The Bathroom Chronicles: A Love Affair

The end of the long and winding road has arrived.

Enter the Glory

After nearly four weeks of re-filling the cistern by hand, it feels incredibly luxurious to simply press a lever.  The floor is rustic slate with underfloor heating, and we still need to seal the tiles but these are minor duties.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.

The sink is plumbed in, and I can wash my hands and brush my teeth somewhere other than the kitchen sink.  Cast your eyes to the left of the picture to see our bargain radiator-stroke-towel-rail.  I would stroke it all day if I could.

We have a shower, for the first time in three and a half weeks.  The most frustrating 24 hours of my life passed while I watched grout dry.  I passed the time by pondering the wisdom of spending 45 hard-earned pounds on a shower-tidy.  But then again, this bathroom is going to have to last 20 years.

It’s a good thing the green(s) worked out alright.  K-man isn’t usually correct about colour but I have to hand it to him this time, because I think it looks fairly special.  The tiles are more muted than they appear in the photograph.

It’s the little things that make the difference.  The gecko hook has been waiting around four years to finally find its proper resting place.  The lock on the door was a last-minute stroke of luck in an antique shop in Falmouth which we stopped into on the off-chance of finding an old door-knob.

The wizened old shopkeeper said he thought he had one somewhere, before rummaging around in the back of his shop.  You’re looking at a genuine 1930s dark brown bakelite handle with accompanying lock and keep.  We stripped it, but it will be repainted at some point because while I like the suitably distressed appearance I am concerned about rust.  But it’s not every day you find something so perfect for the price of a couple of sandwiches.  We have the original key, but it is quite rusty so we had a new one cut.

I had my first bath this morning, after my six-mile run.  I think I was in there for about an hour and a half.

Tomorrow, we have to drag ourselves away from our new favourite room and go to Spain for a week.  There will be a short interlude in updates but afterward, there will be wedding gossip and photos of a Moorish palace.  See you soon!

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19 Responses to “The Bathroom Chronicles: A Love Affair”


  1. 2 Suzanne September 12, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Wow! It looks TERRIFIC!! I am molto jealous over here. That’s almost exactly the bathroom I want…

    Have fun in Spain! You’ve more than earned it!

  2. 3 Suzanne September 12, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I ESPECIALLY love the radiator/towel rack! I still have radiators in my house, except in the bathroom, where I have an ancient electric wall heater. I totally covet that and the Bakelite door knob!

  3. 4 Jenn @ Juggling Life September 12, 2010 at 2:02 am

    It looks fantastic. I think greens are the hardest color to photograph when they’re indoors.

    Don’t miss it too much while you’re in Spain!

  4. 5 kellyg September 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Wow! That looks great! I love the color. I think I would be just standing in that room all day admiring it, stroking the floors, calling it George.

  5. 6 unmitigated me (m.a.w.) September 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Nic, you have struck gold. I am in love with the lock and the radiator/towel bar. Warm toasty towels! What a lovely feeling you’ll have to start your days with…

  6. 7 Smalltown Mom September 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    It’s wonderful! Love the gecko hook!

  7. 8 Mrs. G. September 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I am in awe!!!! I love the door-knob and the green. It’s charming. Your bathroom for keeps.

  8. 9 Ann in NJ September 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    It’s marvelous, and the colors are absolutely perfect. You hit the “vintage but all the modern conveniences” note perfectly. I would seal the lock with something clear to preserve that lovely patina!

  9. 10 Stacie September 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    What a gorgeous bathroom! I am so impressed.

  10. 11 Bella Rum September 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Wow. Wow. And wow again. Love all that tile and the towel warmer. I have several of those door knobs/locks in my garage. We took them off the doors in my grandmother’s house before it was demolished. It looks quite handsome on your door. Congrats!

  11. 12 cardinal September 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    The only way it would look more beautiful is if I went back to the original pictures, but I just can’t bear the thought! Congratulations on a job most definitely well done.

  12. 13 Rachel W September 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Absolutely love it. Oh and how I would love to have the radiator towel rack… then gain, I’d love to have radiators full stop!

  13. 14 bramble September 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Loverly, loverly, ;overly and well worth the inconvenience!
    Enjoy!

  14. 15 bramble September 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Good GOd I need to put on my glasses! That would be a third loverly not overly anything…except delightful!

  15. 16 Ashley September 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Oh, it’s BEAUTIFUL. Seriously, this is just how I’d design a bathroom. I love the colors and the subway tile and the shape of the tub/sink/toilet AND AND AND!

    Great job.

  16. 17 bramble September 21, 2010 at 2:17 am

    I also forgot to say when I saw your door knob/latch thingy “these are people with NO children!” That key would be lost and some child would be locked in while other sibling is flapping around and can’t remember where they put the key. Or evily withholding the info with great joy!Oh really… just trust me on this one!

  17. 18 aaryn b. September 21, 2010 at 5:00 am

    WOW! I love.
    Especially that door handle and the old skeleton key.
    Totally worth every ounce of headache.

  18. 19 Jonathan September 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Bathroom looks amazing! (sat here grinning, wondering how long until the shelf is overflowing with half pots of this, and half pots of that…)


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