Our Country Cottage – The Bathroom

bathroom, grey, panelling,washstand

To say we cut it fine with the timing of the renovations at the cottage is a bit of an understatement. Everyone knows that even the best laid plans don’t always go smoothly and we shouldn’t have been at all surprised. Mistake number one, was assuming we could take holiday bookings for Whitsun Bank Holiday, and of course everything would be ready. Mistake number two, was booking a holiday for ourselves the week before Whitsun so that we could indulge in a bit of rest and relaxation.

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I have to tell you that 15 hours before our flight to France, we were still at the cottage hanging the shower curtain and putting up the mirror and hoping and praying that nothing in the bathroom was going to leak. 15 hours before our flight. And the cottage is 100 miles from home. Boy did we need that holiday.

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So what exactly took so long? I don’t think I’ve mentioned that we totally gutted this room. The 1980’s tiles had to go, as did the dated vanity unit, grotty wc and sticky floor. The tiles brought the walls down, so we had no choice but to dry line them again, plaster and re-tile. As in all of the other rooms I wanted a modern country look, so decided to just tile above the bath and use tongue and groove panelling behind the loo and basin. We did keep the old bath even though it is, shell-shaped I think you’d call it. It just seemed wasteful to throw out a perfectly good bath and I don’t think anyone will even notice now that it is a bit old-fashioned. It’ll probably come back in soon anyway.

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I absolutely love the wall tiles from Tile Mountain. We chose the same metro tiles that we used in the kitchen. But where we used grey tiles with white grout there, here, we’ve used white tiles with grey grout. I think a bit of continuity is always good and besides, they were the best choice for the style I was after. The grey grout is perfect with the grey painted panelling and the grey shower curtain. And who doesn’t love the crispness and timelessness of a metro tile?

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The bathroom, more than any other room I think, benefits from a few luxurious touches so we blew the budget on a traditional heated towel rail, an Edwardian looking wall light, a metal framed mirror and some French style ceramics. And of course I’m very proud of the old washstand that we’ve re-purposed into a vanity unit even if it did give the BF a few plumbing headaches.

The metro tiles in this post were generously supplied by Tile Mountain although all views are my own.

Brimstone Cottage is available to rent for short breaks here.

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Our Country Cottage – The Master Bedroom

Our Country Cottage – The Living/Dining Room

Our Country Cottage –  The Kitchen



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    April 10, 2017

    Looking at the pattern and color combination .. they are just perfect matching a with major of white and black color. Great!

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    September 6, 2016

    Oh really nice to see the some beautiful ideas for the bathroom .. specially small sized bathroom are hard to renovate with something like you did. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Helen Greene

    June 22, 2016

    Wow!!! it is a great bathroom idea. I liked it. I loved the mirror most.

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      June 22, 2016

      Thanks Helen 🙂

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    Sanmati Mathew

    June 5, 2016

    Beautiful bathroom designing ideas.. like this post very much

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      June 5, 2016

      Thank you Sanmati

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    handyman Dima

    June 2, 2016

    Now that’s quite of a bathroom renovation you’ve done there. You say 15 hours before your departure, but as a fantastic handyman I’m peculiar how long did the whole renovation took you? In my humble opinion (as a normal person, not a repairman) the bath might indeed feel a bit old fashioned, but it does fit lovely with the rest of the bathroom interior. I’m far from surprise that because of tiles you had to rebuild walls, since that it’s quite common for a professional handyman. Personally, from what I can seen from here the outcome is more than lovely, but you really never make strict time frames and plans, when you have a project like that at hand.. I myself have underestimated how fast I would finish a project and deeply regretted it afterwards..

    kind regards,
    repairman at Fantastic

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      June 3, 2016

      Glad you like it Dima 🙂


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