When Hannah Drakeford set out to remodel the bathroom of her flat in Deptford, she didn’t intend the process to take four months.
“I started at the beginning of January this year and it took four months to complete. I know it feels like an age for such a small space, but trying to save time while running a business was really not easy “, she says. Stylist.
Add to that the painstaking hand-painting of her own faux terrazzo countertop and DIY panel installation, and you can see how time-consuming the process was. But take a look at his Instagram account, and it is clear that the hours spent were more than worth it.
Like many of us, Hannah drew inspiration from her travels (and a bit of Pinterest) to make her pink bathroom dreams a reality. Here, she tells us exactly how she achieved this stunning result, while keeping her budget in mind.
What was your biggest decorative inspiration at the start of your renovation?
“My first source of inspiration came from a trip to Marrakech. The bathroom in the riad we stayed in had these amazing circle pattern tiles on the floor and walls. The photos I took became the basis of the Pinterest board I used to organize my ideas and also featured tons of photos of mid-century inspired bathrooms with stunning terrazzo countertops and tiles .
Which DIY hack are you most proud of?
“Love the pink trim above and below the mirrored cabinets. It was such a simple hack, only requiring a saw, some adhesive and a few coats of paint and the end result looked amazing. Looks so upscale Tip: You can buy wood slats from B&Q pre-sanded, primed and ready to paint.
“The three light globes on the wall were also an Ebay steal (three for £25!). These are actually really basic bathroom ceiling lights which I mounted to the wall instead and painted in black on their white plastic bases.
What is your favorite part of the play and why?
“The faux terrazzo worktop was a labor of love. If I had had a bigger budget, I would definitely have ripped out the old dark wood effect laminate worktop and replaced it with a terrazzo version of stone but instead I opted to paint the laminate black and then paint all the individual white stones on top using a thin emulsion Obviously this was extremely time consuming but I’m so happy to its looks and I saved a ton of money.
What has been your biggest renovation challenge?
“Finding paints and coatings that would cover all the surfaces I needed. I needed to keep costs to a minimum and not spend a lot of money on buying a specific paint for the radiator, another for the floor, and another for the tub tile. I took my time researching recommendations and reading reviews before making any purchases and calculated the areas I planned to cover to avoid buying larger quantities than necessary.
“For the floor and bath tiles, laminate bath panel and radiator, I used V33 Renovation Floor and Stair Paint, then switched to Zinsser Bullseye 123 as a tile and laminate primer; Lick Pink 03 for ceiling, tile forms and panelling; Ronseal Exterior Crystal Clear as a glaze for the rose tile shapes, worktop and panelling; and Lust Home‘s Hypnotize wallpaper.
What do you wish you had known before starting your renovation?
“This painting of the worktop would take two full days. In fact no, if I had known that before, I would not have done it!
Hannah’s Favorite Personal Instagram Accounts
House of Harnasz
“Emily is at the start of her renovation journey, she has just bought a beautiful old Victorian house in the Scottish Borders. It has amazing original features including servant bells that work in every room! She is a consultant really talented in color and I’m thrilled to see her transforming the place with color.
“I’m a sucker for all things Mid-Century and watching Linda lovingly restore this magnificent home in America is an absolute delight.”
The Hub Pajamas
“Less of a renovation account and more of a masterclass in low-budget DIY hacks, Amara shares so many creative and resourceful ways to make a rental property feel like a home and a real expression of personal style. So inspiring.
Photography: Courtesy of Hannah Drakeford