Last January we launched a a brand spanking new interiors series on Rock My Style. Those of you who are regular readers of the blog will probably therefore recognise the name of our self-named DIY challenge; Rock My Room. Given the success of the first series and because we all know just how much you folks love a ‘before’ and ‘after’, we’ve decided to continue the fun with round two in 2017. Except this time I’ll be hosting the challenge rather than the uber talented Lauren (I only hope I can try to live up to her interiors genius!) and I’ll be focusing on two rooms rather than one.

For those of you not au fait with the Rock My Room concept…allow me to explain.

I have precisely four weeks to turn two effectively empty shells into living, breathing, fully functional bathrooms. That’s 28 days to tile, grout, complete first and second fix for plumbing and electrics and then hang doors, paint and choose all of the bathroom furniture to go inside the respective areas. Phew!

I’ll be documenting my progress every week with a big reveal at the end of March and I hope you’ll join in too. As thrilling it would be to hear all about my tile choices, what colour to paint the walls and precisely which taps to choose, I’d actually really like to know about your decorating endeavours as well. Last year we asked you to ‘play along’ and choose a room to refurb too as a way of supporting each other while we put in some hard DIY graft and this year is no different. Have you been itching to get your bedroom decorated or refresh the living area? Well now is your moment! You needn’t go the whole hog and start from scratch like could simply be a question of hanging some new curtains or renovating an old vintage cupboard. We’d love for you to play along!

The Bathrooms

Both bathrooms are situated on opposite sides of the house but face each other across the upstairs landing. One possesses a view over the garage into our next door neighbour’s garden and the other adjoins the other neighbour’s property (on our semi-detached side) with a vista into our own rubble filled back jungle of joy. Both bathrooms are blessed with a boatload of natural light thanks to sash windows on the largest walls.

We’re literally starting this challenge, and thus both of these rooms from scratch, with freshly plastered walls and literally not much else. The bathroom on the far side of the house (the one with the view over the garage) will be just that – a bathroom complete with rounded resin bath, toilet and a double sink. The other will function as a shower room with walk-in shower, single sink and toilet. One is intended to be the ‘family’ bathroom whereas Ste and I see the other as more of our domain. Fancy soaps at the ready!

The Plan

  • Choose bathroom furniture as well as fixtures and fittings.
  • Choose tiles and grout and tile aforementioned bathrooms.
  • Complete first and second fix for both plumbing and electrics.
  • Hang doors, choose door furniture and appropriate locks.
  • Decide on paint colours; paint walls and woodwork.
  • Fit bathroom furniture.
  • Select storage options (i.e. bathroom cabinets) and fit accordingly.
  • Choose radiators for both bathrooms and fit.
  • Finish off with beautiful accessories including mirrors.
  • Next Steps

    I’ll be back next Monday (and every Monday after) to share my progress and I’ll try my best to keep you updated via Instagram using the hashtag #RockMyRoom2017. I’ll be using the first week to gather inspiration and research tiling options so be sure to check back then…So far all we have is this bath so there’s lots to get sorted out!

    Are you planning on taking part? Which room will you be decorating? Please do share your progress too using #RockMyRoom2017

    Oh and can we ask you for your help with one more thing too? We’ve been nominated for an award over at Tile Traders for the Best Home & Interiors Blog 2017 and we’d really love to win. If you’ve got a spare five minutes, would you mind popping over and voting for Rock My Style? We’d be ever so grateful…just follow this link to cast your vote. Thanks folks xxx