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I've saved £10K transforming my bathroom myself, people can't believe it's the same room & here's how you can do it

WHEN renovating the bathroom some might think you need to splash the cash, but think again.

One interior fan has proven that a bunch of budget hacks is all you need to completely transform your bathroom without breaking the bank.


Chloe Watton and her partner Aaron began producing their dream bathroom earlier this year.

With a strong vision of what they wanted from the bathroom and a plan of creating a beautiful space whilst saving as much money as possible.

At 24, she recently bought a miners cottage built in 1880. 

Chloe has a full time job and does interior influencing on the side and even though she hates the word influencer, she does a stunning job at sharing her life and home online to her 32k+ followers.

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She says: “The cottage caught my eye just before it went to auction, and I was in love. There is something so warming about the large open hallway and it truly was a gem waiting to be polished up.

“I knew this house was gasping for an extension and even though we weren’t sure if it was possible, we went for it and Aaron DIY built our two-storey extension by hand whilst furloughed.”

She says her inspiration came from hotels and sites including Pinterest. 

Chloe says: “I save images that inspire me and then collectively analyse similarities amongst them to help decide what features are a priority and then I get to hand draw my ideas on my iPad before using computer aided design to bring it together.”

Chloe and Aaron have done the entire renovation themselves, including a two storey extension.

She says: “We have the time, skills and knowledge to just go for it so thought why not.


“After adding up the average costs of labour we believe we saved around £10,000. 

“Our bathroom was quite an intricate design which included knocking walls down, re-positioning a window, building an additional shower nook, bespoke carpentry work and lots of electrical work.

"It was a back to brick renovation so would have been very expensive in labour costs.”

Chloe says a must have for her bathroom was soft lighting.

What are Chloe’s best money saving tips?

  • Rip your existing bathroom out yourself – it will take some elbow grease and might end up taking more time, but it will save £100+ off the bill
  • Tiling and painting – if you’re up for the challenge, have done your research and have the time, why not tackle some tiling. This could save you thousands on your bill.
  • Build your own shelves – you can either purchase shelving or go wild and completely create your own floating shelves with rope and a rectangular piece of wood.
  • Install your own taps – I know this might sound scary but there are some good YouTube tutorials on how to do this yourself and it doesn’t look too daunting.

She adds: “It makes all the difference when having a relaxing bath on an evening. 

“Think about a candlelit bathroom, without all the hassle.

“I love my bath, it’s just wow, I could live in there quite frankly. It is spacious yet snug.”

Chloe also goes on to explain her top money saving tips. 

She says: “DIY. It’s the only way you can save a reasonable amount of money really as labour costs are incredibly high and sometimes tradesmen are unreliable because they’re so busy right now, catching up with work after the pandemic.”

“We aren’t all fortunate enough to have great DIY skills, but there are plenty of smaller things that you can try and complete without paying for a tradesman. The below tips will take a large chunk off your labour costs.”

Sharing the bathroom transformation to her Instagram, people were totally blown away by the transformation.

One wrote: "Can't believe it!"

Another added: "This turned out amazing, very luxurious."

Chloe spoke with Big Bathroom Shop to explain how she updated her bathroom.

Check out this, DIY fan who transformed her bathroom for less than £100 with budget peel & stick tiles and bargain buys

Meanwhile, one mum transformed her boring bathroom into a stunning sanctuary fro £95 using bargains from B&M and eBay.

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