It’s fair to say we’ve both learned a lot doing this bathroom. I’ll save the lessons learned for a post soon and for now let’s get cracking with the finished article.
Our budget for the small bathroom was £2K so with a new bath, basin, loo, towel rail and tiles to buy there wasn’t much left in the pot to pay for labour. You can Visit the Bathrooms & More Store website to see what we got for our bathroom. In November James took a couple of days off either side of a weekend to break the back of the work. Turns out six days is not nearly long enough when you’re a one-man band with a willing yet not particularly helpful wife. We’ve grabbed several hours here and there over evenings and weekends and four months later it’s just about finished.
- Stripped the room back removing the old suite, shower and skirting boards
- Positioned the new suite and worked out where any new plumbing would be required. We only needed to adjust the pipes for the sink and the towel radiator. As we were changing to a floating sink the pipes had to relocated into the wall along with a strong wooden frame to support the basin. The sink and radiator were test fitted to ensure their positioning was correct.
- Next came the floor prep. James screwed down any loose floorboards and then added ‘No More Ply’- a thin water resistant backer board to provide a solid surface for the tiles.
- Then on to tiling the floor with the Hexagon Floor Tiling (on mesh sheets) using flexible tile adhesive and flexible grout in a light grey finish.
- Then we constructed what became known as the ‘poo pipe’ A super glamorous name for boxing in the toilet foul waste pipe and added a ledge over the box for display. This was rebuilt due to the dimensions of the new toilet.
- Next we fitting the skirting boards over the floor tiles. It’s personal preference but I wasn’t keen on the two different types of tiles meeting so I was keen to reinstall the skirting.
- Then it was time to tile the walls. We used 15×15 gloss square tiles from Walls and Floors. I had originally wanted a matt finish but this meant having to sacrifice the brilliance of the white, so instead we went for a gloss finish.
- In went the basin (which looks ginormous here due to the angle of the shots!), the radiator, the bath and then the toilet. The shower is still to be fitted.
- From a faffing perspective, we hung the mirror on french vintage hooks I found on Etsy and then added another few hooks to the back of the door. The pink hammam towel was bought when we were on holiday in Turkey a few years ago. The little round straw bag which is great for storage was from Yonder.
- The small round shelf was the last one in the Urban Outfitter sale and the two little shelves over the heated towel rail were constructed using offcuts.
- The mirrored tray on the loo is a perfume tray I bought years ago from a shop in Sheffield. I had custom mounts made for the BigJon Hotel Print and the cheeky minx of a lady getting undressed from Juniqe. They’re framed in thin frames which are just from The Range.
Every single job took far longer than anticipated but we got there in the end. I’ve tried to mention where I bought most of the bits and pieces from but just shout if there’s anything you’d like to get your hands on that isn’t referenced.