A mum and her husband completely transformed their home all with the help of social media. They turned their garage into a bathroom without any professional help
A woman has left people’s jaws dropping with an incredible home transformation that she did on a budget – and it’s all thanks to social media.
Alongside her husband, the interiors-savvy homeowner completely transformed her old bathroom into a kid’s bedroom without any professional help, after taking tips from Instagram.
Mum Kelly Magness from North Wales and hubby Sean were expecting their second child together when they decided to rip apart their home and begin renovating from scratch. But before embarking on the project, the couple weighed a few options – and later figured that getting their hands dirty was the only solution to their problem.
They knew they couldn’t afford an extension – or wait for planning permission – but they didn’t let this crush their dreams. Instead, they decided to sacrifice their garage, move the bathroom there, and turn the old bathroom into a child’s bedroom.
“We had given up hope of it happening sooner rather than later so the fact that we only have two bedrooms didn’t even cross our mind,” Kelly told LatestDeals.co.uk in 2019. But there was just one problem – the cost.
“We had a few companies come round to quote at the start and I don’t quite know what we were expecting but one was £14,000 and another was £11,000 which was many moons away from what we could afford,” Kelly explained.
But with time on their side – the couple decided that they could just get stuck in themselves and have the bathroom of their dreams for a fraction of the cost.
“We knew it would be a lot of hard graft but we decided to bite the bullet and attempt it ourselves seeing as we had 16 months to play with. When we decided 100% we were going to do it we literally just woke up the morning after and started” the mum added.
Kelly and Sean had a few things going for them when they started out, one was their friends, and another was their love of home improvement accounts on social media.
“I follow so many home accounts on social media and love seeing transformations. This is exactly where all my inspiration came from: Instagram, DIY pages on social media, Pinterest and home programmes on the telly,” Kelly said.
“I took my inspiration from a mix of homes I follow on social media, told my husband the look I wanted and scribbled a drawing with my son’s felt tips and that was that.”
Getting it done
It was no easy job. The floor of the garage had to be raised, a new window cut, the garage doors filled in and a wall knocked down and the water needed to be plumbed in and connected.
And that was all before they could even start to build their bathroom. “We paid a friend who is a plasterer to plaster and we had an electrician friend come in to help with electrics,” Kelly said.
“We both spent hours on YouTube watching tutorials for various things. I even private messaged a girl on Instagram to ask her how she managed to get her bath flush to the floor!
“She was actually so lovely and so helpful.” Then – as they were getting ready to go – they had a surprise. “Ted decided to make an appearance four weeks early, making me even miss my own baby shower,” Kelly said. “As you can imagine the bathroom took a back seat for a while, as I had had a C-section and they take a bit of time to heal.”
A final push
After getting settled, and spending some time sharing their bedroom with newborn Ted, Sean and Kelly decided to get things done for good. “I had known I wanted a freestanding bath so I could clean around it, I knew I wanted a walk in shower which you could access by walking either side, I knew I loved the look of double sinks and I knew I wanted the toilet system hidden,” Kelly said.
Once that was decided – it was all about how they could finish it for the best possible prices for the designs they wanted or adapting what was available to make it work for them. “We scanned the internet daily for weeks to find the cheapest deals,” Kelly said.
“I wanted a floating sink vanity unit but they were all ridiculous prices like £600 for the size we needed, so I found the look I wanted and my husband created it using B&Q kitchen units and cutting them down to size.
“My unit worktop is just a cheap kitchen worktop cut to size which looks like stone but is a fraction of the price.” Other pieces were picked for practicality and taste, finding the best deals possible to fit in with ideas taken from social media, their families and themselves.
But finally, years after the project started, they were finished. “It’s so crazy to think that our bathroom has now become other other people’s ‘inspiration’ and ‘bathroom goals’ when I took so much inspiration from them,” Kelly said.
Kelly and Sean revealed their impressive results – and shared advice to those seeking to renovate their property. “My advice to anyone looking to renovate themselves is: 100% go for it, but be realistic and plan. I’d also say don’t buy expensive materials, have fun, and don’t be afraid to ask for help,” Kelly admitted.
“I can’t lie, we definitely winged every bit of our bathroom, from building and buying things to saving money and putting it all together. Even though I didn’t have any plans set in stone, I had my bathroom design in my head and knew exactly what look I wanted.”
The next thing to remember is that costly isn’t the same as good. “Expensive is not always best. Would someone really notice the difference between a £150 tile and a £12 tile? Between £30 sinks or £500 sinks? I definitely wouldn’t. I got the exact look I wanted for a fraction of the cost just by shopping around and finding lookalikes,” the mum-of-two added. She spent a total of £3,250 on the project.
The total sum at the time:
- Bath, free standing tap and shower head, double sinks, double taps, toilet and cistern and flush, ceiling shower head and handheld shower and wall dials – Victoria Plum £1400
- Mirrored Shower Screen – Victoria Plum £170
- Tiles – B&Q £500
- Sink unit and worktop – B&Q £300
- Mould resistant and wipeable Dulux Paint £80
- Large white & grey cabinet – Ikea £260
- Navy Rug – Very £30
- Sink mirror – The Range £40
- Large canvas above toilet – The Range £40
- Pictures above bath – The Range £30
- New window – £200
- New door & fittings – £100
- Spotlights and automatic light sensor – £100
- TOTAL – £3,250
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