Home Renovations – Bathroom (Part One)

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. 

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  1. 31st August 2016 / 10:48 AM

    Can’t wait to see it all finished. I’m dying to get our bathroom done but that’s way down the list at the minute
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  2. 31st August 2016 / 1:28 PM

    I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished! You’ve made a great start though! Keep it up!

  3. 31st August 2016 / 2:34 PM

    Oh, the joys! Our bathroom is in desperate need of renovation, but our house is a 2-bed terrace built in 1896, and the house was last renovated about 20 years ago, so you can imagine the job we have on our hands! We have so far replaced the roof and the central heating system, so we removed our hot water tank (which was in the loft), and this year we fitted a new kitchen. I’m wondering where to start on the bathroom at the moment… luckily my brother is a plumber 😉 I look forward to seeing how your renovations work out..
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  4. 31st August 2016 / 9:42 PM

    We are moving soon too and we have so much work to do in the new house. I bet that your renovations will all be worth it in the end, I can’t wait to see the finished results xx
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  5. 31st August 2016 / 10:01 PM

    looking forward to seeing the finished bathroom… god you,ll be delighted what its all done

  6. 31st August 2016 / 10:24 PM

    I can’t wait to see the finished look, I would love to re-do our bathroom. The sink you have chosen is very nice!

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  7. 1st September 2016 / 8:32 AM

    How exciting! I would need it all doing yesterday hehe, but it will be worth it in the end.
    Can’t wait to see the transformation 🙂 x

  8. 1st September 2016 / 1:09 PM

    I so desperately need to do my bathroom but you know when you’re saving to do it and then everything else needs replacing… that!

  9. 2nd September 2016 / 8:52 PM

    Ooh can’t wait to see it when it’s finished, good luck with the rest of the work x

  10. 3rd September 2016 / 11:45 PM

    ooo I love watching room transformations!

  11. 7th September 2016 / 7:02 AM

    Urgh we have just done our bathroom so I know what you mean about it being a little uninspiring. It’s looking great though! Can’t wait to see the finished look 🙂

  12. 8th September 2016 / 11:22 AM

    Respect for taking this project on. So many people shy away from home renovations. I look forward to seeing your brand new bathroom!

  13. Cat
    14th September 2016 / 7:46 AM

    I rmember when I renovated our bathroom it seemed to take a lifetime. Having looked at part two of your renovations I can honestly say it as Roth the disruption

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