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Small updates to our bathroom: getting the luxe look for less

Over the last few months, we’ve made a few small changes to our bathroom. These bathroom updates haven’t cost much at all, but they’ve made such a difference.

We completely renovated the bathroom when we moved in. You can see the before and after photos in my Bathroom reveal post. We were so happy with it, but after living here for over 6 years, there were some updates we wanted to make.

I’ve been looking for a new bathroom cabinet for months. We had been using the same one for over 6 years and it had started to go a little rusty. It was also very small, so we couldn’t fit much inside it.

Mirrored bathroom cabinet and sink

This photo was taken a quite some time ago and doesn’t show where the mirror started to wear at the edges too.

Because we are hoping to move house at some point, I didn’t want to buy an expensive cabinet that we might not suit us in the new house. All mirrored wall cabinets I could find were either very expensive, or too small, or I just didn’t like them.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a cabinet I really liked at IKEA for just under £30. This was much less than I would have paid for something similar in the other shops I had previously looked at. The Lillangen Mirror Cabinet has 2 mirrored doors and 2 glass shelves inside. There is also a black-brown version, but I felt white suited our bathroom better.

IKEA Lillangen Mirror Cabinet

It’s considerably wider than our last cabinet and deeper too. I’ve found there is so much more storage space in this one, which is so helpful in a small bathroom. I think we actually paid the same or more for the previous cabinet too.

Inside the IKEA Lillangen Mirror Cabinet

I much prefer having glass shelves to the laminated shelves we had previously, which were pretty much ruined. Glass shelves should hopefully last much longer and not be affected by any water that gets onto them.

I’m so pleased with how it looks and how much more storage space it provides. I think it looks so much more expensive than the price we paid for it.

One of my tips in my How to make your home feel luxe for less post is to use a soap dispenser. They look so much nicer than having the standard handwash packaging on display.

I had been looking for a more glam one for our bathroom and found exactly what I was looking for at Homesense a few months ago. In fact, I loved it so much that I bought one for our kitchen too!

Homesense glass soap dispenser

I find that Homesense often have great accessories like this that look much more expensive than their price tag.

I like our bathroom to have very few products out on the surfaces, for an uncluttered look. However, we have a little shelf that we created in our bath panel, where I like to display some miniature products.

Shelf built into bath with Laura Mercier and Molton Brown products

After using up the Dior shower gel and moisturiser that were there before, I replaced them with some Laura Mercier hand and body cremes. I can’t wait to use them – they smell divine! Putting out a very small selection of toiletries with luxe packaging is such an easy way to decorate a bathroom for free if you already have them.

I like to have a reed diffuser in the bathroom with a subtle scent. I think it adds to the spa vibe I like to have in the room as well as providing a little fragrance. I searched for quite some time for a scent that I enjoyed. I also found that many reed diffusers are very expensive.

I first smelled the Wax Lyrical Chai and Lime Blossom Reed Diffuser* at my parents’ house and loved the scent.

Wax Lyrical Chai and Lime Blossom Reed Diffuser, candle and Homesense glass bowl

It’s cheaper than many of the reed diffusers I had previously looked at. Plus, after buying the diffuser, you can buy refills* for less than £10, which is really good value because they last for a long time.

The candle was part of a set we received at Christmas from my parents. The glass bowl was another Homesense find. I think bowls are a fabulous way to display cotton wool and cotton buds. I previously used a cream Laura Ashley bowl, but I fancied something that looked a bit more luxe and this bowl was just what I was looking for.

I’m so happy with our bathroom; I think it might be my favourite room in the house. Updating finishing touches can make such a difference, even by spending very little.


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  • Reply
    24th June 2017 at 17:40

    Diffusers can add such a lovely ambience to a bathroom; especially when they look this pretty too!


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      1st July 2017 at 11:39

      They’re such a lovely addition aren’t they 🙂 x

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    Elena Isabelle
    24th June 2017 at 18:47

    my bathroom needs a good make over but i have no idea what to do with it at the moment. yours look amazing.


    • Reply
      1st July 2017 at 11:41

      Thanks so much 🙂 Best of luck for when you decide to do your make over. I find Pinterest has such good inspiration! x

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    24th June 2017 at 20:21

    Aww wow that looks incredible! I love the idea of updating my bathroom! I need to do the same soon! So beautiful!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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      1st July 2017 at 11:42

      Oh thanks so much lovely! That’s so kind of you to say x

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    24th June 2017 at 21:13

    This looks like a perfect make over to me.
    We need to think of redoing our bathroom too. It is so much work.
    Have a nice weekend. Love, Esther


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      1st July 2017 at 11:50

      Thank you so much! Yes, it’s definitely hard work isn’t it! Thanks lovely, you too x

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    26th June 2017 at 22:04

    Your bathrooms turned out great! I love the neutral tones!


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      1st July 2017 at 11:57

      Thank you so much lovely! I love neutral decor so much x

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    27th June 2017 at 16:08

    Ohhh I love the cabinet. We need a mirror above our sink and I’m now thinking about getting a cabinet to put stuff in.

    Corinne x

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      1st July 2017 at 12:00

      Thanks lovely. I love that it’s so easy to reach into for toothpaste etc while you’re standing at the sink x

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    28th June 2017 at 17:40

    It looks amazing!

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    Bash Harry
    30th June 2017 at 12:31

    I love minimalism, Your post satisfy my aesthetic needs!

    with love, Bash

    • Reply
      4th July 2017 at 16:57

      Thank you! I love a slightly minimalist look too x

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    2nd July 2017 at 19:05

    Laura Mercier products are divine – hands down my favourite brand and you can get really great deals during the sale too as they usually offer 50% off. I love Homesense and you can’t go wrong with Ikea either – love the updates to your bathroom!

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      4th July 2017 at 17:05

      They are gorgeous aren’t they?! I’m so happy my Mum got me these for Christmas. Thanks so much lovely 🙂 x

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    6th July 2017 at 13:14

    Nice bathroom, I love a spotless sink lol!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dominica from London

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      6th July 2017 at 17:34

      Haha you and me both! Thanks so much for commenting x

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    26th July 2017 at 16:35

    Your bathroom is super clean. defo a goal for me. Love it.

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