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…🤞
Not quite sure what is going on with me, but my recent redecoration of the dining room with pinging accents of orange, has created a need for hunting out more orange bits and pieces ready for the festive season. Tablecloths, candles, candles and so on. This is quite a hard colour to source, especially with good quality table linens. I never even liked orange much before I did this room, so finding things is quite hard as I don’t even have a mental stash of where I have seen things in the past that are appropriate. With Christmas approaching I also wanted to spend as little as possible as there is lots of other shopping ahead to do.
This is my earlier bamboo chair makeover
Some serious hunting for a table cloth online resulted in either horrible poly cotton banquet plain tablecloths which headed into neon territory, or 100% Irish linen dyed to order at eye watering prices. I also looked at buying fabric directly, but I kept choosing the most expensive fabrics and £120 a meter is not really budget-friendly. I also need an ENORMOUS tablecloth, as at Christmas I have my cunning extra large tabletop that comes out of storage and sits on top of the existing table. It seat 14 easily, and in the past I have had to either make cloths for it or adapt king size bedspreads. All were tastefully neutral, and not at all suitable for the colours in the room now.
I needed something to ping, and this is the sort of orange colour I needed. Really pumpkin-like.
And lo, along came ebay. I have not used it for a while, mainly as postage has got so expensive in the UK that people seem to have stopped selling on it so much. But I started to hunt for anything orange, and then this original 1970’s St Michael (M&S) bedspread appeared tucked away in the bedding section. It is woven damask in shades of orange, perfect for a pop of colour, and looks like something from dressing a 70’s TV sitcom. And Reader, I bid immediately. In fact no-one else bid on what looked frankly pretty awful in the picture, so I got it for a song. Here it is, looking a bit grim and dated on ebay.
It turned up yesterday, and actually it really works in the room!
It is really bright orange and yellow with lovely fat bullion fringing. It works with all the other soft furnishings in the room. And it is massive and will easily fit the Christmas table top.
Until then, I have used it in the corner of the room on a round table, replacing a ‘tastefully beige’ one. It would not work anywhere else in the house at all, but it does suit the dining room scheme. Job done, total cost £8.50.
The day has come and Rocket Queen is now open for business with Charmaigne and Danny inking creatively in the fabulous new premises. Here is the tattoo studio makeover story…
Textured walls, uneven floors and in a mess
When we started the room was large and full of shelving with bumpy concrete walls, a rubbish ceiling, uneven floors and generally in a very sorry state. It took ages to clear it, and a full skip load of rubbish had to be taken away.
The floor needed a total overhaul.
The room has 3 windows, all with security bars which need to stay as part of the lease, which then led to ‘Inspiration No 1’- a prison cell.
This room has to be highly functional, and also very sterile for Health & Safety standards. Bearing this in mind, we decided to go for non-porous surfaces which are easily cleanable. I kept thinking about the film ‘Dead Ringer’s with Jeremy Irons in his operating room, so took the tiles idea as ‘Inspiration No 2′ – an operating theatre.
I did want to bring in an abbatoir feel as ‘Inspiration No 3’, and use chains from the ceiling to hand screens from, but was rightly persuaded that it might scare off the clients!
We tiled all around the room with metro tiles and used black grout to make them stand out. A new ceiling and plasterboard was added to make the rest of the surfaces smooth and hygenic:
A huge amount of tiling was needed
Ceiling before replacement and the inspirational iron bars!
The new upper walls were painted in dark charcoal grey paint, (washable but with a matt finish), and the lowered new ceiling was painted white to reflect light. The floor is high grade linoleum for hygiene in a dark grey with a slight sparkle finish and it is non-slip. To keep the room very clinical, we installed a stainless steel medical sink, and chose a variety of storage furniture in enamel which continued the sterile look. The white cabinets came from Ikea, and the black trolleys are actually mechanics’ garage storage systems. The tattoo benches are adjustable so that clients can sit or lie any which way for tattoos on any part of the body.
Dark floors and paintwork on the walls
As two tattoo artists work in this room, we bought and installed two medical privacy screens in case people want a private area during their sessions. I changed the very dull plastic white pvc panels on these for new waterproof and wipeable fabric, (aka shower curtain fabric sewn into panels, and which is as slithery as hell when you sew with it!). We used really cool retro patterns of tattoos and tattooed people for these.
Love this fabric!
As the room is predominantly grey, black and white we added some punches of much needed colour, with posters and original artwork by artists like Jacknife’s Chris Hopewell.
Before & After: really pleased with the transformation…..
There are two separate treatment rooms, which have been decorated in much calmer colours; one for laser removal and the the other for reflexology and beauty treatments:
You can see the first makeover on the reception and shop area here…