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Bathroom Cabinets

In Bathroom on July 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

Now that I’ve finally learned how to “line out” properly and the bathroom is looking less wobbly and more sleek, thoughts turn to bathroom storage.

When you have dark grey walls, a bright yellow sink and a shower screen that looks like a teleporter, surely you can’t have just any old bathroom cabinet?

Warm Grey from Homebase

Homebase bathroom  paint

Sfera sink

Novellini Jolly 2 shower screen

After endless searches online, there are two on the wish list. One is completely ridiculous and not going to happen. The other is lovely but still rather an …er..investment for a bathroom cabinet. Time to cut down on those cappuccinos.

So first up, the expensive option. The Inside Out bathroom cabinet which is mere £315 from Heals.  That’d buy me about two kitchen cabinets so I can’t see it happening.  It’s lovely though. Simple and effective.

Inside out from Heals

The second option which is swiftly taking over from Inside Out for preference is the funny and yet still stylish Kong Box which I first saw at from Pretty Dandy (who are always a source of lovely things) However, they kindly let me know that Heals now have the exclusive rights to it so they are no longer stocking it. You should still go look at their site though. Anyway, this one is £150 which I was surprised to discover is actually not that expensive for a bathroom cabinet. Who knew.

Kong Box from Heals

Have you see any interesting yet well designed bathroom cabinets lately? How about you let me steal your ideas?


Flowers. Just Flowers

In Garden on July 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm


I didn’t do anything and yet all these came from the Drey’s garden. Did I mention that I love having a garden?

Bathroom [Part1]

In Bathroom, Floors, Uncategorized, Walls, Workmen and Trade on July 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

The “Basin of Joy” was the starting point for our bathroom refit and one of the first items we bought for The Drey. it was a prime example of the fact that whilst Mr B and I often differ in opinion on the plainer items (eg the curve of a white bowl or the texture of a material) we tend to have exactly the same taste when it come to more statement items, such as bright yellow bathroom basins.

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The bathroom has progressed as follows

  • Mr B channeled his inner builder and gleefully removed the wallpaper, tiles, flooring (all three layers of it) and bath.
  • We discovered that the plaster was blown just above the tiles which meant that it would need re-rendering and skimming
  • The ceiling under the eaves was looked dodgy, so we decided to pull the rubbish chipboard off and get it plasterboarded
  • Long discussions about types of floor tiles. We nearly went for slate but were warned off it due to difficulties in making it flat and the slate splintering off over time.
  • Stacie-the-bathroom-lady started grinding out the channels for the shower. Lots of orange dust as a result, but she was brilliant and kept it all sealed in the one room (not like our re-wire crew)
  • Walls rendered, plasterboard up, flooring goes in
  • Tiling begins…and carries on…for ages..
  • Three weeks in, toilet is back and The Basin of Joy is  installed

Here’s a really bad photo of what the bathroom use to look like:

Old Bathroom


UPDATE: I was hoping to post this when the bathroom was completely painted and finished, but as you can see, it’s been a while. There’s only a little bit of finishing to do now, but I didn’t want to hold off any longer