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03 June 2014

A Mini Makeover - Savvy Shopping

I've always headed straight to the big department and DIY stores when it comes to home improvements, but I was recently set a challenge by Debt Free Direct to see how the homeware products from my local supermarket compare to the big brands when it comes to price and quality.

Although we are having a new bathroom fitted in late June, it has been looking a little dull of late (especially with the horrendous wallpaper which I'm desperate to get rid of) so a mini makeover was in order. After all, nobody likes guests visiting when rooms are rather uninviting!

I decided to swap the plain plastic hand wash bottle for a shiny Disco Ball Dispenser (£8) and Disco Ball Soap Dish (£5), adding my favourite Rockstar Lush soap in there too to provide some variety. The dispenser is fairly heavy weight and the lid is easy to unscrew to add your hand cleaning liquid
inside with ease. It dispenses a lot less hand wash each time than the original plastic bottle does meaning it will last a lot longer too - bonus. The soap dish raises the soap with the plastic strips on top which allows any excess water to drain away from the soap itself, keeping it fresher for longer. A great idea.

Both products reflect the light nicely with the mirrored mosaic finish and I was really pleased with the instant modernised look that they provided the room with.

I had really wanted a storage pot for the Mini Mes' teeth brushing equipment so this matching Disco Ball Tumbler (£6) was perfect. Again, it's quite heavy which ensures the contents stay in place without it toppling over. It also adds a bit of sparkle to another area of the room and keeps the shiny theme running throughout.

I wanted to add a bit of colour to contrast with the white bathroom suite so I opted for the Croydex Black Bling Toilet Seat (£20) which with glitter in would also go well with the Disco Ball accessories. It was incredibly quick and simple to install and I feel it also goes well with the Cherry Pedestal & Bath Mat Set (£8) and hand towels (£6 each) plus the Bath Sheets (£6 each) which I also picked.

To finish the look I selected the Silver Sparkle Bin (£18). It's really solid and again adds some sparkle to the room. The one I had previously had gone a little rusty from the humidity of the room when the shower is on but the sparkle bin shouldn't do the same which is handy.

All of these were from the Asda Home range and I was really impressed with the quality especially being reasonably low cost. Just making a few small changes and adding some colour really transformed my bathroom. I can look past the horrible decor for the meantime and focus on the beautiful new products instead until the room is tiled ceiling to floor later this month and the whole room is complete.

If you are trying to cut costs and revamp your rooms on a budget you might want to have a look at Debt Free Direct's Making Money Go Further Blog where the experts provide tips and advice for frugal lifestyles. It's certainly worth a look for money saving and thrifty advice.

What room in your home would you give a mini makeover?

*I received these products for the purpose of the post. The opinions given are honest and our own*


  1. I always buy housey bits in the supermarket - I love your combo of red and bling! x

  2. I'm the same as Donna above, I always find great bigs in the supermarket and asda definitely are up there with the better quality pieces!

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  3. Fab idea. I might try it out for myself.

  4. I like the disco ball bling, will have to check it out at Asda! I love Lush too but hide mine ;)


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