DIY fresh towel basket

I bought this basket a few years ago on sale and have used it to store magazines (that I have way too much of).

With the lovely bathroom makeover Germarie did this week I thought it would be a good idea to give my basket a quick facelift and use it to store fresh towels in the bathroom.

It took me less than 15 minutes and I love the new look!

Before

My poor basket has seen better days. It collapsed on the one side due to the weight of the magazines I used to store in it.

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After

Tightly packed with fresh towels straight off the washing line it helped to pull the basket back in shape. My colour palette in the bathroom is grey and duck egg blue so the colour dipped effect at the bottom of the basket pulls it all together.

Continue reading to see just how easy and quick it was to do this DIY.

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Measure once

Stuff the basket with a pillow for you to measure out a straight line at the bottom. Mark the line with a pencil.

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Paint

I painted my basket with Annie Sloan Chalkboard Paint in Duck Egg Blue. I know … we use Annie Sloan almost in every post but it’s because we truly believe in the product and it’s so easy to use.

Shop your chalk paint online here!

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Play with texture

Just like my previous post on the DIY happy bag, I gave it a light coat of paint so that the texture still shows.

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Two steps and that’s it!

In only two easy steps I managed to transform this basket from sad to happy. My only wish is that this new addition to the bathroom will inspire all of us not to leave wet towels on the floor!

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Now go on and collect all those old baskets you have around the house and transform them into practical and pretty storage items!

Happy styling,

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Trend alert: Ten fresh bathroom trends

The bathroom is a sacred space and for me provides the only hour of solitude during the day. There is nothing as healing as taking a bath with essential oils and soaking away with your own thoughts.

I have found ten very exciting new bathroom trends including a few that have been with us for a while and are so popular that they might just stick around a little longer.

Trend #1 – Patterned floors

Patterned floor tiles in Moroccan designs gives the space texture without being too busy. This bathroom’s structural elements are outlined with the use of black and creates a lovely regal look.

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Trend #2 – Textured tiles

Matt white textured tiles are now seen in all the hippest bathrooms. It shows off its shape subtly with only the light playing on the textures.

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Trend #3┬á– Geometric tiles

This 3D geometric tile gives the bathroom a sophisticated feel and a dash of masculinity.

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Trend #4 – Industrial lighting

This trend made its way from the dining room to the bathroom and look at the dramatic effect it creates combined with wood and shaped mirrors.

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Trend #5 – Barn doors

Sliding doors are a great space saver for a bathroom. Barn doors add a bold, natural statement to the space which I absolutely love.

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Trend #6 – Plants

The vertical garden is still big and even more so in the bathroom. It can be costly to get it installed with the correct watering system but has a wow factor that’s hard to beat.

Alternatively you can create a still life using a few distressed ladders and plants that love a moist environment.

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Trend #7 – Stone walls

Stone tiles or cladding are all the rage in bathrooms right now. Play with natural (or natural looking) elements.

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Trend #8 – Ceramic wood tiles

This bathroom is clad with ceramic tiles that resemble wood to give it a lovely textured and natural feel.

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Trend #9 – Subway tiles with dark grout

Subway tiles are etched off to emphasize their shape by using dark grout instead of the usual white. I love the industrial elements in this bathroom contrasted with the wooden floor.

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Trend #10 – Black, white and blue

Bathrooms have taken on a more serious colour palette like this one in black, white and blue giving it a masculine feel.

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Keep an eye out for our bathroom make-over incorporating some of these trends on a shoestring budget!

Happy styling,

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