Cherie Bar­ber re­alises the ren­o­va­tion po­ten­tial of a spa­cious, but dated, bath­room.

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Cherie Bar­ber gives a big, Nineties-style bath­room a beau­ti­ful bud­get makeover.

IT’S NOT OF­TEN I get to work with a re­ally good-sized bath­room over a small, typ­i­cal wash­room. There’s the op­tion to add el­e­ments, to­tally re­think the lay­out and make a splash with fea­ture tiles that might not oth­er­wise work.

This bath­room that I worked on for Chan­nel Ten’s The Liv­ing Room was a clas­sic throw­back to the blue-andyel­low schemes of the Nineties. The dated colour scheme was a shocker, but with to­day’s fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of tiles, there was a so­lu­tion at hand. I also wanted to add a toi­let (ad­di­tional to the ex­ist­ing WC), which al­ways bumps up the value of a house. Here are the four ma­jor changes we made.


The best way to save money on a reno is to look at what you can save. In this case, the old tiles def­i­nitely had to go, but the van­ity was in good con­di­tion and of­fered am­ple stor­age. I sim­ply changed the pro­file of the dated doors by adding MDF ar­chi­trave for a Shak­er­style look, and used White Knight lam­i­nate paint in Iron Age to over­haul the colour. I also added a new lam­i­nate bench­top with his-and-hers basins to put the fi­nal stamp on new-look van­ity.


With the old tiles ripped out and new floor sheet­ing and waterproofing done, it was time to make the sin­gle big­gest dif­fer­ence to this bath­room – new tiles. A fea­ture wall in hexag­o­nal Nova Hex Car­rara Blend Bianco tiles from Beau­mont Tiles pro­vides a strate­gic fo­cal point and a glam­orous back­drop that won’t date. Neu­tral coloured, large-for­mat floor and wall tiles com­ple­ment the fea­ture wall.


In or­der to add a toi­let I had to move the bath, so I seized the op­por­tu­nity to re­place the old one with a con­tem­po­rary free­stand­ing bath. I also took out the mouldy old shower unit and added an open shower with a frame­less glass panel and tiles that seam­lessly blend into the floor.

Given this is a fam­ily home with eight peo­ple shar­ing the bath­room, the ad­di­tional toi­let is a god­send.


Mod­ern new tap­ware and fit­tings from a dis­count on­line re­tailer, Ren­o­va­tion D, along with up­dated light­ing, in­clud­ing new wall sconces, and a coat of mould-proof ceil­ing paint were the fi­nal touches on a makeover that cre­ated a bath­room that was as good as new – on a bud­get that proves your imag­i­na­tion is one of the big­gest as­sets on any dol­lar-wise ren­o­va­tion.

Re­mem­ber this? The hor­ri­ble Nineties colour scheme was on the list of things that had to go.

Shower power Re­mov­ing the old built-in shower meant that the new one could be flush with the bath­room floor.

Smart think­ing

Cherie saved money by mod­i­fy­ing and paint­ing the old cab­i­nets in­stead of re­plac­ing them.

Lit­tle splurge

The new tiles were the most ex­pen­sive part of the reno, but make the big­gest im­pact.

More is more There was plenty of room to add a an­other toi­let and value to the house.

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