So - after giving you the inspiration post, the before and during post, I'm really excited to show you the after post of our bathroom renovation today! Obviously there was no need for such a dramatic build up for one little bathroom but it's the first time that we've ever done anything like this and it feels good to see something through from ideas to reality so here you go - drumroll please...
I'll quickly take you through some of the features that we really thought through:
L-shaped bath with overhead shower: Although we toyed with the idea of a separate shower, there really wasn't any need (more cleaning, you feel me?) so to make a little more room for showering within the bath we went for the L-shaped tub and it actually does feel a bit like a separate shower within it.
PVC Panelling: My disdain for tiles meant that we needed to come up with something waterproof for inside the bath/shower area and after much thought we went with a really crisp, white PVC panelling. I can't even tell you how happy I am with this decision. It looks so smart, was really inexpensive and is so easy to wipe down and keep clean. Hurray for making grown up decisions!
Floor Tiles: I really wanted something with a neutral pattern for the floor and spotted these tiles on some pinterest images. I hunted them down and found they were made for Harvey Maria, a flooring specialist based in England. These tiles were a bit of a risk as they are vinyl (Harvey Maria calls them 'luxury vinyl', which they are - quite sturdy compared to what you might imagine vinyl tiles to be like), they had to be ordered online (so I didn't really have any big samples to gauge colours etc from) and our tiler had never applied vinyl tiles before. Thankfully, the risk paid off and we are SO happy with them. They are nice and soft under foot (not cold in the winter mornings!), SO easy to clean (no grout!) and I feel like they bring the whole bathroom together.
Sink Unit: This was a bit of a collaborative make/headache. Inspired by the really practical Canadian-style bathroom vanity units I grew up with. I knew I wanted something more than a pedestal sink in our new bathroom - I wanted something that could provide proper storage below and a bit of a counter top. It turns out those are either REALLY rare or really expensive to buy already made so I had a unit made by a local fitter and professionally sprayed the colour I had in mind, bought a under-mount sink & tap, and then had a piece of quartz cut to measure the full unit with holes for the sink & tap (and a slab for behind as a bit of a backsplash). It was way more hassle to do it this way but we saved some money and I got exactly what I had in my head.
Radiator/Towel Rail: Instead of getting one of the popular wall-mounted towel heaters we opted to go for a traditional style radiator and just hang a towel rail above it. The schoolhouse-style radiator was chosen to bring in that older traditional feel that our old house has amongst all the newness of the bathroom. We also felt that all the white and neutral of the bathroom needed warmed up with some rustic touches so we went with this old bargewood rail from our friends at Moon Shipping Company. I keep saying 'we' like Dave had some sort of decision making power in all of this. Haha.
Accessories: Lots of round, wooden touches - the mirror, cabinet knobs, light pulls, loo roll holder and towel rail - it helped to soften things up with so many straight edges and stark neutrals. Greenery - because this seems to be the only place in the house I can keep plants alive. Towels - navy and neutral to bring some contrast.
Wall Colour: Like a broken record I'll say it again - tiles were not an option for the walls. Once the plaster dried out they were painted a really light greige (not quite grey, not quite beige - it's totally a colour) to tone in with everything.
There are some things that I haven't got around to sorting out - like something for the windows (which is a little unnerving for guests, but Dave and I have checked "visibility" (if you know what I mean) at all angles from outside and the bathroom is so high up there is no risk of indecent exposure - promise) and a ceiling light fixture but there's no rush.
I totally sound like I know what I'm talking about, don't I?! Much of this was meticulous planning - the layout, the practicality etc - the rest really was me bluffing and picking things that I liked and wanted to include.
Sink/Bath/Shower/Radiator/Toilet/Tap Fittings: Plumbing Supplies, Lurgan
Quartz/Silestone Sinktop (in Lyra): Mid Ulster Granite, Lurgan
Sink Unit: Izz Designs, Portadown
Vinyl Floor Tiles: Neisha Crosland for Harvey Maria in Parquet Stone
Towel Rail: Moon Shipping Co.
Cabinet Knobs: H&M Home
Serious tough graft & plumbing work: Alistair Hunter
What do you think? Did we do OK for first-time renovators? If you have any questions or if you need a pep talk about veering away from tiles in your bathroom - I'm your girl!
(Big thanks to Ben from Angel & Anchor for snapping these after pictures and casually making sure you couldn't see the toothpaste on the mirror)