Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Repeating Myself (this one's for Emma Kate)

You probably remember a post I did a while ago where I (finally) revealed my bathroom makeover.

You may also remember that I told you I'd managed to delete all the photos on my blog!

Well, Emma Kate popped by to take a look at my bathroom but of course there were no photos to go with it so I decided to take a few more and re-write the post just for her.

It all started with this:

The retro garage print 0n the wall that I'd bought for SD.

I'd wanted a change in my bathroom for a while.  Previously it was blue and white stripes like a beach hut with lots of beach style accessories.

I'd decided I really liked the idea of a sophisticated grey but I also wanted some kind of theme.

So, with the purchase of the print the idea was born - my bathroom was going to have a workshop theme!

But ...

Well, I saw a few things that also made me really like the idea of a municipal baths kind of feel for the room so what was I to do ...

COMBINE the two ideas of course!

So I bought this:

The 'Hot Bath' sign from The Range.

See the taps underneath?

Originally they were a set of hooks from Dunn Elm but I got SD to cut off the hooks and attached them to the wall so they (hopefully) look like working taps.

I also had a few things that I really wanted to use but that needed a re-vamp.

The first thing was this:

A large bamboo laundry bin that sits perfectly beside my bath housing spare toilet rolls etc and the top acts as a table.

But it just didn't fit in anymore.

I really can't tell you where the idea for the transformation came from.  I just got this idea into my head and couldn't shake it.  I discussed it with SD expecting him to say it was a little mad but he said to give it a go - what was the worst that could happen?

So, I took it outside and gave it a good sanding.  Applied a couple of coats of undercoat.  Got a tin of gloss paint and some stickers and voila!

Behold my oil drum laundry/storage bin - I'm chuffed to bits with how well it turned out!

Then I was on a roll ...

I also had this:

An oak cupboard picked up on Ebay for a couple of quid.  After a quick sanding to remove the varnish it got a couple of coats of undercoat too and a couple more of gloss and I added a sticker:

I now have a Massey Furguson tool cupboard that hold all of our bits and pieces!

So, what else ...

Well, SD rooted around at the farm, I trawled car boot sales and antique shops and we found a few things to go on the wall:

SD bought me an outsized clock from The Range:

A latch from a garden gate that we found at the farm:

 Was hung next to the mirror over the sink and I can either hang a hand towel from it or a glass cloth for wiping the mirror when it steams up.

Incidentally, I spray painted the mirror in silver and plan to steam punk it at some point.

There was this great find on Ebay for a shelving unit:

And the metal measuring jug hold our toothbrushes and toothpaste.

I saw this tin bath at Asda, it's meant to be filled with ice and have bottles of beer in it for bbqs or parties but it's the perfect size for hanging on the wall and adding to the municipal baths feel in that corner.

Under it hangs this little retro metal calendar with
magnets to ring the month and date.

These three small metal signs were another Ebay find and hang on the wall above the door.

I've really struggled to take a photo that shows the bathroom in it's entirety.


Too many corners and the bath sits in an alcove so this is the best I could do:

As you walk into the bathroom

Standing by the sink looking towards the bath

Practically getting into the sink!!!

I guess you can't really get the full effect without actually seeing it in real life.

I'll put the kettle on if anyone fancies a cuppa ...


Val said...

As long as none of those tools are used to open up my plumbing...

Emma Kate at Paint and Style said...

It's really stunning, very unusual and quirky! An utter triumph. Well done you! It was worth the wait! So what are you going to tackle next? Thanks for reposting! xx

SARN said...

WOW, that's an interesting bathroom makeover Sarah. Love that you have a unique theme for it and I like the cool grey overall colourscheme.

Hugs, Sarn xxx