Bathroom update, replacing my bath panel

Bathroom refresh Part 1 

This week I have started to tackle some jobs in my downstairs bathroom. Bathrooms can be really expensive so I am tackling some jobs myself to save on costs. In today’s post, I am sharing how I changed my bath panel, toilet seat and shower door seal. I still have some jobs left to do in the bathroom but I thought I would share what I have done so far. A lot of the pieces in the bathroom are there from when I first moved in. I had an ugly broken plastic bath panel, a plastic toilet seat and some mouldy shower seals. Changing these have already made it look cleaner and I can’t wait to tackle the rest of the decorating. 

Changing my bath panel

I had watched some videos on Youtube showing how to change my bath panel so I decided to have a go at it myself. This took me over an hour to do and the hardest part was just cutting it to size. I used my old bath panel as a template for my new panel. I got my new panel from the B&Q in Liffey Valley and it is an MDF veneer finish. Once I was happy with the measurements I used a saw to cut it to size. I drilled the bottom board to the panel but you can use an adhesive or sealant to also glue this together. I then slotted it into place. This was easier than I expected and definitely, a job that we ladies can tackle ourselves. I was surprised at how easy it was to pop out my bath panel, most of them easily slide out. 

Changing my toilet seat

I was able to find a toilet seat in Argos that was a similar style to my bath panel. My old seat was plastic and the seal was pealing and it was generally just disgusting. No matter how many times I cleaned it, it was still grubby looking. Changing toilet seats is really simple. Just unscrew the fixings underneath and lift it off. You can then add your new seat and just follow the fixing instructions that come with your seat.  You can check out my Youtube video here and see how I tackled these jobs. 

Changing the seal on my bath screen door 

It was great to find out that I could cheaply replace the seal on my bath panel. Over time this had become broken and mouldy. I had bleached it a few times which brought it back to life but there was no saving it this time. I purchased a replacement rubber seal from, you can also get these off Amazon and eBay. My glass was 6mm thick so I made to pick a seal that would fit. I used my old seal as a guide to cut my new one to size. These are easily cut to size. I then cleaned the glass and simply popped my new seal on. No more ugly shower seal! 

I know these were not the most glamorous of DIYs but I wanted to show you that the simplest of changes can make a big difference. I still have loads left on my bathroom makeover list but I thought I would share my jobs so far. Next to tackle is my broken and mouldy seal around my bath, replace my taps, painting and decorating. If you watch my Youtube video you can also see the trinkets I picked up in Homesense over the weekend for the bathroom. 

Thanks so much for reading, 

Chat soon, 




  1. Unknown
    August 3, 2018 / 5:27 am

    Wow very nice and yes something so simple can make a BIG change , thank you for sharing ♡

    • Catherine Carton
      August 3, 2018 / 5:35 am

      Thank you for commenting! Glad you liked it x

  2. Lostvestige
    August 4, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Nice!! We recently changed out our toilet seat that was looking quite old, and I can't believe the difference it made! It seemed to brighten up the whole bathroom. Haha!

    • Catherine Carton
      August 6, 2018 / 11:01 am

      I love that the smallest of things can change a space and brighten it up x

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