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.
We 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
Moving 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.
I 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.
The 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.
Mr 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).
I chose a basin with integral splashback because weren’t using tiles.
We 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.
We 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!
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!
Sneaky peak. The bath is in and I’m in the bath!! I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a bathroom. There’s still a few snagging issues but it’s 80% complete. Happy days 😀 #itsribenanotwine #lifecloseup #homeetc #bubblebath #slipperbath #victorianrenovation #renovation #periodhome #myhomestyle #tongueandgroove #relax #relaxing #soak #myhappycapture #myhappyplace