If you were given fifty quid to do up a room in your house, what would you do? Do you think it’d even be possible? Where would you start?! Well, I was given this momentous task by MoneySupermarket, with their new challenge. Ya ready? The Home Improvement Hero challenge. Ha! I know. I have no idea what possessed me to think I was capable of this, I blame the exuberant overconfidence that coffee gives me.
Anyway, with £50 in my pocket and an overwhelming sense of fear, I chose to do up my bathroom. I say I chose, more like the bathroom wept and pleaded with me to do something to help it. It was in a very, very sorry state. Seeing as it’s a pretty basic room with not a lot to it, it always gets totally neglected, with me thinking ah, it’ll only take half an hour to sort out, and leaving it to fester again for a few months.
Main points in the bathroom that needed sorting; sealant around the bath was going black and pretty bloody grim. A year and a half of Bean’s poor aim had caused the paint on the loo seat to chip off. The toilet roll holder on the wall was broken, again, a Bean related incident, namely him hanging off of it. And the floor. Oh the floor. I had slate tiles, yes I know, fancy fancy, ooh they’re so lovely. No. I couldn’t clean them, nothing I did made them look clean. I scrubbed, I steamed and I soaked. I spent untold amounts on specialist cleaning solutions, and nothing I did worked. Not only that, but the slate had begun splintering, letting loose shards of sharp slate for us to tread on.
I knew I needed to do something about the floor, anything, just so it was safe and presentable. I went with some vinyl floor tiles, as they’re easy to pull up if needed and leave no lasting damage. Obvs this took me hours to fit them all, cutting each and every single one seeing as my bathroom is obnoxiously shaped. It’s not perfect by any means, but gives the room a huge lift, it’s easy to clean and isn’t going to stab me in the foot when I wake up in the morning.
I fitted a new loo seat and toilet roll holder, again, simple but hugely needed and make the room feel more cared for. I also removed the old sealant around the bath and gave it a fresh lot of sealant. A good clean, a tidy up and a few accessories that I already had around the house, and the room feels completely different. Now I don’t feel as though I need to pee with my eyes closed, the fear of being faced with all this STUFF THAT NEEDS DOING NOW, IMMEDIATELY Nope. Now it’s clean, calm and a room I’m pretty damn proud of actually. I’m so happy with the result, now it feels like a room I want to be in. AND I still have all my fingers after using a Stanley knife! Bonus.
Here’s what I spent:
- Vinyl floor tiles – £23.80
- Toilet seat – £11.00
- Bathroom sealant – £4.95
- Sealant remover tool – £2.60
- Toilet roll holder – £4.40
- Striped basket – £4.00
Total – £50.75
I was given £50 to use for this challenge by MoneySupermarket.
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