18 Jul 2015 102 comments

A Bathroom Makeover: Before & After.


It’s time! I’ve been waiting so long to do this post, and I’m so, SO glad that the work is done, our bathroom is finished and I don’t have to deal with a dusty room and a lack of shower anymore!

This was such a big job, even now I can’t believe how far this room has come. I never imagined it would look all pretty and white, it just seemed so far off… but it happened. I’m going to do two posts on the bathroom; the first (this one) is a before and after roundup – with details on the progress and a lot of pictures. Tomorrow’s post will focus on the details, so look out for that!

Our bathroom had remained untouched since we moved in last year – and, by the looks of things, the last 50 years too; it was hideous. Even though I have my dream bathroom now, looking at these photos makes me feel so sad. I hated it, it felt disgusting to be in and I didn’t feel very clean after hopping out of a shower in here! When we first moved in, I tried to make the place look nice, but I soon came to realise it was impossible. The terrible wallpaper job, the paint colour (I don’t even know what that shade is, but let’s hope it’s discontinued), the wall of tiles, even the wood panelling which came up too high and made the room look even smaller. There wasn’t much to like about this room, and I never once shared a photo of it – so this is the first time anyone will have seen it… unless you know me in real life.
In the end, we got rid of everything. Only the actual toilet stayed because there was no real need to change this out.
As you can see from the last picture there, we’d had to rip up the flooring and half the tiles on the bath (yep, they had tiled it in) due to a plumbing emergency a few months ago that saw us flooding our poor downstairs neighbours at 7am. Sorry, guys! We had a lot of issues with the plumbing prior to the renovation, and the guy fixing the plumbing last time said it was the worst he’d seen. It’s such a relief to know it’s fixed now.

Jordan and I tried to do as much as possible to keep costs down – this included stripping the wallpaper (yuck, there were multiple layers), removing the tiles – which pulled off half the wall -, pulling off all the wood panelling and removing all the rubble from our third floor flat. It was hell. We almost gave in so many times, especially trying to rip off the tiles – that was extreme! I used the biggest crowbar I could find, gave it a go and then handed the job over to Jordan. Hell.
When Jordan started to remove the wallpaper from our 14ft high ceilings, he was up on the ladder when a huge chunk of the ceiling fell, hitting him as it went. Kind of funny… nothing like a near-death experience at the top of a ladder.
I still can’t believe we did that much on our own. Desperate times, my friends. Desperate times. Even though we saved a few bob by doing this much work ourselves (as well as ALL the painting afterwards. Ever tried to paint a 14ft high ceiling? Not fun), at the time I was wishing I had just paid the money to have the guys do it. Jordan would never have allowed it though, so that’s the story of why I was elbow deep in plaster dust for a week of my life.

We had to get the lower half of the room replastered, as well as all the walls reskimmed, and the ceiling replaced or whatever they did to it. Then we had heated flooring put down – DREAMY! The only way I was going to have floor tiles (even gorgeous patterned tiles) was if heating was involved, because Scotland is cold. We went with Warmup and chose the electric underfloor heating. The process was super easy and not entirely expensive either – I think it’ll save us a lot of money in the long run. We even have a thermostat to control it too! Our bathroom fitter fitted it so quickly, so it’s something to consider.

I’m not even one bit upset that the hideous sink had to go. BYE FELICIA.

I made a proper before and after picture, click here to see it in full. The final result is unbelievable – even though we designed and purchased everything, I wasn’t sure how it would look when it came together. It was hard to imagine it, and I had no idea if what I was buying would actually fit together – also, who knew it was so hard to choose taps?!
The bath was easy, I’ve had my eye on this Bathstore Freestanding Bath for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted a freestanding bath with claw feet… so now we can’t ever sell the flat heh.
The sink wasn’t so easy – it took me forever to find anything remotely nice! I wanted lots of storage, since the space is quite small and we need lots of storage for all the products I hoard. In the end, after hours of searching, I went with IKEA which I didn’t really want to do, but I love the sink we picked! It’s huge and holds everything and really works with the style of the room.
I made the magical decision to put our bathroom door on a track, so it now slides open. THIS WAS A GENIUS MOVE! I r smarts. Before, the door would open in to the only good amount of space in the bathroom, but the track door leaves this space free – meaning the bathroom looks way, way bigger. This change is probably the best bit about the bathroom, seriously!

