Bathroom Renovation – The finished article

September 21, 2014

It seems like such a long time since I first mentioned about our bathroom renovation, when in fact it was only back in July. I have to admit that pressing the publish button on that post was hard for me. I opened my awful bathroom up to the world, not just the few visitors that come to my house and find themselves caught short. I was ashamed for you all to see what a state my bathroom facilities were, with it’s cracked basin, carpeted floor, stupid boxing in behind the toilet, the list goes on.

Almost two months later and our family bathroom looks completely different… and I’m so very proud to show it off!

A sink in a small room

The renovation didn’t go as smoothly as we had hoped as our plumber was delayed on another job which meant he started later. As our soil pipe was going to be too costly to move we opted to live with the fact that our toilet would sit away from the back wall. Instead of that awful boxing in that was there previously we opted to incorporate it in to the bathroom design and made it in it a usable shelf area above the toilet and basin. Personally I don’t think it looks too bad and we made it the same height as the window sill so that flowed around the corner.

With a few misunderstandings on what we wanted, tied into me being back at work and not around to relay my wishes resulted in a few assertive emails being sent from myself to the plumber. Thankfully we managed to resolve the issues and things were changed to how we had requested them during the quotation.

Bathroom Suite

The bathroom suite we chose was just a basic one from a builders merchant but I think it looks 100 times better than the previous one we had. Although I don’t love the plughole/drainage on the basin as it is one of the pull a lever behind the tap to open/close which is a little difficult for Roo to use.

A public restroom


I have to say that my favourite thing about our new bathroom is the tiles. I was so pleased that I took the time to research different tiles, colours, sizes and layout combinations. The border tile which is same size as a regular tile really adds that something extra to the room, making it appear much larger than it actually is.


With such a small bathroom we were conscience not to fill it up too much so opted for a minimalist slimline bathroom cabinet with large mirrored doors. Inside the cabinet you can only store things one deep on the shelves but actually this is much better as you can see at a glance what you have in there rather than rooting at the back for something.

Removing our old towel storage unit has really opened up the floor space, making the room feel bigger and brighter. Hanging a wall mountable towel rail above the bath has allowed us to have a range of towels within easy reach but it also incorporates a shelf to store bulky items like toilet paper etc. out of the way of little fingers. 

Bathroom Renovation - Towel Rail

The finishing line

We’d not 100% finished, but I’d say a good 98%. We just need to paint the door and architrave and possibly replace the light fitting but other than that we’re finished.

What do you think of my new bathroom?

  • Kelly September 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Looks awesome Sarah!! Were renovating ours (and the kitchen) as I type before the little one arrives!

    Our bathroom was sooo grimey that the grouting around the tiles was black! Seriously nasty! Hope ours looks as lovely as yours when it’s all done! Love your tile choice too 🙂

    K x

    • Boo September 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      It’s funny how such a small room can cause such an upheaval but the mess is worth it once it is finished.

      Your bathroom sounds gruesome but just think of how lovely it will be once completed

  • Kim Carberry September 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Wow! That looks fantastic!! The towel rail/shelf is such a great idea. Very handy.
    I’d love a new bathroom but our landlord is of course reluctant to spend any money.

    • Boo September 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      The bathroom suite was a bog standard £299 one from Wickes, maybe of you price up the cost and present it to them they might change it

  • Emma September 22, 2014 at 11:04 am

    That is looking fab, I love your tiles too! I need a towel rail like that I also covet a heated one too as hate cold towels after a lovely bath!

    • Boo September 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you, the towel rail was from eBay – it was only £14.49

  • Sonya Cisco September 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Ooh it looks fabulous, like something from a posh hotel! Wish we could do something about ours but we rent so cant do much more than buy new towels!

    • Boo September 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      New towels and maybe some accessories can transform a bathroom too, plus new towels do feel lovely

  • Sim September 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    The renovation looks fab! Such a huge difference – really would like to install a hotel style bathroom in my house… maybe that’s a job for next year!

    • Boo September 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      This is my little slice of luxury, I’m proud to let visitors use my toilet now

  • otilia September 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    You bathroom looks good. I am so sorry I didn’t do a similar post when we finished ours. Now is way crowded…a year after we finished and already need another renovation 🙂

    • Boo September 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Family bathrooms never stay beautiful for long, I live for the day we finally get an en-suite

  • Kate Takes 5 ( September 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I am SO jealous! It looks fabulous. My current model is a fetching pink 80’s style..

  • Pinkoddy September 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I love it! We have just started looking at bathrooms as ours is leaking. I have found this very inspiring.

  • Donna September 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I am desperate for us to overhaul our bathroom, which is also tiny and has just a basic white suite, which has seen better days. I love your finished article and may show it to a few plumbers to see if we could do something similar.

  • Carolin September 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Wow Sarah, what a transformation. It looks like a completely different room now. Almost like a hotel room. Great job!

  • HPMcQ September 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    great transformation. bathroom and kitchens are always my first things to get sorted, drives me insane otherwise!

  • Donna September 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Love this look! There is a massive sense of satisfaction when a project is finished isn’t there? It looks great ….. I may pop round to use the “facilities” 🙂

  • Kerry September 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I love the finished look! So modern! We desperately need to update our bathroom.

  • Emma September 23, 2014 at 8:48 am

    WOW, Sarah, what an amazing transformation. It looks brilliant!!

  • Aly September 23, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I’m impressed with the transformation Sarah.I always think a bathroom can make or break where you live.It needs to both practical and pleasing to the eye.After all we spend a lot of time in there.

  • Aisha from expatlog September 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    There’s something about a grubby, old bathroom that can bring a whole house down. Yours looks absolutely gorgeous – I love the tiles and the neutral, earthy colours.

  • mellissa williams September 23, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    The bathroom is looking really fab! Love the colours of the tiles. I have ones like that in white.

  • Mummy Matters September 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    WOW! Your new bathroom looks amazing, sometimes you need to live with the not-so-pretty to really appreciate the transformation. Good choice on the tiles, they look lovely!

  • Katie September 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Ah loved reading this as we are currently going through a bathroom renovation ourselves! We are 2 weeks in and hopefully it will be finished by Monday- I can’t wait! Yours looks gorgeous! It’s made such a difference! x

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