We bought our house from new 12 and a half years ago. I think it's obvious from the photos below that I did not buy my house for the bathroom! I am the unproud owner of the worlds smallest and most hideous bathroom. It's really badly laid out with the toilet in the middle so you have no place within reach to hang a toilet roll holder. The bathroom is actually smaller than the bath! My husband made a tongue and groove bath panel a few years ago and when we removed the 'lovely' plastic one which came with the house we saw that the wall at the foot of the bath had been gouged out a bit for the end of the bath to fit just inside the wall!! The builders also left out tiles behind the toilet and when I asked the sales person why it was because it saved money!
Did you notice the hideous reggae coloured sign my brother brought back from Barbados for us! He is a yachtsman and always brings us something back - he laughed when he gave this to me but I felt I had to put it somewhere for a while - on top of the cabinet out of sight was the best place I could find.
We have an ensuite so originally decorated this bathroom for the children - we thought blue was nice and cheerful however, as my children have got older they prefer to shower in the en-suite so I am the only one who really has baths.
I have big plans for my little bathroom but it involves changing every single thing in there. I want to push the wall by the window back a foot so that we only have a small window sill and a few inches more room. I want to change the whole suite and have a traditional sink and a clawfoot bathtub. I want subway tiles and cladding on the wall. I have a gorgeous slate photo frame ready to go above the bath. I want white cladding on the ceiling with little spotlights. I want either slate on the floor or hex and dot tiles. Hex and dot tiles do not exist in the UK so I can only get this if I go on holiday to The States. I want the walls to be painted in a very pale shade of green like the lightest green in sea glass. Want, want, want.... Plus I want a holiday first so this bathroom is just a way off dream for now.
I tend to live with things I hate and prefer to wait until I can have things exactly the way I want them. The reason for this is that I would rather not waste money on an area I have no look on plus I tend to find that just making a little change tends to lead to another and another... so I end up spending loads of money to still not have things the way I want them.
Anyway!! I was browsing through blogland recently and notice Lemonade Makin Mama's bathroom makeover for just the cost of a tin of paint. I still had some paint left over from my kids room/study/craft room re-do (I have not posted photos of this yet as still a few bits left to do but I will do when it looks right). I was inspired. So decided to re-paint this horrid room and do nothing else. It's amazing what just a paint job can do. I'm much happier with this room now and am happy to leave the door open - it was always closed before to hide the hideousness. I still have a small horrible bathroom but it's one I can bear to live with for a bit longer now!
My precious sea glass and a piece of driftwood my husband and son found on the shores of Lake Ontario and insisted on bringing back with us
A vintage mirror we bought from a junk shop when we lived in London
A little bowl I bought recently reduced from £8 to £2. I didn't know what I was going to do with it but bought it because I thought it was cute. I filled it with little heart shaped soaps that had been sitting in a cupboard for ages.
A stool that was next to my daughter's bed which I have 'borrowed' to sit next to the bath. She does have three other stools in her room and only one bottom so I don't think she'll miss it!
A fisherman's knot door stop that I used to sell in my shop. I had the last one!
I still have to make a blind or some kind of window treatment - I'm thinking of just a short white linen or burlap panel held loosely in place with ribbon or string (this is, after all, just a temporary re-do). I also need to buy a white bathmat for the floor and am halfway through painting a mirror to go on the wall next to the sink. Even a small project takes time!
I apologise, once again, for the quality of my photo's. Unfortunately my finances cannot stretch to a DSLR camera just yet but it is on my list of wants (which as I've already pointed out, is a very long list!).