Sunday, 22 May 2011

Throne room improvements

Sometimes the smallest room in the house gets neglected, it's just not a priority when it comes to decorating.  However, this small but important room has been bugging me for some time as I like things to look nice.  I think the following photo says it all adequate but not very nice.

I'm sorry about the quality of this photo as it was taken very late in the day and using the flash made the colours look all wrong.

Here is our improved throne room.

I didn't want to spend too much money on this improvement and the only thing I paid money for was the metal storage unit which I found on Friday for $22.  All other improvements came from using what I had.  Frugal decorating, I love it.

The first thing I did was spray paint the basket that previously held the toilet paper with a flat white paint.  I only gave it a light coating so that some of the natural cane colour would show through.  I had thought I would buy a new  rubbish bin but suddenly hit on the idea of putting the bin in the basket to hide it.  It also hides the toilet brush.  Yippee!  Cost $0.

I wanted to add some sort of all day fragrance to the room but wasn't prepared to buy an expensive solution.  So I copied an idea which is in many of the lovely home wares shops.  I've seen these priced at $38.  I found a small glass bottle I already had and filled it with water and added some drops of my favourite essential oil.  I found wooden satay sticks in my kitchen draw and added them to the bottle to diffuse the essential oil.  I found disused saucers from espresso cups and used one to go under the bottle to protect the surface of the metal storage unit.  Cost $0.  
To add a little more decorative interest, I placed some pebbles on another saucer.  The pebbles were in the garden and were originally found on a beach visit some years ago.  After a good scrub they came up looking gorgeous and just the right colour.  Cost $0

The toilet rolls were  placed on the lower shelf and for a little more interest, I added the hanging heart which I made years ago and was previously hanging on the toilet door handle.  Cost $0.

Here is a closer look.

Such a long post for such a little room.  :)  What do you think?  I'm very happy with the outcome.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone,

Anne  xx


  1. I love it. Your new metal unit is gorgeous and the whole thing speaks care. All littlest rooms should be given such attention! How about one of your paintings in matching tones on the wall to draw the eye away from the ... ah ... throne. I use a pretty jug for holding my brush instead of those horrid white holders. Any jug with a wide enough hole will do so long as it is pretty. Cherrie

  2. Wow, how fancy schmancy is that, love the metal storage unit and the stones look great too.

    Well done, better go check out my 'powder room' and cast a critical eye over it......

    Claire :}

  3. Love it all. I'm going to make home made fragrant bottles too !

  4. Wow, Anne that looks fabulous!!

    It's the best kind of decorating - frugally, it just looks all the better for the fact it cost so little!!

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend....

    S x

  5. You've done a good job, it's a great improvement!

  6. Very nice, the "Throne room" Anne! Well done!
    Have a pleasant Sunday.

  7. I love your little room update. Looks great - I particularly love the fragrance idea. Might just copy that one I think! The storage unit looks just right too.

  8. Thank you for all your encouraging comments. They've made my day.
    Anne xx

  9. It looks great! If only I could trust my kids to leave sticks in a bottle alone.


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