Wednesday 29 May 2013

My Room for Improvement with MoneySupermarket

I was thrown down this challenge

“Room for Improvement” is a campaign launched by MoneySupermarket to showcase how creative we are as a nation when working on a tight budget. If you would like to get involved, we will supply you with £50 to spend on improving a room of your choice within your home. What you buy and how you approach it is completely up to you. All you need to do once you have the money is take a before and after picture and write about how you went about decorating or improving the room. It’s as easy as that!
We’d also like to showcase the varying approaches taken by each entrant by adding every one of them to the MoneySupermarket Pinterest board. Participation will also guarantee an entry into our prize draw where you will stand a substantial chance of winning £500 in B&Q vouchers to make some further improvements to your home.

Well as you will know I am in the middle of moving house and have got a few rooms that could do with a revamp. Was going to do our bedroom with curtain pole, curtains,maybe some bedding,  a lamp or two and see what was left for an ornament, but as there wont be a carpet fitted until the 13th June and the bed in till the 18th June I decided the bathroom was my best bet.

So what did I decided needed revamped?

the mirror is tarnished
the light pull cord is broken

no storage and unsightly pipes

toilet seat has hair dye staining it

there is currently no blind up, just one lonely bracket.

  • no where in the shower for all my bottles and other such junk
  • no bathmat
  • needs something colourful to brighten it up
  • and an ornament or two to add the finishing touch
Now we have a four drawer plastic storage unit sitting in a cupboard that would go ideal in the gap, not only will this give us storage it will help to hide the pipes. It will also has a handy top to sit an ornament or two on. 

I decide my priorities were going to be a blind and a new toilet seat and I would look see what else was within my budget. 

I first off went a chose my blind, until I knew which colour I could get it was pointless trying to accessories, so we chose a nice blue blackout blind from Argos for £12.94.

whilst I was in there I also picked up a toilet brush and toilet roll holder for £4.99.

 Next off we went into some charity shops to see what I could find, between them I found

  • an open but unused accessory set £2 (not up yet)
  • a blue glass bowl with blue beads in £1.79
  • a blue glass vase to match the bowl 79p,  
  • a round white plastic mirror, a small scratch on glass but functional still
  • and a great buy a white toilet seat, still sealed in its box for £4. It doesn't have a shell paper in keeping with sink and cistern but not to worry. 
so that came to £9.08, thats us up to a total of £27.01, just over half way. 

So we went to look in home bargains who had a good selection of bath mats, and we picked up the set for £4.99 and two cream hand towels for £1.99 each

 In Wilkinson we picked up two bunches of artificial flowers at £1.50, can be seen in the vase above and a blue light pull for £2.

and finally for £10.50 we went back to Argos and picked up this chrome shower caddy for bottles and things in the shower.  That left me 1p change.

So how did it all pull together?

the blind is up

the towels and ornaments look good on top of drawer unit

the light pull

bathmats down

mirrors up

shower caddy

toilet seat

and lastly I hung a nice blue patterned piece of netting to add some colour on the door, it was already in the house. 

I can even give you a 360 degree viewing if you want. 


  1. wow you got loads of stuff for your money! massive improvement Elaine x

    1. thank you, without the charity shops I would not have got half of the stuff.

  2. wow great bargains you found there! i love snooping around in charity shops for super cheap bargains! i love your finished bathroom!! AK

    1. yes I love charity shops for stuff like this, but the sealed toilet seat was the best bargain.

  3. Oh wow, you've done brilliantly!

    1. Just watched the video. Why aren't you Scottish? I thought you were Scottish?!

    2. Scottish by default only Im afraid, English by birth.

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  5. wow fantastic improvement and impressive for the amount of money spent. I love charity shops and have picked up a bargain or two in my time but was surprised by you fantastic bargain with the toilet seat.

    1. yes they are currently £8.97 for the same one as this in homebase, so less than half price was good. save me waiting for a sale

  6. Oh your my winner what a budget makeover!!! well done you

    1. thank you for that, the winner is picked totally at random according to t&c's not on the quality of the post.

  7. Wow, that's such a massive improvement. When I saw the before pictures and the budget, I really didn't think that you could achieve such a transformation. Well done!

  8. That looks really great. Of course, I'm going to be chuffed that you've re-used stuff from charity shops, I'm surprised more people didn't.

  9. That is brilliant well done you what a transformation xx

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