The Bathroom: Our First Renovation Project

Most of the work we had done in the house, up until the bathroom, was cosmetic; paint (sometimes the same room more than once), hang a few doors, new furniture etc. The bathroom was our first real renovation project and glimpse into life on a building site (the kitchen was worse). It took 2 weeks from start to finish and we were without a bath/shower for all of that time. The plumber did manage to re-attached the toilet every day, thank God! Or should I say, thank you Barry.

We didn’t have a huge amount of money for this makeover but fortunately we loved the suite that was already in - including high-level toilet and cast iron bath - and so we were able to make it work on a budget.

Firstly, the bathroom was completely stripped out. There was a leak from the shower into the room below but we had caught it in time and it hadn’t caused any damage to the joists. The damaged floorboards were replaced and the entire floor and shower walls were covered in aqua panels for water proofing.

Day One of the bathroom reno

Day One of the bathroom reno

The first design decision we made was the flooring. We knew 100% it would be tiled (we seriously have a thing for floor tiles) and a black and white pattern of some description. I spent many an hour searching for the perfect design and eventually came across the Trento Arlecquino Collection by Azuvi Tile at Mandarine Stone. It was a pattern we hadn’t seen anywhere else before, they felt in-keeping with the Modern Victorian style bathroom we were aiming for and we especially loved the imperfect texture to the ceramic finish.

Unfortunately Mandarin Stone no longer stock these tiles and I’m not sure if you can purchase direct from Azuvi (I have a few boxes of spares - just in case!). If you are looking for some gorgeous floor tiles, I think these from the Harlequin range at Mandarin Stone are also pretty special.


With such a busy floor tile we wanted to keep the walls simple and so chose an elongated version of the classic metro tile from B&Q and had them laid in a brick effect with white grout; floor to ceiling behind the toilet and shower and half of the way up for the rest of the room. We added a traditional Victorian pencil tile and border tile from eBay, both in white to finish the look.

The rest of the walls were re-plastered and the original suite was re-installed, along with a new shower enclosure and Victorian towel radiator. I can’t remember where either of these are from, and to be honest, they aren’t anything special! I’ll let you into a little secret, we’ll actually be changing the shower cubicle very soon to something like this.

It was then time for painting and finishing touches. We chose the rich, earthy toned Weathered Plank by Valspar in their bathroom range for the remaining walls, brilliant white for the ceiling and skirting and used Rust-Oleum Universal Matte Black for the door frame, window frame and bath tub. I’ve linked some of the styling pieces below:

Mirror - Arcade Tri-fold mirror in Nickel

Wall lights* - Swing arm wall light

*these are not IP rated and therefore may not be suitable for bathroom use. Please consult an electrician before installing.

Print - above bath Jelly Fish, Ikea (no longer available)

Print - above radiator, left Girl in Lake, Desenio

Print - above radiator, right I made myself, using the lyrics from Pink + White by Frank Ocean which was our first dance song. You can listen here if you fancy.

Shower stand - TK Maxx

Bathroom storage - up-cycled charity shop find

Would love to know what you think about our first ever renovation ? Let me know in the comment section below.

Ps. none of the links or recommendations in this post are sponsored/affiliated, just a fan and would completely recommend to you.

K, love ya, bye x