145 weeks and 4 days | A mini bathroom makeover

I’ve spoken about our ensuite bathroom before and how I was desperate to give it a makeover.

Although it’s a nice sized room — with a lovely, old cast iron, roll-top bath — it was fairly bland and uninspiring, to say the least.

It certainly wouldn’t be winning any prizes for the most attractive bathroom award, that’s for sure! The base of the bath looked like it hadn’t been painted for years (and probably hadn’t, to be fair) and the sad old carpet has seen better days too.

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The ensuite before it’s mini bathroom makeover!

As ever, time and money (or lack of it) have got in the way and the bathroom has remained untouched — and pretty low-down on the ‘to-do’ list.

I was in the bath a few weeks ago, thinking how lovely it would be to have a shelf at hand — to have candles and somewhere to put the shampoo — but due to the fact there is a radiator running alongside the bath, it didn’t seem very feasible.

Lying there in the bubbles, mulling over what we could do to improve it, I had a little brain- wave and decided a radiator cover would be the perfect solution!

We popped to our local Homebase, where they’ve got a fab selection. They’re available in all kinds of sizes and styles plus various finishes too, including wooden, pre-painted or unfinished MDF.

We decided on a Richmond radiator cover and bought a couple of tins of eggshell paint too; one for the cover and another to paint the base of the bath.

The cabinet was really simple to put together — no power tools required — it comes in flatpack form and you just need to screw all of the bits together.

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The radiator cabinets are so easy to put together.

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Mini bathroom makeover — even the unfinished MDF looked better than the original radiator!

Even in it’s unfinished state, it made the room look a million times better but once the radiator cover had been painted — and the base of the bath also given a fresh coat of paint — it looked like a different room!

The addition of the radiator cabinet has literally transformed the space; no longer old fashioned and sad looking, it’s given it a really smart finish plus we’ve now got a place for candles and other items.

And painting the base of the bath has literally given it a new lease of life.

Funnily enough, I chose a shade called Calamine by Farrow and Ball which is incredibly similar to Pantone’s ‘colour of the year’ for 2016.

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Pretty in pink — the bath looks so much better :)

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The radiator cabinet also doubles up as a useful shelf.

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Mini bathroom makeover complete!

These two little changes have made such a difference to the look and feel of the ensuite.

Adding a radiator cabinet is a fairly inexpensive way to really smarten up a room as, to be honest, unless it’s a lovely traditional design — or a cutting edge, modern style radiator — they’re not particularly attractive are they?!

By installing cabinets, to cover them up, not only do you streamline your space but you also get a little extra shelving, which is a huge bonus.

I’m thrilled with how our mini bathroom makeover has turned out! I’m thinking of adding some panelling to the wall next.

Watch this space.

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Thanks so much to the lovely folk at Homebase for collaborating with me on this mini bathroom makeover! Pop along to their website to see more inspirational home ideas and products.

All photos, thoughts and words, as ever, are my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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54 Comments

  1. 24th Dec 2015 / 7:58 pm

    We’re in desperate need to redo our bathroom! Like what you are doing here! It should be a sanctuary :) it looks like it is coming along nicely! Merry Christmas and we’ll speak in the new year xx

    • 28th Dec 2015 / 10:32 am

      I’m so pleased with it :) It still needs new floor and the walls need a coat of paint — I’d love to panel them first too — but we just can’t afford to spend the time or money on it at the mo. The kitchen’s first on the list!! :)

  2. 25th Dec 2015 / 11:22 pm

    Those little changes have really made the world of difference! It looks so much warmer and more inviting, especially with a beautiful bunch of flowers!

    • 28th Dec 2015 / 10:30 am

      Totally!! It looked so cold before — I’ve always really disliked it but we’ve just not had the money to do anything with it. The radiator cover has totally transformed the room — delighted with it now :)

  3. 27th Dec 2015 / 3:05 pm

    What a beautiful bathroom make-over!! We also have an original cast iron bath but ours is in need of some TLC. I now feel inspired to get this sorted and the bathroom finished in the new year.

