Monday, April 2, 2012

Our bathroom renovation update...

On Saturday just passed, we started the huge job of renovation our massive bathroom.
I thought you might like to see our progress so far.
Here is where we started...

gutting the old walls out
You will notice our Laundry is in here too
it's that big of a space!

as with all old homes (ours was built in October, 1883),
when you start the gutting process, you always find some sort of surprise.
We did, under the lining boards!
Lots of Hessian, newspapers and hand stamped wallpaper.

I got some close ups so you could see.

The text on this is piece is wonderful

a little snippet of the hand stamped paper, 'wall paper'. 
It was made in England.

After lots of work, Mic got stuck into putting up the beadboard,
the difference was immediate. 

We did however find more surprise under the old clawfoot bath
...some bad boards that Mic replaced while he was in the corner there.

look...there is the outside!
I did mention we gutted the place didn't I?

...and here is where we left off come Sunday evening.
Two walls re lined, insulated and 4 walls with beadboard.
This weekend brings with it more work and we are hoping to have found a solution to our vanity woes
and decided what to do with the bath area.
Mic wants to build a new bath in, but of course I am having issues letting go of the clawfoot!
We still have plaster compound to go on, cornice to go up etc, etc
My wonderful, amazing Husband done so, so much work this last weekend and I am so proud of him.

...SO much to do still.
Stay tuned


  1. Ooh, this is so exciting, Ness! Keep 'em coming, Gorgeous ☺. J x

  2. It looks amazing so far. I'd want to keep the clawfoot too :) F

  3. How exciting - and what an amazing sized space for a bathroom! Can't wait to more - I just know that it's going to be fabulous!

  4. oh dear..we are living the exact same life in two different to see someone doing and loving the same kind of thing!

  5. We are doing the same thing here at our little cottage. It's such hard work. I know it will be all worth it in the end. Can't wait to see yours when it's all finished. Such a big bathroom. I love it!

  6. The history in your amazing! What I would give for a bathroom of that size :) Cant wait to see it - push hard to keep your clawfoot girlie!! XOX

  7. My gosh,

    Your bathroom is enormous! I would want to keep the claw foot bath also (sorry Mic). Have always wanted one and would have loved one for our reno a few years ago, there's also nothing like the old enamel as opposed to a hard plastic. Bit like stainless steel sink quality now against s/steel sinks 20 years ago.......I know which one I'd pick!

    So much work in a couple of days, well done looking so much better already. How much time did you take reading the old newspapers on the wall, what a find.

    Thanks for taking the time to share.

    Take care

  8. Can't wait to see the rest... love the beadboard!

  9. Wow, that wall looks massive. Good work.

  10. Wow what exquisite little finds, I bet they made you smile Ness love the tongue & groove I want that effect in my loo area will have to wait for my dad to stay, my hubby is not a DIY guy so lucky you to have a talented man, hope you get to keep the claw foot bath they have such character looking forward to seing the end result I imagine it will be a magical space!! :)))

  11. That wallpaper is so interesting! Great that you documented it. Your bathroom is going to look fabulous. I'm envious about the size if it as ours is tiny as it was built on part of the original verandah. No room to move!
    Looking forward to seeing the results :)

  12. Wowsers!
    I love that you took closeups of the newspapers and wallpaper, serendipitous finds in the labour of love.
    Can't wait to see what comes next.

    Happy day!

  13. Good luck!! Just finished a gut job on a small bath myself...

  14. Tell me about it Ness; i might email you some photos of our bathroom renovation; we have regency mould board as well. You will get there......decisions .....etc it will all happen. xxxxx

  15. Well ladies...the bath is staying!!! =0)

  16. Love the bathroom!! Great that you kept the clawfoot! And the beadboard....I am totally a fan! What did you use on the floor??
    Take a look at our bathroom ...

  17. So pleased to have found your lovely blog. We are just about to embark on our own bathroom renovation. We too, are keeping our claw foot tub but unfortunately our bathroom is about a quarter the size of yours! M

  18. Hello, I have been looking for a spot to shoot a very small fragment of a student short film, it is a suicide scene and we wanted to use a claw foot bathtub like yours, we want to know if you would help us shoot our project there, we are offering a very humble sum for your trouble, something like 30-40 dollars,

    Thank you very much for your time,

    Manuel C


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