Bathroom Makeover: Part 2

It is finally here! I am so happy to show you what our bathroom looks like nearly a year after it was done. If you remember from the before, the corner bath was taking up most of the room and it felt dark and dingy, whereas now I love how open and fresh it feels. It still isn’t large by any means, actually it is tiny, but it has everything I need and I couldn’t be happier with the end results.

As I mentioned in the previous post, we initially settled on an all white palette until we found these hexagons with the black dots here and there (I see flowers and you?). Now I couldn’t imagine anything but these tiles, I absolutely love them! We decided to eschew the classic designer tip of larger tiles to create the illusion of a bigger room, as we’d seen enough Pinterest examples of our tiles to know that it would work in a smaller bathroom. We actually had one contractor quote us on installing these tiles, which we’d already bought, but all the while insisting that we should rather go with something bigger. It was an incredibly frustrating experience as he was pushing us to go for a completely different style because he didn’t like installing these smaller tiles, which can be more labour intensive. Eventually though we found an incredible contractor who does both tiling and plumbing, an incredibly useful all-in-one for bathroom renovations, and he was absolutely lovely. If you are in the Northern suburbs I’d definitely recommend him! It is probably also worth noting that both our hexagon floors and subway tiles are slightly larger than the traditional/standard, so I do think that helps ever so slightly in keeping it from feeling too doll house and busy.


Along with choosing tile came grout choices. I spent hours poring over examples of colours and sizes and eventually we settled on a 1 mm light grey for the walls (although it looks darker) and a slightly darker dove grey on the floors. I wanted the pattern of the tiles to be pronounced, but also didn’t want it to feel too stark or modern as some of the examples with dark grey and black grouting felt.

We actually spent months hunting down the perfect bathroom cabinet as it was one of the first things we had to replace in the bathroom, even before the actual reno took place. We didn’t have the widest variety to choose from in 60 cm and found that a disappointing amount of the cabinets came with what is usually referred to as a “prego basin” (see here for reference). So we decided to take matters into our own hands and my husband built this shaker-style cabinet to fit into the space. It is everything we dreamt of and has a tonne of storage in the inside. We could have gone the other route of a custom cabinet, but as with many features in the bathroom, we didn’t want to splurge too much as this isn’t our forever home.

Unfortunately when we were looking for taps, there weren’t many options for cool taps that also had a lever. Now Flush Bathrooms have Meir’s mat black range which I’m seriously drooling over. We decided to go for the Hans Grohe Decor range as it is superb quality and we could make it work in our budget.

I knew I wanted to add an element of matt black though, so we decided to use a black curtain rod on ceiling suspenders and it works wonderfully as a towel rail. The slightly matt finish really grips the towels so that they don’t slide off all the time and as we were able to customise the size, it means we can both spread out our towels to dry completely. We also added a hook behind the door for a hand towel.

Other small details included the custom roman shade I made, the ugly boob light we replaced with recessed lights and the new trim (cornices and skirting).

All in all I’m in love with our bathroom, but it is still not done. I’d love to replace the mirror with something more special (I’ve been on the hunt for almost a year!) and my husband wants to create a custom glass shower door. We also still need to replace the cracked window pane – something we remember every now and again- and I can’t figure out what to do with the blank space above the towel rail as it can’t be something that stands out too much. All of my moaning aside, this has really become one of my favourite places in the home, whereas previously I literally rushed in and out as fast as possible.


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