We went with tiles behind the bath, and tiles on the floor. I wanted parquet flooring in here, but settled on tiles instead and I feel I made the right decision. I’ve wanted dark grout tiles forever, there’s just something so charming about them. Both the floor tiles and the wall tiles are from Tons of Tiles, I searched high and low for some affordable tiles and ended up on their site. It was so easy to order and they came super quick – though we did have to carry them up a zillion stairs, but so worth it.

SOoOo that’s a little rundown of the bathroom fun. Has it been fun? At times, near the end, maybe. It’s certainly been stressful and hard work! Look out for tomorrow’s post with all the pretty after pictures…!

  • Simpliste Daily

    Never thought I’d use the words ‘gorgeous’ and ‘stunning’ to describe a bathroom but seriously gal, you got this spot on! Can’t wait until tomorrow to spend my entire morning admiring some more pics!

    Sam x

    Simpliste Daily

  • Simply beautiful! You have great taste and I adore the tiles you picked for the floor!

  • Wow the transformation is absolutely amazing! The old bathroom looked awful I can’t believe anyone would have it like that in the first place! You’ve really done such an amazing job come redesign my home please? 😛

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  • Utterly gorgeous Kate, major bathroom envy haha. We have a poky bathroom too and kept it light and bright.

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  • wow ! gorgeous bathroom! well done 🙂


  • you have amazing taste in everything kate! even the towels are matchy matchy ^^

  • V.

    OMG, that’s amayyzing! I can’t believe you did that much by yourselves. I’m really, really impressed, and I must say your new bathroom looks gorgeous! Great job, you two. I do think the sliding door is genius, and the bath tub is so cute! I probably would have just paid someone to do the really dirty work, or I don’t know. It seems terribly expensive. But you must have felt and probably even still feel so accomplished. Deservedly so!

  • This is my dream bathroom! You should be so proud!


  • Claudia

    That is a Pinterest worthy bathroom, it’s gorgeous!!!

  • your bathroom looks amazing!


  • emily couture

    Love your new bathroom! The transformation is amazing 🙂

    emily xx


  • I looove your bathroom decos, dream bathroom!! xx


  • so so dreamy! very well done Kate! eep xxx

  • Khrissie Farrands

    Wow it looks amazing! There’s just something about those claw foot baths, they are so pretty! Those floor tiles are just perfect too! They really bring the whole room together.

    Good job!


  • What a lovely bathroom! You guys did a great job, and I know from personal experience that it must have taken time and energy. I love to have my hands deep in paint though. To my Italian eyes the bathroom has a lovely British feel to it. Must be the tub 🙂

  • Hanka Kl.

    You’ve created amazing home at all. Could I move in? 😀

  • Kati Palin

    Looks gorgeous Kate, we are just about to buy our first house and have plans to do up the bathroom. How much do you think it cost you in total, and how long did it take? Underfloor heating would be amazing, we’d have the happiest cat ever!

  • Your bathroom looks gorgeous; I would love to have the opportunity to do this. I absolutely love all of the tiles you have chosen! x


  • It looks amazing! 🙂

  • The bathroom looks amazing! I love the free standing bath and the tiles are so beautiful! I think my parents actually have the same sink (as it is often the case with Ikea 😉 ) and I love it, because it’s chic and big but doesn’t look bulky.
    All your hard work definitely paid off and I’m so happy for you that you finally have a bathroom where you can enjoy to pamper yourself!
    Patti http://www.pattiblue.blogspot.com

  • Your bathroom looks so nice, something I’d like to have when I’m older 🙂

    Emma | ohflowerchild.blogspot.com

  • Kat Horrocks

    Wow, a complete transformation. I think bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in the house 🙂 and yours is beautiful !

    Kat | http://www.kathorrocks.com

  • This looks absolutely beautiful Kate. We are in the process of re-doing our bathroom as it’s kind of in the same state as yours was. The wallpaper has nearly peeled off, the floors are horrendous and everything is so out dated. Definitely taking some inspo from your bathroom.

  • Oh wow your bathroom looks amazing!! You did really well!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Aw it looks beautiful 😮 love the floor tiles, such a nice feature! I love peeking into people’s houses 🙂
    …What Nikki Did…

  • Allie Cleve

    This is absolutely gorgeous, I absolutely love the tiles! My parents have floor heating everywhere in their house (including the garage because my dad is a car nut) and it’s the best thing! I can’t wait to buy my own place and be able to change everything to how I want it… but I guess for now I’ll just have to live with my gloss yellow walls and electric storage heaters…


  • Kiera Murrell

    The bathroom looks beautiful!!!

  • it looks so damn amazing, you’ve done a fantastic job!

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

  • alice bea

    omg this is stunning! Please come and do my whole house!!

