3 Ways To Modernize Your Bathroom in 2017

The bathroom is considered as the second most important room inside our homes next to the kitchen. It is almost impossible for us to last a day without going to the bathroom. To put it simply, it is where we usually start and finish each day. While the bathroom is considered as a judgment-free zone where we shouldn’t worry about how we look and where we can read books without a hurry, it is also considered as the ultimate judgment zone of every home. Urine-stained toilets, hair strands clogging the sink, or tiles covered in mold; everything about your bathroom will have a lasting impression on your guests.

For resorts, hotels, and other commercial establishments, having well-designed bathrooms is a positive step towards attracting more customers. Because of the elegance and sophistication that it adds, bathroom detailing is now considered as an essential element in high-class interior home designing. Regardless of how simple or sophisticated your home is, it is still important to update your bathroom once in awhile.  This place where people relax, think of new ideas, and be at peace in solitude, deserves a revamp too. Learn more about the three interesting ways on how you can modernize your bathroom in 2017.

A Bathroom Makeover by Bathroom Fitterin Manchester

  1. Refresh your bathroom with new shower doors and curtains.

If you are not on a tight budget, then consider having a new shower glass door installed. Otherwise, buy new shower curtains instead. For less than $300, you can purchase a sliding glass door with a standard aluminum frame. The simpler the glass door, the better. If possible choose shower doors with glass surface treatment which repels water more effectively and makes cleaning and stain removal easier.

Heritage and delicate pastels are seen as two of the most popular bathroom design trends in 2017. Floral patterns are great too. Complement the designs of the shower curtains, bath mat, and towels for a more elegant appeal.

A Bathroom Makeover by Kate La Vie

  1. Replace your fixed bathtub with a freestanding bath.

A built-in bathtub often makes a bathroom looked cramped and tight while a freestanding bath offers a more spacious look. It also gives your bathroom a more luxurious appeal similar to an expensive spa. With freestanding baths, there is a wider range of designs to choose from; rounded or oval, cast iron or copper materials, and much more. Considered as a centerpiece of an elegant bathroom, a freestanding bath effectively eliminates some tiling issues and demanding maintenance procedures.

A Bathroom Makeover by Pink Little Notebook

  1. Consider replacing new tiles or repainting your bathroom.

Replacing old and stained tiles with brand new natural or neutral-colored ones is probably the best way to modernize your bathroom. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, then you can buy second-hand vintage tiles instead. But never do the task yourself if you are not skilled enough to do the job. Fixing errors are actually more expensive than making sure that the tiles are properly installed in the first place.
Repainting is a much cheaper way to give your bathroom a new look. It is also easier to do and you can save up on labor by doing the job yourself. The only downside is that you may not be able to use your bathroom for a couple of days or so. Use a moisture resistant primer in order to prolong the life of the main coating. Apply a finishing gloss paint and let the paint dry completely.

Are you planning any changes to your bathroom this year?

A nation of lazy people?

A nation of lazy people

A few months ago I took part in a survey conducted by ukBathrooms in which they were searching for the answer to just one question: “What do you find most off-putting in a bathroom when buying a house?” As an ex-house hunter I wanted to share my views on the topic…

Last month their findings were published in a property related article in The Independent:

Half put black mould or a bad silicone finish at the top of the list, while a quarter went for outdated bathroom suites. Even damaged tiles would put 9 per cent off.

On the one hand their findings didn’t surprise me – mould in general is very yucky, it can cause health problems and it is not so easy to get rid off… so I can totally understand it being at the top of the list (also I should mention I was one of the people who helped put it there).

On the other hand I simply can’t believe that a bad silicone finish scored as high as mould… Come on people…

I wouldn’t be surprised to see an outdated bathroom suit sharing a high position along with mould. Bathroom suits aren’t cheap or easy to replace, so I can understand that it might be a problem for many people but a bad silicone finish???

I simply don’t get it.

I know that buying a house is a hard, energy draining and often complicated process but unless you have an unlimited supply of money you can’t in reality find perfection, you may search for perfection… but the odds are not in your favour.

