The new bathroom

I had no idea how long it would take to transform a bathroom. I guessed about three or four weeks. If you’d told me it would be seven weeks from work starting to me having my first shower, I would have been VERY upset.

I hadn’t really considered what was involved in a new bathroom – ripping the old stuff out, plumbing, electrics, tiling the walls and the floor and FINALLY, putting the new stuff in. I also hadn’t considered that our bathroom was being done by one man working alone. He did it all – removed everything, then did the plumbing, the tiling, the plastering and some carpentry. The only thing he needed help with was the electrics. And he only worked weekends. He did an amazing job and it was brilliant to see the transformation every week, but sometimes it felt like I was being dangled a carrot I would never get to.

Because in the meantime I was showering, along with the rest of my family, in the ensuite. In the world’s most boiling hot shower. Ooh, but I like a nice, hot shower, I hear you say. Believe me, so do I. But this is not a NICE, hot shower. This is the shower of Satan. It burns red marks down your body, it feels like your scalp is going to blister. It’s only saving grace in this sense was it let out so little water it (probably) couldn’t actually scald you. For the first two weeks I only showered on alternate days and I refused to condition my hair. My daughter took to showering once a week. At Grandma’s house.

Ever since I moved house, people have been asking for before and after photos, so, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the transformation of our bathroom

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The bathroom is big. Stupidly and pointlessly big. I think we could fit both of the younger kids’ bedrooms inside it. And it has a weird little half wall up the middle of it. We wanted to knock it out, but it turns out it was structural. Thanks to my friend who suggested we make it wider (so the bathroom was actually symmetrical and make a feature of it with a mirror. It was also my friend who suggested we put the sink under the window rather than in its original position next to the shower. It looks fab there, but it does mean we can see into her house when we clean our teeth (and that she might be able to see us in the shower). Must learn to close the blinds…

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My husband chose the white ‘metro’ tiles and I think they look great, but I must admit I had a slight wobble when I saw the bathroom all tiled. I wondered if it was too stark, cold and clinical. But once the shower and sink were in, breaking up the vast expanse of tiles, I knew it was right.

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The shower looks amazing, but it’s not as powerful as you would imagine – that’s not the fault of the bathroom fitter or the shower, but of the water pressure in the house. But with that many holes in the shower head, it’s good enough.

After seven weeks, it was such a pleasure to use it – and it’s at least a million times better than the shower of Satan.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. The shower sounds so unpleasant but the name really made me chuckle a lot. All the new features look so nice and shiny and I’m really glad that it’s done now. One massive job off the list!

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  2. Sarah it looks amazing!! i love it and i really love the tiles!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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  3. Ooh it looks fab and I can imagine how much pleasure you must be feeling at the thought of using your new bathroom every day for a while yet! I do like the idea of the shower of satan, if not actually wanting to try it out!

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  4. Great transformation! I love seeing a room going from something not so good to something amazing.

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  5. Wow what a transformation Sarah and how long – you must have been going out of your mind. Worth the wait though, it looks fantastic! Great post, thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory

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  6. I am very jealous we still need our bathroom doing, put off even more with 4 kids (2 very small) and the thought of being without for 7 weeks. Yours looks well worth it though.

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  7. Wow looks great. I love before and after photos. Great project to document. and great outcome!!! enjoy your new bathroom.

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  8. It looks fabulous! The bathroom is probably the thing I miss most about our house in Edinburgh πŸ™‚ We had very similar fittings. You must be so pleased to have it finished x

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  9. Ohh wow! It looks fantastic!! Ours is stupidly small I would love to have one as big as yours x

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  10. Thanks very much, everyone! It was worth the wait, but it seemed a very long time. I’m so glad I didn’t know it would be seven weeks when it started though!
    PinkOddy – it was only seven weeks because he was working weekends only, would probably only actually be three weeks (or less if two people were working on it!).

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  11. This has been a long time coming! I love the description of your ‘shower of satan’! Looks gorgeous – I imagine it was well worth the wait πŸ™‚

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  12. Thanks very much, ladies. It was worth it, Suzanne! I love it πŸ™‚ So glad I don’t have to use the shower of Satan any more!

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  13. OH. MY. God. My bathroom dream was just a dream. While he worked I DREAMED of candles, champagne and a long hot soak, the day he was finished, but the first long hot soak I had only delivered a better view of so many of the things he had done wrong. I wanted the hotel standard bathroom that YOU got. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my bathroom disaster post *sniff*. One day I want THAT ^^^^^
    But for now, I just want to tell you how SWISH it looks. I have seen those very tiles in a posh Private Member’s Bar in Shoreditch. I approve πŸ™‚
    Liska xxx

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  14. Thanks for coming over, Liska. So sorry that your bathroom ended up son badly, but glad you like mine! I hope you get your dream too one day. x

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  15. It is fantastic, thanks, Clairejustine! Always a pleasure to link up the weekend bloghop πŸ™‚

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  16. Oh I remember now. In actual fact they look like the tiles we have selected. We don’t have another shower to use and we are on week one – I used the one at the swimming baths lol. We are thinking about whether to completely tile it ours or not so I will show this to my husband πŸ™‚

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