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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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