I know this because I took that road, I have that T-shirt… we did search for our “perfect” house and very quickly we were brought up back into reality.

There is no perfect house!

There are houses which will come close to your dream but you will always find something which isn’t quite right… and you know what… that’s ok… your new house doesn’t have to be perfect; it will be up to you to make it so once you move in…

I simply can’t believe that people would dismiss the house because of badly laid silicone.

It takes about £10 and 10 minutes to replace it… you simply pill off the old one, clean and dry the area and slowly apply a new one… it’s that simple… even I can do it…

Why are we so lazy these days?

One thousand people answered this survey which means that at least 500 of them couldn’t be bothered to do a small DIY job.

I simply don’t get it.

Why are we so lazy? Who is to blame?

Is it our fault because we didn’t learn basic skills? Is it our parents fault because they didn’t teach us those basic skills? Or is it our societies fault because it forces us to be very narrow-minded and focused only on specific tasks? Or are we just a nation in these modern times that whenever we have a problem our first reaction is to pick up the phone and call for help?

Do you have any ideas who or what is to blame?

#GreatBritishHome Challenge – Are we really Mr and Mrs Glamorous?

#GreatBritishHome ChallengeVictoria Plumb has created a really funky “What’s Your Celebrity Home Style” quiz. There are just a few questions to answer and a lot of interesting facts to read if you want.

Did you know that on average, Britons take 1.3 baths a week and take 4.4 showers? Weird numbers wouldn’t you agree?

Anyhow, I wanted to know the answer to this question – “What’s Your Celebrity Home Style” – so, I took the quiz… apparently we are Mr and Mrs Glamorous 🙂

Mr and Mrs GlamorousDo I agree with this assessment? Partially, to a point I guess…

I do not think that everything about us screams glamour… at times it is far and away from it but we do crave home comforts… but then don’t we all?

When we bought our house six years ago we were not so sure what we wanted it to be like – decor wise. Coming from rented accommodation where we were not allowed to change almost anything it was hard to pick what we like. I think the biggest problem was that we were quite unsure about our own style and preferences… with time, once we lived in our little “doll house” (this is how my Mum refers to our house, as comparing to their house it is so tiny)our vision become much clearer. Six years in and our house is still a “work in progress”.

If you are a regular follower of my blog (and if not…why not?) you will know that just a few weeks ago we did an on suite makeover; one of the bathrooms which has never been unused since we bought the place. We went for natural, calming colours and simple white and silver accessories.
Is it glamorous? Not sure. But what I am sure of is that it is nice and pleasant to be in. It feels home like and I think that is what it should all be about.
We all should try and create spaces we love and feel comfortable in; after all it is Your home, so make it Yours.

Bathroom before and afterbathroom before and afterThese are our two bathrooms makeovers pictures.

Do you think we are Mr and Mrs Glamorous?

Did you take a quiz? What is your celebrity home style according to it?

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* This post is an entry for the #GreatBritishHome Challenge sponsored by Victoria Plumb, a source of quality bathrooms for every type of home. Take its “What’s Your Celebrity Home Style?” quiz to discover what your home says about you.

DIY – Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

Firstly let me explain “on a budget”, as this term will not mean the same to me, you and for sure not to any super rich football star… we will all have a different monetary definition regarding what “on a budget” means… so to make it more clear, the idea was to remake our bathroom using only supermarket own brand products.

This challenge was set by the people at Debt Free Direct in line with their idea of Making Money Go Further.

I bet you are wondering right about now is it possible to create a nice space from supermarket own brand / super value products? Not to worry I was wondering about it as well. I wasn’t sure if I should or shouldn’t except the challenge… until I actually browsed through few websites and had a look at what is out there… then the choice was obvious… yes, I think I can do it!

I was not restricted to picking any particular brand / superstore chain, the only restriction was it must be a supermarket own brand and not one of the perceived “posh” brands, so Harrods was out of the question.

After much deliberation I picked Wilkinson and their Wilko range. I wanted to get all the bits from one place, so if anyone attempts to recreate my steps, they can save on delivery charges or unnecessary multi trips to a variety of stores for collection.

