My challenge was to makeover a room in the house with only £50, could it be done and to what effect?

Money Supermarket who everyone has heard of came up with the Home Improvement hero to demonstrate to the nation that you don’t have to spend a fortune to change the look and feel of a room. I took the challenge as I’m getting very DIY all of a sudden in the Weeksie household and trying to breath life into tired areas that are in desperate need.

I’ve almost completed our guest room and will be showing you soon and Jen at Love Chic Living has made me a fabulous mood board to work on for our main bedroom, click and take a look. I LOVE it, what do you think?


Anyway, as you already know the downstairs part of our house needs major work done to it and I mean knocking down walls, moving the kitchen to another area, patio doors and all sorts of other plans. The money we had set aside for this was used for our wedding at the beginning of the year and now we are starting to save up once again for a project that will cost at least £10,000 but more likely £15,000 and buy the time we’ve saved it’ll be £20,000.

Part of that project will be a new downstairs bathroom. Currently it has pale blue tiles and a plastic shower tray which after years of use is also now cracked.

As it’s going to take some time to save up the money and this bathroom is the one all our guests use when visiting I’m very conscious of it being ‘old and tired’ so what to do with £50 to spruce it up a bit?

Have a look for yourself how it was before

bathroom before

Spot the Nutella glass for his toothbrush and all his bits spread along the edge which were actually ‘tidied up’ for this shot. Dad uses this bathroom to get ready in the morning to prevent waking the girls at 6am when he’s up and making noise.

and looking the other way…

bathroom makeover before

and over the sink – this…

bathroom makeover before


an old mirror crying out for some TLC.

Bathroom makeover

Colour. I thought and as I already had the union jack shower curtain from last year I decided to add a bright bath mat for starters.

bathroom makeover bath mat

This one cost £15 from Marks and Spencer, they did have a Union Jack one but I thought that might be a bit too much.

My accessories I spotted in Sainsbury’s in white ceramic with a blue line and a word written on them following the trend of writing everything down which is doing wonders for the girls reading!

bathroom after toilet brush

The toilet brush was reduced by a third making it £8.33 and the toothbrush holder also reduced cost a further £6.66

bathroom makeover after

Husband has been treated to a basket to keep all his bits together and so far it’s working! Basket also came from Sainsbury’s and cost £12 reduced

bathroom accessory

I decided I could do more with the window to add a bit of oomph so I moved a plant from another area of the house onto the ledge and am pleased to see it likes it’s new position, I then used a glass container I had on the candy bar at our wedding, I filled it with sand brought back from our holiday in Sardegna and a few shells collected on various holidays

bathroom window

Lastly I treated the bathroom to a new mirror, again I found one in Sainsbury’s reduced to £16.66 there’s just one slight problem – it hasn’t been hung yet and this post needs completing. Will this be the moment that spurs me on to figuring out using a drill by myself? I really need to instead of waiting around for husband all the time don’t I?

bathroom makeover

 Total cost £58.65

Disclosure: Money supermarket gave me £50 to spend home improvement, I will be entered into a competition and could win £500.

Do you sit back and think about the state of your house, garden, life at the beginning of a new year? Do you wonder what you can do and can’t do?

I certainly do and although money will be pretty tight this year thanks to our wedding in March we still will do a few jobs around the house to keep it ticking over nicely.

What I’d like to do

If I were to be perfectly honest the entire block paving out the front would need lifting and relaying, I think the previous owners must have got ‘friends’ in to do it and I imagine they paid them well but it just goes to show that if you do take the cheaper option you’re likely to end up with a bodge job.

When we first took a look at this property in spring 2010 there was no sign that the block paving would deteriorate so quickly but over the past two and a half years it has sunk a lot towards the house, creating a muddy mess and to my great annoyance the whole area becomes covered in weeds during the warm summer months which take me forever pulling up and killing off.

The only solution is to take it all up and relay it properly as I have seen done on other properties along our road, I could do it myself, I could hire a cement mixer and seal the damn bricks together I suppose?

Nope, this is one job I shall continue to complain about this year *sigh*

I’d also like to re-lay the patio out back and build a wall along it instead of the fence which doesn’t even close off the property.

My dream kitchen and open plan living room is completely on hold possibly for another three years now but I will do the following

  1. Finish off the girl’s bedroom, it needs the woodwork painting and last year I slacked on this.
  2. Decorate the guest room – it’s nice and small and just needs painting to look fresh
  3. Redecorate the lounge as it already needs a new coat of paint.
  4. I’d love to decorate the hall too but I may be pushing my luck on this one so we’ll call it quits for the moment until I get the above done

What plans do you have for 2013?

This one pays the bills