Here are the “reveal” photos I promised to post after our bathroom renovation a couple of months ago! It took us about 4 times as long as the actual renovation work to decide on the finishing touches. We are finally at the stage where we are “done” (for now).
Bath & Shower
If you remember from the “before” post the bathroom space is pretty small. We knocked the wall down between the bathroom and a cupboard to create a slightly bigger space. In the newly created alcove, we put one end of the shower bath and the shower too. I LOVE this as it means a fairly big space to shower in without the need for a shower curtain that sticks to you or a shower screen that just gets covered in limescale. I’m by no means a “neat” showerer but even I manage to not get water over the floor – win! The girls love having so much space in the bath and it’s a treat for me too.
We found a wooden bath tray in Sainsbury’s which is great for balancing bath accessories, cups and books on. Also for dividing the girls up when they are fighting in the bath ;-). In fact when Imogen first saw the tray, she lined up her bath toys on it and said “This is so cool“. Praise indeed from a two year old.
One thing we didn’t do is have the bath tiled in. I’m not completely happy with the way the bath panel sits so we may change this in the future.
We have both a fixed rainforest shower and detachable shower head too to cover everyone’s preferences! We opted for old fashioned style taps after being totally overwhelmed with tap choices and the plumber recommending some very modern ones but we preferred these.
Basin Unit & Loo
I was very keen on a butler style sink with a cupboard underneath and we found this one we love that ticks all the boxes. We have the same style taps as on the bath. When we were choosing the unit, we wondered whether the grey was too dark and overpowering but it suits the room really well. The cupboard is the only storage area in the room but it works for us. The old bathroom had no closed-in storage so this is an improvement! We can even hide the bath toys in there….
The mirror was another surprising find, this was from Argos. The wood matches the bath tray.
The loo is fairly nondescript! We wanted something traditional but without too many grooves or bits for dust to settle in.
The black loo roll holder is from IKEA. This was another thing where after looking at 50 choices, there was only one we agreed on. So I trundled off to IKEA to buy it (and 20 other things I didn’t know I needed). Online it looked as if it was in stock. But, when I got to the right shelf there was just an empty box. Knowing how things get picked up and put down incorrectly (never by me, oh no), I began searching the boxes of other loo roll holders but couldn’t find the chosen one. In a moment of determination (or madness), I was on my hands and knees looking underneath the shelves. Lo and behold, at the back amongst the dust was the last Svartsjon toilet roll holder!
Choosing wall tiles was the hardest part of the re-furb. Andy and I were poles apart in what we liked. I very much wanted the ubiquitous metro style tiles. He doesn’t like them as they remind him of public loos. He also didn’t want anything shiny! These off-white, natural brick style tiles from Topps Tiles managed to please us both! They are fixed with silver grout which looks a darker grey when wet. They did take about 50% longer to fit than regular tiles so beware of that.
The flooring was another compromise though not as painfully drawn out. I really wanted a black and white Moroccan pattern but Andy was against that. We were wandering around B&Q looking for tiles one child-free Saturday morning (we know how to live) and came across these. I love how they look very much like the greyish wooden floors we have in other areas of the house but they are ceramic so waterproof. I would use these again in the downstairs bathroom or even the kitchen when we get that done.
Radiator & Towels
We wanted more of a traditional Victorian radiator with a towel rail but there just wasn’t enough space. The plumber suggested a typical white bathroom radiator and I think it works well here. He used valves on the bottom to match the other taps.
As I couldn’t have my Moroccan floor, I very much pushed for Hammam style towels to add a bit of pattern and texture. I also love how they dry quickly (they are thin like a cotton scarf but very absorbent) which is great in a small space. I love using them too though Andy isn’t sure. Quite soon after we got them I found he had hung up a little blanket in the bathroom. When I asked him why he said “… I thought it was another new towel! I don’t know what towels are supposed to look like anymore!” The iron hooks you can see a bit of were an eBay find.
So here we are, I hope you like it!
If you are interested in where the bathroom fittings and accessories are from, here is the source list (all UK based).
Showers, basin and unit – http://soak.com
Toilet roll holder and bath mat (on radiator) – IKEA
Grey toilet brush and marble effect toothbrush holder – Next
Towels – www.hammamandhome.co.uk (iron towel hooks from eBay)
Bath tray – Sainsbury’s
Mirror – Argos
Fern print – www.etsy.com/uk/
(The ‘L’ shaped shower bath, loo, radiator and taps are fairly bog standard (haha!) and were provided by the plumber, I’m not sure where from).