Downstairs Cloakroom Makeover: From Drab To Fab

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

Our Cloakroom Makeover Reveal: Before

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.



  1. 24th February 2016 / 10:26 pm

    You’ve really made the best of a small space, I love the integrated family toilet seat so much better than those clip on ones #bloggershomes

    • 24th February 2016 / 10:39 pm

      Ah thanks Sarah, I want one of those seats for our bathroom too, it really is great! I’m so happy you like our little loo! xx

  2. 2nd February 2016 / 9:59 pm

    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

    • 4th February 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Oooh great idea about the electrical tape, that would be so easy too! I’m not a huge fan of the glass bit, but that would definitely improve it! xx

  3. 2nd February 2016 / 6:22 pm

    What a great transformation! I love that little sink cabinet, and the difference in light quality is awesome x #bloggershomes

    • 2nd February 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Ah thanks so much Jess, I am still trying to work out what to do with the dreadful light! But I do love the rest of it. Any ideas?! xx

  4. 24th October 2015 / 12:15 pm

    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

    • 24th October 2015 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks so much Franca, I’ll pop by tomorrow! So glad you like it, it feels like a different room xx

    • 18th October 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it. xx

  5. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    18th October 2015 / 2:01 pm

    That looks lovely! it’s the same as us when we moved to our house now, our cloakroom looks disgusting, and until now still untouched… I’m jealous how you managed to do up yours! Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS.

    • 18th October 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks Cheryl, I can’t tell you how much I love it! Ha ha quite sad really. xx

  6. 8th September 2015 / 7:50 pm

    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

    • 9th September 2015 / 11:02 am

      Thank you Jess, we are really pleased with it, apart from the light! Xx

  7. 6th September 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Ohmygoodness — what a transformation!!! It looks bigger than before too — how on earth does that work?! I bet you’re pleased as punch with it — I’d absolutely love a downstairs loo!! It’s on my wishlist for our next house! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us — hope to see you next time 🙂 #HomeEtc

    Caro |

    • 6th September 2015 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you, yea we are really pleased with how it turned out! See you soon xx

  8. 5th September 2015 / 1:44 pm

    What a great room makeover! Love the new sink and the usable storage space it creates – perfect. #MakingHome

    Angela – Garden Tea Cakes and Me

    • 5th September 2015 / 2:19 pm

      Thanks Angela, I’m glad you like it! Xx

  9. 4th September 2015 / 5:22 pm

    What a fantastic transformation bet you are over the moon great post 🙂

    • 4th September 2015 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks, yes we are so happy with it! Just need to work out how to make the light a bit nicer now! X

  10. 4th September 2015 / 1:22 pm

    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

    • 4th September 2015 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you! It’s actually a pleasure to use now, instead of horrifying ☺️ thanks for hosting xx

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