This is what I got…

Ingredients of a transformation
Ingredients of a transformation

My full order come to just £85.45. All that I was missing were some paint brushes, rollers, etc but I already had them so there was no need for getting new ones.

So now that you know what I had to “play” with, let me introduce my “playground”… please do not judge us to harsh…

Guess where we hide stuff
Guess where we hide stuff

Yes, I know that this bathroom is was full of clutter and totally unusable but we really didn’t have any use for it… until now…

Step one was to remove all the items which didn’t actually belong in the bathroom and get it cleaned / de-web and ready for the make-over to come. Once everything was removed, walls hovered, cleaned with soapy water, all holes filled, dried and sanded back down to smooth surfaces, all edges covered in masking tape it was time to get painting.

Let it be white
Let it be white

While making my choice of paint I wanted something washable, this was my “must have” regarding the paint… in addition to this I chose paint which can cover wood and metal as well… how handy is that? In light of this there was no need for any additional wood paint just for the skirting boards and “shelves” around the loo; everything could be painted using my Wilko choice.

As I was covering a blue wall with white paint I knew that one coat would probably not do the trick. My first day on my DIY project stopped after the first coat of paint and room looking like this…

Looking better already
Looking better already

… when I left it to dry I became kind of distracted with other life issues, so there was no coming back to do anymore work on day one.

So on too day two of my DIY project, I started with the second coat of the white walls. The ceiling was perfect after just one coat, so there was no need for any touch ups, the joy of white on white painting. Once my walls were done with the second coat it was time to add some colour.

Let it be green
Let it be green

When picking the paint I wasn’t sure if I wanted our bathroom to be entirely white, I thought it would feel too clinical. Therefore I chose a tin of subtle green paint as well; I wanted something calming and easy for the eye. The green paint covered the walls very nicely. It was quite a thick paint but it spreads very easily and it had good coverage.

My green corner
My green corner

I think it was just after midday when my green corner was done. Lunch break was in order as the paint had to dry out.

After returning to my little bathroom I discovered that in a few places I could still, ever so slightly, see the blue paint showing through from underneath. I had a lot of paint left, so I decided to give it a quick third coat just to be totally sure that all the walls that were supposed to be white, where in fact totally pure brilliant white, just as it said on the tin!

It was yuck... then it looked better... now, it is perfect
It was yuck… then it looked better… now, it is perfect

While yet again waiting for the walls to dry I wanted to get started on adding my accessories but I again became a bit distracted whilst passing by the bathroom door, which had been removed earlier to improve access, and stored in our bedroom… I spotted the horrible dirty door handles 🙁 One quick trip to the garage later I was in possession of some brand new door handles, woot! Unfortunately my happiness didn’t last very long as they didn’t fit – they were the wrong size and there was nothing I could do about it! So, as I had some free time, I decided to check if I could simply clean them… 30 min of scrubbing later and tada…

Not bad, would you not agree?
Not bad, would you not agree?

Yes, I know that they are not perfect but for me they look 100s times better and I didn’t have to spend a penny :-), well maybe a couple for the hot water.

After that everything else went more or less smoothly…

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget The Mirror

The new mirror replaces the old one which just so happens to be the same size and shape, the only difference being the old one was full of rust and really didn’t look very attractive any more.

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget The Towel Hook

New towel hook replaces the old one giving our bathroom a more clean and modern look.

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget The Loo Roll Holder

New loo roll holder replaces… hmm nothing… I think maybe the old owners of the house took it with them when they moved out… unsure on that one… all that was left were the holes in the wall where the holder was once placed some years previously.

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget The Puller

New extractor fan pull cord weight replaces the old one. Its shape and colours is in much better keeping with our other accessories, so it all blends well together.

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget The Over Door Hook

A new addition goes on the back of the door – an over door towel hook. It is actually not a part of the Victoria accessories set but it does look very similar and so I thought it would be a nice addition and it will give us some much needed hanging space for bathrobes.

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget The Blind

A much needed element of the transformation – a venetian blind. No more weird hanging net curtains, I hate them! Now we have a clean and fabulous looking blind which we can open or close depending on our mood. Just perfect!

