Easter DIY The Bathroom

Its nearly Easter and that time of year when all good interior DIY decorating enthusiasts get out their tools !  With the promise of better weather and a long weekend off work, its a great time to finish off all those little jobs around the house or just give a room a freshen up.  

We never seem to stop freshening up our home,  good job the other half enjoys it.  The twins bedroom is almost finished, we are just waiting for some finishing touches to arrive and then they will have a lovely new bedroom fit for growing “too cool for school” boys.

Next job on our (my) list is our bathroom.  Ideally I would love to rip out the existing bath and build a large walk in shower.  Hubby doesn’t agree, he thinks people still want baths in their home, I’m not so sure.

  When we first moved into this house the tiny bathroom was dominated by a large cast iron 1930s bathtub.  We decided to take down the wall and the linen cupboard next to the bathroom to enable us to extend and give us some extra much needed space.  you can see how we did it HERE  The bathroom has pretty much remained the same since the renovation and I for one absolutely hate the curved bath panel. I think its time for change but with limited funds and to be honest, other priorities at the moment, I don’t think its going to happen anytime soon.

Time to get my thinking cap on.  How can I make some small and inexpensive changes to the bathroom to improve on that bath panel for one and inject a fresh new look .  Because the panel is curved its not so easy to cover it up or box it in.  I think maybe paint is going to be the answer.  There are many paint options on the market these days including paint for plastic.  I’m not too sure what colour.  Maybe an injection of colour through the paint, towels and accessories will do the job ? 

 I will though, probably stick to white as nothing brightens a room better in my mind ! or maybe 

grey ?  I’ll update after Easter x  If you are looking for some inspiration for DIY for your own bathroom  pop over to to VictoriaPlum.com  who have a great DIY Bathroom advice page.

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  1. Midlife Singlemum
    March 23, 2016 / 7:09 am

    I think it depeds how big your home is about whether to keep the bath or not. We have one small bathroom and a separate loo in a small flat. It was more important for us to have a second toilet in the bathroom with a shower and a sink, than to keep the bath. If we had two bathrooms I would probably choose to keep a bath in one of them.

  2. karen jones
    March 25, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    We have 3 toilets but the space in the only bathroom is very limited for a family of 5. I just think the space would be better used with a large shower (and more economical) xx

  3. Kimberly Duran
    March 25, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    It's funny as we talked about removing our bathtub as well but there are just times you want a soak and as it is our only bathroom full stop (we don't even have a cloakroom), then it made sense for us to keep it! I think painting the panel white or a colour would be lovely – not sure about grey as the tiles might be too warm but perhaps a greige (something with a brown undertone) could work! 🙂 xxx

  4. karen jones
    March 25, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Think you are right Kimberly on the grey, it won't work at all. Ahh well, white it is ! just wish i could ripe the thing out and get a gorgeous new soaking shower.

  5. Stacey Sheppard
    March 25, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    I think so many people contemplate removing the bath but don't for fear of it affecting a house sale one day in a very distant future. We toyed with the idea too but with two tiny kids a bath is a must right now. However, I totally think you should do what best fits your lifestyle right now. If nobody is using the bath and everybody showers why not go for a really lovely spacious walk in shower? You can always put a bath back in should you ever decide to move, right? And bathrooms are things people normally redo when they buy a new place anyway.

    • karen jones
      March 26, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      Yes that's what I said i would like to do Stacey, but hubby thinks it will devalue the house. its a tough one. might just go for a new luxury type bath with the shower over (similar to what we have now) if we ever have enough spare cash ! x

  6. Carole Poirot
    March 26, 2016 / 9:28 am

    We have a tiny bathroom with a tub that's some sort of "short size" (not full tub length) which I thought is totally useless – until I felt a little under the weather some time ago and wanted a soak, albeit with knees sticking out. That convinced me to keep it, besides, there are more pressing issues in the house than the bathroom. White I think is always a great idea and would contrast nicely with the tiles. Happy Easter and DIYing 🙂 x

    • karen jones
      March 26, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      I've been watching a Canadian diy programme recently Carole and I noticed they have really small bath tubs too. Suppose it saves on water and heating costs ! xx I can see you r point for when you are ill, nothing beats a good soak xx

  7. Antonia Ludden
    March 26, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Keep an eye on my blog Karen as we are ditching our only bath for a large shower – eek! But like you, I just think it will be more practical and efficient for the 5 of us. If we are ever able to convert our loft, which I would love to do someday, I would think about putting a roll top bath up there! I actually really like your bathroom though xx

    • karen jones
      March 26, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Will do Antonia. I have been looking at other options to the current bath we have. We put that one in 10 years ago and there are a lot more available on the market now so maybe an updated combination will be better. x

  8. Arianna
    March 30, 2016 / 10:25 am

    I have a tiny bathroom and so we ditched the bathtub for a larger shower – it was best decision ever for us. We never used it so it just made sense to remove it. I think you should go with that you feel best suits your lifestyle. However I really love your bathroom and white will look great with the contrast of the tiles 😉 x

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