Adventures in bathroom renovation: an introduction

Hello my dears! I’d like to reassure you all that I haven’t actually fallen off the face of the planet, I’ve just been sucked into a diy vortex where time seems to lose all meaning…

My Dad and I have been single handedly renovating my bathroom. “Are you crazy?” you ask, well yes, as it turns out! However it is now finished, looks pretty darn good and gives me a while lot of pride and satisfaction knowing that I did all that work myself 🙂 Oh, and cost about 1/5 of getting it done professionally and I learned a whole load of new skills. So I might be crazy, but I’m also now multi-trade! We tackled: demolition, salvage, plumbing, electrics (my dad is an electrical engineer otherwise we would have needed professional help here), plasterboard, filler, tiling, joinery, painting and decorating, interior design, bath sealing, radiator installing, leak fixing, vinyl floor laying, … I think that’s everything!

So over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my crazy journey, including the useful tips and tricks I learned along the way. For now I will leave you with a picture of the 70s monstrosity I was more than happy to rip out:

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I mean really, in such a small room who chooses a brown suite, bronze swirly tiles and wood panelling?! Bleugh, no thank you!

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What I’ve been up to this week!

Hello all! It’s been a busy old week for me, with lots of things to make, places to go and people to see. I’m not complaining at all, it’s been great to have so much to do!

The week started off by going to a friend’s flat to watch the end of festival fireworks. We let young sir stay up late to watch them with us and he loved it. It was so sweet to see how excited he got about the sudden eruption of colours in the sky, especially when he kept checking everyone else was watching too.

Then the beginning of the week was taken up with finishing off some sweet little embroideries I was making for my friend who has just had her second baby. I made two, one for the new baby and one for her new big sister as I didn’t want her to feel left out:

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I really enjoyed making these. It’s been a while since I did any hand embroidery and I was very pleased with how they turned out, and more importantly my friend really liked them so all the work was worth it!

Then I had to whip up a kilt outfit for a lovely little man who is off to a wedding on Sunday and needed something to wear. He’s only 3 months old, and I think he is going to look adorable in this:

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The teeny tiny flashes are possibly my favourite part of this outfit. They just look so cute in such a small size!

And then this morning I was really excited to take delivery of our new bathroom suite! I cannot wait to have it all installed and take a lovely long soak in the bath. I know our current bathroom works fine, but really, who ever thought that a brown suite, bronze swirly tiles and wood panelling was a good look? And in such a small space! I really hope I won’t look back on some of my own design decisions in years to come and wonder the same thing!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and have a great weekend planned!