• From tired old tub to sleek power shower – it’s new bathroom time!

    by  • December 8, 2015 • Living • 2 Comments

    Replacing our bathroom was the next big job after our kitchen renovation in May.

    The rather ridiculously shaped room had very tired floor-to-ceiling tiles, a tub that had seen better days and a sad electric shower holding the whole thing together.

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    The tub’s number was up a long time ago when we decided to rip it out and replace it with a sleek shower enclosure which would make much better use of the space.

    Plus we wanted the rain shower to end all rain showers –  like in hotels when you can’t believe your Expedia-booking luck.

    The whole room was ripped out (the day the heavy tiles brought down the plaster board walls was a particular highlight…), before the builders installed the new fixtures and fittings (all in all about £600 from Victoria Plum), re-plastered the walls and began the tiling and floor work.

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    I fell in love with the large metro tiles at first sight (officially the Diamante Teal range from Topps Tiles but I have renamed them ‘Wahaca Teal’), and we wanted vinyl flooring fitted to keep the re-fit on budget.

    The vinyl replaced large, grubby floor tiles which were awfully cold if you nipped into the bathroom without slippers and were a pain to keep clean.

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    The difference is amazing – the room instantly feels warmer and more welcoming.

    We finished the room with ‘powder grey’ bathroom paint from the Wickes bathroom range, and white on the ceiling, skirting and door frame – getting rid of the gloss green felt as good as you can imagine!

    What do you think?

    2 Responses to From tired old tub to sleek power shower – it’s new bathroom time!

    1. Jeremy Phillips
      December 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Liz

      Your bathroom looks good !

      Mine’s being done at the moment, also using Topps Tiles Diamente Teal. However it looks ‘stodgy’ and light sapping as a work in progress. I wonder if the grout will lift it.

      I’d be grateful if you could let me know what colour grout you used.

      White or a grey? E.g. Mapei sliver grey or manhattan.

      Thanks v much


      • Liz Stansfield
        December 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

        Hi JP!

        We used standard white grout – cheap and cheerful from Topps Tiles. I did think about grey as we were going for grey painted walls but I was worried about it looking a bit dark. The white looks good with the teal – we’re really pleased!

        Hope the work goes well.


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