Updating my bathroom – a much-needed DIY renovation project

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Guess where I’ve spent this week? I’ve had a week off and did I spend it in the sunshine? By the sea? In a beer garden? Nope, I’ve spent it indoors, ripping out my old, dated and leaky bathroom. What else would I do with a week off than more DIY?! Yes, the house renovation project is in full swing, and now we have no bathroom. No water and, worryingly enough, no loo. Eek – time to crack on with the DIYing!

With that in mind, I thought it would be a fun idea to show you what kind of look I’m going for in the bathroom. If you can imagine a spa with dark colours and clean lines, that’s the kind of style I like. I had already bought our bathroom suite in the January sale (I know, it’s taken me a while to get started on this DIY project – I’ve been putting it off for months) so I knew what type of bath I was going for.I chose the Voss range from Betta Bathrooms and managed to get the bath, loo, sink, all taps, wastes and plumbing supplies for under £300, can you believe it?! That’s precisely why I ordered it in the January sales, it was too much of a bargain to pass up. The order arrived in February but I’ve only just got the chance to take a ‘holiday’ from my writing work to get started on the renovation this week. You can imagine how excited I am to finally get to work on it.

Even though the bathroom suite was a key part of the bathroom design, there were two other important things I needed to consider: Tiles and the shower. I wanted to have a dark coloured tile that could be used on the floor and shower walls, as I love the idea of a sweep of colour running across the floor and up the wall. After a LOT of searching online for a suitable floor and wall tile, I finally found this beautiful Concept Azul tile (in the image above). It’s a denim blue colour, which has a fabric-like texture print with a glossy, smooth surface. I wanted the swathe of blue to take centre stage so was looking for white tiles for the other walls, but I didn’t want to get just basic square tiles. In the same ‘Concept’ range at Tile Trader I found some rectangular tiles that complimented the blue ones perfectly, without being a plain white tile. The Blanco tiles are a whopping 60 x 20cm in size and have a subtle stripe pattern running along each tile. On the website it looks textured but in real-life it’s a smooth surface in pale creamy stripes and a reflective, glossy surface. The only decision now is whether to stagger the tiles like brickwork or stack them in lines like in the image above.

The other consideration was the type of shower. I really loved the idea of one of those big ‘rain shower’ heads mounted right over the centre of the bath. But really, is it practical to only have a rain shower? I often use a hand-shower to rinse my hair so I wanted to find a shower that offered both options. Thankfully, it didn’t take me long to find the sleek ‘hidden-plumbing’ look I wanted with a Mira shower. I chose the Agile ERD design because it incorporated both the luxurious deluge rain shower head AND the practical hand shower, bonus!

So that’s why I’ve been indoors all this week – I’ve been chipping off tiles, tearing off bath panels, taking up vinyl flooring and unscrewing taps in order to prepare my bathroom for a long-overdue facelift. I can’t wait to get it finished and to be able to share the photos with you and, more importantly, to have a big bubble bath in my new tub. I’ll let you know how I get on – keep you fingers crossed for me 😉


Some items in this blog post have been gifted to me and the pink links indicate a gifted product, affiliate link or information source. All thoughts and opinions in this post are based on my own experience and I am not responsible for your experience 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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