When I first started looking for a house to buy last year following my separation, I was rather worried. House prices had increased and availability in our area had de-creased. I was petrified that I wouldn’t get back onto the property ladder.
After months of searching and fretting, I found a house in the right area and most importantly within my budget. There was just one down side….it required a complete renovation.
Initially the prospect was a scary one.
As a single, working mum I never seem to have a spare moment. Life is fast paced and finding the time to project manage a renovation seemed like a daunting task. I’d also just launched my own business creating bespoke family artwork in my spare time which was indeed taking up every spare minute.
But…. it was my best option. The location was perfect and I could afford to renovate as the sale price was low. It was just going to take hard work and organisation.
I’m so glad I decided to go for it.
3 months on, the top floor is practically finished. When we first moved in, we had no hot water or central heating due to failing plumbing. This meant a new boiler and bathroom were top on the list of priorities.
Thanks to our lovely friends who live on the street and let us use their shower, we managed to live in the house while waiting for the new bathroom. It seemed to take forever but eventually our brand- new bathroom is in and we love it.
So…..I thought I’d do little lifestyle piece and show some pictures of it all finished. I’m afraid my photography skills aren’t up to much but you should get the general idea!
As our house is a Victorian terrace, I’m styling the house in a mixture of traditional and contemporary. I therefore chose a traditional suite for the bathroom from a local bathroom company.
The shower is a Mira thermostatic with a lovely big shower head plus a smaller, normal one which you can choose between.
I opted for a clean, traditional look using white metro tiles and found some vintage style floor tiles in white and grey. All tiles were purchased from Tons of Tiles.
To contrast with the white suite and metro tiles, I painted the walls ‘Callisto’ grey (B&Q) which is going to be the main colour template for the whole house.
To continue with the traditional style, I found a grey wooden bath panel from ‘The Bath Store’ in gunmetal grey. I then managed to find a traditional grey wooden bathroom cabinet from a different supplier but that seems to match the bath panel (hooray).
I knew I wanted a towel rail to dry all our towels on, so I found a tall, slim anthracite grey one to match the colour scheme which also fits perfectly into the space.
Once all the fixtures and fittings were in, I happily set to work finding accessories (my favourite part!). Grey is the base colour for the house but the other colour templates are yellow and copper, so I’ve incorporated these into the bathroom too.
The light is from an on-line lighting company Easy Lighting who have some great vintage, copper pendant lights which I love and was a steal at £22 including the Edison bulb.
I desperately wanted a vintage copper mirror for above my old painted cabinet which I found on a local second-hand furniture site. The copper candle holders are all from The Range which is brilliant for this kind of thing. Can’t wait to run a bath and those lit!
Dunelm Mill is a favourite of mine for accessories and is where I found my shower curtain and storage baskets.
My soap dispenser and toothbrush holder set are from Asda. I loved the retro New York style of these and bought them before I’d even moved into the house. The yellow tulips are from The Range and the candle was a gift.
To finish off the bathroom, I wanted a piece of artwork that would make me smile in the mornings and get me singing away in the shower. I hopped onto Etsy and found a piece of lyric artwork from one of my favourite songs by Elbow.
Every morning you can hear me happily humming this tune as I leave the bathroom, which in my book….is a pretty fab way to start to day!
(Disclosure – all products, opinions and recommendations are my own.)