Making progress in the bathroom

Family bathroom

It has been a long seven months since we had our family bathroom renovated. Back in November 2018, we had our old bathroom ripped out and we had a fantastic new suite plumbed in and a walk-in shower installed. As with every home redecoration project, it costs money and unfortunately for us, the money ran out as we prioritised the fixtures and fittings for the new home office instead.

Our family bathroom is huge. It’s a large room that others in the street have converted to a third bedroom and used their downstairs outside for a bathroom. That’s something we could never afford or in reality would want to do so we decided to renovate the bathroom putting in a new bath, toilet, sink unit and walk-in shower. The bath gets used a lot, our boys have a bath most evenings before bed and I love the convenience of a shower so we couldn’t re-do the bathroom and not have those re-fitted in the room.

Bathroom Bath Tub

We didn’t have a dedicated area for storage and I love a bit of practical storage. We live not far from Ikea so spent an evening looking around the bathroom section for ideas and we decided to buy a Godmorgon high cabinet to fit in all our lotions and potions, bath bombs and other associated bathroom bits.

As the room is so large, we decided on a completely tiled shower enclosure with glass panels and on the opposite wall above the bath, sink and toilet to have half of the wall tiled. I wanted to have some space above to hang a shelf unit, pop up a photo or two and have some white space. I do loved a tiled bathroom but when the room is so big it can cost a fortune!

Family Bathroom Shower

We’ve painted the rest of the walls and the ceiling in a ‘Brilliant White’ Dulux paint as our upstairs can be quite dark, (the joys of living in a terraced house) and the white walls will help brighten the upstairs. We wondered about having different shades of grey on the walls but we didn’t think it would look right.

We’ve finally got the new blind for the window on order and I’ve purchased the Bergerac Wall shelf unit (from Wayfair) for my fake plants, posh ESPA candles and a diffuser. I’ve got an idea for some arty prints that I’d like to display in the bathroom but I need to take some photographs first. I always wonder what other people put on display in their bathrooms given the rooms are supposed to be for relaxing, what’s on your bathroom walls?

One of the things I had to buy for our bathroom is a wire word from Grey Fox Designs over on Etsy. I bought ‘Splish Splash’ and I just adore the words, such a clever talent to have. My boys are always splashing in the bath and as it’s a family bathroom, I thought it would be perfect.

We also need to find a mirror for above the sink unit. We’re considering a thin mirrored cabinet as I don’t like to keep my toothbrush out on display, (I know it’s weird isn’t it?) but we haven’t found one we love just yet and Shilts needs to shave without looking down at a handheld mirror. I cannot wait to see the room come together. It’s been a long time coming!

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