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Our before and after bathroom makeover

bathroom makeover

It’s been so long since I put up a post I’ve almost forgotten what to do! I’ve been consumed by Christmas and New Year fun, and planning our wedding! All very exciting, but it’s about time I shared some pictures of our bathroom, which is now finished!

The bathroom in our London basement flat before was depressing, very dated and very blue. And the bath was sinking in to the floor. So the first step was to replace the bathroom joists and floor, then rip out the tiles.

bathroom before

Our bathroom with not much of the flooring left!


The tiling begins.

shower recess

Dad built the wall for the back of the shower and made a lovely shelf recess for our bath products to sit on eventually.

Our budget wasn’t big for this project (we did it all for £1200), so we kept the layout the same, my lovely Dad and Stuart did all the major work, and I tiled in the same places as the old tiles were, to save on re-plastering costs. I chose white underground style tiles in a brick pattern to keep the bathroom looking simple and vintage, with dark grey grout. In the shower recess I used yellow mosaic tiles which shimmer when the light catches them.

I found an amazing sink on Ebay and bought it for just £1 (taps and all!). I sprayed the cast iron brackets yellow for a pop of colour – the sink is my favourite bit of the makeover. I ordered a mirror cut to size (much cheaper than buying one from a shop) and glued it onto the wall and tiled up to it, so the tiles and mirror sit flush with each other. The light above the sink is a slightly altered Ikea outdoor light, with a Calex bulb in it. Another great find was a vintage ladder Stuart found in the street, which we have cut down and used as a towel ladder.

We were going to put vinyl flooring down, but decided to just sand the original floorboards at the same time as we were sanding the lounge and hallway.

Check out our ‘after’ pics below!

white bathroom after


vintage sink

ikea bathroom vintage light

vintage ladder for towels

vintage fifties sink

What do you think?

6 thoughts on “Our before and after bathroom makeover”

  1. Looks great! Love the sink.

    Can I ask – what type of bath panel did you go for? (Strange I know but I can’t really tell by the pics). I have a similar bathroom and don’t want to tile the bath panel as I thing the metro tiles with grey grout will be too much???



    1. Happy you like it 🙂 I did think about tiling the bath panel but it took me so long to tile the walls I decided a white plain one would be better! My husband made the bath panel – he cut to size a sheet of marine ply, and screwed it into a couple of wooden batons. It was then painted white. Hope that helps…

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