DIY Bathroom Unit Makeover

I’m beginning to realise that i’ve seriously got a problem….is there such a thing as DA (decorators anonymous) as if so, I seriously need to join. 

On Tuesday I had a mammoth cleaning session whilst Elsa was at nursery & Rory either napping or happily bouncing away in his Jumperoo (the best invention in the world EVER – will be doing a blog post on my top baby buys soon as this is definitely number 1!). I posted the above picture on Instagram which reminded me how I really wanted to do something with this bathroom cabinet/sink unit.

It’s a lovely unit but I have a bit of a personal issue with this kind of wood. It reminds me of cheap ikea furniture & I’m not a fan of unpainted wood at the best of times.

On Wednesday morning I went & bought some eggshell wood primer (£12.99 for 1L) from my local Brewers merchant & also got them to mix up a 1L tin of acrylic eggshell (the best type for bathrooms or kitchens) in F&B stony ground (the same as my kitchen). I could have gone for actual F&B but couldn’t find a local stockists that had it in stock & to order in would have taken a few days, which i’m FAR too impatient for. The F&B is £21.99 for 0.75L tin of eggshell & the Dulux mixed was £25.99 for 1L.

I then started by prepping the area which included masking taping the edges including round the mirror then taking off the handles.

Then I did 1 coat of primer which resulted in an instantly brighter room – isn’t it amazing what a lick of paint can do? 

I left it for a couple of hours then did my 1st coat of the Stony Ground.

After another couple of hours I did my 2nd then left it to dry before taking off the masking tape & putting the handles back on.

Et voila 🙂

In total I probably only used about 1/6 of the 1L of primer & 1/4 of the 1L of stony ground – lots left so I think i’m going to give the utility room a bit of a makeover next week. This project took me about a day in total including drying time but each coat only took about 20 minutes (3x) between this time.

Full bathroom room tour coming up in the next few weeks 🙂

Love, Charlotte x


  1. August 7, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Hi Charlotte!

    Thinking of painting my kitchen after seeing yours on Instagram. Are your bathroom units solid wood or do they have a laminate finish? Also have you had any problems with the paint chipping at all?

    Thanks! 🙂

  2. August 14, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    My kitchen cupboards were solid wood but the bathroom was a laminate finish – it works on both as long as you do the right prep work 🙂 it's too early to tell how the bathrooms going but the kitchens holding up well so far & it's been 5 months (although some wear & tear around handles on the fridge as I go in them every 5 minutes ha) x

  3. October 9, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    It is amazing, indeed. Just think of all of the materials that a bathroom can be made of. Ultimately, though, you will have to settle with these loans every single time. Whatever you choose to build your bathroom floors with, whether it's wood or concrete, make sure that it's the strongest possible kind.

    Lynne Hollaran @ Suburban Glass

  4. October 27, 2015 / 10:56 am

    Hi hun. Just a quick one. Where is your bathroom unit from? We are redoing our bathroom in the next few weeks x

  5. October 31, 2015 / 1:17 am

    Absolutely love what you have done, what a difference. How was the dulux compared to f&b if you don't mind me asking? We're (meaning me) are wanting to paint the kitchen units and it's all a bit scary, and hubby would kill me if i got it wrong lolx

  6. Emily John
    August 5, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Hey Charlotte, sorry for the post on such a old blog. But I have a init just like this and really want to paint it like you have. But I’m just wondering how it’s lasted since you painted it? It worry me to think it will scratch or get water damage? Thank you! Ps I’m a huge fan!!

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 7, 2017 / 8:12 am

      Hi Emily, no it’s lasted amazingly! Although we don’t really get water on it much so I’m not sure about that side of things. Really recommend x