    • 28th Dec 2015 / 10:27 am

      Only a mini makeover — but long overdue. Amazing what a difference a lick of paint and a radiator cover can make isn’t it? I’d like to redo the whole room — flooring included but the kitchen is first on the list!! The ensuite can wait — this will do for now :)

  4. 29th Dec 2015 / 8:33 pm

    Do you know I think I need to add radiator covers in our lounge, I hate the way the radiators look. We have lovely vintage radiators in the kitchen so the hall and lounge radiators to me look so dull. I so love the difference yours have made Caro. I think I need to send Chris on a radiator cover mission. When I take photos I am constantly trying to avoid the radiators, this is the perfect solution x

    • 31st Dec 2015 / 5:10 pm

      We have them in the sitting room but I’d like them in the dining room as I totally hate the way they look too. Lucky you having gorgeous vintage ones — I’d love those in the whole house!! Radiator covers will have to do though ;)

  5. 29th Dec 2015 / 10:49 pm

    I love the bath, and the shelf looks great.

  6. 30th Dec 2015 / 12:18 am

    I really love the radiator covers – I have a thing about covers as my mother always made sure hers where beautifully covered as to be honest they are not the most attractive necessity in the home. Makes such an amazing difference to your bathroom and how stunning is the roll top? Love it

    Laura x

    • 31st Dec 2015 / 5:08 pm

      Aah thanks so much Laura! I agree — they’re pretty unattractive on the whole, aren’t they? The covers are such a good way of giving a room a facelift on the cheap! I love them :) x

  7. 30th Dec 2015 / 8:42 am

    Oh how lovely! It looks so lovely Caro, I have always wanted a roll top bath but when we moved to this house there wasn’t the space. Love how your room looks now, good work! xx

    • 31st Dec 2015 / 5:07 pm

      Aah thanks pet — it’s definitely getting there! The floor could do with ripping up and replacing but we need to do the kitchen first. Houses are money pits aren’t they?! Especially old ones like this!! xx

  8. 6th Jan 2016 / 7:04 am

    What a difference! Love that you can have candles by the bath now – which by the way is stunning! Fab post and great mini-makeover x #HomeEtc

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Aah thanks lovely! I’m so pleased with it :) SO happy to have candles by the bath — AND somewhere to put my big glass of wine!! ;)

  9. Kerry
    6th Jan 2016 / 7:13 am

    I love radiator covers! They are a great way of making a room look more finished. We are slowly adding them to every room in our house. I have found spray painting them is a really super quick way to paint them and gives a super smooth, super durable finish! Your bath is gorgeous. I would love one, but don’t think our bathroom is big enough xxx

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Ah me too Kerry! I sprayed the one in our snug funnily enough — but the weather has been too wet for spraying outside recently so I painted this bathroom one! Love them — they make SUCH a difference don’t they?

  10. Stephanie
    6th Jan 2016 / 10:38 am

    It’s amazing how a few little things can change a room so much! It looks beautiful and I love that you have choosen that pink, it works great.

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Thanks lovely :) I’m so pleased with it! I toyed with dark grey for the bath — so pleased I went with the very pale pink in the end :)

  11. 6th Jan 2016 / 11:45 am

    This looks so clean and pretty, you did such a good job :)

    N x

  12. 6th Jan 2016 / 12:29 pm

    That radiator cover is a great idea, really improves the bathroom no end! (and that bath is the business too!). You’ve given me an idea of getting a cover for the ugly radiator in our hallway- hopping over to homebase to check out their covers now to see if there’s one in the right size! x

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:18 pm

      Thanks chick :) So pleased with it — amazing what a little bit of MDF and paint can do to transform a room :)

  13. 6th Jan 2016 / 4:55 pm

    I love radiator covers and agree completely that they can totally transform a room. They enable you to display your pretty things and cover up something ugly – win win! Your ensuite looks very elegant now, what a lovely spot for a good soak! Happy new year!! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Aah happy new year to you too lovely! I’m SO pleased with this little makeover. It was a really cheap and simple solution and it’s make the world of difference :)

  14. 6th Jan 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Such a wonderful makeover! It’s funny how often inspiration strikes when in the bath, well it does for me anyway. You’ve done a lovely job, the choice of Calamine for the bath is just perfect. You can given me an idea too, as all the radiators in my flat are in funny positions, wasting space where I could put furniture – at least with a radiator cover I could use the shelf. Homebase here I come! #HomeEtc

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:13 pm

      I am totally in love with the Calamine paint! I’d like it on the walls in my bedroom but I can’t think that my boy would be too happy to be sleeping in a girly pink boudoir!!

