I knew from the outset that I wanted our main bathroom to be quite a traditional affair. Originally I had notions of cast-iron footed baths, wood panelling and patterned floor tiles (I still do!) but our budget was tight and so we set about trying to achieve the look on somewhat of a budget.
Our bathroom fittings are all by Burlington Bathrooms, a much more affordable alternative to the pricier reclaimed and traditional suites. We managed the look, I think, whilst still keeping carefully on budget. By fitting a free standing bath, set slightly away from the wall, we managed to save on tiling this area too, and this allowed us to blow our tiling allowance on really special ones for behind our sink.
The freestanding furniture in here is all upcycled. Our armoire started life as a pine bookshelf in our very first home together. We had it sprayed in the same colour as the walls (Farrow and Ball French Grey) and doors made to close it in. It houses all our towels and linens, and on the lower shelves we have added baskets to store away the less pretty bathroom bits and bobs.
The sink unit was once our hall table and again we had it sprayed and our plumbers fitted the sink and waste into it. It’s definitely worth using your imagination if you have old furniture – very often things can be repurposed and look completely differently. It also means you’ll have something totally unique for a fraction of the price of buying it new!
We opted for a wood effect ceramic tile on the floor. I was conscious of solid wood warping and being damaged by lots of water splashes. With three children (and now a puppy too!) our floor can get quite wet in here! It turned out to be a really great decision, and it’s hard to tell the difference actually.
My favourite part of this room (and, I think, our whole house maybe!) are the feature tiles in here. I love them just as much as the day they were put in and, whilst expensive at the time, they really just make this whole room. They are hand painted in a Chinoiserie design and we got them from Fired Earth. It’s a really bespoke design so you can go as big as you like with the mural (the showroom had it completely over one whole wall and it looked incredible!) but our budget only allowed for this smaller area. I still really love it though, and think it is just as pretty, even in miniature! 🙂
Image from Ireland’s Homes, Interiors and Living
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