diary of a renovation rookie: planning the bathroom

just in case we didn’t already have enough on our plates between our vivacious toddler, our impending arrival, rod’s ever-more-demanding job, my job, this blog and my masters, rod and i have fallen victim to the need to ‘nest’ and decided to renovate out 100 year old cottage. we couldn’t have picked a better time for it if we tried.

initially we thought that things would start rolling ASAP and we would be moving back into our light, spacious and modern extension (with new bathroom and laundry, ahhh) in early june, giving us about a month to get organised before baby girl arrives. as all best laid plans do, this one has fallen by the wayside and i think we will be lucky to have a house free of workmen by the time we are ready to bring baby home… it really does not take much for things to be delayed by a week and a week here and there adds up to a month and we all know what is due to happen in 3.5 months!

nevermind though, it is all out of my control and i have no doubt it’ll all be worth it in the end (and luckily for us we have l’hotel de mum and dad only 30 minutes away where there is always a room for us).

so stage one of the renovations is the bathroom. our old bathroom is pretty boring, tacky, tired, basic, and any number of other adjectives (adjectives are describing words, right?). It is basically a very old inbuilt bath with chipping paint which was not so skilfully and carefully painted over with white paint by the previous owners – I question their attention to detail given the fact that there is more than just a little bit of sand painted into the bottom of the bathtub – comfy. the white paint hasn’t stopped there and the (i assume tacky green and mustard 1960s-1970s era) tiles on the floor and walls of the bathroom have also received a coat of tile paint. i do not think this product is designed for use on floor tiles as the tiles (or rather the paint) is covered in scratches which means that even 2 seconds after I have mopped the floor it looks filthy. we then have an el cheapo vanity which was no doubt thrown into the bathroom for the purpose of sale and a very basic mirror which isn’t even over the sink. sounds lovely, huh???

well, all of this is about to change, for in less than 2 weeks we get to take to this chamber of ewwww with a sledgehammer and from the rubble our bathroom butterfly shall be born. in our long and narrow bathroom (rough dimensions are 1.8m x 3.0m with a window in the middle of one long wall and a door in the middle of the other) we are planning to fit a gorgeous modern free standing bathtub, a toilet (joy, our house will finally have a second toilet), a vanity and a wet shower (as in one of those ones that is just a shower screen with no door). and the piece de resistance – the feature tile wall behind the shower and toilet. here are a few pics of what we have planned:

image^^our vanity^^

image^^our bathtub^^

20140318-194736.jpg^^our tiles: grey for the floor and three walls and white for the feature wall^^

it may have taken us a good 2 weeks of dragging thatcher around from tile shop to tile shop and bathroom shop to bathroom shop to reach this point, but im so excited to be doing this and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

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