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Welcome to my blog. I write about my life with my family, renovating our cottage and trying to lead a more creative life.

Ivy Cottage Renovation:  Bathroom

Ivy Cottage Renovation: Bathroom

Our little cottage is slowly but surely being renovated.  Room by room we are adding our own stamp on this 19th century worker's cottage.  The bathroom is the first room to be totally completed which I think is a good idea as it will provide a much needed sanctuary during the days of dust and living out of boxes.  I am very lucky to have a talented Dad and brother who fit kitchens and bathrooms for a living and are generally handy. They have always been really helpful with any work that we have needed and tried their best to match any ideas that I have had.  The bathroom was a particularly difficult job as the plumbing previously had all been done wrong resulting in a historic leak and rotten floor.  They literally had to rip everything out and start again.  We were without a bath or shower for three weeks but it was worth it.  The work has made the bathroom feel brighter and bigger,

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The before pictures above show the nasty laminated floor and the previous layout.  The bath was in the corner under the pitched roof.  You had to duck to get in and then faced the back wall when you had a bath.  Not a particularly enjoyable experience which resulted in us rarely having baths.

The old shower cubicle cast a shadow over the toilet and bath and looked clunky in its design.  The sink was in a funny place so close to the steps but was generally in good condition.  The steps were made using softwood varnished in a cheap looking brown.  The bath now runs across the wall that had the sink on originally.

The cabinet is now where the bath used to be so the low roof doesn't affect us so much.  The toilet and shower are in the same place but by choosing a curved edge cubicle it feels more spacious.  The patterned floor from Laura Ashley really adds something different to the room.  The antique cabinet that was given to us by a kind neighbour (thank Heather!!) adds some colour and texture.  The beam was previously painted but when my brother got plaster on it and started to clean it he discovered it was this beautiful wood (oak?) he spent all day sanding it to surprise us when we retuned home from work.  It really adds a wow factor to the room.

I love having greenery in the bathroom as it has a relaxing feel to it.  I also think that when you decorate a room you should think about every surface including the ceiling. There are things hanging from the ceiling in all of our rooms to make the space feel bigger, more interesting and purposeful.  This plant and hanging pot is from @fromvictoriashop in Lewes.    We did initially ask my brother to build a cupboard in this corner but it was starting to feel too designed and new so we changed our mind and used the cupboard that we already had.  

Choosing a clear and curved cubicle has made the bathroom feel more spacious and brighter.  We also had a smaller window fitted so that the sink could sit under it.  The window was double the size before and also offered no privacy.

Choosing a clear and curved cubicle has made the bathroom feel more spacious and brighter.  We also had a smaller window fitted so that the sink could sit under it.  The window was double the size before and also offered no privacy.

We all love the bath we chose - a modern take on the roll top.  It was from Victoria Plumb online and fits the space perfectly.  Having the bath here is much more comfortable and having the taps mounted on the wall in the middle mean that you can face the room.

We all love the bath we chose - a modern take on the roll top.  It was from Victoria Plumb online and fits the space perfectly.  Having the bath here is much more comfortable and having the taps mounted on the wall in the middle mean that you can face the room.

The wood used for the shelf, steps and window sill is all reclaimed iroko from school lab benches.  It adds an old touch amongst all of the new details.  The vintage mirror was an eBay find, the planter is from West Elm, the pink potted plant is from The People Shop and the candle holder is from Hus and Hem.  

The wood used for the shelf, steps and window sill is all reclaimed iroko from school lab benches.  It adds an old touch amongst all of the new details.  The vintage mirror was an eBay find, the planter is from West Elm, the pink potted plant is from The People Shop and the candle holder is from Hus and Hem.  

I hope you like the changes that we have made to the room.  We love the transformation and are proud to show it off.  The best things we did were to have a smaller window fitted so the sink could sit under it and moving the bath.  The room feels so much bigger than it did before and is a pleasure for us to spend time there.

I'd love to hear your feedback.  You can also follow me on Pinterest to see my inspiration for the room.

 

 

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