17.8.13

Our Bathroom - The Before's

















 
 
 
I had a reader write to me last week with hearty congratulations on our new bathroom, but they also asked "where are the before's??"
 
Good point.
 
There actually aren't too many before's, but I think the images here give you enough of an idea - roman shower/bath thing, brown bubbly glass shower screen {mostly rusted}, massive vanity cupboard that spanned the whole wall where we now have the bath, old green/brown tiles, all topped off with an 80's rag paint finish  festooned with stencils. Just brilliant.
 
Apart from the old shower making the linen cupboard behind it mouldy, there was enough eyesores in this room to make a renovation high on the priority list. When my 15 yr old son was looking for a project for school this seemed like a perfect choice. He's always been pretty keen on projects around the house, and is a very handy sort of chap. This project was meant to span a year {but there was no way I was sharing my ensuite with two boys for that long} and take the student through the creation of something of their own design from inception to finished product. That's how our new bathroom was born.
 
At first he wasn't 100% sure about my design ideas, but as he searched up a design palette, more and more he came to like the concept.  It was a good thing he did, because I was his client after all. So what I wanted was what I was getting!
 
He worked ridiculously hard, and was so good. We did get in trades people to do the very tricky bits, but whatever he could take on himself, he did. The biggest job was demolishing the old bathroom. That was ridiculously hard as every surface had to be taken back to the base. The concrete glass render finish needed to start on bare brick. It was a hard slog, but now we all love the concrete finish so much, it was worth it.
 
So there you have it, some of the before's, a fair few of the in the middle's and a couple of the after's {for perspective!}. It's true bathrooms are one of the hardest rooms, right up there with kitchens, but the input equals the satisfaction of the finished room.
 
Images by the diversion project

6 comments:

Lida Swisher said...

That is one groovy-looking tub. And the frameless shower glass looks great! It might’ve taken a lot of effort, but it looks like it was really worth it!

Lida

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

1 comment?!! Are you kidding! This is fabulous! I love the tub, so cool that you stayed true to your vision.. pinning now x

Gabrielle Jeromy said...

Kudos to you guys for pulling it off despite of all the work that had to be done. Your new bathroom looks a lot like a cohesive piece of artwork with the hint of utility. How long did it take you to finish everything? Thanks for sharing, and I wish you luck in future renovation projects! :)

Gabrielle Jeromy @ Majestic Renovations

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