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So finally I had come to the end game, at this point it was time to “dress up” our new bathroom. The three piece set which I had picked looked perfect, I think. It goes very well with all the other bits I had placed and I think it really helps with bringing the room together.

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget The Light

This is the only part of our make-over which is not finished as yet – is the light 🙁 We attempted to change it but it is not as straightforward as one would think – we are supposed to connect three wires but we have five it turns out. As we lacked confidence in this matter I think we will wait for an electrician with this one!

So here you have it! – A bathroom make-over on a budget.

Loo corner transformation including a new toilet seat
Loo corner transformation including a new toilet seat
Sink area before and after transformation
Sink area before and after transformation
General overview of before and after
General overview of before and after

So, what do you think?

In your opinion did I succeed in my task?

* I received the above items for free in order to attempt a makeover of my chosen room.

Review – Zoflora – Concentrated Disinfectant 3 in 1 action

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I love our house and I try to buy the best products I can in order to maintain it.

Our journey with Zoflora started over 5 years ago when we bought out house and bought 2 kittens. We had 2 small messy creatures in our home and I was desperate for a product which would do the job of disinfecting all desired surfaces but also leave a pleasant aroma. There is nothing worse than a house which smells like a hospital after a good cleaning session.

I remember the first time I used Zoflora… I couldn’t believe the smell which was left after cleaning…  it was like someone broke bottle of wonderful perfume in our house… a lovely fresh aroma, which stayed with us for a good few days after.

From that day there has always been Zoflora present in our home.

Our house full of Zoflora
Our house full of Zoflora

So what is Zoflora Concentrated Disinfectant 3 in 1 action?

This is a powerful concentrated antibacterial disinfectant liquid that not only kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, but also contains a powerful odour elimination ingredient and beautiful long lasting fragrance leaving your home hygienically clean and fresh.

How to use it?

1 in 40General disinfection of surfaces
Use Zoflora diluted 1 in 40 with water. 1 capful (10ml) will make 400ml. e.g. the 120ml bottle makes 4.8 litres of full strength disinfectant. When diluted as above Zoflora becomes non-flammable.

bathroomsBathrooms
In bathrooms use diluted to wipe over: floors; tiles; sinks; toilets; baths; taps and other fixtures and fittings. Zoflora may only be used undiluted in ceramic and metal sinks, drains and toilets.

for petsHard surface pet areas
When correctly diluted, Zoflora may be used where most pets are kept. It will kill bacteria and eliminate unpleasant odours. Do not allow pets to lick or walk on wet treated surfaces. Keep off until dry. When disinfecting pet toys, finish by rinsing in cold water and drying thoroughly. Not suitable for use in vivaria or other housing where reptiles are kept.

sprayUse as a spray
Dilute as above and use as a spray to create a fragrance freshness throughout your home.

How I use it?

There are a few ways I use Zoflora:

  • As an addition to my floor cleaner, this way I can have clean and awesome smelling house at the same time for longer
  • As an addition to the washing powder when washing the dog towels or dog beds – this is purely for disinfecting purposes
  • As an air freshener – I put some water and a few drops of Zoflora in the dish and then leave it on the window sill in all the bathrooms and toilets – it is a great way to keep it smelling fresh and much cheaper option that buying an air freshener 🙂
  • As a pipe freshener –  we have an unused on-suit in the house and every now and then the pipes go dry and they simply smell bad, so every few weeks I pour a glass of water mixed with few drops of Zoflora down the drain – sink, bath, shower and toilet… this stops stinky smells and gives our spare bathroom a fresh aroma

Zoflora Concentrated Disinfectant 3 in 1 action can be found in most stores including all supermarket chains. So, it works, it is fairly cheap and it can be found without any problems. And you have a lot of lovely fragrances to choose from; some of my favourites are Linen Fresh and Lilac. But to be totally honest with you every time I see a new one on the shelve I will pick it up and buy it… just to make sure I am not missing something even more special.

 

I received 1 bottle of Twilight Garden from Zoflora free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.