  15. 6th Jan 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Looks fab, I would love a roll top freestanding bath like that, its amazing. xx

  16. 6th Jan 2016 / 8:23 pm

    You are a genius! Not only is it a lovely change to the bathroom but you’ve just solved my hallway problem. We need a shelf but don’t have the space or wall location for it but a radiator cover would be perfect and like you, we have a mirror that it could sit below which always makes for a nice feel. Thanks, Caro!!

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:12 pm

      They’re a fab solution aren’t they? Especially for little spaces — in a hallway they almost work like a console table. The depth of the shelf is pretty substantial — and they look SO much better than a boring old radiator!

  17. 6th Jan 2016 / 8:57 pm

    I love the colour you have painted your bath tub, so pretty and the radiator cover has made such a huge difference to the room. A lovely little makeover. xx

  18. 6th Jan 2016 / 9:26 pm

    I love it! its my dream to own a roll top bath. I find a nice hot soak is the perfect place for inspiration. #homeect

    • 7th Jan 2016 / 6:59 pm

      It was mine too, funnily enough, for a long time! So happy to have it — it’s lovely to have a soak in :) Even nicer now the room looks a bit more presentable too!!

  19. 6th Jan 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Who knew it would make so much difference?! I just love this linky so much because there are such brilliant ideas with so don’t need to break the bank. This looks gorgeous and a proper tranquil haven to relax away from it all Xx

    • 7th Jan 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Amazing isn’t it? Such a cheap, easy way to transform a space. It looked SO rubbish before can’t believe what a difference a little bit of MDF and paint has made!! :)

  20. 7th Jan 2016 / 1:03 pm

    Amazing how something so simple can make such a difference, I love the pink on the bath, very pretty x

    • 7th Jan 2016 / 4:53 pm

      It’s amazing isn’t it? Those radiator covers are blooming marvellous! Super-cheap and they make a room look fabulous!

  21. 7th Jan 2016 / 4:20 pm

    What a lovely rolltop bath Caro! You totally need somewhere to put your shampoo, candles – and glass of wine! The radiator cover is a lovely idea, a simple and pretty solution. Radiators are kind of unattractive though important, and the shelf the covers give make them doubly functional. Fab! xxx

    • 7th Jan 2016 / 4:49 pm

      Ah thanks Leigh! It certainly looks better now than it did before, that’s for sure! Amazing what a difference the radiator cabinet has made!

  22. 7th Jan 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Ooooh what a pretty transformation and yet so simple! We added some radiator covers into our hallway and wow they changed the space! Looking like a great place to soak and relax :) Thanks for being a superb co-host and heres to 2016!!! xx

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:08 pm

      I think radiator covers are fab — they make such a difference to the way a room looks; I love them :) And likewise! We’re a good team — here’s to our little linky :)

  23. 7th Jan 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Ooh that looks so inviting! Isn’t it great when you can make such a difference without it taking up too much time and money! I’m not generally a pink lover, but I adore the shade you used for the bath – looks perfect. #HomeEtc

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:07 pm

      It’s made SUCH a difference! Literally one of the cheapest things we could have done too!

  24. 7th Jan 2016 / 9:51 pm

    what a transformation, looks great now. I always think my best ideas come from when I’m in the bath, or when I’m asleep (and then I struggle to remember them!) Thanks for hosting lovely xx

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:03 pm

      Haha!! A lot of mine come when I’m just about to drop off! I keep a book by the bed to write my ideas down!! ;)

  25. Sabrina
    7th Jan 2016 / 11:07 pm

    That is a great idea to get a radiator cover, just to get that extra shelf space – genius! I love the colour of the bath now, a lovely shade. S xx
    #homeetc

    • 11th Jan 2016 / 7:02 pm

      They’re fab aren’t they?! They make a room look so much more together and streamlined :)

    • 9th Feb 2016 / 11:38 am

      Aaah thanks Becky!! SO much better now than it was before — poor old thing needed a lick of paint! ;)

  26. 9th Feb 2016 / 8:10 pm

    What a difference subtle changes can make. Beautiful room, I’m so jealous you have such a pretty en-suite xx

    • 10th Feb 2016 / 2:43 pm

      It made SUCH a difference!! It certainly looks a lot better now than it did!! :)

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