Samantha Bedford wanted her bathroom to be the perfect place to unwind after a long day, so she transformed it into a stunning flower-filled spa-like space for just over £200
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We all need a place to relax and unwind, and one mom shared how she transformed her bathroom into the perfect chill-out zone.
Samantha Bedford, 36, a full-time mum of two from the West Midlands, created a beautiful hanging plant over her bathtub for the ultimate spa vibe.
The entire DIY makeover cost just over £200 thanks to Samantha using inexpensive materials.
That includes picking up cheap plywood from B&Q and faux flowers from discount fashion site Shein.
Samantha said she wanted a place to relax as she suffers from anxiety and chose a spa theme.
Speaking to the DIY On A Budget UK money-saving Facebook group, she said: “The idea for my bathroom was simply that I wanted a place where I could really relax and escape the everyday pressures of life.
“I wanted it to feel like I was in a different place, and since I usually play relaxing spa music when I take a bath, I just went with the theme.
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“As soon as I decided I wanted it that way, the ideas started flying through my head.
“I researched different spas just to get an idea of what I wanted my finished bathroom to look like.”
Samantha originally wanted to build a wooden slat wall, but it was too expensive to buy the pre-cut slats.
Instead, she bought some 5mm thick plywood from B&Q and had her brother cut it to shape with a table saw.
The 5mm plywood was £12.97 per board and she used four boards in total which was £51.88.
After painting the wall black with leftover paint from a previous home improvement job, it was time to move on to the floral wall.
“Also, whenever I took a bath, I could picture plants hanging over me with lights, so I had to make it happen,” Samantha said.
“I started looking for some sort of trellis but while searching online it was all too expensive for my liking so on a trip to The Range I found a flexible trellis in their garden center for £4.99.
“Plus, the size was perfect too, so there was no need to cut it.
“I already had the wood around the panel, so I just cleaned it up, planed and sanded it, cut it to the required size, and used the fence paint again to finish it.
“The grid was fixed with galvanized brackets.
“I purchased Shein’s artificial plants and used coupons and points obtained by reviewing previous orders to deduct money from my order.”
For the plants, she ordered nine orchids which would have cost £3 a stem, but Samantha got them discounted at £2.35 each.
She also got nine vines for the inside of the frame. They came in a pack of three and would have cost £1.75 each, but Samantha paid £1.37.
The latest purchase was six hanging vines for outside the frame at £2.99 each, going up to £2.35.
“Total flowers cost £47.35 including delivery,” said Samantha
“They attach with zip ties and a weaving motion through the grille.
“I screwed in some chain plates from my local hardware store which cost around £2 for two.
“I attached snap hooks to the chain plates and also to a heavy large hook that screwed right into the beam.
“There are also microlights that contribute to the atmosphere and cost £2 at Primark Home.
“Most of the cost went into designing the hanging plant, but it was worth every penny.
The next part was the stones, which are actually flower pot lids.
Samantha bought five bags for £1.50 from Wilko and a tube of larger pebbles from The Range, reduced to 75p as there was no lid.
“The flooring is linoleum and costs £65 with a try on from my local carpet shop,” she said.
“Overall, I feel like I could have done some things cheaper, but I’m blown away by how well it all turned out.
“The total including flooring and fittings was £206. I feel like I’ve proven that any budget is possible if you really put your mind to it.”
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