  • I have waited for these photos for so, so long! It looks incredible! You have such a great eye for interior design and I LOVE the idea of the sliding door to save space. Also those are some magnificent tiles. Well done!!


  • You’ve done such an amazing job, Kate! It looks so beautiful. x


  • Oh wow, it looks absolutely beautiful! The attention to detail is extraordinary, I love the little shelf for additionaly greenery!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • What a beautiful bathroom! It looks perfect and the genius idea of a sliding door, well I’m going to have to steal that. Bathrooms are never big enough unless you’re in a mansion but you’ve made this looks stunning and airy!

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    It looks so much bigger now! I’m super impressed with it, it looks gorgeous


  • Jessy Ferreira

    I’ve been waiting for you u to unveil your new bathroom for ages now.. Hahaha
    It turned out to be even more BEAUTIFUL than I’d imagined!!! Great job!! I even showed it to my dad cause he loves seeing makeovers 🙂 he said “wow it a beautiful bathroom!” 🙂
    Hope you have a great weekend!!


    Xoxo Jessy

  • Absolutely gorgeous, those tiles are so dreamy, and so is your new bath!

    Just Little Things xo

  • Lucy H

    Its so beautiful, such a difference. I love the bath so much x

    Lucy | http://www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

  • WOW, what a transformation! I’m sure it was a real pain in the arse, but to have done that much work yourself is truly amazing. You go girl! The after photo is so inviting and blends classic with contemporary perfectly. Well done!

    xoxo – Kelly

  • Sandy

    I would honestly never want to leave my bathroom if it looked like that. Such an incredible transformation!

  • Your bathroom looks stunning now, I guess all that hard work payed off!

    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

  • I have just pinned all of your pictures onto my bathroom inspiration post! I have always wanted a freestanding bath but always assumed you would need a big bathroom for it! When we’ve bought a house I think I’m going to try and replicate this kind of style!

  • This is gorgeous, you have quite the eye. I really love that tub- clawfoot tubs aren’t big over here in Canada but it will definitely make an appearance in my future home!


  • Amazing transformation, I’m hoping to redo our bathroom soon so this is seriously inspirational.

    & Projects

  • This transformation is beautiful. I love the floor tiles…stunning.

    Fran’s Beauty Blog.

  • I love what you’ve done with this room, especially the bath and the tiles. I have been dreaming about those tiles as well and these ones look so charming! Unfortunately I am not an owner yet but I hope soon will be … So inspiring anyway, thanks!


    Céline from Larry & Co.

  • Charlotte C
  • You’ve done an amazing job, as per usual!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • Love this so much! I even called my mom over to look at the before and after – seriously stunning. Loving the floor and wall tiles and the claw-foot tub!

    Nabihah | The Sunday Wardrobe

  • jlpesso

    WOW! What a difference. I really love how it looks and would love for my future house to have a bathroom like yours!

    Jessica // LipsAndTrips

  • this really is the bathroom of dreams. It looks so much bigger especially after you replaced the bath!

    Love Beth x | BethBlogsBeauty

  • This is straight up dreamy! Must feel so great to know that you contributed so much to the final, swoon-worthy outcome!

    Cindy // http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • Looks great, congrats for everything. I imagine you worked so hard, but the result is worth it.

  • OOOoooo i love your style. You Are an interior inspiration Kate.Really. I wish i could have my own place to decorate because renting and decorating it is a bit tough thing to do. Kisses from Greece

  • Oh my gosh I am In LOVE with your bathroom. Your posts like this just make me want to have my own flat more and more!

    Kim | http://www.thelensaffair.com

  • That is quite an amazing transformation! It’s lovely & wonderful that you both can be happy with the bathroom now! 🙂

  • Wow! It’s absolutely gorgeous!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  • Ceri

    It looks amazing! I absolutely love the flooring, so pretty! And that roll top bath – incredible! Looking forward to tomorrow’s post with all the deets!

    October Eleven

  • Wow! You did an amazing job. Everything about your new bathroom is spot on. I love the floors! So bright and beautiful.

    – Kaitlyn | http://www.TheCrownFox.com

  • Sandra

    Wow, you did a great job! It looks incredible.

    Sandra – The Puzzle of Sandra’s Life

  • Mimi

    it looks so beautiful and tumblry. you did a wonderful job

  • Victoria

    Oh my gosh it looks beautiful! That bath is so pretty – the room looks so much brighter than before! I especially love the choice of the tiles, it looks really quirky and definitely more interesting than plain white.
    Victoria x

  • maxine

    I love this makeover. I feel inspired with builders at the ready to do up my kitchen and bathroom. I adore these tiles. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  • missgetaway

    I can’t believe how amazing your new place looks like! This room has come so far and it’s incredible.

