Home Renovations

New Bathroom!

7th June 2017
Industrial Style Grey Small Bathroom


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

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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.

Industrial Style Grey Small Bathroom

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.

Industrial Style Grey Small Bathroom

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

Industrial Style Grey Small Bathroom

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….

Industrial Style Grey Small Bathroom

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!


Industrial Style Grey Small Bathroom

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.

Industrial Style Grey Small Bathroom

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.

Industrial Style Grey Small Bathroom

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). 

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  • Reply Leanne 7th June 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Love this ! Can’t wait to see it and experience it ! X

    • Reply Sian 12th June 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Can’t wait for you to see it!

  • Reply Nicky Kentisbeer 8th June 2017 at 12:10 pm

    It looks really beautiful. We have a similar taste so I’m a bit biased but I really love it. Top work – enjoy using it x #HomeEtc

    • Reply Sian 12th June 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Ah thank you so much!

  • Reply Keira @ Dekko Bird 8th June 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Oh I love this and all the touches you’ve added, really want some Hammam style towels as they dry so quickly and look really stylish in the bathroom. I love the Argos mirror – looks much more exclusive! might check that out for our hallway x #HomeEtc

    • Reply Sian 12th June 2017 at 11:27 pm

      We love the mirror! And recommend the hammam towels too.

  • Reply Amelia @ Oh Little One Sweet 8th June 2017 at 2:36 pm

    What a stunning bathroom! I just had a look at the before photos and the room is really unrecognisable. The tiles are lovely and I especially love the print on the wall. Well done- its a beautiful transformation! #HomeEtc Amelia x

    • Reply Sian 12th June 2017 at 11:27 pm

      Oh thank you! The print was a super last minute choice and I think it finishes things off well.

  • Reply Jen 8th June 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Do the girls kick the bath tray off?

    • Reply Sian 11th June 2017 at 10:37 pm

      Not yet! It does tend to get pushed to one side when they want to be mermaids.

  • Reply Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 11th June 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Ooh it looks fabulous! I perhaps shouldn’t have read your post this week as I was umming and aahing between your type of bathroom tiles and the ones we ended up using, and now I’m wondering if we should’ve gone for your lovely ones! It all looks fantastic, and like us, you have an unusual shaped bath which is great to see. Such a great bathroom makeover. #HomeEtc

    • Reply Sian 12th June 2017 at 11:29 pm

      I’ve just looked at your post and I LOVE your tiles! Love your mirror too – I originally wanted one with a strap but we couldn’t find one we thought would suit our space.

  • Reply Wave to Mummy 12th June 2017 at 10:23 pm

    It looks great! Our bathroom needs doing too – I’d probably go for something very similar what you have here 🙂 I love the metro tiles! And the bath – so handy.

    • Reply Sian 22nd August 2017 at 8:27 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Kerry 13th June 2017 at 11:17 am

    It looks lovely!! Our bathroom is tiny, so I’ll be looking to copy your ideas for our bathroom xx

    • Reply Sian 22nd August 2017 at 8:07 am

      Thanks Kerry!

  • Reply Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 13th June 2017 at 11:17 am

    SIAN!!!! It looks so fabulous!! I bet you’re thrilled with the finished room!! I absolutely LOVE the tiles you’ve used. I’m going to make a note of these for our kitchen — when we finally get round to doing the extension. We’ve just put up some standard white metro tiles — left over from another job — in our kitchen, funnily enough, for a quick fix and it looks a bazillion times better but I’d love something a little more rustic, when we get round to doing it all properly. Love it!! #HomeEtc PS — just spotted on your IG pics that you were at Blogtacular!!!!! Wish I’d seen you!!
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    • Reply Sian 22nd August 2017 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Caro! We still love the tiles! Blogtacular was lots of fun, I need to get braver about saying hi to people I recognise!

  • Reply Becky at PinksCharming 13th June 2017 at 5:12 pm

    It looks soo lush! I love everything about it, and in particular your husband’s towel comment. That sounds like something mine would say too. We knocked out our airing cupboard too and it made such a difference, I’m so glad we did it. Looks awesome xx #HomeEtc

    • Reply Sian 22nd August 2017 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Becky!

  • Reply ninjaDIY 12th January 2018 at 7:05 am

    Hey SIAN,

    You did awesome with this bathroom. It looks really nice, it’s always a struggle to do good jobs with little spaces but you’ve nailed it!

    I love the flooring and how imitates wood floor, to me, it makes the bathroom to look very cosy 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!


  • Reply Esther Diaz 30th April 2018 at 7:18 am

    Great design. I love this idea, this goes to one the designs that I want to do, planning to do the same thing at my apartment. Anyways, great article!

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