The Week That Was: Renovations, time to enjoy!
Things have been a little manic in recent weeks – we have been up to our eyeballs with a large scale renovation project. But, finally this time has come where we can finally say the job is finished, we can sit back and really enjoy all our hard work!
It has been a long [Read: extremely long] project and it is so good to be at the end of it. Now that it is completed it is hard to remember that just a few short weeks ago our bathroom was stripped to the bare boards and nothing else (literally, nothing else!), that we were trying to stay positive about bathing in the kitchen stink and dreaming of the day when the job would be finished. Well, I’m happy to say that it is finally finished and to celebrate I thought I would share a few before and after photos, because who doesn’t like a Before and After show and tell, am I right?!
This tired old bathroom was in a huge need of more than just a facelift! The bath was leaky, the shower wouldn’t maintain a decent temperature and the whole room was a pretty sorry state! It was really satisfying to be able to rip out all the ugly and get busy with plans for the brand new bathroom…but that is when the real work starts!
Chipboard (gah!) wall paper was removed…and the blown plaster went with it! First stop the walls were repointed where needed and see where those new bricks are? That was a small window that allowed little light and even less privacy – all bricked up and ready for the new shower! The floorboards were repaired and replaced, and the plumber re-routed all the pipes and ‘backstage’ business! With the flooring down we were truly ready for business!
As is turns out, tiling a wonky old hose is not as straight forward as you might thing. There is a whole lot of maths, patience and endless cups of tea required to get you through! But, holy wow – do I ever love the white tiles and dark grouting!
With the tiling done and the ceiling painted the flooring can be fitted! It’s really starting to feel like a real room again…you know a real room without a bath, sink, shower or toilet.
Time to get the plumber back to fit the bath, shower and (thankfully!) the toilet!
Friends! We finally have a fully working roll top tub – this alone has made all those days of bathing in the kitchen sink truly worthwhile!
And, a working shower! Never again will I have to stand under a pitiful dribble, freezing cold trying to get a suitable temperature for the water. Nope, not me!
A feature sink with real life storage! I can’t actually remember the last time I was able to put things in their proper place in the bathroom – and now tidying and organising this room is by far my favourite things to do…well, right after taking a bubble bath, of course!
Ok, so Waffle might not look overly impressed in this picture, but trust me on this he much prefers being able to walk his own stinky self into the shower when dog bath day rolls round rather than having to be manhandled into the the old bathtub!
It’s all the little details that I think I love the most – aside from that roll top tub and a glorious spacious shower!
Renovating your home yourself – or with the very minimum of external support – is heavy going and has been something of a steep learning curve for us over here!
Now the bathroom is completed, you will mostly find me relaxing in the tub (with this fuzzy little creeper!) dreaming about the next big project that we plan to undertake! Are you in the middle of home renovations? What is your top tip for surviving the busy project?
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