Bathroom renovation 

As some of you know, we’ve been having work done in our house. The main part was the bathroom. We’d done bits and pieces to it in the five years we’ve been here in our forever home, but it needed a complete overhaul. We had serious condensation issues which led to bubbling paint and horrid mould. 

So about a month ago, work finally began. The night before our old suite got ripped out, I took a last soak in the tub. We had no tiles anywhere, a hole in the wall and dust absolutely everywhere.

I lit a candle and read a magazine, ignoring my surroundings. Luckily we have a downstairs loo and basin so we weren’t completely cut off, but it still seemed like an eternity before the room felt clean and usable again. 

We’d bought the new suite back in the January sales, so that had been stored in our dining room. We’d picked out our tiles , but very last minute, they’d become unavailable and thank goodness they did. It meant we got to discover a lovely new tile shop with the most amazing tiles. They were a bit more expensive than the other ones but worth every penny. I think our tiler was cursing us for a good while as they are HUGE and very very thick and heavy. I can only just pick one tile up at a time. 

We used the same tiles on the floor too. One thing I never appreciated before was how high our ceilings are. It becomes very clear when you’re balanced on the top of a tall stepladder on your tiptoes and arms stretched out as far as possible, only to find you still can’t quite reach the very edge of the ceiling.

This shower is amazing, I could stand under it for hours.

We got a nice big mirror too with lights in. And with our new spotlights replacing our single dodgy light, it’s so bright in here.

We got waterfall taps which give a really luxurious feel.

Did you spot the chair in the first photo? It’s my beautiful boot fair find from many years ago. I’ve recovered it, for the third time in as many years, hopefully the kids won’t be leaving their wet towels on it like usual. I love the fabric. I’d originally planned to make a blind for the bathroom in it but we went with a wooden slatted type in the end, the same as the rest of the house.

And to finish off, we needed some kind of storage unit to hide away all the bottles and towels. I searched high and low for one. I had in my head what I was looking for but really struggled to find it. Eventually I found one, at a reasonable price too, and actually managed to build it all by myself. I was rather proud of myself.

It’s ideal as the bottles are all hidden behind the door and the top section is open for displaying fluffy towels and fancy lotions and potions. It does feel very spa like now, a perfect place for some relaxing reading and pampering. I’ve still got a handful of my handmade Bath melts from my Pamper Pantry days. I’m very tempted to start making them again, just for myself to use and maybe give a few as gifts. Maybe I will, who knows…. I’m off for a bath.


DIY overload 

Firstly I’d like to apologise for my absence. It’s been absolute chaos recently. We’ve stupidly decided to do all kinds of home improvements, all at the same time and it’s just bedlam. It’s all coming together slowly but living with the mess is getting hard. I just have to keep thinking it’ll all be worth it in the end, and our beautiful forever home will be done, properly.

One of the improvements is updating our bathroom. I managed to get a final bath the other night before the thing got ripped out. In amongst the dust and rubble, it wasn’t actually too bad.

If you can see past the hole in the wall and the rotten plasterboard and just focus on the candle and magazine, it was actually quite relaxing! We’ve not even got this now so I’m really looking forward to getting all the work complete so we can get back to our normal bathing routines.

Our little basement was cleared out to make way for a sweaty man cave (karate dojo) which I’ve now painted and is all ready for training. The STUFF from down there was deposited around the house for me to sort. We’ve had the loft partially boarded out so some has gone up there, some to the tip and some to our community shop. I’ve been very ruthless with my craft stuff that I’d built up over the years and condensed it down into a much more manageable amount. Those things I thought might come in useful one day just had to go.

With all the upheaval, I haven’t had a real chance to indulge in much yarn therapy. I did however have a couple of hours to myself the other evening, so I parked myself in front of the fire in the dining room and studied my crochet borders book.

I needed to find a border suitable for my current blanket. I decided on #57 and have made a very small start on it. I’ll work on it whenever I can, it’ll be my little escape from all the madness that surrounds me at the moment.

I’ll hopefully be back soon with some progress pics to show you.

Thanks for reading xxx