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Downstairs Cloakroom Makeover: From Drab To Fab

I thought it was about time I posted some pictures of our home. Most of it is in a semi-finished state. But we have almost finished the downstairs loo, hoorah!

Our Cloakroom Makeover RevEAL: AFTER

Madeover downstairs loo


When we moved in, it had a greenish/grey toilet and sink and a hideous floor. It worked though, so we were going to leave it, until our flooring company said that as we were redoing the floor, we’d need to take out the loo, and what was the point in putting back the ’80s one? Especially when it looked like this.

Toilet before makeover

I’ve just noticed I was wearing a faux fur jacket in this picture – ideal home renovation attire!

Pretty grim, right? That grotty toilet seat, awful lino, nasty tiles and cheap taps. Not to mention the nicotine yellow walls. I was so happy to have a good reason to get rid of it!

How we made our CLOAKROOM Nice

The toilet, vanity unit and sink are from Bathstore and the bath mat from Debenhams. I wanted a wall hung sink as they give the appearance of more floor space, and it needed to be very slim due to the tiny amount of space available – even so I think a pregnant lady might have to back in! The step stool from IKEA fits perfectly underneath the sink, and also fits in with the colour scheme.

I found a special family toilet seat with an integrated set for mini bottoms, so we don’t have to have a detachable one hanging around.


We also added a small heated towel rail, as there was no radiator in this room, so it gets cold!

the finishing touches to our CLOAKROOM

I got some of our favourite Instagram photos printed by American company Social Print Studio. They also do the cutest photo books, and even when you factor in the postage, I think they are pretty reasonable. I found the fun Polaroid-style Umbra Snap Frames at Amazon, and I have another set waiting to be filled, when I get around to getting more prints done.


The bamboo mirror with shelf and pegs was from IKEA and the lovely bike trinket bowl was a gift. (We store the hair clips we find everywhere in there.) I managed to find matching washi tape from Sainsburys, of all places! The Laura Ashely La Artisan tiles in French Grey were half price at Homebase. Dr Pink did his first (and possibly last) tiling job and I couldn’t be happier.

The only thing left is the light:


This delight was inherited with the house and it sort of screws into the ceiling, so I’ve not been able to find anything to replace it with. So I may have to try and disguise it with spray paint or more washi tape… any ideas gratefully received!

Why not pin this for later?

A downstairs cloakroom makeover with grey Laura Ashley tiles, and a simple white gloss vanity unit.

Linking up with Life With Munchers, A Life With Franca, Mrs Crafty B and The Twinkle Diaries.

25 thoughts on “Downstairs Cloakroom Makeover: From Drab To Fab

  1. Pamela | Life With Munchers says:

    Great work! We had those ‘before’ tiles in our kitchen…glad to get rid! Great space saving with the sink and I love the picture touch. You could totally spray the light, or even get wide black electrical tape (assuming you mean the Base and not the glass bit). Thanks for linking up #bloggerhomes x

  2. A Moment with Franca says:

    I love it Becky!! What a great job!! It really looks so much brighter than before! I like the personal touches like the photos on the wall. They look so cute there!! Great transformation! Thanks so much for joining me at #KCACOLS lovely! I really appreciate your support!! I would love to see you again this weekend!! 🙂 xx

  3. mummyofboygirltwins says:

    Wow that looks amazing 🙂 So brighter and more space. Great job. I love our downstairs loo now the twins are toiler trained – spend nearly all day in there!!!!!!!! Thanks for linking up – much appreciated 🙂

    Jess xx #HomeEtc

  4. mrscraftyb says:

    I can’t believe how different it is despite being a small room. My absolute favourite thing is how perfectly the step fits under the cupboard!! Haha. Thanks for linking up to #MakingHome xx

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