Home : Bathroom Makeover – Nautical Touches

Home : Bathroom Makeover – Nautical Touches
We have been in the process of updating our bathroom for a while now (you can see how it looked previously here). The suite felt old and outdated and the jacuzzi bath wasn’t used very often, as a result the filters would clog up and it just felt unhygienic. When we found out that we were pregnant changing the suite became an urgent job. In an ideal world we would have changed the tiles and flooring too but due to a lack of funds we just did what we had to. I’ve finished it off with nautical touches and am quite pleased with the result.
The sink, toilet, bath, shower screen and taps all came from eBay and seem to be good quality. The sink cupboard has soft shut doors and is high gloss so wipes down easily.
We were lucky enough to have the mirror for free. A relative paid for it and received it with a small chip in the corner, he took a photo and contacted the company who said to hold on to it and that they would send another free of charge. As a result we had the damaged one, you can hardly see the chip. The mirror has a light and a heater so that it doesn’t steam up.
The cupboard is our old Billy Bookcase that previously lived in the spare room, we had to get rid of this when converting the room to a nursery so decided to use it as bathroom storage. We went to IKEA to buy the doors for it which I painted around the edges with Dulux Sea Blue paint (I only needed a sample pot). Spencer then added the rope door handles from eBay on to finish the look. My paint job is very rough as I was going for a ‘beat up’ look.
The bathroom bin & toilet brush came from Wilko and were both very reasonably priced. The bathmat is from Matalan but isn’t on their website at the moment.
The blue fish soap dish, Coast Line storage and lighthouse decoration are all from Store Twenty One, none of which are currently on their website.
The toothbrush holder and lotion dispenser are both from The Range. These are both very cool as all of the shells and other bits float around inside. Simple things.
The bath sheet and hand towel are both from IKEA.

My little lighthouse light pull is possibly one of my favourite items in the bathroom, both this and the starfish dish are from Matalan, the dish comes in handy for bath bombs, etc. 
I’m super pleased with how the bathroom looks at the moment, though there are a few more things that I want to do. I would love new tiles and flooring, the tiles definitely aren’t an option for a while yet but we may be able to get some cheap flooring within the next year. I’d like something white, I also want to paint the side of the bath a distressed white (we have recycled the side of the old bath). The other thing that I am debating is replacing the toilet seat, I can’t decide if I would love a clear seat with shells in or if I think it is ridiculously tacky and something that I wouldn’t want! What are your views on novelty toilet seats? Can you recommend any?


  1. 25th February 2015 / 3:54 pm

    Have you thought about using tile paint if it's just for a plain colour?

    • 25th February 2015 / 8:27 pm

      For the floor? Its laminate so I'm not sure if tile paint would work? Also, it doesn't fit right and there are gaps around the edge, I'm not sure if it has shrunk because it isn't suitable for bathrooms or if it was just never fitted correctly, it has been that way since we bought the house and annoys the hell out of me!

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