Redecorating a bathroom can be a huge job – and a costly one, too.
But one woman from Basildon decided to help her nan save the pennies by creating a unique painted toilet herself.
Abbie Smith put her artistic skills to good use to transform her nan’s plain bathroom toilet into one with an intricate Victorian-inspired floral design.
The 22-year-old also kept costs down by using paints she already owned from her crafting hobbies.
Abbie said: ‘I’ve always been creative and loved drawing and painting, so my nan asked me to give her bathroom a makeover.
‘The project was inspired by Victorian style baths and toilets, which were usually decorated with flowers and vines.
‘I chose a few flowers that I thought would complement each other and gathered acrylic paint for the project. These range between £2 and £10 per tube and I already had these from my other craft hobbies.’
The first step was to give the loo a thorough clean – to ensure the surfaces were spotless for painting.
She then started on the floral designs before going in with gold paint to highlight any interesting details and varnishing it.
The whole process took Abbie around four hours in total – including the drying time in between and varnishing.
She added: ‘It was easy to complete, as the surface was nice to paint on. What’s more, I got it done quicker than I expected.
‘The usual cost for an original Victorian design is usually in the £100s, so I probably saved my nan a fair bit of money.’
Abbie’s nan, Brenda Varcoe, is also thrilled with the finished result.
Brenda said: ‘I love my new bathroom. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but I like the bright colours.’
It seems Abbie is no stranger to creative DIY projects and advises anyone thinking of giving it a go to get stuck in.
She added: ‘I have done projects in the past for others such as making costumes, painting boards for advertisements and painting on shop walls to add some character.
‘If anyone wants to do something similar, my advice is to just go for it – I never plan my paints out, I just go with the motion and enjoy it.’
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