Bathroom Renovation – How We Created our Dream Bathroom

What are the first rooms you look at when you are viewing a property? I always make a beeline for the kitchen and love a bathroom renovation, so if I’m happy with them, the rest will do. I feel that we (me) were a little blindsided by the size of our kitchen when we viewed the house we currently live in and didn’t really take into consideration the size of the other rooms and in particular the bathroom.

It was quite a small one at only 2.3m x 1.8m and I wanted it all in there. A bath, stand alone shower and sink vanity unit, which in hindsight was probably a bit ambitious!

the bathroom before the bathroom renovation
Our previous bathroom – photo taken by Estate Agents

I actually quite liked our previous bathroom. It had a white bathroom suite, with white and blue Moroccan style tiles halfway up the wall and dark blue square mosaic style tiles on the floor. There was also a large airing cupboard at the end of the bath which was perfect for storing all our towels and bathroom paraphernalia.

The problem was, as we found with most things in our house when renovating, I don’t think it was a professional who put the bathroom in as there was a huge hole behind the toilet where, if you crouched down, could see right through to the outside (and no matter how long we had the heating on in the winter, it probably would have been just as warm to bath in the paddling pool outside).

The bath leaked, the plastic shower screen wasn’t fitted properly so all the water seeped out onto the floor and even the window blind was poorly fitted and didn’t shut properly and was a bit pointless, so it was desperate for a bathroom renovation. But we had to make do with it for at least a year whilst we concentrated on the kitchen. Thankfully, we had a shower room downstairs with a large shower enclosure which was a god send!

Our downstairs shower room which probably gets used more than our actual bathroom!

The first decision we had to make regarding our bathroom renovation was the floor plan. We currently had a bath running along the left-hand wall with an airing cupboard at the foot of the bath, a sink under the window with the toilet to the right. We needed to decide whether we wanted to keep this set up with the storage space or find a different layout.

I liked the idea of having some sort of shelving unit at the end of the bath like the below photo, but in the end we decided to put the bath under the window and replace the airing cupboard with a shower enclosure.

I spotted this on Pinterest and new this is exactly what we were looking for –

So, whilst the kitchen renovation was in full flow, I started visiting Pinterest obsessively and planning our next room overhaul. I knew I didn’t have a lot of space to play with but top of the list was to have a separate shower and bath.

I wanted a rainfall shower head and after living in military Married Quarters for several years and having to put up with nasty, dirty and mildewed shower curtains (and once falling out of the bath when I tried to pull the shower curtain away from me a little too violently), I no longer wanted to touch cloth whilst showering. Hahaha. This was at the top of my list for our impending bathroom renovation.

I also knew my new bathroom renovation was definitely going to have patterned tiles! I wanted to keep them simple, either monochrome or with a bit of grey or blue in them because, at this point in our renovation journey, I was a little scared of colour!

A fabulously bright yellow bath with patterned tiles – Instagram – @the_idle_hands

The next decision was the bathroom suite.

Again, I knew I wanted a roll top bath but did we keep the bathroom suite all white or mix it up a bit? Maybe a different coloured bath like the ones below and a vanity style sink unit.

The most stunning bathroom by @comedowntothewoods


First of all, we had to rip the old bathroom out, including the airing cupboard that was in the corner and the tiles from the walls and floors.

This is when we realised how bad the previous bathroom installation had been as there were huge damp patches on the floor and walls and the whole room had to be made secure, water tight and completely re-plastered before we could continue.

It was in desperate need of a bathroom renovation.

The bathroom renovation begins! The hole which was behind the toilet, if you crouched down, you could see outside!


There were holes and damage everywhere in the room. And just look at those previous, previous “tiles” ๐Ÿ™‚


The mess made when the airing cupboard came out. I often wondered how our house was still standing
Starting the pipe work for our shower enclosure


I originally found some beautiful Victorian style blue, black, white and grey patterned tiles, but in true Melanie style, I went to order them the day they ripped out the bathroom and was told they were quite bespoke so would take at least 8 weeks to be delivered.

With a 3 year old and 2 year old in the house, I didn’t think we could wait that long without a bath so I paid a visit to Topps Tiles and was pleasantly surprised with the range and price. We went for –

Topps Tiles Thornbury Tile – £59.95 per m²

Topps Tiles Metro White Tile – £19.50 m²

Originally, we were looking at using the metro tiles from the floor to ceiling, but decided to tile the bathroom half way up the wall to keep the cost down.

We then had the top half of the bathroom painted in Dulux Pure Brilliant White, but after a week or so of living with it, we decided to paint it in Dulux Warm Pewter instead as I felt it gave the bathroom more depth and it stopped looking so sterile.

It was a happy day when I saw these going in ๐Ÿ™‚
The metro tiles and coveted rainfall shower head


We visited The Bath Store in a local shopping centre to discuss our bathroom renovation and the service was fantastic. I had a one to one consultation which lasted about 1 and a half hours where we went through all the sizing and available suites to us. In the end, we decided to go with –

Winchester bath with traditional cast iron feet – £620

Savoy Charcoal Grey Unit with marble top – £628.00

Shower Enclosure with shower tray and waste – £311.20

Grand Shower Valve with head and arm – £566

Shower Tray Frame – £74.00

Shower Tray Side Panel – £17.00

Savoy Slimline Toilet – £236.00

Straight White Radiator – £92.00

Fast Flow Shower Waste – £16.00

Double Corner Wire Basket – £67.00

We mainly went for practicality with the bathroom renovation, with a few design features like the marble topped sink thrown in. The sink vanity unit was also important as it gave us a bit of storage space after ripping out the airing cupboard.

