The thing about our new house is, our love of it has never been the décor. It’s not to our taste – the hall is yellow and grey/purple, the living room a pale brown with gold aztec style border, and the dining room turquoise and green. But it feels right. Yep. We had the feeling when we looked round it. But it needs work and we have plans.
We decorated the loft first as it was a relatively straight forward transformation – a few licks of paint, a new carpet and a load of furniture, with a bit of style thrown in. We were then hoping to start work on the downstairs and our extension plans for a nice open plan kitchen/dining/living area, but have been held up by a not-so-reliable structural engineer. So instead we turned our attentions to the bathroom.
When we looked round our new house, the bathroom certainly didn’t blow us away. But it didn’t send us running for the hills either; it was livable. At our old flat in Highbury the bathroom was a simple (pretty large, actually) cube with nice clean white suite, towel rail, large mirror and large well-laid tiles. Our new bathroom was quite a contrast – black mock flock wallpaper, a black rubbery radiator, tiles on top of tiles, black painted hearth under the toilet, two layers of cork tiles under mock tile lino and a filthy toilet.
We were the first people to live in our Highbury flat, so the bathroom was always clean and well maintained. But when we moved into our new house we realised how grubby the bathroom was. No amount of scrubbing, bleach and toilet cleaner was going to leave it fresh and sparkling. Everything had to go.
Our plan: to create a simple, modern and light bathroom.
I had been curating a Pinterest board of inspiration for some months and we had lots of ideas of what we wanted. But there was a long list of stuff to do to get to that. We had to have:
- the ceiling brought down and a new one put up
- two layers of tiles removed
- three layers of flooring removed
- the door removed
- the bath, sink and toilet removed
- the tiled concrete hearth under toilet removed
- all plaster board replaced and walls and ceiling skimmed
- pipes moved
- a new boiler installed
- a new electrics board put in
- new lights and fan installed
- new shower, toilet, sink and heated towel rail installed
- new tiling done
- a boiler housing and cupboard made
- new flooring laid
- new door hung
- new accessories
Although we did have to endure several days of no ceiling (and thus regular showers of dust and dirt falling on us), a night without any hot water, several days with a toilet that could only be flushed with a bucket of water and a few days of no shower, luckily Jeffrey and I were in Cannes for our friends’ wonderful Anglo-French wedding for much of the messy work.
It has been quite a slow process getting it all done. The finished product? Well, see for yourself.
We decided against getting a bath – shock horror – and plumped for a nice large walk-in shower with drench and movable shower heads, large off-set rectangular white gloss tiles, a wonderful grey rubber floor, a simple white suite and a homemade (by me) roman blind. We also bought a new Victorian style door to replace the 1960s monstrosity that was there before (sadly we couldn’t find an original reclaimed door at the salvage yard) and got the new boiler boxed in with storage by a carpenter. You can see a full list of items, at the end of this post.
There are a few elements still to be finished – a picture above the toilet and a small bit of boxing in of toilet pipes, for example – but we’re pretty much there. And we’re very happy with it.
List of items:
- Iflo Rhea pedestal wash basin
- Iflo Rhea toilet and soft close seat
- Grohe Concetto Basin Mixer tap
- Kudos Ultimate 2 Walk-in corner shower
- Mira Adept BRD+ Plus Mixer Shower
- Iflo towel rail straight chrome
- Rectified white gloss wall tiles (600mm x 300mm)
- Colour Flooring Company De Beauvoir Grey Rubber Flooring
- John Lewis Double Shelf Shower Caddy
- Homebase Kitchen and Bathroom paint – Duck Egg
- Homebase Kitchen and Bathroom paint – White