My daughter lives in a flat in London, and recently informed me that the bath tap had died a sorry death. So it’s my job to fix it as the landlady. The current fixture and fittings are a bit worse for wear, with inherited items like a cracked sink, warped bath panel, a wobbly lit mirror and a hair dye splattered bath. To fix the bath tap meant pulling out the bath panel as well as a lot of joinery, so it made more sense to just rip out the whole lot and start again with a fresh new set of fittings. When she moved into the flat we gave the room a lick of paint as seen below, but it really needs a whole new lotta loving…
The room is very small, with no daylight, but good ventilation installed already. There is an extruding section of wall along one side, which hiders the ventilation and electrics, and at the base of this wall is also the run of pipes which are boxed in. The room size is 2.2 x 1.6 m, so there are no real changes of layout possible, and I do not want to start moving plumbing and soil stacks as it is a) costly and b) does not offer me another choice of layout.
We did think about replacing the bath with a large shower, but I think this can be off-putting for resale. So we have kept the layout, and will just have much nicer fixtures and fittings to revamp. I have found a builder who comes highly rated, and am planning to work to the following style; clean lines, quite retro, much needed storage, a grey/white/black palette and better lighting. The current sink has separate taps with scorching hot water, so a mixer tap will be used to stop scalding.
Ebony Handled Mixer
Simple Bath Panel
Basin Mixer Taps
IP Rated Spots
Storage, lighting and a mirror
Tiles will be sized 600×300 simple glazed white, with grey grouting and set full height around the bath, a mouldy shower curtain will be replaced with a fixed glass shower screen and we will introduce more oomph with dark walls as the lighting will be much better after the revamp. Colour can be introduced with accessories, and I think it will be a lovely room when finished… small but perfectly formed.
Updates will come as it progresses… Fingers crossed it all goes well…🤞
The Fixer-upper continues…
I am going to re-name this house’ The House of Onion’. Two weeks of stripping back layer after layer of wallpaper, only to find some areas had wood chip paper stuck onto unplastered plasterboard. AAAH! Major replastering was expected as there will be a re-wire, but even so I just hate that paper!
But I digress… After stripping out the hideous kitchen that was, I have been planning the new kitchen. I need the best look for the best price, and am going on the following sort of vibe: shaker-but-industrial-but-not-clinical if that makes sense. The kitchen also needs integrated appliances as there is not a separate utility room. The tones are mushroom,soft grey and white.
I used the following images for starter point ideas:
Country Small Kitchen Interior Design Ideas Ceramic Tile Backsplash
Some additions of black and dark grey in the room really punch it up a bit too. I think a slate grey dark worktop and dark grout will ground all the neutral tones.
So now that the look had been sorted, I went down to hunt for reasonably priced cabinets ate various suppliers. I tried Howdens, Ikea, Magnet and Wickes etcetera. All were actually quite expensive when you added in the appliances, feet, plinths, and extras that are needed. The best price was from B&Q, and they also drew up my layout for me so I know what to order. The plans don’t do it justice, but I can see in my mind what it will look like at the end, however it gives an indication of what goes where.
So from this….
It will go to this:
But it will be better in the flesh! I have picked a range called Brookfield in a tone called Mussel which has a wood grain. The worktop is double thickness 50mm and matt. The tiles will be metro bevelled with dark grey grout. Hidden away in the cupboards are also a dishwasher, boiler & washing machine. The double oven and hob are ultra modern black glass and chrome to keep up the punches of black needed in the room. The sink is square stainless steel and the cooker hood is also the same material The door and drawer handles will be cup ones, again in stainless steel.
Still umming and ahhing about what floor to put in as it will be across the whole ground floor including the kitchen. I am thinking maybe a pale grey to keep it light, but I also do like wood, and dark grey… any thoughts gratefully received!
Yesterday I was over at my sisters house. She has been working really hard recently on decorating, de-cluttering and generally removing the ravages of children over the years. She has a sitting room with a newly installed woodburner, (she enlarged the fireplace and taught herself how to lime plaster to help install this, bravo!), and her style is very boho. Lots of indian/ethnic furniture, kilims, fabulous battered leather armchairs and artefacts. The room is skinny with a low ceiling, and not much natural light, so it ends up like a tunnel with dead space at either end.
There are two very long alcoves either side of the fireplace, and one is very underused – in fact it is crying out for something more. So I suggested some sort of storage combination so she can get all of her stuff like LP’s, DVD’s, books etc into one dedicated place. Budget is an issue, and we always like to get creative and avoid shelling out a fortune where possible. So I came up with an idea for an IKEA hack that we will be making this week. Here are some very fuzzy images of the room and alcove, apologies for the quality!
Using an extended KALLAX as a central piece and two Billy bookcases either side, plus wood mouldings to revamp the front areas and to create some grandeur, we should be able to come up with a lovely break-front bookcase that will store a huge amount of things, fingers crossed! As the room has generally dark furniture we are going to use white Ikea units, but paint the backs of the shelves in a dark grey to highlight whatever ends up on the shelves. We will also paint everything else in white once the mouldings are attached.
The KALLAX units comes with great square baskets available made in rattan and palm leaves, so in some shelves clutter can be hidden in these.
So here are the basics we will be buying:
Two skinny Billy Bookcases
One central Kallax unit
One Kallax to add on top of the fiest one for the central section
Mouldings will be detailed with vertical rises like this:
And the top pediment moulding like this:
The base will also have a small skirting added to finish off the piece: