Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Bathroom Makeover

During last summer I decided I wanted to revamp my bathroom.  It was a nice bathroom, the suite was new when I moved in, and I liked the decor but the carpet was driving me potty.

(before pictures)

The dark brown carpet looked nice, for about 5 mins after it was vacuumed and after that every piece of fluff and blonde hair in the house was attracted to it and it generally looked a mess!

After several months of not being able to tackle it due to elbow issues I finally ripped the carpet up a few weeks ago.

Cue first hurdle - the bath panel no longer touched the floor (see it's propped up on those little wedges you get with art canvases).
After filling some of the holes in the boards first by making a few extra struts with square dowel, glue and string (the man who came to make a new step did give me some funny looks when he saw this method)

I cut bits of wood and dowel to plug the gaps, sanded and undercoated.  I also painted the panelling.

I used a product called DraughtEx to fill the gaps in between the floorboards, it's amazing stuff and can't be seen once in place.

Draughtex got me thinking and I bought some pipe insulation foam things and fixed them onto the bottom of the bath panel to fill that gap.

I used Little Greene oil based floor paint, which took 16 hours to dry and involved a fair amount of planning in order to allow access to the toilet at all time, and yesterday, apart from a tiny piece of trim around the step, I finished it.

I treated myself to a new bathmat and hand towels from Dunelm,

and I am VERY pleased with the end result.


Frances said...

Su, your vision, energy, determination and imagination are fabulous! I'm so impressed with your results.

Wow... you might now want to consider becoming a consultant to other folks who also wish to make a change, but don't quite know how to do it.


Mystic Quilter said...

Painted wooden floors really appeal to me, yours looks so good.

Gina said...

Fabulous and so much nicer than the carpet. I've never liked carpets in bathrooms and we have tiles but I think I prefer your floorboards!

Jo said...

Fabulous. I think carpet in a bathroom is a nice idea but it's not very practical. We're in the middle of decorating the bathroom at the moment, not a big job as you couldn't swing a cat in there, not that I'd want to of course.

Toffeeapple said...

Who's a clever girl then? That looks fantastic, well done.

elaine said...

Wow I admire your DIY skills Su - well done, it looks a treat.


What can I say? I am IN AWE!! Your ingenuity and determination and flair and stamina have paid off big time. It looks fab. I want one like it!! Can you come to Scotland and do ours? xCathy

Annie Cholewa said...

It looks great! I am so intrigued by your solution to the bath gap, we have a similar problem we might solve that way.