Bathroom Renovation – Progress Report

Can you believe we are in week 7 of our bathroom renovation?

Did not see that one coming.

It definitely could have all been wrapped up by week 4 if we weren’t delayed on joinery *cough* If we want to point the finger, it will definitely be pointed fairly at my husband. *sigh*

When it did arrive. It was BEAUTIFUL. Just as I had hoped.

All that is left to do is the plumber complete his fit off. The plumber & the builder have been fighting and I don’t know who is worse and who to believe to be honest. Both have done 1 job for me prior. It really has left a bad taste in my mouth and caught me in the middle. The plumber should be here tomorrow to complete his part.

My husband and I have done a stellar job on stripping the windows, patching, sanding, no gaps etc. They will be ready to paint this weekend. Along with the 2 casement windows that we removed to strip easier. The stripper ate some of the glazing compound in parts so I re-glazed both of them. That is currently drying and should be ready to paint this weekend. I have purchased new hinges and new casement hardware.

ALL A.L.L All of the trades have pissed me off. E.V.E.R.Y S.I.N.G.L.E O.N.E of them!

The underside of the timber window sill is covered in a gloopy thick uneven mess of waterproof material. The only thing I said to the waterproofer was – “Don’t slop that stuff around on the timber windows please” Wellllll he did. It was every where. There was a huge puddle on the top of the sill in the corner and random bits everywhere. I had to pull and scrape that stuff off with a blade. Doesn’t really respond well to sandpaper as it is rubbery/elastic.

It isn’t the biggest deal as you can’t see it unless you’re sitting in the bath.

These sort of issues have plagued the entire renovation. I have been crystal clear and very vocal, but alas, something happened every time.

The electrician. Do you want it to go in this direction, or that direction? The second way please. Come back 5 mins later. It is installed the 1st way. Ummm well ok then.

Face palm after face palm.

The last item I am waiting on for the bathroom is my curtain header tape and drapery pins. I search high and low for stainless steel hooks in Australia. I was even going to use plastic, but they aren’t compatible in the tapes I want to use. Also because the track is ceiling mounted and where plastic hooks attach it would mean that part of the curtain heading would curl up against the ceiling.

After a long search and several discussions with high end and low end (spotlight) curtain places none had the answer!

(It is said time and time again, but never has it rung more true. If you want something done right DO IT YOURSELF!)

I headed to the U.S, via the internet of course. Say what you will about America, but when it comes to home decorating, they’re not bad.

Finally I found the hooks I wanted with compatible heading tape. I emailed the company about international shipping. They never got back to me plus sold in bulk. Not unreasonably large sizes, but would have made my humble shower curtain quite exorbitantly priced. Then I headed to etsy, where I found 2 retailers that sold theĀ items in smaller batches. After I few conversations with 1 lady, the communication just stopped & she didn’t respond. Then I started to speak to the second, then thanks giving holiday rolled around & it went dead. Thankfully I have finally managed to place an order with her for what I need to make my shower curtain with hooks that won’t rust! Not sure when that package will arrive though. Don’t think it has even been sent as she had to order the stainless steel hooks from the wholesaler.

After all the effort with this shower curtain, I hope it does come together as planned. EEK!

Another item we are waiting on is the mirror for the shaving cabinet doors. Hopefully should be ready tomorrow or Friday.

*Fingers crossed*

We are nearly there!

I just came across this image on Pinterest from Architectural Digest. Quite enamoured with it.


Reminds me of our bathroom a little bit. Window in the shower/tub. Shower over bath (ugh a compromise but had to do it, no other choice beside forgoing one) & of course, shower curtain!


Also loved loved loved Emmy Rossum’s New York apartment renovation. Especially the tiny bathroom.

I have never been fortunate enough to be afflicted with the indecision and copious amount of options that a large space offers. Only ever had to come up with solutions for small spaces and I think I am getting quite good at it. Some times there is only 1 solution and that is that and move on! Good! Decision made.

Plus, you need less of everything, with a small space, so you can splash out on some items. Although because space is at a premium, some things are better getting custom made to use the space wisely or because off the shelf (well priced) doesn’t fit.

Darn it.

My bathroom design was signed off before I saw this apartment reveal, but it has a lot in common with my bathroom and brought a smile to my face. Marble tiles. Shower over bath. Small vanity with 2 drawers. Simple shaving cabinet mirror. The same lights (just different size & finish) as the ones I purchased. Wall mounted basin taps. I even have a brass bathroom door handle and silver fixtures inside! Well then! hahaha






I love that roman blind with those stripes. I found similar fabric at the curtain shop and I want to make myself up some for my laundry/WC project next.

Speak to you soon!

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