Mum shares DIY bathroom makeover she completed on maternity leave using free furniture

Home transformations can be notoriously expensive, but there’s thousands to be saved if you think outside the box.

That’s according to new mum Nat Cresswell, 35 from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, who took a fortnight out of her maternity leave to turn her bathroom into her own little hotel-themed retreat.

“I’d been thinking of going dark in the bathroom for a while, but I’d been putting it off as every time I looked at it I just thought, it’s a big job,” the mum of one said.

“I have a newborn baby too, so whilst also being really busy caring for her, it gave me more time to think about how I wanted it.

“I knew the colours and the sink idea I wanted, and I looked a little on Pinterest and on the Frenchic fan forum at bathrooms which confirmed the style choice.”

Nat, who is a support worker for United Response, wanted to update the room for summer.

“I love plants and I knew I wanted some in there, so that’s why I thought of the dark green to compliment the tones and shades,” the young mum told LatestDeals.

“We ripped the old flooring up and replastered the bathroom. That took about a week – we were lucky as a friend who is learning did it for free and we just bought the materials.

“Once it was dry, I painted the walls and ceiling with Frenchic wall paint in the shade Dark Forest. I used a roller and applied two layers. Then I painted the bathroom door and bath side panels in Frenchic Blackjack.”

Nat picked up a chest of drawers for free on Facebook marketplace and sanded them down using upcycling tips she’d picked up online.

“I used some paint stripper and soaked them overnight then attempted to sand them again. They took a while as I hand sanded but I got there in the end.

“I used Frenchic browning wax on the drawers and I got some new handles from B&Q.

“We then took the pedestal off the sink, then put the drawers underneath and the sink on and it worked!

“My boyfriend made a new box behind the toilet area to cover the piping with some shelves added in. He used some plywood and we used old scaffold boards that we already had for the shelves. They were covered in cement so I got all that off, sanded them down and used browning wax on them.

“With the tiles, I used a black grouting pen from Amazon (or should I say 3). Ideally we would have loved new tiles but we did what we could with the ones we had.

“The tile behind the sink was given to me by my neighbour and I used a stencil I had with Blackjack paint. It’s only meant to be temporary, but I kind of like it.

“We got a radiator from the Facebook marketplace too, a more modern one than what we had before, and that makes a big difference.

“The flooring was last to go in. I ordered it from eBay and my boyfriend did that as he is better with working out how to cut it.”

Nat’s favourite addition, the hanging plant, was a gift from her mum.

She teamed this up with a mirror and more plants all picked up from Facebook Marketplace.

“Having a 3 month old baby to look after meant some juggling was involved. Luckily my family were on hand to help,” she admits.

Overall, the project took Nat five days to complete once the new plaster was dry. Plus, as she managed to upcycle existing furniture or find bargains on Facebook marketplace, the final bill wasn’t too high.

“The supplies only cost me around £250 in total!

“I’m so happy with the final result. When it was all done I had a nice relaxing bath with candles and a glass of wine! It was so cosy.”

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