DIY couple transform dated bathroom themselves in just four weeks for £1.2k

A savvy couple put their DIY skills to the test to dramatically transform their bathroom in just under a month.

Charlotte and Mitchell, both 28, completed the job all on their own doing the plumbing and tiling.

The couple, who are behind the Richmond Renovation page on Instagram, moved to their current home in Essex back in March 2020.

When they renovated and sold their first property, a small two-bedroom bungalow, the pair made a £70,000 profit.

Now Tap Warehouse has spotted their brand-new transformation for just £1,200 and asked them how they did it.

Speaking about the work, Charlotte revealed: "We have always gone for houses that require a lot of work.

"For the bathroom the style we went for is a mixture of Scandinavian/boho but with modern touches in the fixtures and fittings."

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Charlotte revealed how most of their inspiration came from their favourite accounts on Instagram and also Pinterest.

They were also keen to complete the bathroom before the arrival of their baby daughter in July 2020.

The new mum said: "Mitchell was able to do all of the work himself, including the plumbing and tiling, which saved us money.

"One of the challenges of doing the work yourself is that it can take a little longer to complete, so patience is key!"

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She told how Mitchell had to manage his time around work and other commitments so overall it took roughly 3-4 weeks to finish.

Charlotte added: "The full cost of the makeover was around £1,200 including plaster, tiles, suite, fixtures and fittings.

"We tried to keep costs down by searching the internet and comparing prices between different companies.

"It can be worth spending a little time shopping around to find the best deals, a top tip is to always read the reviews before buying!"

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She also suggested watching YouTube videos and checking out Instagram posts to see how things are done.

Tap Warehouse says it likes how the floor and wall tiling completely transformed the room.

Now to help others with their bathroom inspiration, the home improvement store shared 5 tile styles to help you.

It added the most popular tile colours include neutral, shades of pink and blue.

Here are five ways to transform your bathroom using tiles:

1. Neutral Tiles

The neutral-coloured floor tiles Charlotte and Mitchell used give an airy and open feeling.

Vinyl tiles are the most popular bathroom floor material as they're cost effective, practical and durable.

2. Half Wall Tiles

Tiling halfway up your wall can help to give your bathroom more character.

Half wall tiles can also make small bathrooms appear larger as the contrast between two colours gives the bathroom more depth.

3. Feature Walls

Similar to half-wall tiles, feature tile walls are a great solution for not overwhelming your whole bathroom with bold bathroom tiles.

Feature walls are also great to highlight gorgeous walk in showers or to give a beautiful backdrop to freestanding baths.

Avoid going for tiles that will make you feel dizzy, and instead go for a muted tone that will complement your entire bathroom.

4. Patterned Tiles

Lily pad tiles and scintilla tiles are popular choices for tiles in 2021, with their geometric, statement-making effect.

Consider a bright patterned tile feature wall to draw attention to your bath or shower area and add a fun element to your design.

5. Scallop Tiles

If you're looking to create a statement in your small bathroom without going overboard, scallop tiles may be the perfect option.

Scallop tiles, or penny tiles as they're otherwise known, give a fun, fresh angle to bathrooms.

They are great for creating a statement with their intricacy, and creating a minimalist "barely there" appeal.

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