pics again they kind of took my breath away, and not in a good way! Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.

Firstly, here is a reminder of the moodboard that I created for my new bathroom. You can read my previous post on our small bathroom makeover to find out where we sourced everything from, if you are interested.

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And here it all is finally in place and looking fantastic, I’m sure you’ll agree. It so weird seeing this virtual idea for a bathroom having become a physical room. I’ve never done anything like this before and I am actually so proud of myself. It has given me a lot more confidence to trust my instincts and have a go. Don’t get confused though, this wasn’t a DIY effort, we did have a plumber and a tiler in to do all the work for us, but I’m just saying that I’m happy with the way I put it all together.

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My favourite part of the whole bathroom is without doubt the wall tiles. They are absolutely stunning and I smile every time I walk into the bathroom and see them. They are from the *Form and Function* range from *British Ceramic Tile* and I truly love the subtle hexagonal pattern and the matt finish of the tiles. The texture created from the relief adds a whole new level of interest to the bathroom and is really eye-catching.

The tiles are always the first thing people comment on when they use the bathroom. I have to give a huge thank you to British Ceramic Tile for helping us out with this project and for gifting us the tiles. Without their support I highly doubt that we would have been able to create such an amazing bathroom and for this we are truly grateful. I have also loved working with a local company as they are based just down the road from us in Devon.

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I also want to give a shout out to *Victoria Plum* who were very helpful throughout this project. We ordered the toilet and sink unit and the bath and bath panel from them as it was exactly the compact little unit that I had in mind for our small bathroom and it was the only place that I could find something truly space-saving that was within budget.

But we did have a few hiccups during installation. Our plumber unfortunately chipped the panel on the toilet when he dropped it accidentally. Victoria Plum customer services were brilliant though and replaced it for us. After all the hard work that went into this bathroom I just couldn’t live with that small imperfection. Also, once the plumber had fitted the tap on the basin we realised that we had no hot water coming from the tap. On inspection it appeared that the cartridge inside the mixer tap was faulty. Again Victoria Plum replaced the tap for us no questions asked.

Small Bathroom Inspiration

Small Bathroom Inspiration

The one thing I slightly regret about the design of this bathroom is the fact that I chose white tiles for the bathroom floor. I mean what on earth was I thinking? Sure, they look absolutely fabulous and they are gorgeous tiles, which I really love, but having a white floor in a family bathroom, especially when you have two tiny kids, perhaps wasn’t the most practical choice.

Every mark and bit of dirt, every hair on the floor stands out like a beacon. I have to hoover and mop the floor every day if I want to keep it looking pristine, which isn’t always possible, so it can end up not looking its best. In years to come, when I have more time for cleaning, I know I’ll be happy I chose these tiles but for now it has added to my workload a little at home.

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Small Bathroom Inspiration

All the geometric grey and yellow accessories that I bought from the *House at John Lewis range* are the perfect accompaniment to the bathroom and really look great against the Hex wall tiles.

Small Bathroom Inspiration

Small Bathroom Inspiration

We had a slight issue with some pipework down beside the toilet. We had hoped to run it inside the wall so that it wasn’t on show but due to the positioning of the pipework this wasn’t possible. The wall that it runs along is a supporting wall and by the time we would have removed a long section at the base of the wall to embed the pipes it would have weakened the wall too much. So our plumber advised us to use chrome pipe and I’ve got to say I think it looks really smart. Yes it was a compromise but one that I can live with.

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The shower looks fantastic now, much more stylish than the white plastic one we had before. And the chrome piping matches the other side of the room beside the toilet so it all ties in nicely.

Small Bathroom Inspiration

Small Bathroom Inspiration

The shelf that we put up above the window has worked out absolutely brilliantly. It’s from the Grundtal kitchen range at IKEA and it has provided us with the much needed storage solution that we were really missing in the bathroom. Now we have somewhere to store all of our toilet rolls as opposed to having the packet on the floor beside the toilet, which always looked awful.

