If you read regularly, you’ll know how long it is taking to finish off the family room to allow me to do a full room tour, so for now…I will allow you to see a finished section of the kitchen…The breakfast bar!Continue reading
With the lighter nights making an appearance it’s time that I would usually start to refresh things around the house. Although, what with the renovations…I think I need a smidge more than a spring clean to smarten up this house. Continue reading
Here we are…finally! The first in a series of home make-over posts for our forever home. First up it’s the en-suite (although don’t expect many differences from the main bathroom or downstairs toilet reveals!)
We moved in way back in June 2014 (you can catch the original home tour here). We bought for location, setting and potential. There wasn’t a single room that would be spared from our renovations (or much of the outside for that matter).
As you can see from the ‘before’ picture above, the en-suite was very wood inspired. With solid oak cabinets, laminate floor and mahogany stained skirting and door. The fittings themselves were in good order, but not to our taste. The original builder stays just down the road and bought back everything we took out and has even got a bid in for the kitchen.
The layout of the room was a bit silly. I could think of various layouts that wouldn’t have made the shower enclosure look so awkward and squeezed in. Ofcourse this position made is difficult to access the cabinets at that end of the room.
We decided a bath would make best use of the space and even though we don’t plan to move, I’m always thinking about adding value. We tiled the bath panel in the same tiles as the wall, to add a bit more colour to the room.
All the bathroom furniture, including earthstone counter and gloss cabinets are from B&Q. We found that their Cook & Lewis range was good quality and affordable. I would always recommend that you find a fitter yourself. That is where they become expensive. They wanted £9,000 for labour alone for all 3 rooms. We found a fitter for £5,000. Little touches such as soft close hinges, a shower screen that opens fully against the wall and even the soft close toilet seat all help to just finish the room off.
We sourced tiles from Topps Tiles and finished them off with a light grey grout. I think this looks great against the colours and is easier to maintain than white grout.
We kept the original towel rail and shower, as they were good quality and it would have been expensive to replace with a similar pressure shower.
The taps are also from B&Q and I love the square edge to them, as they go well with the sink.
Decoration wise I’m still not 100% finished. It’s currently looking a bit twee to me. So I want to get more industrial looking soap dispensers and nik naks and even change the colour of the paint on the wall (never happy!) I’d say we are 95% there, but we have moved onto the kitchen now, so it will have to wait. Until then, I am happy that we have lost the wood.
So what do you think? It’s missing something…just not quite sure what.
Well after moving into our forever home at the end of June and having a plumber round the very next week, it has taken until now to finally have the work started. I am over the moon to finally make a start in renovating this house from top to bottom. We bought it for the shell and the location, the place was always going to be ripped apart.
WARNING:-If the sight of wood, wood and more wood hurts your eyes, avert them now!
Living here for 3 months now, has bothered me hugely. Putting up with other peoples decor choices day in, day out (ok, so it’s magnolia, nothing ghastly) But the dark wood, light wood, any wood….it’s everywhere and the matching kitchen and bathrooms were too woody. I had completely lost my cleaning mojo. No amount of cleaning was gone to feel good enough.
First things first, it’s the main bathroom, ensuite and downstairs loo/shower. I have opted for double ended baths, white gloss handle-less units and a white stone countertop. I can’t wait to see it finished! (Don’t fret the oak doors already have a home, with a local builder).
I’ve been really stuck for tile ideas. Both of the bathrooms are quite small, so large high polished tiles are out. With the pitched ceilings too, it doesn’t leave much room above the counter top (before the wall becomes ceiling), which we need to be mindful of. One row of tiles here looks so bad.
I had considered subway tiles for this area, but as we are tiling the bath panels, it’ll be too much subway tiles (having turned to pinterest for inspiration).
All I know is all 3 will look identical (minus the bath in the downstairs loo) and it marks the start of ”forever home revamp’.
The following week, the decorator starts on Munch’s bedroom (inspiration here) and it really feels like a weight lifted to schedule work in.
Still the woodwork to paint, internal doors to change, decor throughout, kitchen & utility and flooring to go (oh my!) Oh and the outside needs modernising. Next year will hopefully see new windows and external doors (last of the dark wood) and the stonework needs a good brightening up.
Stay tuned for the reveals!