our marble bathroom tour: before and after

Hello (English) / Amaharo (Kurundi) / Amadi (Efik) / Bawo ni (Yoruba) from our finished bathroom (sans styling)! When we reflect back on how our bathroom used to be and how it is now, it gives us joy! I’m so delighted to share a tour of our bathroom now and look back to where we started. The bathroom was one of the first places we completed renovating and was probably our biggest challenge as interior novices. For us, as stated in our video, the bathroom concept is all about sanctuary and we feel blessed that the space has kind of pulled through.

Our bathroom is truly the most used place after the kitchen. It is my personal escapism from motherhood, with the dimmed lights, the warm floor, the wall to wall mirror, the marble effect tiles and the depth of colour warmth from the wooden sink table. This all helps to create a sense of calm and sanctuary.

Reflecting back, we really put ourselves into making the bathroom work. Although it wasn’t a DIY, every design was ticked off by us, minus the shower glass and towel rail which our builder sourced (one of our major regrets – look out for a future post on this). Finding the shower system took me far and wide, warm nickel shower heads and taps from Kohler was on my dream list but we went to the Design 100 exhibition and spoke to Aqualisa and was sold on their infinity shower range. Of course, that took a massive hit on our pretty non existent budget! Apart from the tiles, everything else was a mixed bag of discount codes, haggling, eBay, Gumtree you get the gist.

The story of our humble but well-loved tiles. Design wise, I would have loved large format custom, no grout, one slab per wall kind of tiles. However, we kept that as a dream! A random afternoon out with my mother landed us in a tile shop and I saw the tile of my dream. We’ve been looking for a marble effect tile that mimic real marble in terms of movement detail, and what we found was just it!. However, the price quoted shocked me, let alone telling my hubby. Unsatisfied with other tile offerings, I decided to call the manufacturers Marmi direct who directed me to European Heritage. They were fantastic both with service and at half the price we were previously quoted.

The new layout of the bathroom came quickly with a bit of sketching and masking taping the floor to gauge size. Everything was designed with the bath being the first thing one saw when they opened the door, and it being under the window. We really believe in putting some element of history in every room, hence, we scouted high and low for a suitable vintage drawer which had “legs”, lots of apothecary storage and was slim. We actually found one we absolutely loved, but the eBay seller delivered a wrong tone and had sold the other. We saw our apothecary style cabinet in Homesense randomly. We love it and fits the space perfectly!

I like to share the work we did between us and the contractor. Since we didn’t do any DIY ourselves on this, I will just list what the builders did, with us project managing them. Project managing contractors on a building project is no easy job (look out for a future post where we share our experiences).

Building activities:
Stripping the room, getting rid of bath and sink units and tiles
Installing pipework underneath the floorboards and recessing pipes within the walls
Installing electrical points for the lights, extractor fan and shaver unit
Preparing floor particularly the wet room area to make it waterproof.
Installing under floor heating
Tiling Wall & Floor
Installing Bath/Sink/Radiator
installing Taps and shower systems
Installing wet room glass divider and wall mirror
Skimming and Painting ceiling
Installing electrical fixtures for the lights, extractor fan and shaver unit
Deep clean!

And now for some fun before and afters!

before

after

We replaced the sink with a walk in shower. It feels like nothing is really in that space, which helps to create an illusion of space in the pretty small bathroom. We love this space especially as we can literally put all three kids in and shower them at the same time. Also cleaning is a lot easier than cleaning a bath.

before

after

Previously, the bath was along the left side of the bathroom and reached to the window. We instead created a feature of our the window by placing a freestanding bath under the window, drawing the outside in. We also recessed all the taps in the bathroom into the wall to help create an illusion of space, and also reduce the cleaning!

Thank you for coming into our bathroom and sharing in our little space. The bathroom isn’t always this neat, you can trip over bottles which our little ones have emptied from the basket unto the floor or find the tap running after their very secret water adventure, however, the space works as our family bathroom.

You can check out our bathroom before tour post to see how the bathroom looked before, as well as our bathroom inspiration post.

Shop the Room:

Carrara Tiles by Marmi // Taps by Vado (Similar) // Sink Sold in eBay // Shower Mixer Set by Aqualisa // Shower Head by Aqualisa / Dream Ceiling Chandelier // Budget Ceiling Chandelier // UE Boom // Freestanding Bath by Mode Tate // White Quartz Countertop “Bianco Brillante” // Apothecary style cabinet (Similar) // Shower Stool (similar) // Resin Coral by Kelly Hoppen // Paint Ceiling Colour is Dulux Brilliant White for Bathroom

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