DIY madness - bathroom remodel


This year (so far!) has not left too much time for fun, creative projects, so apologies for the lack of sewing posts. Instead, my husband and I decided to tackle refurbishing our bathroom… all by ourselves.

As you know if you’ve read my other posts, I am in the process of completely renovating my 1930’s house. We bought it from a gentleman with some problems and so the house was very unloved. But we managed to see past the filth (and that is not an exaggeration – 10 years of not cleaning and a dog that did it’s business INSIDE!) and saw the potential of making this our wonderful family home. However, that meant there were a few skeletons in the closet to deal with, one of which was our bathroom.

Sadly, at some stage of its peachy-flowery existence, the painted surfaces had become damaged and the dampness and humidity of the shower had started to cause real problems.

The floor (which was chipboard) was rotten in places and plaster was dropping off the walls every time you shut the door. The wall with the shower mounted on was so badly damaged, we knew the whole lot would have to come out and be rebuilt, so that gave us the first bit of inspiration for the remodel.

I had no idea tiling could be so therapeutic. And you should see what it did to my biceps!
I, and my husband, are lovers of good design, regardless of when or where it comes from. As we live in a semi-rural setting and a 1930s house, we were determined to give this tumble-down property a bit of personality. The bathroom itself is the smallest room in the house, and the previous owner made the (mad!) decision to relocate the boiler into this room. So we had to think carefully about ways to make the room appear bigger than it is, and also so as it gave us more usable space.

The orange matting on the wall is a waterproof membrane which we covered all the tiled walls and flooring with. It also made tiling A LOT easier!
The light colour palette assists with this goal. The porcelain floor tiles (yes, they are tiles!) are a light-oak effect, and by lifting the bath on legs it instantly feels more roomy. The light ceramic hand-painted wall tiles refract light around the room, which bounces of the white surfaces.

The ‘cloakroom’ sized basin is perfect for us. Ok, so you couldn’t wash a baby in it (hey, that’s what the butler sink in the kitchen is for, right?) but by not having a pedestal, we instantly added more usable floor space (so drying a baby is no problem!)

Opting for a traditional style lavatory with a high-level cistern gave us even more floor space, as it allowed for the toilet pan to sit further back, something which is not necessarily possible if you're using a modern 'hidden' cistern (I suppose it depends on what's behind your wall).

Apart from that, we tried to keep things as simple as possible. The exposed thermostat and traditional tap handles assist in giving that nod to history while by not having taps on the bath, we've given a modern twist to the design.

We purchased our suite from a local bathroom supplier and tiles from a local family-owned business, who I would more than happily recommend to anyone in Cheshire looking for their perfect bathroom.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my bathroom transformation. 

Laura x

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