The Bathroom: A 12 Day Renovation [Complete!]

September 28, 2014

Here's the new and completely finished bathroom!  It took 12 days to renovate from start to finish (the post title kinda gives that away) and for once we have a room that is 100% done. I'll do another post with a list of where everything came from soon, but before then you can see what the room looked like before we started and how we got to our new bathroom here and here.

It's been just over a month since the renovation was finished and the biggest surprise we've found so far is just how easy this room is to keep clean, despite it being mostly floor to ceiling white.  I thought that the floor might be difficult to maintain, but the matte finish on the tiles seems to make keeping the floor clean much easier compared to the gloss floor tiles we previously had in here.

The bathroom turned out exactly how I thought it would and it's just so much nicer to be in this room now - it's brighter, feels more spacious thanks to the layout change and there's a bath.  I LOVE baths.

A Tour Through Blogland

September 15, 2014

I have been invited on A Tour through Blogland by Michelle of Jarrah Jungle - thanks, Michelle! Be sure to stop by Michelle's blog and have a read through her renovations, recipes and book reviews, she is one busy lady over there in Perth.  

The tour consists of 4 questions for me to answer so here goes:

1) What am I working on?

Finishing up the toilet room/powder room, whatever you want to call it. We actually tiled the floor and painted the walls when we did our laundry renovation about a year ago (the toilet adjoins the laundry), but I decided about 6 weeks ago that the walls needed to be wallpapered (above left).  There is a finishing touch or two to do before that project gets a post. I liked this wallpaper as soon as I saw it (I have no particular fondness for swans in case you are wondering). We also just finished having our bathroom renovated (not posted yet either) and that's the new bath in the pic on the right.

2) How does my work differ from others in the DIY/Decorating genre?

I don't think it does, I'm just one in a sea of DIY/Decorating blogs. I make, paint and renovate like the rest of them. I decorate my home mostly with black, white and grey, while most blogs I read tend to incorporate more colour - that's a difference I guess.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Not sure, and some days I do wonder why I blog.  Maybe it is a little odd to put pictures of your house on the internet? I can't decide. I have found other blogger's posts on putting in a pool or renovating a laundry helpful though, so when I do a post on our renovations, I'm just adding my 2 cents really. I try to blog only when I have something decent to share, so maybe once a week. I did post more often a while back, but it was a bunch of nonsense so I hit the delete button on those posts.

4) How does your writing/creating process work?

I take photos and put them in the post and then write the post around the photos. I don't think too much about what I write (that's probably obvious), I just try and keep things straightforward if I'm describing how I/we did something. I include the problems and stuff ups too because it's important to show that renovating is a disaster prone endeavour at the best of times. I blog mostly on weekends, although I like to take a couple of days to write a post - it's too much work all at once. It's just a hobby after all!

So thank you for reading my A Tour through Blogland and once again, thank you Michelle for the invitation to participate. 

Now, I get to nominate 2 bloggers to pass this on to. I was supposed to email my 2 bloggers to warn them but I didn't get a chance, but I am nominating KL of Eternalicons and Laura of Elsee blog (ladies, if you are happy to play along, just answer the 4 questions above in your own blog post and then nominate your own 2 bloggers to pass this on to).  I was also meant to post a little about each of my 2 choices -  KL embraces plenty of black like me and is in the middle of building a beautiful home, while Laura has some DIYs to covet (headboard and tufted banquette to name two) and recently renovated her kitchen which is so pretty! I think you should just click over and have a read to find out more!

The Bathroom: A 12 Day Renovation [Part 2]

September 7, 2014

Following on from Part 1 of the bathroom renovation (scroll down to see or just click here), the second week rolled around and was mostly devoted to tiling. Day 5 (Monday) the tiler came and the subways were installed - I was home for this and had to keep sneaking a peak here and there, too exciting! This was a full 8am - 4pm day. Some of these photos aren't as clear as I'd like them to be, I seem to suck at photo taking lately.

This is the other side of the room, specifically the new toilet space.  At this point the area looked really small to me, but the measurements were all OK and within regulations so all good.

Day 6 (Tuesday) was grouting day for the walls, and the hex floor tiles were laid. We weren't home for this so we were dying to see it after work.  The excitement didn't last long as when we got home and saw the wall above the bath we just stared in disbelief - some of the tiles on the wall were a different white than the others and it just looked terrible, like we had tried to achieve some weird, subway tile feature wall (not really obvious here, but in person it was). Complete WTF moment. Another 8am - 4pm day for the tiler, and about 5 hours of swearing for us.

Day 7 (Wednesday) was supposed to be the end of the tiling but after the subway tile drama of Day 6, only the grouting of the floor tiles got done. We found a solution for the mismatched tiles above the bath - the tiler would remove the wrong tiles and replace them with the right ones. Luckily, we had a box of tiles spare which did match and which we had enough of to fix the problem, but the tiler couldn't do it until the following day (we checked with both the tiler and our project manager and this wouldn't affect the waterproofing on that particular wall). Only a couple of hours work this day.

Day 8 (Thursday) was re-tiling day, so we got the problem wall fixed and grouted, big sigh of relief.  This was another almost full day.

Day 9 (Friday) - the last official day, and a step closer to being able to shower at home again. Everything was installed, fitted, caulked and whatever else done to finish the room off (except for painting). This was another full day.

Next up, a full bathroom reveal!