Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Happy New 'Bathroom'

Well the blogging batteries are suitably recharged, and I now feel it is the perfect time to pop back to bloggsville and wish you all a somewhat belated Happy New Year! I hope you had a splendid Christmas and and that it was indeed a healthy and happy one! For me, the new year has brought with it a need for me to refresh and update areas of my home, and first up was our little attic bathroom. I loved its old look which I had kept for some time - doing it up with an Indian theme in mind - but definitely felt my girlyness kicking in and decided it was now time for a change.

It was all a little bit impulsive - with the husband and children waved off to work/school, I then decided to squeeze in a little painting and wallpapering! Luckily I have an understanding family, who are well aware they may come back to a slightly changed decor if I get a little restless. All in all it was a two afternoon's job - how they do so many rooms on '60 Minute Makeover' I really don't know - maybe I should invite them here and see just how they do it!

So anyway, here's a little peaky into the new girly bathroom.   

First of all, I stripped the wallpaper off, and I can tell you with no steamer, this was a long laborious task indeed! Eventually I had wallpaper free walls and although a little damaged in areas with the plaster coming off, I was more than happy as wallpapering straight over, so left them bare.

Then it was time to get the paint out, and I decided upon trusty white for the two pink ends of the little space.  

Being quite a cerise pink - it took a good 3 coats to get a nice even finish without the pink showing through, but eventually I got there. Next it was onto choosing some wallpaper! I thought as it is such a small space I really could just embrace the girly, flowery look and the husband understands he just has to roll with it ;) I purchased this pretty wallpaper off ebay for about £8 a roll a while ago (incl P&P) and knew one roll should be enough for the two side walls.

So up the wallpaper went - my cutting not perfect in places but hey ho, perfection is never my aim in life and I do like rooms with character! Oh I was falling in love with the new pretty look as it was all starting to come together. I even dug out a couple of my new and unused (waiting for that special occasion that never quite happens) towels, and just goes to prove, Primark next to Cath Kidston most definitely works.

So, the wallpaper was up, the walls newly painted, and the tongue and groove woodwork had been given a little spruce up with some fresh paint. Next it was time to pretty it all up!! I hung a little canvas in the corner and which I think is perfectly suited to the room.

 And candles, oh yes definitely candles were needed in here (with health and safety observed at all times) and I thought some of my pretty vintage glass candlesticks made a lovely home for the pink candles.

Slowly I am starting to create that little haven of prettiness by including little nick nacks here and there. I adore the 'Love & Flowers' Emma Bridgewater smellies (and that came inside the most gorgeous EB bag) I was given for Christmas from my lovely Ma!

And one of the husband's Christmas presents was this lovely toiletry bag, it's certainly one I don't mind being kept on show at all times.

The children also gave me a couple of matching items to it and which I just love!

 Now then, I have to wonder where they got the inspiration from for those lovely gifts? Perhaps they have been taking a closer eye on one of my vintage style canvases I have had displayed at home for a while - they know how much I love that canvas, so it really was lovely to open their wonderfully chosen gifts :)  

  I think the painted mirror looks lovely, and gives the room a great country/shabby chic look.  

I kept the old shelf I painted in the corner, it fits just right in there and is oh so handy for little display pieces.

A certain someone from my Indian theme was staying right put. He seemed so content, and as I had originally painted him cream, sits perfectly well amongst the pink girlishness.

 I think the original mosaic tiles look fab within this new shabby chic theme too.

Of course there has to be a handmade element somewhere and this pom pom garland I made looks so pretty resting above the bath on the little wooden shelf.

I'm sure I'll keep including little touches here and there and shall delve into the stash of inspiration that sits by the loo!

 So, one room down, hmmmm about 7 to go! Well maybe not from top to bottom, but I'm definitely in the mood for some revamping, and as I always maintain, this is an ever evolving home and I like that it is this way. Always ready for the next challenge!

Oh I can't resist just one more photograph of that pretty wallpaper ;)

And Mr. Bunny just wanted to get in on the action again ;)

So, the paintbrushes and decorators pinny are never packed away for too long, in fact they have already come out again for another little makeover job...As for the husband, I have promised him his own little macho space...one day ;)



  1. You really should consider doing interior design, missy! Your wee bathroom looks fantastic!
    Happy New Year. :)

    1. Awww thank you lovely! *mucho blusing. I would loved to have gone down that avenue, though feel am too old and past it for new ventures now. Shall keep dreaming :)) xx

  2. Totally agree, looks fabulous - I love that canvas with the ladies in their swimsuits! x

    1. Thank you Sharon! Ha ha yes deffo one of my most favorite canvases ever! Was from B&M and cheap :) x

  3. Beautiful wallpaper! Your bathroom looks lovely!

    1. Thank you so much Marianne - it is a pretty number and definitley one for the girls! Hence the husband 'allowed' it in a small area only ;) xx

  4. Just love this makeover and oh! the wallpaper it is indeed gorgeous! Very very neat too the ladies in 40s swimsuits bits and pieces...so original!

    keep well

    Amanda x

    1. Hi Amanda! Thanks yes it is gorgeous and very me :) The canvas always makes me smile - the colours in it are truly scrumptious! Love to you xx

  5. What a great make over, I bet it makes you smile each time you go in there. I never thought to put wall paper in a bathroom, I worried the steam from the shower would make it peel off.

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