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Bathroom Reveal

October 30, 2016Susan

So- here we are, the bathroom reveal!

It’s overdue, but then the best things worth waiting for, right?

In this post I’m sharing images of our new bathroom and the thought processes behind it. I’ll be writing another post with all the product sources in very soon.

So this post is more about the WAYHEYness of a new bathroom 😉

Lets get straight down to it then. Remember this corner? Well the boiler was here, housed in a monolithic cupboard.

Check this post for a video tour of our old bathroom.

It is now the main activity point in the bathroom, with our storage across the washstand and mirror cabinet.
modern vintage white bathroom ikea

It is so nice to have a full size bathroom sink now rather than the cloakroom sized basin we were struggling with before.

There are a couple of little things we need to finish, like painting the door frame and repainting the door. The door has been hung the opposite way and it makes such a difference. Rather than opening into the middle of the room, it opens to the wall.

vintage quirky bathroom mixing old and new interior styles

As well as being a bad layout previously, our old bathroom was difficult to clean with so many nooks, crannies and multiple surfaces. Everything was squeezed in with zero elbow room.

You can see things are still on the snug side, but now we have a longer, deeper and wider bath (a really luxurious feeling) and a proper size bathroom basin. The toilet is flush to the wall too, so non of the pipework is on show, making it really easy to keep clean.

old fashioned vintage bath taps

Don’t get me wrong the bathroom is still a small bathroom, there’s no way of magically making it a bigger room without extending… But, it feels like a bigger room. All four of us can fit in there and brush our teeth together (fun family brushing time!)

white vintage bathroom old fashioned Victorian

The look we wanted for the bathroom was (surprisingly- or not) a modern vintage feel. Elements like this Victorian radiator  and the underground style tiles achieve a classic, and hopefully timeless look.

Despite a fair few google searches for gold or brass taps and showers, we failed to find some within our budget (total gap in the market here in the UK). I think it has worked out better though using the chrome/silver. It still has a classic look, goes perfectly with the Victorian radiator, and if we ever needed to replace them its a relatively easy job.

victorian shower and taps old fashioned

We tiled the bath in as I think it gives a better finish, and I cant stand bath panels!

victorian vintage towel bathroom

The monochrome feel grew organically as the bathroom progressed. Adding colour with a fun watermelon shower curtain, plants and of course the inevitable kids toys brighten’s the room and adds an element of fun to what could be a very grown up space.

I used Purlfrost on the windows and got rid of that awful makeshift shower curtain. Thank goodness for that, It’s amazing what you persevere with whilst you wait for the right moment to strike.

Victorian modern bathroom

Stay tuned to find out what I got from where and if you just need to know something in the meantime, leave me a comment!

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Comments (32)

  • Vicki

    October 30, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    It’s looking great. Very classy!

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:42 am

      THanks Vicki!

  • Lins @ Boo & Maddie

    October 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Hooray I’ve been waiting!! It looks absolutely brilliant and you must be over the moon. Love the tiles and the radiator, will be looking out for your source post. We have a small bathroom too and an even smaller en-suite so am on the hunt for space-saving measures X

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:43 am

      You sweetie! Yes I’m working on it this week so stay tuned x

  • Stacey Sheppard

    October 31, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Oh wow, what a difference. You must be so happy. It’s amazing how much bigger you can make a bathroom feel with a few clever choices. Enjoy your new bathroom.

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Stacey! We got there in the end x

  • Candy Pop

    October 31, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Oh my goodness, it’s stunning. You must be so happy! x

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

      We are thanks Natasha- and relieved its over!!

  • Karen – Making Spaces

    October 31, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Looks soooo good! I bet you’re over the moon aren’t you. The window looks beautiful over the bath. Enjoy enjoy!!x

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thanks so much darling!

  • Karen

    October 31, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Oh I’m so pleased for you! Don’t know how you got through a bathroom reno with 2 little girls. You’re a wonder woman! Can’t go wrong with a monochrome bathroom though. You can always “re-decorate” with just a new colour of towel or shower curtain to keep things fresh over the years!

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Looking back Karen I dont know how we got through it either! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tiffany

    October 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Looks fantastic-and I love the gridded tiles you extended across the bath too. What a great space to relax in!

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Thanks so much Tiff! I’m enjoying reading about your home at the moment too x

  • Innocent Charms Chats

    October 31, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    It looks perfect. So clean and bright.
    Also look at all that storage. Woohoo. I hope you have had a nice relaxing bath with some treat products. Xxx

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

      I have!! Thanks Kara!

  • kirsty

    October 31, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    oh susie!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Thanks ever so much Kirsty!

  • geraldine

    November 1, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Looks great Susie 🙂 I’m in need of a bathroom makeover too. So much work right?

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:37 am

      A heck of a lot of work and upheaval, but worth it if you are staying put!

  • Elsa Eats

    November 1, 2016 at 8:52 am

    This is my dream bathroom! I love the white subway tiles with dark grout! Did you do the labour all by yourself?

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Elsa- thanks. We didnt, we got the experts in! I’ll go into it in a future post

  • Lucy

    November 1, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Oh wow! I love it. It all works so well all together. Great job Susie xx

    1. Susie

      November 1, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Aw thanks so much Lucy!

  • MissPond

    November 1, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Oh wow this is just beautiful 🙂 I love the tiles and it’s just so classy! You must be dead chuffed 🙂

  • Rachel

    November 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Congratulations, lovely to see it all finally completed! You must be thrilled.

  • Anna International

    November 2, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Oh wow!! It’s gorgeous! So clean and fresh and sleek! I love the idea of the loo having no exposed pipework – I didn’t think of that!
    I think we have quite similar bathroom tastes, we have the same tiles in the shower and the same radiator! I only hope mine turns out so darn beautiful! And soon…. there’s only so many showers I can take at the neighbours’ before they get fed up of me!! xx

  • Yasmin

    November 3, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    LOVE the vintage minimalistic vibes here, lovely what you’ve managed to achieve! You’ve definitely managed to utilise the space well 🙂 Fab post!

    Y x | The Sweet Seven Five

  • Claire

    November 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I love this! I want to use those tiles in my ensuite and now I want that radiator in there too! Love to nosey around other people’s interiors so thanks for sharing

  • Jules

    November 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Ah Sus it’s so smart! Love the tiles and taps – how gorgeous xx

  • Kathryn

    November 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Ooh fab – it must be a pleasure to clean now 😉 xx

    1. Susie

      November 25, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Yeah something like that! Haha!

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