Yay, I’m on a roll with these room updates! After transforming my porch in August, I’ve now ticked off another room from the list with my quirky downstairs toilet makeover, since sharing my plans for it with you in my last blog post. The grey safe space that I’d created when we first renovated the house just wasn’t reflective of my current interior style and I was frankly bored with it!

leopard painted unit in front of teal wall and blush towel on holder
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You’ll know if you read my last blog post that this room didn’t exist when we first bought the house. We converted it from the garage space along with the utility that’s next to the kitchen.

building blocks and screed floor stage of downstairs toilet

Quirky Downstairs Toilet – Before & After

And speaking of the lacklustre room that it was. Here is a before pic of how it looked before the makeover since 2014.

downstairs toilet with wooden sink unit and floor and shelves with plants and accessories

I know what you’re thinking. Get on with the after pics! I hear you. Here’s the cloakroom after its makeover.

downstairs toilet with teal walls, decorative accessories, gallery wall art, Kate Moss Print, leopard print unit, dried pampas grass

The bland walls are no more and have been painted with a gorgeous Valspar teal paint called ‘Pastoral Peace’, along with the skirting and architrave in an eggshell finish of the same shade for a cohesive look. I was super impressed with the quality and coverage of the paint. It only really took one good coat, and I bought the wipeable matt finish for the walls. In my Instagram stories I mentioned that it did still have a bit of a sheen, but after it had fully dried I have to admit it looked pretty matt for a wipeable paint. Valspar also have such a wide range of colours you’ll be sure to find your perfect shade.

DIY Leopard Print Unit

I’ve done away with the wood effect on the sink unit and hand painted it in a funky leopard print as one of the main features in my quirky downstairs toilet. Also spray painting the chrome handles black and gold to tie in with the towel and toilet roll holders.  

Below is the wood laminate wrapped sink unit before I got creative with it.

sink unit in laminate wood effect

And after the leopard treatment.

hand painted leopard sink unit with black and gold handles
hand painted leopard sink unit with black and gold handles

Styling With Decorative Accessories

I snapped up the stylish toilet roll and towel holders a while back from Next as I predicted they would sell out quickly. And I was right. They did. Sorry!

belly basket toilet roll storage, pin board and artifiicial plant next to teal wall and leopard print painted unit with artificial trailing plant

We’re so happy with the tall brushed brass tap from Drench that sets off the sink unit beautifully. It oozes quality and glam.

Tall brushed brass basin tap

The fun pom pom pink towels I bought are so soft and luxurious. I couldn’t wait to ditch my old tatty towels for them!

pink pom pom towel with teal wall and dried pampas grass in background

DIY Concrete Effect Shelf

I replaced the old glass shelves with a DIY cement effect one using *steampunk brackets that I sprayed gold. The shelf is styled with a few edgy accessories and a cool Kate Moss print from Rock Salt Prints hung underneath. This particular one isn’t on the website, but I saw it on their Instagram page and direct messaged them to order it.

Downstairs toilet makeover ideas and decor for a small bathroom. Quirky teal cloakroom interior design refresh with statement gold accessories, pampas grass, hand painted leopard unit and DIY concrete effect shelf and wall art. #toiletdecor #downstairstoilet #quirkydecor #colourfuldecor
wandering jew plant on concrete effect shelf with gold steampunk brackets

On-Trend Dried Flower Stems

I draped a unique gold feather banner from Urban Outfitters in front of the print and softened the corner of the room with some pampas grass displayed in an oversized vase. I actually asked on Next Door if anyone had a pampas grass they wouldn’t mind me pinching a few stems from and one of my neighbours kindly obliged. To dry them out, I sprayed them with hairspray and hung them upside down in my loft for a couple of weeks. Needless to say I’m super pleased with my freebies and think they look gorgeous.

The feather banner is unfortunately no longer available, but you can get a similar moon one.

corner of toilet with teal walls, Kate Moss Print and dried pampas grass in large vase

The gorgeous protea stems are from Shida Preserved Flowers. The dusky blush shade is just swoon worthy. They’re displayed in a quirky two dimensional vase  (which I received at a discounted price) from Mahogany Street, a fabulous interiors store that ship internationally and are well worth checking out.

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A prowling gold cheetah ornament (unfortunately no longer available) was the perfect finishing touch to the shelf.

dried blush protea stems in 2D vase next to gold cheetah ornament on concrete effect shelf in front of teal wall

The reed diffuser is obviously an upcyle of a Hendrick’s gin bottle and the scrummy smelling candle is one from my Iggy Box subscription.

Hendrick's bottle reed diffuser and soy wax candle on concrete effect shelf in front of teal wall

My ‘ow am ya’ print that was in the toilet before the makeover, now resides on the opposite wall so you can look at it whilst sitting on the loo!

Typography print on teal wall with rattan lampshade in foreground, trailing plant to the left and orange vintage glass lampshades in background

Gallery Wall Decoration

I created a gallery on the opposite wall to the sink, adding a splash of blush to the scheme. 

Gallery wall (top to bottom) – Kiss More Often (no longer available), *Leopard Race, *UGH, Antibes, *Maximalist Geometric

blush gallery wall prints on teal wall

Leopard Ceiling Decoration

On my mission to show love to all of the ceilings in my home, I painted the fifth wall in the ‘Pastoral Peace’ shade and made the leopards from one of the prints escape from the picture and race up onto the ceiling.

I did this by photographing the original picture, printing it out in various sizes, then cutting out the leopards and sealing them with PVA glue. Lastly, I stuck them onto the wall and ceiling with the same glue.

gallery wall through mirror in downstairs toilet with rattan lampshade and trailing plant

The rattan lampshade which was from Made adds a touch of boho to the room. Hello leopards!

downstairs toilet with teal walls, rattan lampshade, gallery wall, dried pampas grass, styled concrete effect shelf

It’s a race to the finish line!

Teal walls and ceiling with rattan lampshade, wall print. Decorated with racing leopards

The downstairs toilet now has the injection of character and personality it deserves. It’s just so much more cosy, inviting and interesting! I’d love to hear what you think of my quirky downstairs toilet makeover in the comments below.

downstairs toilet with teal walls, decorative accessories, gallery wall art, Kate Moss Print, leopard print unit, dried pampas grass

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