Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Lovely New Bathroom

At the same time that we did our kitchen renovations, we also renovated our bathroom transforming it into a serene space with a french feel. The bathroom is directly opposite the front door and was extremely ugly. Straight from the 70's. Surprisingly over the last 7 years I've got used to it and until I looked at the before photos I'd forgotten how UGLY it actually was.

Collage of Previous Ugliness:

Unbelievably ugly isn't it! and small - only a vanity and bath/shower. There was no toilet in the old bathroom so we moved the wall out (it made the hall a bit smaller but that's ok). We had 2 toilets elsewhere in the house - we now have one elsewhere and a small laundry (the old laundry was in a shed out in the garden).

As the bathroom is visible from the front door I didn't want to use a modern vanity, not my style anyway. So I used a beautiful old french cabinet that I bought years ago. I painted it in Taubman's white acrylic enamel and replaced the old wooden top with snow Caesarstone.  I absolutely love that I have used a vintage piece of furniture and transformed it into a vanity. For me this is the statement piece of the bathroom.

The bathroom's whole ceiling is pretty much one enormous skylight so the room stays lovely and bright. We don't need a fan either as the skylight is vented.

The view from the front door now.

and what we lived through:

a full gutting resulting in showers for 7 weeks at our lovely neighbours.

The products I selected are:
  • Caroma Liano Above counter basin (new on eBay, 1/3 RRP)
  • Dorf Manor House towel rails and toilet roll holder (new on eBay, 1/2 RRP)
  • Brodware Neu England Basin Set (from shop but negotiated 20% discount)
  • Brodware  Neu England bath spout (20% discount)
  • Brodware Neu England  shower divertor (20% discount)
  • Brodware Neu England 200mm Shower head (20% discount)
  • Dynaset Bath 1500mm (20% discount)
  • LAUFEN Pro Back to Wall toilet (20% discount)
  • Inset Mirrored Shaving Cabinet (new on eBay)
  • Tiles are from Teranova Ceramics in Willoughby, Berica Bianco square tiles. ($48 sqm discounted price, thanks Angelo!)
Has anyone else used old furniture for a bathroom vanity?
Fiona xx


  1. Great job! What a cute vanity! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the idea of a little chandelier. I think it would make getting ready in the morning a little more glamorous! :)

  2. Oh, wow. Just, WOW. It's beautiful! You really had a vision for it, didn't you? LOVE the new vanity!

  3. We are in the middle of redoing our bathroom - so I know how difficult it is to deal with - and I hope ours turns out as nicely as yours has!

  4. That looks fantastic! And you've got great neighbors too ;)

    1. thanks Sandy - the beauty of living in Sydney's inner west!

  5. Looks great! Love how crisp it all looks!

  6. Great transformation. I love that sink/cabinet.
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    1. thanks Candy - much appreciated. i love the cabinet also. one of my favourite things in my house! thanks for linking up your blog. love to check it out.
      cheers Fiona

  7. May I ask where you get the brodware tapware, I can't find any shop offer 20% ,but I love it so much

  8. This is awesome! I've been trying to do some bathroom renovation , and this gave me some great insight for things to try. Thanks for sharing!


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