Bathroom Renovation

One memory that stands out from the many on the day we moved into this house was the sight of my good friend sitting upstairs in the filthy cast iron bath scrubbing like a woman possessed and  crying her heart out
that we had made a terrible mistake and we couldn’t possibly live in this filthy run down house with our 6 month old twins.  At the time I admit to putting on a brave face and brightly exclaiming that it would all be fine once we gave it “The Jones effect”.  When those special friends finally left us, exhausted and depressed to go home, I sat amongst what felt like hundreds and hundreds of packing boxes (we moved from a house twice the size) with a crying twin in each arm and burst into tears myself.  How were we ever going to be able to afford to make this house livable let alone beautiful.

After the kitchen the bathroom was the next most in need of attention.  A huge, ugly,stained cast iron bath dominated a tiny space.  The once beautiful original art deco black and white  tiles were cracked, broken and filthy.  A tiny space as a main bathroom for a family of five.  Next to the bathroom was what would have been a linen cupboard.  My husband and I came up with the plan to remove the cupboard and knock through which would give us a little more space.

Work begins ! In the picture above you can see where the tiles end, this marks where the original bathroom wall ended and the back wall of what was the linen cupboard. On the right what was the side wall of the bathroom. When I look at these photos I do wonder how we managed with no bathroom for weeks !

We decided to make the door to the linen cupboard the new bathroom door and the original bathroom entrance we built a glass brick wall. I thought this would maximise the light into the hallway beyond.
We decided to go for a Shower/bath tub which we relocated to the far wall to enable us to fit another toilet and a sink into the extra space we created.

I am so pleased with the end result and thank the Lord for the skill and talent of my amazing husband who did all the work himself.

The new entrance to the bathroom

The original bathroom entrance now a bright, light glass wall

Open the door, its a tight fit but with a modern sink we were able to achieve the look we wanted.  We also went for a solid wooden floor, not sure about how sensible this was in a bathroom. We sealed it and it does seem to be standing up to all the water.

Moving into the room and with the extra space and new layout we were able to fit in an extra toilet.  Essential in a house with four Men!

relocating the bath along this wall allowed us to fit a shower on the far wall and gave us much more space.

I love, love , love the shower.  I always wanted one that drenches you.  The bathroom set of toilet, sink, bath, shower, screen and amazing talking point taps were all purchased from Ebay for a total of £600 !

By choosing a curved combination shower/bath we saved on the crucial space we needed

Linen basket and radiator in the sale a Argos

The taps are a real talking point with visitors.

The large Cork mirror came from our previous home

Beautiful Italian tiles bought for a song at the local discount tile warehouse

Finally, above the window a sign that reminds me of my love of the sea and how far we have come.

We completed the work on the bathroom at a total cost of just under £1000.  Obviously labour was paid in kind .



  1. Midlife Singlemum
    January 9, 2012 / 6:29 pm

    It looks lovely – and you are so right about the value of an extra toilet.

  2. notSupermum
    January 9, 2012 / 7:00 pm

    What a great transformation. You definitely have a good eye for design. x

  3. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    January 9, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    It looks lovely, I'd like a shower like that, although I'd never get my husband out of it. He keeps talking about a shower chair so he can sit in there for hours!

  4. Emma
    January 9, 2012 / 10:33 pm

    It looks beautiful and those taps are amazing!! x

  5. Jennifer
    January 9, 2012 / 11:20 pm

    Very beautiful.

  6. Karen Jones
    January 10, 2012 / 7:50 am

    Thank you ladies, I am very lucky to have a hubby who can turn his hand to just about anything ! xx

  7. make do mum
    January 10, 2012 / 8:25 am

    The bathroom is the last room to be renovated in our house, we are doing the work ourselves too so it takes a long time! Yours is lovely, thanks for the inspiration

  8. Jane
    January 10, 2012 / 8:31 am

    Looks fab x

  9. icklebabe_com
    January 10, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    Love everything about this, you have the greatest most stylish touch mrs 😉 xxx

  10. KARA
    January 10, 2012 / 11:00 pm

    Love it all, I love a nice white suite, love those baths too. What a fab hubby for that undertaking. Gorgeous

  11. Kelly Wiffin
    January 12, 2012 / 8:36 am

    I love it! I really can't wait to have my bathroom redone. I don't think it would look as good as yours though!

  12. Maeve Bradbury
    January 17, 2012 / 8:29 am

    Lovely to find you via Love All Blogs – inspirational stuff – your house is beautiful and this is exactly my kind of bathroom – cool, understated and stylish. Very well done!

  13. Karen Jones
    January 17, 2012 / 9:10 am

    Thank you for all your lovely comments ladies and welcome to new readers. I know a lot of people read my blog but am especially thrilled when people take the time to comment xx

  14. KayGray
    October 15, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Loved looking at all your rooms before and after, we've done the same in all our houses, move into the next project on Saturday, my husband like yours is brilliant with all the manual work, I think up the ideas and he puts them all into reality, I really enjoy shopping around and choosing all the new paints, wallpapers and floor coverings etc and like to come up with something unusual that makes everyone say 'wow'. How I wish that we had scrapbooks of every house my husband has transformed for us.

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