Monday, 14 September 2015

Bathroom : Before

It has been a long time coming, but finally the bathroom is being tackled. In the 9 years I have lived here, the bathroom has been redecorated 3 times (the first involved retiling and repainting over the lilac walls with deep fuchsia, then repainting with cream, then plain white).  We have had no end of bother with damp (which ever eejit thought it was a good idea to design bathrooms with no windows wants to try living with one!) There was a leak behind the shower, tiles fell off the wall, the floor and wall behind the loo have been warped with damp and condensation and the ceiling needs repainting regularly, the list goes on. Suffice to say I HATE our bathroom. It is an embarrassment. Plus I always think I can smell damp, as does my Mum who always mentions it! So, now we are actually getting everything dealt with. And properly! No more insurance jobs as we have had to in the past. One thing I have learned about insurance jobs is that they are half arsed cowboy jobs which cover stuff up or get the job done on the cheap, resulting in further problems.  Oh, and the electrician just condemned our bathroom lighting. You're not allowed to have a swinging pendant light in the bathroom; it has to be a sealed unit. We've had that light since we moved in...

This was our bathroom on Thursday. Notice the peeling ceiling (this is above the bath/shower) and damp, the bath panel hanging off (from insurance job when the last job required a new bath to be fitted), and just the general drab depressing hovel that it was :


And this is it now : tiles all down, (including the ones over the bath that were actually tiled ontop of the old tiles!! Insurers job again - do you see a pattern here?), plasterboard down and new waterproof board put up, new ceiling in place (waterproof sealed shiny new ceiling) new bathroom appropriate light fitting, extractor fan/expelair thing new sleek and  tiny compared to old clumpy one, new loo with cistern now behind the wall, which should eliminate the condensation problem, and give more floor space too, and I have painted the wall in 'mineral stone'  (need to before the radiator goes on as won't be able to afterwards. Replaced old radiator with a heated towel rail) :


More than half way there now, just to tile and paint the walls, put up the heated towel rail and shower, the bath panels, replace the lino and put in place all my wee extras that make it home.  This is one job I cannot wait to be completed.  It will definitely have been worth the wait.