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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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