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What to do with a super narrow bathroom

When we were first on the hunt for a house, we came to look at this house and the bathroom completely put us off. It was so narrow, and it just didn't seem to have much potential. But I guess we changed our mind in the end, because here we are!

I spent a fair bit of time researching narrow bathrooms, but seemed to come up with nothing. We own a mid-terrace Victorian house, with an alley running between our house and our neighbours. Our bathroom, on the top floor, runs the whole length of this alley. To fit a bath in this space, a small section of the bedroom has been cut out to join this room. Am I making sense yet?

We debated and deliberated between getting rid of the bath and having a walk-in shower or keeping what we have and working with it. When it came down to it, we didn't want to get rid of the bath and reduce our target market of buyers. For example, those with kids - a bath is a must. Also, I know Brits love their baths, and for plenty having just a shower will not do. Having a walk-in shower would have worked so much better, but it would have also been way more expensive, and probably not worth the outlay in return. So, with a decision in mind, here's how we made the worlds narrowest bathroom work for us...

Not ideal, but it works okay in my opinion. And in some ways, the bath is quite nice and secluded in its own little alcove... I think it's a bit like marmite, you'll either love or hate this. Plus this room is so narrow we have to have a sliding door rather than one that opens, just because a door would not fully open in this space. But it also helps to hide this fact... a little.

Cheap and Fun Plant Pots

If you've ever been shopping for plant pots, you'll have seen how expensive some of them can be. £15 and up, some often £30 and more! That's a massive cost, and I don't know about you, but I am certainty not prepared to pay that much. To be honest, most of them don't even look that special. Obviously if you can plant your flowers into the ground, you're going to save that kind of money. But what if you don't have a green garden? What if you only have a balcony? Or maybe, you've bought a small tree (which are often incredibly expensive!) which you don't want to plant and leave behind when you have to move.. Because let's face it, I wouldn't leave a £60 dress for the new owners of my home, so I wouldn't leave a £60 tree. Anyway, you don't have to spend a fortune to up-date and add some colour to your garden, and here's how I do it.

OK, first things first, you need any old pot. Mine are £1.40 from Homebase. Shop around, check the reduce-to-clear section.. do you really care if it has a small chip? Be creative, use an old metal bucket, or an old watering can. Maybe you have an old serving bowl you never use or a kitchen storage container. Or even a simple wooden box. The more creative, the better.

Next you need the paint. Other than metal, which will need special metal paint.. You can use either masonry paint or wood paint. Here's the important part - buy the sample size. One tester is enough with spare to paint a pot of this size. Homebase masonry paint is £2.50 a tester, and Cuprinol wood paint is £1 a tester. I've used the wood paint as you can find a lot more colours. You may ask, why, when my plant pot clearly is not wood - Well, it may not be as robust as masonry paint, but let's face it, plant pots don't get moved often, so it shouldn't be a problem. Keep a little spare for touch-ups in later years if they need it.

I recommend three coats, with around 2 hours drying time inbetween. Once you've done the outside, don't forget to do the inside, just around the top where the compost wont fill.

Once it's dry, you're ready to fill! My tip for not spending too much on flowers, is ALWAYS buy the reduced ones, even if they look unhealthy, I guarantee you, you can nurse it back to health. Last year I bought a rose tree, reduced from £25, to £7! I gave it some miracle grow, and in no time it was blooming and is now my absolute favourite plant. Markets and supermarkets are also a lot cheaper for plants than garden centres, and often you will see "Plants for Sale" signs outside peoples houses (especially villages), these will be even cheaper. I also recommend buying a hardy plant that will live through winter. The plant I'm planing today is also a rose plant, reduced to only £1.50.

Plant it up, and you're done! You can paint a ton of these pots, all different colours and they look simply fabulous. Especially grouped together. You can be even more creative - painting patterns, or painting the trim a different colour to the rest of the pot. You can be as bright or as pastel as you wish.. You can also even paint existing indoor pots too. 

Total cost excluding plant = £2.40, what more can you ask for?

How to create an Instagram Wall

I've seen a ton of these around the web, and really wanted to create my own with a twist. This is simple, easy and anyone can re-create it! Enjoy ;)

Things you'll need

Step 1.
Printing out your Instagram photos. OK, so there's a TON of websites that offer a professional photo printing service delivered to your door, hassle free. A couple include Instaprnt and Firebox. However, these are preeeetty pricey. So, I suggest printing your own. I chose to print mine at one of those instand print photo-booths in Boots. As these print on a 6"x4" photo paper, you need to make sure you alter the photo so that they print square and don't come out stretched. To do this, you need to use picture-editing programme. Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro are two of my favourites. Open up the photo in the programme, and click on image > resize.

Alter the size to 600 x 600, then click on image > canvas size.

Resize to 924 (width) and 616 (height), the photo will now look like this, with a white border, and will be suitable for printing on 6x4 photo paper without distorting the photo. Put them onto a USB, or other memory device and you can head off to print them.

Step 2.
Planning out the wall. Using a spirit level, draw a level straight line on the wall for the entire length you want your wire to be.

Step 3.
Hammer in pins at either end of the line. Get an adult to help you if needed.

Step 4.
Wrap wire around the first pin and pull tight whist wrapping around the other pin.

Step 5.
You can then erase the pencil line with a rubber, and paint your buttons. These are going to hide the ugly pin heads. I'm using some heart-shaped ones. You can use any old paint, but I'm using some old dulux-tester paints.

Step 6.
Whilst the buttons are drying, cut out your photos.

Step 7.
Glue the buttons onto the pints. Make sure your glue is strong. Prit-stick isn't going to cut it ;p

Step 8.
Attach your photos! You can buy some these mini pegs in most arts and crafts shops, or you can find them on eBay. Attach your photos, step back and admire, and you're done!

Hope this inspires someone out there... 'Cause I quite like it. :)
Until next time..
Over 'n' Out!


Bloggy stuff

I'm pretty much a 'bambi' or as most people would say 'newbie' to all this blogging stuff. Not entirely sure the direction of this blog, more than likely it will end up as a place to ramble pointlessly. But hey, everyone's doing it, gotta jump on the bandwagon eventually. ;) More to come soon.
Over and out... And a random sunset photo to brighten this page ;p