I’ve not been blogging as much as I would like lately and that is because I have been busy with house renovations. Having moved from Wales back to The Midlands I am busy renovating our 1960’s detached house. I lucky to have quite a large house on today’s standards and both of my children have bedrooms big enough to fit double beds. My son’s room is the smallest at 3 /14 m by 3 3/4 m, At times I don’t think they know how lucky they are to have such spacious rooms.
The first room we have started to tackle after I did some decorating last year in the lounge as part of the National Wallpaper week is the bathroom. First step was to take out the old bath and basin, fit a new shower and start tiling.
Bathroom’s aren’t very inspiring to me. We have our water tank in the bathroom and as much as I’d like to move it in to the loft the costs involved are just too much. This means we have some 1980’s pine cupboards enclosing the tank but there is also such a lovely large space for towels, blankets and bed clothes to be stored plus a smaller cupboard on the end for toilet rolls and toiletries.
Sadly replacing these units isn’t in the budget at the moment. I wasn’t a fan of the pine so we decided to stain them. They look really impressive against the white background and the shelf for the sink and edging tiles adds to the black element in the room.
We had a beige bathroom suite and matching beige tiles. I just wanted to rip it all out! The minute we started the true horrors were found. Why when you strip everything out when doing renovations do you never find a perfect base to redecorate? The state of the walls were horrendous and things took so long to do. Much longer then envisaged.
What wasn’t helping up was the pipes in the bathroom were imperial and we were now dealing with metric. We needed to do a little re-plumbing in the cold water tank and ended up with a water leak that took two days to mend at at one point we thought we would need a new water tank as we couldn’t get the slight hole sealed. Luckily we did with thanks to our local builders merchants brilliant assistance.
After two weeks of work we had a new shower, some tiles and a new bathroom suite. There was still work to be done and it was to take longer than we hoped it would.