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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Waiting for the dust to settle

As we continue with our current renovation project I am finding it increasingly hard to keep on top of keeping the house clean. Therefore there is only one word that I could use as my word of the week and that is dust!

As we continue with our current renovation project we find ourselves surrounded by dust, dust and more dust! Will it ever end?My dining room table needs a wipe down!!

 Due to an issue with our chimney  we had to remove the structure from the loft, bathroom and dining room. It has turned into a huge project and the mess is incredible. The chimney was triple layered and the builders filled a lorry several times to remove it all. Can you imagine how much brick dust that left behind? With the chimney now gone we are ripping out the bathroom, moving the door and installing a brand new suite. The end result will be amazing but for now I am losing the will to live.

Trying to keep the house clean

The builders have been great, to give them their due. They tidy up at the end of the day and hoover up as much as the mess as they can. The problem is that within half an hour another layer of dust has landed. I go to bed to a clean lounge and wake up to a dusty room. We’re not even doing any work in the lounge so how is this even possible?

The kitchen is the worst room of all. As well as the chimney we have also removed the wall to make a huge open plan kitchen diner. Sounds great but the reality is this…

Removing the chimney in the dining roomLet’s face it, this is never going to get a magazine spread in Homes and Gardens is it? 

Trying to keep ourselves clean

Even worse than the never ending dusting and hoovering is the effort to keep ourselves clean. The only bonus to being in hospital was that I could have a shower! In the meantime we are visiting relatives to use their facilities and going through baby wipes and dry shampoo like there’s no tomorrow. I think there may even be a fist fight to use the bath when it’s finally installed!

I’m going to draw to a close now because as I sit here typing I can smell something noxious that needs dealing with. (That would be my feet)!

An unexpected bathroom renovation

We have lived in our house for two years now. It is a beautiful old Victorian property with bags of potential. However, having a large family, we really could benefit from a loft conversion. Last year the plans were drawn up, submitted and approved. We were excited to go ahead with the work this summer. Then disaster stuck. An unforeseen problem means that instead we will have to do an unexpected bathroom renovation.


What happened?

Early in the year we noticed a few tiles in the archway between the kitchen and dining room had buckled. We then found some worrying cracks. After tracing the source we discovered that the chimney that runs through the middle of the house was simply too heavy. It was pulling the adjoining walls down! We had the option of underpinning or removing the chimney entirely. Since it is an internal chimney we would have to dig the kitchen up to do this. This was likely to cost around thirty thousand without accounting for replacing the kitchen.

What was the alternative?

We have opted for the much cheaper option of removing the chimney breast altogether. Luckily we removed the external chimney when we had scaffolding up last year so only had to remove the chimney that ran through the loft, bathroom and dining room. It’s no small feat and will mean an entire bathroom renovation but will still be a great deal cheaper than the alternative.

We would have to renovate our perfectly serviceable bathroom

Safety first

You cannot just go around knocking chimneys out willy nilly. Consideration must be made of the structure above and below and whether steels will be needed to support the weight. We have 2 lofts and the chimney runs through the second, unused one. This had to be removed before we could deal with the rooms below. This work in the loft has actually turned to our advantage because we plan to board it out and leave the front loft empty ready for our eventual conversion.

Who would think that this chimney breast would cause so much trouble?Who would think that this chimney breast could cause so much trouble?

 Bathroom renovation plans

Although not ideal our current bathroom was perfectly adequate for our needs and there were no immediate plans to change it until the issue with the chimney arose. However, removing the chimney will not only make it bigger it will also make it a more usable shape. We decided if we were having to remove it we may as well do a good job and restyle the whole room. Our plans include a roll top bath, vintage sanitary ware, tongue and groove paneling, period radiators and a waterfall shower. I’m planning shades of heritage green and grey, fluffy towels and ornate floor tiling. It is my idea of bathroom heaven.

 In for a penny, in for a pound

Our inital plan had been to just plaster the wall in the dining room after the necessary bricks were removed. Long term I wanted to make the 2 rooms open plan because the diner is quite a dark room. When this was mentioned the structural engineer pointed out that the later installation of steels would cause movement in the bathroom above and ruin our new plaster work. So now we are knocking out the entire wall and adding steels and making good until we are in the position to redo the kitchen. It won’t look great short term but in the long term it will give us a fantastic 27 foot kitchen diner.

A sneaky peak of the work so far! Apologies for picture quality, there is dust everywhere!

A frustrated property developer?

I do wonder if I have watched one too many property programmes because now I have started knocking down walls I cannot seem to stop. I’m sure a little bit of our builders’ soul shrivels up each time I plan a new addition. This week I have already decided to install 3 new doorways, a new wall and 2 new rooms to the house. All I need now is a lottery win or a money tree to fund my ideas!

In the meantime I’d love it if you came back and followed the work as it happens. I cannot promise pretty pictures as the work occurs. What I can promise is dust, rubble and a realistic idea of how to get the best from your renovation projects.

Check out my Instagram stories for snapshots and little videos of the work (that are not pretty enough to go in my main feed 😉 )


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