Our Victorian style bathroom reveal!

It’s been a few weeks since I shared the progress on our bathroom renovation. We’ve been very busy behind the scenes and are now ready to share the finished transformation! We have gone for a traditional Victorian style bathroom as much as possible as a nod towards the age of our lovely old house.

Before I share the finished result, here is a quick reminder of what we had to contend with.

Before the Victorian style bathroom renovationWe  weren’t planning on doing the bathroom this year but a structural issue meant we had to remove the chimney that runs through the middle of the house. When I last updated we were in the throes of the project, we only had half a floor and ceiling and no where to bathe or shower. It really does get worse before it get better but after a long hard slog we are finally there!

Our Victorian style bathroom renovation

Victorian bathroom renovation. Roll top bathMoving the doorway meant that we could have a full length roll top bath. The suite (excluding the shower) is from Better Bathrooms. The flooring is lino since it worked out a fraction of the price of tiles.

Traditional Victorian shower headI decided on tongue and groove rather than tiles. Mr M fitted all the woodwork himself and I think he did a cracking job. I knew I wanted a sage green shade for the woodwork and a warm grey below the picture rail. After a few tester pots that just weren’t right I found Farrow and Ball’s shade Calke Green. It worked out pretty expensive so we go B&Q to mix a dupe and it is exactly what I wanted.

Metro tiles in the shower cubicleThe shower is wonderful and you can use either the traditional shower head or the waterfall shower (or both together). The metro tiles look great but are ridiculously hard to cut in a straight line due to the beveled edges.

Waterfall shower headMr M also fitted the picture rail and coving. He added an extra run of trim on the ceiling (because I’m making him do it in every room we decorate and I want a cohesive look).

Victorian style basinI chose a basin with integral splashback because weren’t using tiles.

Built in cupboard to house the boilerWe hid the ugly boiler with a kitchen larder unit from Ikea. Because it has shelves it doubles up as storage which is an added bonus.

Traditional style towel radiatorWe removed the old radiator (that’s where we put the new doorway) and put a heated towel radiator under the window. It’s fantastic but don’t leave it on for too long or you will melt!

Victorian style bathroom renovation


Thoughts on the project

The job took a whole lot longer than I’d anticipated. The only bonus to being hospitalised halfway through was that I could actually have a shower! Now it’s complete I absolutely adore our new bathroom. If I could change one thing I would have tiles rather than lino because it marks quite easily. Other than that everything is just perfect. When a plumber came to quote the job he said he didn’t really fit traditional bathrooms because noone wants them and it made me doubt myself for a while. However, I think, as long as we like it that’s all that matters.

And we don’t just like it. We love it!


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  1. 13th July 2017 / 10:00 AM

    Oh wow this is one gorgeous makeover and I love the colours you’ve used!

    • Louisa
      17th July 2017 / 2:37 PM

      Thank you so much, we are thrilled with the end result!

  2. 28th June 2017 / 11:06 AM

    Oh it looks amazing! Why anyone wouldn’t want a bathroom like that is quite beyond me. I feel your pain about renovation stuff too – I currently have half a garden and half my house is covered in scaffolding while we wait for that bit of fun to start!

    • Louisa
      17th July 2017 / 7:17 PM

      Thanks Kate. I remember all too well the pain of scaffolding surrounding the house. Hopefully yours won’t be up too long x

  3. 28th June 2017 / 6:49 AM

    Oh wow! The revamp is beautiful and that bath is stunning. Thank you for linking up with #bloggershomes

    • Louisa
      17th July 2017 / 7:16 PM

      It has worked out better than we could’ve hoped for 🙂

  4. 27th June 2017 / 8:09 PM

    I love it Louise. It looks like a proper room that happens to be a bathroom rather than that clinical look many bathrooms have. We had the same issue with guys who came to quote our bathroom fitting a couple of years ago. They just didn’t get that we wanted what we wanted and not what everyone else was going for at the time. #HomeEtc

    • Louisa
      17th July 2017 / 7:20 PM

      I think sometimes it’s quicker and easier for workmen to do the same style repeatedly so they don’t want to deviate from the norm, which is a shame. I’m glad we stuck to our guns though!

  5. 27th June 2017 / 4:47 PM

    It’s SO lovely!!! I bet you’re absolutely over the moon!! What a gorgeous — and luxurious — space. So thrilled for you Louisa, it’s really lovely! Thanks so much for sharing!! #HomeEtc

    • Louisa
      17th July 2017 / 7:14 PM

      Thank you Caro! It’s wonderful to have such a beautiful space that works for the children as well as the adults.

  6. 26th June 2017 / 1:34 PM

    Your bathroom looks amazing. We used to have a bath like that and I miss my luxurious soaks but it wasn’t practical with small people

    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 1:46 PM

      Thank Kara. Our littlest is 6, so we don’t have any tiny people to consider, she thinks it’s like a swimming pool and loves it!