I also bought some seagrass baskets from IKEA which are perfect for storing toiletries that we don’t use every day. They are easy to get to if we need them but otherwise up out of the way. The shelf hasn’t affected how much light comes into the room at all so that is a bonus. I definitely recommend looking up to find additional storage space if you don’t have much room for floor standing furniture in your small bathroom.

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Changing the radiator for this towel radiator has made a big difference too. We now have somewhere to hang our stylish new towels and more importantly somewhere to dry them.

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And finally everything looks all pristine and white. No more mouldy silicone or yellowing grout!

So what do you guys think of my small bathroom makeover? My first ever home improvement project. I’m so pleased it’s done and that we love it. Now I should have more confidence to get on and tackle the other jobs we need to do around the house. I’d love to know what you think though so please leave a comment below.

This post is sponsored by British Ceramic Tile who gifted us the tiles. This post also contains affiliate links


  1. August 15, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Oh my, it’s waaaay better now! I like the yellow accents :)

    • August 16, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Ah thank you Christine. I love it and the yellow is lovely and sunny.

  2. Ameen Iqbal
    July 31, 2016 / 7:46 am

    what kind of material is that beside the tub? can u pls explain?

    • August 1, 2016 / 11:01 pm

      Hi Ameen, are you referring to the bathmat on the floor? If so it is made of cork. It’s a brilliant material for use in the bathroom as it’s waterproof and very easy to clean and feels lovely underfoot.

  3. July 24, 2016 / 7:12 am

    Looks great Stacey. I need to think about my bathroom makeover soon too. Well done, it looks wonderful x

    • July 25, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Thank you so much! Good luck with yours too!

  4. July 22, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Amazing job!! It looks so fresh and bright and I love the pops of yellow! It’s incredibly satisfying to see your moodboard come to life, isn’t it? Fab job!! xxx

    • July 25, 2016 / 1:46 pm

      It’s just how I imagined it would be Kimberly so I’m over the moon. Thank you!!

  5. July 18, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Amazing transformation! It looks so modern! I like it!

  6. July 17, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    You’ve done such a great job – totally transformed the space – the all in one unit for the toilet and sink is just perfect. I’m loving the before/after slider on the images too, nifty indeed!

    • July 25, 2016 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks Molly. I’m so glad I found that sink and toilet unit, it’s the perfect solution.

  7. July 16, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    What a transformation.
    We have a very little bathroom as well and it needs a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • July 25, 2016 / 1:49 pm

      Pleasure Anne, I know that so many people suffer with small bathrooms and small bathroom inspiration on the net rarely actually features small bathrooms.

  8. July 16, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Brilliant job Stacey. I love the tiles and the little pops of colour in the accessories. Bathrooms are not easy, especially small bathrooms so you should be really proud of yourself. x

    • July 25, 2016 / 1:50 pm

      Thanks Carole, it wasn’t easy, but I’m so pleased we’ve done it now. On to the kitchen next!

  9. July 16, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Yay! I’m so happy to hear this project had given you more confidence in your design ideas. Big congrats on making such a great job on the space!! Enjoy ?

    • July 25, 2016 / 1:51 pm

      Thanks Karen, that means a lot coming from you!

  10. July 16, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Hurrah!! Well done lovely. I’m also looking at Victoria Plum for die of our bits

    • July 16, 2016 / 11:59 am

      I was really pleased with our stuff. To be honest the plumber cringed when he found out we had chosen Victoria Plum and said he always tries to discourage people from using them due to quality issues, but I was really happy with everything we chose and wouldn’t change it.

  11. July 16, 2016 / 10:40 am

    What a great space you’ve created. Love those tiles and all of the accessories.

    • July 16, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Thanks Amanda. The tiles are my favourite too.

  12. July 16, 2016 / 10:13 am

    It looks fantastic! Clean, crisp, and functional. It’s amazing how a makeover can make you feel about a room!

    • July 16, 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks Stephanie. It really is. I love spending time in there now. I even enjoy cleaning it because it actually looks clean when I’ve finished.

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