Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Filthy to fabulous - Bathroom renovation

There are a lot of things I take for granted.
 But my bathroom isn't one of them...
and this is the reason why.

A Sad Beginning.
When we bought this 100 year old cottage back in 1999 it had been a rental. 
The poor neglected thing had been let to uni students (like myself) for the better part of 20 years.  Our house was known as "the party house".
That is 20 years of uni parties...drunken, naughty, nasty uni parties.
I'm pretty sure it didn't get cleaned..EVER!

Tiny filthy steps.
In any case, we made BIG improvements and  so the bathroom looked like this...

Hours and hours were invested in this room to make it look this good-honest!

Despite our best efforts it still leaked in all directions. Visitors thought that the ceiling was grey paint,  but that was actually the bleach resistant mould silently pervading the room.

We lived with with this fungal freak-land of a  bathroom for 10 years...10 long years! 
The low light was spending hours and hours in this room with my toilet training toddler. Uhggg! As a tribute to this special time, in this special room, I made a feature of the Cushy Tooshie as you can see in the photo above.

Fabulous at last.
Two years ago we counted our saved pennies, took a deep breath and dove into an extension and renovation project.

We moved our bathroom to the west side of the house and positioned it facing the backyard. It is now a room with a view.

It is so relaxing to lie in the bath, almost nestled in the tree tops, and gaze out at the view.

As for the loo?
I was proud to hang the Cushy Tooshie on this wall when toilet training our 2nd child.

Incidentally, the ceiling is white... like a ceiling SHOULD be.

I never get tired of noticing the small things...
 like the light hitting the wall through the shower curtain creating patterns,
 or the still life outside the window...

I know it took over a decade to get it
 (and it actually isn't quite finished there is still some tweaking to do)
 but it certainly was worth it the wait!

Linking up this Elle and Lou post with:
Chicks on a Shoestring


  1. Wow! It's absolutely gorgeous! You did a wonderful job!

  2. Wow. I thought my before pictures were something. I love your bathtub!!
    Come check out my avocado green bathroom remodel :)

  3. Boy, that was sure a transformation! I noticed the top of the bench... is that from the original bathroom?

    I host a party on Wednesdays that is a showcase for bloggers with less than 500 followers.... and I would like to invite you! (the linky is open now)

    xoxo BunnyJean @ BunnyJean's Decor and More!

    I am # 141 in the Met Monday party.

  4. Wow that is a knock your socks off remodel! Your bathroom looks fabulous. I've been living with a nightmare bathroom for years so I know your pain. Hopefully mind will be done soon.

  5. Hi Lynda
    visiting you from Bunny Jean's bunny hop party for the first time, and WOW what a beautiful bathroom you have now.
    It must have taken a lot of hard work to achieve but you can rest on your laurels now (no pun intended), relax and enjoy that great view and peaceful tranquility.
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

  6. Breathtaking transformation!!!!!!!!! Wow wee- pass the bubble bath!

    Visiting from Bunny Jean's Bunny Hop linky party.

    Smiles, Suzanne from Illinois

  7. Awesome job! I love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine :D Can't wait to see what you come up with next- New follower! :)

  8. Oh my gosh!!! That looks great!!

    I know how gross college students (esp boys) can be, lol! Great makeover. thanks for linking this up to our blog party.

  9. Thanks for sharing this post at my Bunny Hop party :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean @Bunny Jean's Decor and More!

  10. thank you so much for the sweet comment!
    don't forget to join in on the surprise giveaway over at love notes.
    the more entrants, the better the prize!
    have a lovely day.
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

  11. A new duckling turns out into a beautiful swan! I like the flower thing in your bathroom.

  12. This bathroom is gorgeous! Really! Love the transformation.

  13. Amazing! I want that tub! Love, Love, Love!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Your bathroom is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing at last week's link party. I have featured your project this week. Please stop by and check it out! :)


  15. My jaw dropped at the after shot! Gorgeous! And you totally deserve it after 1.) putting up with the worst bathroom I have EVER seen (for a decade) and 2.) saving up for this yourselves!

  16. Thanks Jamie for featuring my bathroom on Day and Age Design!

  17. Ahhh, the tubs amazing! How wonderful!


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