Those of you who follow my Instagram and Twitter feeds will have seen several photos of our bathroom makeover popping up this week. It has been a week long process, with a few hiccups along the way, but my lovely plumbers have worked tirelessly to create the sanctuary I had in mind.
We have lived in this house for almost 6 years now, and over that time we have done a lot of work. We have installed a new kitchen, built a rear extension and done a lot of decoration, adding in plenty of new carpets, new furniture and new accessories. I recently posted about my dream bedroom ideas, and this is certainly the next room on my hit list. But this week has been all about the bathroom.
We have saved for a long time to get the bathroom done. It’s not a cheap job, and we obviously wanted it done properly. We spent a long time researching tiles, taps and flooring as well as choosing the shaped bath and shower screen we wanted. If you are stuck for ideas and need a bit of inspiration, there are some great ranges on My Bathrooms. All the big bathroom items were ordered, the plumbers were booked and work started on Monday.
It’s been tough, I won’t lie. We only have one bathroom in the house and so managing 3 children and a non working bathroom has been a bit of a headache at times. Thank goodness for lovely neighbours who have let the children in to use their toilets! Having said that, it’s all been worth it.
Before – the bathroom was a bit of a mess to be honest. Bright yellow paint teamed with crazy black and white tiles, an old cracked bath panel and a window that didn’t fit all that well. Can’t say I was sorry to see the back of al that!
Day 1 – tiles all off the wall and flooring removed. New window put in. It’s looking different already.
Day 2 – new bath in and taps moved to the opposite end. We went for a shaped bath to make the most of the small space we have. The sink and toilet have been pulled out and the gorgeous new tiles are on the walls. Our old radiator has been removed.
Day 3 – New tiles on the floor and a shiny new heated towel rail in place. It is starting to look rather fantastic now!
Day 4 – New taps on sink and bath, new glass shower screen in place and all grouting completed and left to set overnight.
Day 5 – The finishing touches! New shower installed, new bathroom cabinet on the wall and new toilet roll holder, towel ring and toothbrush mug going in as we speak. I love it all.
I am so pleased, it’s been a transformation. There are just a few little bits and pieces we need to get now to really finish it off. I want some new towels to complete the look – I am loving these Coastal Stripe ones from John Lewis. I also plan to get a couple of posh candles, some canvas baskets to go on the windowsill for storing all the little bits and bobs and a new chrome bin. Who knew I could get so excited about choosing a bin…?
So, yes it has been a bit of a chaotic week, the children have gone fairly unwashed, the plumbers have had to sort a host of unexpected problems that arose when the old bathroom was removed – but it’s still been worth it. I have gone from having a bathroom I was fairly embarrassed about letting people use to one I can’t wait to show off.