Bathroom Remodel.

When we moved into our house around 15 years ago we paid the builder to put in electrics and plumbing for adding in a shower cubicle …with one thing and another (one being having another baby) we just never got round to it until recently and rather than just pop in a shower cubicle, we decided to do a complete remodel. Part of my reason for this was to remove the fact that the first thing you could see walking up the hall was an unsightly WC … We have repositioned our bath to be in sight now and it’s much more pleasing to the eye.I popped over to visit my family in NI a few months ago and returned home to find my son and husband had been busy with a sledgehammer removing the old bath and all the tiles. (the whole lower part of the wall came off with the tiles so this is why we didn’t reinstall tiles on the walls) We left the WC and sink in place until the very last minute so that they could still be used. I knew I wanted a freestanding bath in a classic style placed under the window and for a timeless easy to change or upgrade at any time look, I chose wallpaper and wooden panelling for the walls. My initial thoughts were for a graphite colour but we already have such a lot of grey in the house so when I discovered this Sanderson Rosa Wallpaper in Indigo I knew this was the colour scheme set! The panelling was painted in Sanderson Indigo blue to match. Moodboard & trying everything for size…Because we were moving all the fittings around, we had to reroute the pipes and my husband was doing this himself so rather than go under the floor to reroute and cut into the soil pipe, he did this above ground level and we decided to make the box panelling to hide this and create a useful shelf around this section of the room. Priming and painting the MDF boards.At our local Johnstone’s paint centre, we got an undercoat colour matched to the Sanderson paint colour used on the top coat. This ensures a professional finish. We started to research different types of vanity / sink units and we couldn’t believe how expensive they were no matter where we looked- one in particular being around the cost of our whole bathroom budget! I had a vintage sideboard in the kitchen I had bought a few years before for a song and had previously upcycled so we knew that we could repaint it and fit a pair of washbasins to the solid wooden top. We also replaced the Queen Anne style legs with shorted but similar legs from a seller on eBay.Next we had to decide on flooring and the staff in our local tile giant were really helpful and knowledgeable and helped us choose the porcelain marble effect tiles for sitting the bath straight onto. We are avid recyclers and like to reduce, reuse and recycle where possible; I had kept this little easyfit pendant chandelier “just in case” and found it to be perfect for use in the bathroom. Teamed together with a chrome pendant fitting from B & Q it looks great.Our washbasins and taps were sourced from an eBay seller and the handles for the unit from TK Maxx.Our offset quadrant shower cubicle is by Elegant Showers and our shower is by Mira… We chose mermaid wall panels in silver dusk from tile giant for the internal walls of the shower. Our bath and towel radiator are both from Soak and were perfect for the classic look I had in mind.I didn’t want anything untidy or fussy around the bath so we chose an integral bath filler rather than taps. I’m so pleased we did as I love the minimalist look of this and it’s one less set of taps to keep clean!The finishing touches like the bespoke and gifted lights by Cable and Cotton , matching toiletries by Laura Ashley and the mirror tissue box and candle holder tie the whole theme together.The final addition to the bathroom was this beautiful pink wooden flamingo which was kindly gifted by dcuk – they have a fabulous range of wooden birds and I have long been a fan and collector of their products. Love the latest addition to the collection.!

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