Mum-of-two transforms bathroom into a dinosaur paradise for kids

A mum-of-two has created a fun new bathroom for her children.

Dawn Sheppard and her kids moved into their ‘forever home’ last year, but it needed a lot of work doing to it.

One of the tasks she wanted to do was transform the bathroom into a dinosaur-themed space.

Dawn was pregnant when the family moved into the new house, and she created the fun bathroom so she could use it to potty train her little boy, Birmingham Live reports.

Speaking to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk, Dawn says: “I decided to decorate our downstairs toilet with a dinosaur theme to help our little boy potty train.

“We are a dinosaur loving family so I knew exactly what the theme would be!’

The first step was to source supplies, and Dawn, who works as a registered NHS nurse, managed to do so cheaply with bargains from online stores, B&Q and Facebook Marketplace. At B&Q, she picked up green metal and wood paint for £15, followed by some emerald green metro tiles for £30.

She then benefited from a 20% off sale in the hardware store, picking up a toilet for £47 and a vanity unit with a basin sink for £67. Next up was some Portuguese tile effect vinyl flooring for £50 from Best 4 Flooring, and then it was time for the main attraction – the dinosaur wallpaper.



The 'roar-some' room
The ‘roar-some’ room

Dawn picked up two rolls for £12.49 each from World of Wallpaper, before heading to Facebook Marketplace and getting her best bargain – a brand new radiator cover originally priced at £95 for £30.

She added: “‘The toilet and sink in that room were disgusting, so I went into overdrive to get them out of the house as soon as we got it.’ She essentially had a blank slate, so got to work with the paint.

“I watched YouTube for the tiling and grouting techniques.

“My husband installed the sink and toilet, as he learned these skills from watching his dad over the years and asking family members for advice.

“It was a bit of a pain to get it to fit as it required cutting down, but it really finished the room off to hide the hideous radiator and pipes!”

Once the project was finished, Dawn’s middle child was obsessed.

She said: “He loved it. He saw it as his toilet and we needed to get his permission to use it! With gentle encouragement, getting him to use the toilet worked a treat. He went straight from nappies to the toilet aged two and a half.”

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “This transformation is roar-some! No wonder Dawn’s son is reluctant to let people in there – it’s a room to be proud of.

“The temptation to ‘play it safe’ with home decor can lead to us having neutral colours we get bored with, so it’s great that this family has stuck to what they love and ensured their house reflects their tastes.”