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Look at this 80s bathroom. Is it possible to revamp on a budget?

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mangohedgehog Tue 18-Mar-14 17:38:24

Am shortly moving into a new home. The bathroom is very very 80s. I hate the colour of the suite but I can't quite justify spending £ on a new one when there isn't anything wrong with the old suite, apart from the way it looks.

Is there anything I can do to update the walls, floors etc to make the room look a bit less dated? Or am I stuck with the 80s bathroom from hell until I can afford a new one?

StuntBottom Tue 18-Mar-14 17:40:36

I think the tiles are your biggest problem. With plain walls or a more modern style of tile, the suite wouldn't look bad. Can you afford to re-tile? Or look into tile paint if you're on a tight budget.

specialsubject Tue 18-Mar-14 17:42:06

having bought a house with similar - I wouldn't bother doing anything until you can do it properly. There may be many hidden horrors under the bath, you should take the panel off ASAP to check. Those taps are probably knackered too.

that said, 3 piece suite can be had from about £300 from a builders merchant. You can get panels to cover tiles if they are solidly attached. Or they could be like ours, and fall off with one good sneeze!

Eggwhisk Tue 18-Mar-14 17:43:03

You could change the taps and flooring, maybe cover the tiling with some tounge and groove (don't know if this is actually possible) and get some new accessories.

Driveway Tue 18-Mar-14 17:48:16

I'm watching with interest as I am in the same situation.

mangohedgehog Tue 18-Mar-14 17:56:11

I could probably do any tiling myself which would save quite a bit. But I just can't imagine any kind of tiles making that suite look OK!

I wonder how long I'd have to keep it before it became fashionable again...

StuntBottom Tue 18-Mar-14 18:00:59

Could be worse. My student accommodation in the 80s had a bright yellow bathroom suite. You practically needed sunglasses to go in there!

Spottybra Tue 18-Mar-14 18:10:49

I'd say for a quick update you have 2 options, tile paint and a neutral fresh coat of paint on the walls, or tile paint and a more striking colour on the walls.

Add matching accessories such as a soap dispenser, toothbrush holder etc and save to get it redone.

MichelloBarner Tue 18-Mar-14 18:13:34

To be honest I wouldn't bother. Whatever you spend (and it will still be a substantial amount) will only make it look like an 80's bathroom that's been given a cheap facelift.

If it's in reasonable condition and not all mouldy with tiles falling off the walls etc, then I'd live with it for a year or two until you've saved up to do it properly.

FiveExclamations Tue 18-Mar-14 18:15:11

We have a similar suite (late 70's) in nauseated peach that we swore we'd change asap when we moved in 15 years ago. It's still there, you can get used to anything.

As other's have said, it's the tiles that really draw the eye, could you chip the patterned ones out and replace them?

Alternatively I'm sure I've heard some TV DIY person say that tile is the best surface to tile on.

DelGirl Tue 18-Mar-14 18:20:00

If there are not too many patterned tiles, hard to see on my tiny screen, get some tile stickers. I've used them a couple of times, with great effect and they dont peel off if you apply them correctly.

DelGirl Tue 18-Mar-14 18:22:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

GillTheGiraffe Tue 18-Mar-14 18:24:05

To extend it's life you'd need new neutral tiles, new flooring and new taps at the very least. That would cost quite a few hundred.

There's more to updating a bathroom than just substituting a nice whote suite for a grotty old coloured one. For instance, does the shower need updating, does the ventilation need updating ( or even installing). What about lighting? Every bathroom fitter that I consulated immediately said 'new LED lights' as though these were now expected in any update (they are nice grin)

ChippyMinton Tue 18-Mar-14 18:30:02

Tile paint
Wall paint
Sheer blind (ikea do them) kept pulled down to hide the window
Cheap vinyl floor
Piles of fresh towels and a few cheap but funky accessories (try Matalan or the supermarkets)

Maybe a seaside theme with white paint and blue & white accessories or a cool neutral scheme?

MisForMumNotMaid Tue 18-Mar-14 18:32:59

I once used painted tounge and grove for a fairly effective revamp, just like in this image. I'd go for a white satin on the tongue and groove, do the bath panel to and get on ebay to find new taps.

I think of all the coloured suites beige is at least very neutral. I bet loads of people have a white suite and beige walls.

With white or cream cladding you could have beige towels for a really natural look add a decent sized moisture loving large green leaved plant.

mangohedgehog Tue 18-Mar-14 18:33:31

It sounds like what I suspected - nothing to be done.

Thanks for the link delgirl, those stickers might take the edge off until we can afford to redo the room completely.

At least it's not bright yellow!

mangohedgehog Tue 18-Mar-14 18:35:31

Although... I do like the idea of white/cream natural look with cladding. I wonder...?

GillTheGiraffe Tue 18-Mar-14 18:46:20

I don't think you have sufficient space to do tongue and groove where the bath meets the wall as the edge of the bath is not wide enough to accommodate the thickness of the T&G- you would definitely need to take the tiles off around the bath to be able to consider T&G.

Pannacotta Tue 18-Mar-14 20:10:38

Is there a shower over the bath?
If not I would save up and just replace it all.
If there is a shower then perhaps replace the tiles (and floor?) and cover the ugly window with a wooden venetian or sheer roller blind.
But to replace like with like is not hugely pricey and suites can be bought cheaply.

Clawdy Wed 19-Mar-14 13:57:08

Hey,that's not too bad! we are having to live with an avocado green one for the moment.....grin

sausagefortea Wed 19-Mar-14 14:19:33

Paint tiles and walls white. Get blind with bit of colour that also has some beige and another white and get matching fluffy towels.

mangohedgehog Wed 19-Mar-14 17:42:09

Thanks all for your advice smile

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