A mother has transformed her drab downstairs toilet into a stunning dinosaur bathroom for just £ 264 using bargains.
As any parent will likely attest, saying goodbye to dirty diapers is a happy step. So a thrifty mom decided to help her son skip toilet training and go straight to the bathroom by creating a dinosaur-themed friendly bathroom on a budget.
Dawn Sheppard, 42 from Oxford, mother of three aged five months, three and seven, says the family moved to their current home in July 2020, but it took a lot of work.
At the time, Sheppard was pregnant with her third child and realized that she didn’t want to change two children’s diapers at the same time.
“So I decided to decorate our downstairs washroom with a dinosaur theme to help our little boy potty practice,” she told the money-saving community. LatestDeals.co.uk.
“We are a dinosaur loving family so I knew exactly what the theme would be! Adds the NHS nurse.
The first step was to stock up as cheaply as possible, with Sheppard turning to online stores and Facebook Marketplace.
At B&Q, she bought some green paint for metal and wood for £ 15, followed by some emerald green subway tiles for just £ 30.
Sheppard also got a 20% discount in the hardware store, buying a toilet for £ 47 and a vanity unit with a sink for just £ 67.
Then there was the purchase of the gorgeous Portuguese tile effect vinyl flooring for £ 50 from Best 4 Flooring, before Sheppard got the main attraction – the dinosaur wallpaper.
The mum-of-three was thrilled to pack two rolls of the unusual print for £ 12.49 each from World of Wallpaper, but her biggest deal was on Facebook Marketplace, where she discovered a brand new radiator cover for only £ 30, reduced from £ 95.
In total, the supplies cost her just £ 264, and after gathering everything she needed, it was time to transform the toilet.
“The toilet and sink in that room were gross, so I went out of my way to get them out of the house as soon as we moved in,” she explains.
This left Sheppard with a blank canvas to work with.
The first job was to apply the green paint to the pipes and the door frame, which she painted in the same shade, to start creating the prehistoric theme.
The wallpaper was applied along the top half of the bathroom walls, neatly placed around the window above the toilet.
“I’ve done both wallpaper and paint for the past 20 years so this part was easy,” Sheppard said of his DIY skills.
A wooden shelf was then installed on the back wall, which would also contain the toilet and serve as a solid base for the tiling.
Then the vinyl flooring was cut to size before Sheppard tackled the tiles.
“I looked at YouTube for the tiling and grouting techniques,” she explains.
Tiles were placed along the back wall behind the toilet, under a small wooden shelf, and on the wall opposite the radiator, while a few rows of tiles were also placed over the sink to create a splashback.
“It was literally a labor of love, as I was very pregnant and had to squeeze into the small space to work,” Sheppard said of the delicate work.
Luckily, Sheppard’s husband then stepped in to install the sink and toilet, having learned the skills by watching his father and asking family members for advice.
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The last job was to add the radiator cover. “It was a bit of a pain to hold it together as it had to be cut, but it really ended up hiding the hideous radiator and pipes!”
To complete the transformation, Sheppard turned the light switch into a fake ivy vine and used dinosaur ornaments she had purchased from TK Maxx.
Additional touches include a matching green liquid soap dispenser, a green towel, and tiny bunches of faux ivy scattered around. Both cabinets even have green handles!
Fortunately, the project met with the approval of the middle child, for whom it was originally conceived.
“He loved it,” Sheppard explains. “He thought of it as his toilet and we needed to get his permission to use it! With gentle encouragement, getting him to use the toilet worked like a treat. He went straight from diapers to the toilet to the bathroom. age two and a half! “
Commenting on the impressive thematic transformation Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “This transformation is roaring! No wonder Dawn’s son is reluctant to let people in – it’s a piece to be proud of.
“The temptation to ‘play it safe’ with home decor can cause us to have neutral colors that we miss, so it’s good that this family stuck to what they love and made sure they did. that his house reflects his tastes. “