Back in the Winter of 2015, we undertook our first indoor diy renovation project – the main bathroom. We started during a week that poured with icy cold rain for days and days. We worked our day jobs during the day, and worked on the bathroom at nights and weekends for more than a month. Being our first experience of renovating, the project damn near killed us. But boy, were we grateful for sticking it out when we no longer had to shower in the laundry out the back of the house which had no water pressure and a permanently open window (the main bathroom only had a bath in it. 1930s styles.)
A year and a half on from finishing the bathroom renovation, I’m finally getting round to sharing it on here…
Because the room is on the south side of the house, it doesn’t get much natural light so we wanted the room to feel as light as possible. Installing warm LED lighting helped with this, but white walls were always on the agenda. We went with Resene 1/8 Black White (which is pretty white-white) because we’ve used other whites in the Black White family throughout the rest of the house and exterior.
This was the biggest challenge – finding a vanity that I liked. Nothing I saw was working for me. We wanted to modernise the room, somewhat – but also reflect elements of the 1930s remnants of the house. In the end I negotiated with a bathroom cabinetry company to sell me a vanity with no top on it (no bench or basin). We bought an old solid rimu TV cabinet off Trademe and took the top off it, cutting it to size to sit on top of the vanity base, with a freestanding basin on top. We also used an offcut from the rimu vanity top to use as a shelf above the vanity.
Being a 1930s house, we’ve got rimu flooring throughout (which we’ve slowly been uncovering and restoring throughout our renovation journey). When we lifted the lino in this bathroom we found that the rimu had been painted a yellowy/cream colour. Nice. All sorts of ideas went through my head about painting over the floorboards, but my husband was adamant he wanted the original rimu – so he stripped the floorboards back and sealed them (which he’s also done through other parts of the house now too). Apart from a few bits of inevitable bora tracks, they’ve turned out beautifully – and compliment the vanity top and shelf too.
After our 2016 renovations, I’ve got lots more to share. Stay tuned.