    Love, Kerstin

  • Wow, what a difference! All of your interiors posts make my face go all heart-eyed emoji – you have such perfect style and taste!

    Kelsey | beautybykelsey.com

  • It looks so cozy and nice <3


  • How incredible! You give me such house envy, so desperate to buy a place and make it my own like you! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • This is such a gorgeous space! I love the tile!

    Chelcey | http://www.chelceytate.com

  • Alyssa Lyon

    The “after” is just stunning. Really love the simple white wall tile and clawfoot tub. So minimalist and inviting.

    Shop Levis Shorts

  • Your “after” pics of the bathroom look amazing! I could live there hahaha Awesome work xxx

  • How beautiful is this transformation?? Absolutely love it and the new bathroom just looks so much brighter and spacious!! xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

  • Lyssa


  • It looks so good! Super into the sink, it almost looks like a old fashioned far sink.


  • Is this straight out of a catalogue?! Serious house envy right here! My family and I are currently looking for a place, and your posts are setting my expectations VERY high haha! xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Wow incredible job! It looks beautiful.

  • Oh my, sounds like you had such a hard time remodeling, but the end results are totally worth it! 🙂
    Glad that your home is one step closer to looking every bit as much like the dream home you want!

    xoxo, elizabeth t.


  • Laura

    So beautiful! Would you be able to tell me the name of the wall tiles? I’m on the Tons of Tiles site – is it the Metro white tile? Also love your little wall shelf – where is that from? Thanks so much

  • Your photographs are beautiful and the difference between it at the beginning and the finished piece is amazing. I am in loving with the floor and the attention to detail. Stunning bathroom.

    Beth x

  • You’ve done an incredible job – it’s a real transformation and so dreamy! The perfect Pinterest home!

    Rebecca, Autumn Leaves

  • Love the bathroom transformation! It looks absolutely amazing. I literally just finished regrouting the bathroom and that was intense enough for me lol. Serious props to both of you for doing most of this renovation!! x

    Jess | It’s That Time For

  • Lauren

    Such an amazing transformation, you are so talented!

  • Wow both bathrooms are/were absolutely gorgeous! x

  • Wow, amazing transformation! I think the tiles are stunning! Well done.

  • WOW it looks amazing, you’ve done such a fabulous job Kate – worth those long hard hours (I know the feeling) and you’ll appreciate every bath now!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Beautiful bathroom. I’m so jealous!


  • Amazing makeover! It’s really hard to change a lot in small space but you did it very good:) I adore the bathtub and the flowers (they will not survive in my bathroom without any windows…).


  • Oh my gosh that TUB!!! Dreamy.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • Your bathroom turned out beautifully!


  • That floor tile is to die for! Such an amazing transformation. It must make you so happy to be in there every day! 🙂

  • Megan Roisin

    What an incredible room – your whole flat is gorgeous but this may actually be my favourite part that you’ve shared! It’s a shame (for me) you never want to sell it as I’d have been first in line to snap it up after you haha!

    Megan x

    London Callings

  • Annmcamp

    we make this party Go Make Easy

  • What a wonderful transition; you’ve done a brilliant job! Absolutely loving those floor tiles. xxx
    http://www.justemma.co.uknatural beauty, affordable fashion, everyday life

  • This is so beautiful!


  • The bathroom looks stunning! It really wasn’t awful before (I must be too used to student digs!) but I think it’s lovely now with the tiles and the lovely attention to detail xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • Courtney Jenkins

    So beautiful! It’s a bathroom straight out of my dreams!
    Courtney | Casually Courtney

  • It looks absolutely gorgeous, straight out of a magazine!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  • My god what a beautiful bathroom. So jealous, ours is tiny so we don’t even have a bath *sob* x


  • Donna

    Your room is so lovely! What are the dimensions of the room? X

  • Lifewithcoffee

    What a gorgeous makeover!! Loving the bath and white tiles!

  • Arlene

    I love your bathroom- what are the dimensions?

  • Wow!!! Your bathroom is stunning! Well done!!

  • Lizzie

    Your bathroom looks amazing. Would you mind telling me how wide your bathroom is? We are about to renovate a v similar sized bathroom and I would love to have the same bath bit worried that our bathroom isn’t wide enough. Thank you x

  • Wow your bathroom looks so beautiful .