  7. 25th June 2017 / 7:44 AM

    Gorgeous!!! I have serious bathroom envy right now. I particularly love the bath and tiles you have chosen

    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 2:30 PM

      Thank you, we are really pleased with it

  8. 23rd June 2017 / 9:53 PM

    What a transformation, I’m not surprised you’re over the moon! And I have to say, always trust your gut. There have been so many bits we’ve done to our home so far that the ‘experts’ said would never work and even they have to admit grudgingly that they do! X #HomeEtc

    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 2:34 PM

      I did doubt myself for a while but am so glad we went the way we felt would work for us, even if it was not a popular choice.

  9. 23rd June 2017 / 12:50 PM

    Oh I love that bath! Looks beautiful. We have just moved and whilst we can’t replace the bathroom yet, I look forward to doing something similar to this one day #bloggershomes

    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 1:47 PM

      We hadn’t planned on changing ours either but fortune can take unexpected turns sometimes!

  10. 23rd June 2017 / 10:18 AM

    I love it! And if no-one else is doing it – even better! Who wants to be like everyone else? Enjoy soaking in that gorgeous tub! Xx

    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 2:07 PM

      Ha! You’re right, it’s nice to do something different x

  11. 22nd June 2017 / 9:18 PM

    Oh wow!!!! This is just gorgeous. Such a transformation and beautifully done. I love the addition of the green especially, and those tiles are fabulous. Your hard work has paid off! #HomeEtc

    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 1:48 PM

      Thanks Esther, I love the green, I think it adds warmth to the room

  12. 22nd June 2017 / 5:58 PM

    Hi Louisa, I love your bathroom! It has character and style. The tiles look like they were worth the trouble as they fit perfectly. And I do like your wine glass holder, perfect for winding down after a long day!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 1:49 PM

      The wine glass holder has been an unexpected hit with the kids too. They fill a wine glass with milk and have a long soak!!

  13. 22nd June 2017 / 4:03 PM

    The original was liveable, but the new version is 100% better. Amazing job you’ve done. Love the details you’ve added to. Including the ribena glass holder! The whole bathroom works. Love the colours and you are so right. Don’t listen to the plumber. (once booked in a tiler to install floor tiles. He arrived. Looked at the floor. Said he only did totally flat floors and left. Old house problems.)

    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 1:52 PM

      I wonder if workmen sometimes decide that something is just too much hard work so make excuses not to do it?

  14. 22nd June 2017 / 12:46 PM

    Ok lady, so I am officially super jealous of you right now! I mean I just need that free standing bath. What a wonderful transformation.

    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 1:58 PM

      The bath is fantastic isn’t it? We’re very glad we decided to get one

  15. 22nd June 2017 / 12:41 PM

    I love subway tiles and tat roll top bath is stunning!!

    • Louisa
      26th June 2017 / 1:54 PM

      We all love the bath, it’s something I’ve always dreamed of having

    • Louisa
      22nd June 2017 / 12:33 PM

      Thank you so much Kelly-Anne

  16. 21st June 2017 / 5:56 PM

    Oh wow that looks amazing! Love everything about it. Enjoy!

    • Louisa
      21st June 2017 / 6:01 PM

      Thank you, we certainly will!

  17. 21st June 2017 / 4:35 PM

    It looks amazing Louisa! And green is clearly your favourite colour (blog design!) – it works so well in this Victorian bathroom. Gorgeous bath 🙂

    • Louisa
      21st June 2017 / 6:04 PM

      You know I’d never considered how much I use green but our lounge has green aspects too! It’s a very calming colour 🙂

  18. 21st June 2017 / 2:41 PM

    Oh my goodness, I would never EVER have said it’s the same room. I love the little details like the additional trim on the ceiling and the tongue and groove woodwork… it all makes it look like those were original features. Great job!!

    • Louisa
      21st June 2017 / 6:02 PM

      Thank you. We also think it’s like a different room and never anticipated how much difference moving the door and knocking out the chimney would make.

  19. 21st June 2017 / 11:24 AM

    Oh my god, I LOVE IT! Its so different to what you had before, i bet you are so chuffed with it! I love the lino – I’ve been obsessed with these kind of pattern tiles but they are so expensive – I’m definitely going to have a look at lino now. X #homeetc

    • Louisa
      21st June 2017 / 1:06 PM

      Thank you. Tiles were out of our budget and the lino was less than £60 (included fitting) so it saved us hundreds of pounds. Just beware that trainers mark the floor easily so I often have to scrub the marks off with my trusty jif! x

  20. 21st June 2017 / 10:34 AM

    Wow, what a difference! I love the green paneling and I can’t believe the flooring is lino- you’d never know just by looking at the photos! #HomeEtc

    • Louisa
      21st June 2017 / 1:09 PM

      I’m thrilled it. I’m glad we went for the tongue and groove, it looks great and is so much cheaper than tiles so it’s a win win situation!

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