DIY mum transforms bathroom with Amazon stick-on tiles and saves £3500

If you're thinking of giving your bathroom a new lease of life in time for Christmas, then look to this DIY -savvy mum for inspiration.

Monica Farrelly, 45, transformed her outdated bathroom into a modern, monochrome space for just under £500 - saving thousands in the process - as she estimates that hiring professionals would have cost at least £4,000.

The pharmacist from Glasgow carried out the refurb over a couple of days and surprised her sons with the amazing renovation when they returned from a trip away.

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Monica was inspired by bathrooms she'd seen on Pinterest and used budget materials such as Frenchic paint, Amazon stick-on tiles, and even a free scaffolding board as a shelf.

“I decided to become self-employed as a locum a year ago, giving me better opportunities to do the things I enjoy best - to create interiors, make furniture and basically just to nurture my creative side," Monica told money-saving Black Friday app.

"The idea for my bathroom came from an extension of what I had already created in my hallway and kitchen.

"Having already spent so much on those other areas, I decided to do it on the cheap as my budget wouldn’t stretch to a brand new suite and tiles."

She had seen some DIY tips in some Facebook groups, and also took inspiration from her favourite interior magazines.

"My vision was of an industrial feel mixed with natural wood and greenery plus a hint of glam," Monica continued.

"My creative process really took off when my partner took our boys to see family in France for a few days, giving me the perfect opportunity to revamp the bathroom and use it as a surprise for when they got home.

"My process for most of my projects generally involves an attitude of ‘try something, see if it works, if not, change it.’

"I knew I wanted crisp white in the shower area with nearby greenery, then a more sophisticated industrial-style boudoir for the rest."

First, Monica prepped the bath panel and the wall tiles throughout the bathroom using sugar soap to remove any dirt and grime.

Next, she lightly sanded the tiles using her orbital sander on a 120 grit, making a better surface for the paint to stick to.

She then removed the toilet roll holder, wall cupboard, and towel rail, along with the old concertina bath screen - which took her a few hours to remove.

Monica explained: "The fixing bracket fitted to the main wall tiles and was held in place using the expected Rawlplugs and screws, but the thick yellow industrial-type glue for additional security was definitely not expected.

"This was my original family home and my dad worked in the shipyards, so my guess was that it came from there.

"Using a hammer and wallpaper scraper, I finally managed to prise it off the tiles, but with resultant damage to them. Around six were either cracked or completely broken.

"After receiving advice from a tiler, it was advised that I remove the broken ones and replace them with new ones. Given that the tiles were from the ’80s, finding tiles that size was virtually impossible.

"My only option was to buy bigger ones and cut them exactly to size. This I did with my jigsaw and diamond blade attachment.

"Thankfully I have a lot of patience, so after a few hours of finely shaving and sanding tiny bits off, I managed to have the perfect fit. I secured them using tile adhesive and grout.

DIY mum transforms bathroom with Amazon stick-on tiles and saves £3500

"I could then start my painting!"

Once she decided the height for her contrasting monochrome colours to meet, frog tape was used to ensure a straight edge.

She used two coats of Frenchic Al Fresco paint in shade Blackjack for its durability and matte finish, along with four coats of white Dazzle Me paint to completely cover the old blue tiles.

The mum-of-two used the same process for the bath panel, window surround, and storage unit, using two to three coats of Blackjack paint also.

The ceiling was then freshened up with a coat of white emulsion.

"The flooring was my next job," Monica said, who bought Amazon stick on tiles for £57.60.

"I prepped it again using sugar soap. I decided to lay Amazon stick on tiles on top of the existing linoleum for two reasons.

"Firstly it was already perfectly smooth and flat and secondly, the flooring underneath was concrete and the instructions for the floor tiles told you not to place it on concrete as it wouldn’t stick.

"I calculated the exact centre of the floor, then set about laying the tiles. I used measuring tape and a Stanley knife to cut the tiles around the edges.

"The tiles themselves were self-adhesive and were extremely sticky. For the tricky areas around the sink and toilet, I used scrap backing paper along with a pencil to give me a template.

"I used the template, making gradual changes until it became a perfect job. It was a bit tedious but well worth the result.

"I also used contact adhesive spray in areas I felt would have been prone to more moisture and heat, just to give it some extra security. Finally, I sealed off the edges around the sink and toilet with black sealant to finish the job."

Monia then fitted a new blind, a black toilet seat, and a new light pendant from Amazon, which cost £50.87.

She added a storage cabinet from Habitat for £80, while a friend supplied her with some scaffolding board for free so that she could create an 'industrial style' shelving area.

She used leftover worktop oil from her kitchen and fitted them with brackets from for £24.

Other decorative accessories were bought from Habitat, a Nkuku vanity mirror for £38.50, and plants from M&S and Next.

Monica also fitted a new stylish bath screen from Victoriaplum for £200.

"I feel so proud of the look I’ve created and how much better my house looks overall - it just ties everything together!” she said.

"Cost-wise, without the plants and decorations, it cost me just under £500 to complete, where £280 of that was the bath screen and the storage cabinet.

"Looking online at your typical DIY store, I reckon it would have cost around £2,000 to do a similar job.

“That's without the cost of the workmen to complete the plumbing and tiling, so possibly £4,000 with those costs included.

"I feel absolutely elated to have completed this myself.

"I’ve always been quite hands-on when it comes to DIY, and it’s a constant learning curve. I feel so proud of what I have achieved in a short space of time and would do it again in a heartbeat.

"My sons encourage me too, telling me ‘well done, Mum, it looks amazing' - they’re so sweet and are my complete inspiration to keep creating."

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