underground tiles in bathroom

Bathroom Update- Behind the Scenes of a Bathroom Renovation

October 2, 2016Susan

Hey hey hey! I’m back with a bathroom update.

We are at the mid point with the bathroom now and it feels like it is just taking forever… This is the second weekend without a bathroom. Thank goodness for the downstairs loo!

I wanted to show you some photos of how it’s going and how a bathroom remodel looks in real life.

It’s easy to show the before and afters I think, but the bit in between is where all the hard work happens and I’m so glad we didn’t attempt to do this ourselves.

There’s been labyrinth like plumbing work and pipes to contend with, as well as a curious layout of electric supply. Basically it feels like every time the bathroom has been done it has just been patched up and built on from the previous attempt and ripping the whole thing out has never been done properly before. Until now.

underground tiles in bathroom

As you can see there’s the tiles of my dreams on the wall now- I’ve been obsessed with these underground style tiles ever since I can remember. The non bevelled ones I feel give a more authentic vintage look. These are from Tile Mountain.

Here’s just some of the pipework our builders have had to contend with. This is the thing with old houses, you never truly know what you are getting into until you start doing the work.

pipe work in bathroom

We’ve got the bath in too and the beginnings of the shower. ย As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m working with local company Bathroom Takeaway, who’ve supplied us with a few of the products we are using in the renovation.ย The bath is bigger in every way than our old one and I simply CANNOT WAIT to get in it sometime very soon and have a good old soak.

shower in wall of bathroom update renovation

So it is pretty much like living on a building site at the moment and although it is annoying (builders dust everywhere) I feel incredibly happy that we are able to get this work done. It is something we’ve wanted since moving in three years ago.

bathroom vintage remodel

So I hope that you’ve enjoyed my little bathroom update? I’ll be sharing another work in progress soon and then the big reveal, so stay tuned as I’m sure you’ll love it and I hope it might inspire you, especially if you’ve a small bathroom too.

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Comments (20)

  • Pamela | Life With Munchers

    October 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Oooo it’s going to look fantastic! Nothing beats the new bathroom feeling! Found your post via Twitter…I host a monthly interiors link up called #bloggershomes if you fancy joining in…it would be great to feature you too, when you’re finished the bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    1. Susie

      October 2, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks so much Pamela! I’ll check it out x

  • Kaelyn

    October 2, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Congratulations! Work in progress! Keep us up to date with the progress and the result!

  • Hannah

    October 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    wow what progress!!! Looks great! Can’t wait to see the finished result! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lucy

    October 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Can’t wait to see it completed! I bet you can’t either xx

  • Anna International

    October 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Oh wow, it’s going to be divine! I love that bath and the tiles look great – we’re actually going for similar in our new shower. We have ripped out the entirety of our bathroom this weekend, except the shower which still functions (because we’re DIYing it I think it’s going to take a good few weeks, esp as the husband has decided to go away this weekend with his mates, argh!), and the plumbing we have found (amongst other things) is unbelievable. I am lucky my husband is so good with this kind of stuff, because I think your average plumber would take one look and run screaming! It’s happened in the past!!
    But, it is all going to be worth it – like you, I’m just dreaming of a long soak in a beautiful bath in a beautiful room. We are probably going to need it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

    1. Anna International

      October 3, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      And btw, if we could afford it, we’d totally be paying someone else to do it too! We probably should have waited for finances to recover post-wedding, but, well, I’m impatient (and fed up of having a bathroom suite stashed in various places around the house!) x

      1. Susie

        October 4, 2016 at 11:26 am

        Haha! I feel that!

    2. Susie

      October 4, 2016 at 11:28 am

      I saw you ripping it out over on Instagram! You brave lady! I’ll be watching your progress, best of luck x

  • karen

    October 3, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    It’s amazing how, even though it looks like we have completely different houses, when you’re renovating a bathroom it looks almost identical! Your pics have taken me right back to when ours was the same, and had pencil scribblings all over the plasterboard. The end is nearing, lovely. Just think of that lovely long bath you’ll get to have soon! xx

    1. Susie

      October 4, 2016 at 11:24 am

      I wont be getting out of the bath- ever!

  • Maxine Brady

    October 3, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I remember this stage of doing up my bathroom – urgh! The dust! The mess! Awful. Funny how quickly you forget once the new suite is in. But you are dying to have your first bath in there x

    1. Susie

      October 4, 2016 at 11:23 am

      I really am MAxine! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Karen – Making Spaces

    October 4, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Oh you’re onto the fun stuff now, when it all starts going back in. Exciting! I shall look forward to seeing the finished room!x

    1. Susie

      October 4, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Karen! Yes thank goodness x

  • Lazy daisy jones

    October 5, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Looks like the worst is almost over? Now for the fun bits …will you be ‘in’ it for Christmas? Looking very stylish already!! Xx

    1. Susie

      October 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Yes we’re getting there- thanks chuck x

  • Kara

    October 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    It is looking brilliant and I know it is taking some time but just think to that end result.

    I hope you go out and buy yourself some special bath treats to use that first week xxxx

    1. Susie

      October 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Oh I’ve already bought them!! They’re in a box just waiting!

  • Stacey Sheppard

    October 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    There is so much work that goes into a bathroom isn’t there. But it’s so worth it. Im really looking forward to seeing the finished room.

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