The bathroom was delivered the following week, along with a large skip on our driveway and we had a team of builders (including an electrician, plumber and tiler) put it in for us which took around 2 weeks.

Metro tiles up and new Winchester bath going in
The bath taps being connected
Shower enclosure and tray being fitted
Absolutely loved the sink vanity unit when it turned up!
Sink in its place with the new white radiator
A newly fitted bathroom, still with white walls
A week later, walls painted in Dulux Warm Pewter


Once the bathroom suite was put in, tiles laid and made watertight, I began to look at lighting which I actually found really difficult! I wanted something that was a little bit different, but not overbearing as it is such a small space.

We ended up going with the Capri 3 Light Flush Fitting from Next as I liked the chrome base and frosted lights which would make the bathroom bright. It was also a bargain at £25. We put a shelf up over the bath to display plants and toiletries and I hung a small gallery wall over the bath and toilet. The last thing we added to the bathroom was a large mirror as it gave the impression the bathroom was bigger.

Light fitting from Next
A close up!
Shelf from B & Q , faux string of pearls by Heavenly Home & Gardens , Basket from HomeSense
The shower arm attached to the taps has been invaluable with small children!
A plant and water inspired gallery wall to complete our bathroom renovation
I love this vintage style shower valve from the Bath Store
Every bathroom needs one! Mirror from Dunelm


Hindsight is a wonderful thing, or so they say! I think my biggest regret with this bathroom renovation is getting a separate shower cubicle and bath. The space in the bathroom is now very limited and can feel like the Tube at rush hour when we’re all in there trying to brush our teeth and get the kids washed. The shower enclosure is also quite small and it can feel a little claustrophobic, so I only use the shower downstairs which is about twice the size.

I’m also not sure I’d go for a rainfall type shower again as I think I’ve only used this a handful of times. I love the vanity unit style sink, but again, this is quite large and takes up a lot of space. We would probably have been better off with a wall mounted sink.

I do love our bathroom but feel the sink is to large and the shower too small!

Another thing I regret is not shopping around more for a bathroom suite and spending so much money. We had a budget set aside for the bathroom renovation and because the Bath Store suite came under what we had set aside, we decided to go for it.

But sitting here writing this blog post and seeing the figures on metaphorical paper, I realise we could have spent far less for the same results. I mean, £67 for a glorified shampoo and conditioner holder!!!

My bathroom is really difficult to take photos of, but here’s a shot with the bath, toilet and shower enclosure!
Slowly adding a bit of colour to the room. I love the bright splashes of pink against the grey
Bath Time ๐Ÿ™‚
The best bits about our bathroom have to be the tiles

That being said, I do love our bathroom renovation and we always get lovely comments about it. The showstopper has to be the tiled floor and this is something I would do time and time again. I have also painted the bath pink (have a look at the blog post here) and it has added some much needed colour to the bathroom.

I can’t wait to get on with our next bathroom renovation.

Mel x


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  3. 25/02/2020 / 7:48 am

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  4. 18/03/2020 / 8:35 am

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  5. 01/06/2020 / 6:52 pm

    Awesome stuff. Please keep writing more things like this. I really like the fact you went so in depth on this and really explored the topic as much as you did. I read a lot of blogs but usually, it’s pretty shallow content. Thanks for upping the game here!

    • Melanie Boyden
      10/06/2020 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you Keith ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 15/06/2020 / 12:01 pm

    Very informative article you have shared here regarding bathroom renovations. I have learned a lot from this article thanks for sharing.

    • Melanie Boyden
      15/06/2020 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you for your kind reply! I really enjoyed renovating our bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 17/06/2020 / 12:10 pm

    This blog has been so helpful!
    Could please tell me what colour grout you used with your metro tiles please?

  8. Anna
    18/06/2020 / 1:16 pm

    I absolutely love this bathroom Did you use the same colour grout on the floor tiles as the wall? x

  9. 04/07/2020 / 3:25 pm

    I honestly love every single thing you did to your bathroom. It looks really really nice. The floor, grey walls and cabinets, the shower room it all looks really really good. I am going to start working on renovating my bathroom and i really hope it turned out looking as good as yours.

    • Melanie Boyden
      07/07/2020 / 1:13 pm

      Hi Blake

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m really pleased with how our bathroom turned out! Mel ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Inge Challinor
    21/02/2021 / 9:40 am

    Hi, thank you for your brilliant and honest post. I am having a very similar bathroom done at the moment. Differnt furniture but black and grey floor tiles and white metro tiles. And yes pink accessories. I love the combination. And with the basis neutral i can change colours easily. I have one questions if you don’t mind what colour grout are using with the metro tiles. I want to stay away from white but cant quite figure out if yours is black or grey. It looks great. Many thanks inge

    • Melanie Boyden
      22/02/2021 / 2:07 pm

      Hello! We went with the Smoke (grey) grout from Topps Tiles and it’s perfect. This floor can get quite messy so it is imperative that you use darker grout or you will forever be scrubbing it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. susie linnik
    01/03/2021 / 4:46 pm

    Hello I love your bathroom! Please can you let me know if you used a gloss or matt metro tile for the walls.

    • Melanie Boyden
      03/03/2021 / 10:19 am

      Hello. Ours are gloss metro tiles.

  14. 21/07/2021 / 12:08 pm

    Hi Melanie! That is an amazing-looking bathroom! looks like it came from a hotel bathroom!Thanks for sharing! Are you able to give tips for our start-up company Would appreciate it! Thanks!

    • Melanie Boyden
      25/08/2021 / 10:21 am

      Hi Bryan

      Social media all the way! Get creating 20s – 60s short videos for Reels and TikTok and be completely consistent at it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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