Woman, 27, creates incredible bathroom on a budget – using a £20 second-hand toilet seat and sink made from an old desk

The Sun 1 month ago

A WOMAN has transformed her boring spare bedroom into a spacious Instagram-worthy bathroom on a budget.

Madeleine Abbott, 27, used items including a £20 second-hand toilet and a sink made from an old school desk to create the stunning space.

A woman, 27, has transformed her bathroom on a budget – and the result is stunning

The vlogger – who has more than 59.1k followers on Instagram – bought the four-bedroom period property,  originally built in the 1640s, in a Cornish village with her boyfriend Alex, 27, for £230,000.

They decided to turn one of the smaller bedrooms into a large bathroom after taking inspiration from Pinterest.

Having paid the pros to carry out re-plumbing and add geometric tiling, they decided to keep costs down as much as possible by being creative with the finishing touches.

This included turning an old school desk, bought for £52, into the foundations of a sink, sourcing a second-hand toilet seat for £20, and making a shelf out of re-claimed wood costing £15.99.

Madeleine Abbott and her boyfriend Alex decided to turn one of the bedrooms in their 1640’s property into a spacious bathroom
The vlogger used an old school desk as the foundation for the sink

Madeleine trawled Gumtree, eBay and Facebook Marketplace to find the perfect items to decorate the chic bathroom which she wanted to give a “cottage-y yet modern aesthetic”.

“I want all of our renovations to be as sustainable as possible, so finding bathroom fixtures and fittings secondhand was a great budget and eco-friendly start,” she told Femail.

“I looked on places like Gumtree, eBay and my favourite, Facebook Marketplace for items every day.

“It was fun and also rewarding to find most of the parts needed for a fraction of the price and to put them to good use rather than ending up down the dump.”

Madeline has been documenting the renovation to the Cornish village property, purchased for £230,000, on Instagram
A shelf in the bathroom is made from re-claimed wood, while other decorations were sourced on Gumtree, eBay and Facebook Marketplace

The couple did everything themselves – including painting, hanging the mirror and shelf, and installing lights.

They also carried out the finishing touches, like attaching hooks to the back of the door.

They got the pros in to do the tiling and re-plumbing, bringing the project total to £6,388

In total, the project cost them £6,388 – a large chunk of which included re-plumbing at £2,750.

For the rest, £3638, they spent £314 on tiling, with the remainder of the funds covering everything else in the trendy space.

To see the rest of their home renovation, visit their dedicated Instagram account @ourcornishcottage.

In other homeware news, we told you how a mum gave a new lease of life to her dark and tired kitchen by using £60 tiles from B&Q.

We also revealed how another mum transformed her daughter’s 70s horror bedroom into a room fit for a princess using bargains from B&M and Matalan.


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