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Bathroom Reveal!

So this is the first room I will be sharing with you guys – the bathroom is still not quite finished (and will be for a while, where are you money tree!) – it was the first room I “completed” to a usable state and I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Awful bathroom before picture

I’ll just explain a little bit about our plans for this part of the house in case you are wondering why we have done so much or so little to this weird room. We are doing the absolute bare minimum to the rooms at the back of the house (north facing) as we plan on doing a big renovation to the back of the house (at some point in the distant future, when we have money again ha!) which would definitely involve busting all of this down. The bathroom is just so much in the wrong place, wrong size, wrong everything not to mention some very questionable structural work and water damaged walls/floors. It’s actually very hard to get the balance of having a nice space to live in without spending unnecessary money but I really think we have achieved it in our bathroom.

Some of these before pictures don’t actually seem that gross to me now, I don’t know if I’m just desensitized or if I exaggerated how bad it was?! What do you guys think? I think the first picture is so blurry because I was in such a state of shock at the time!


So yes. The multi coloured walls, mouldy mouldy everything, delightful bath, dirty everything, water damage and borer to the max everywhere. Safe to say this was not a high point of the house! And then we discovered that the hot water cylinder (other side of the room – behind the door) was not only not working, but had rotted completely through the floor and was now located party under the floorboards.



The above picture is where the hot water cylinder cupboard was located and where we patched the floor with some mismatching floorboards located in the attic. Unfortunately there is no more matching floorboards for our floors throughout the house anywhere nor does anyone make a similar size.


Ripping out the bath was fairly satisfying and our neighbours took it from the skip to use as a planter in their garden! The whole house was rewired around about this time and suddenly we had our heated towel rail in action haha! (Trademe: $35).

20140101_222740After the bath was ripped out I started prepping to paint the room and realised just how bad things were, layers upon layers of less than skillful thick paint, rot, borer for miles and just general suckful craftsmanship. It was a nightmare to clean, my friend Erica spent a couple of hours just filling holes in the tounge and groove walls! I started to rethink my all white paint theme. It’s no secret that I love white, but In my experience it can highlight imperfections and I knew it wasn’t going to work here. Eventually I settled on Resene Greywacke – which looks NOTHING like the online swatch – in reality it is MUCH more purple, which I have kind of come to terms with, especially as the window had textured purple glass in it so it kind of worked. Plus I considered it to be still pretty neutral.

20140409_231726After the walls came the floor. Ohhh the floor. My husband told me to just paint it – I was determined, DETERMINED that I could scrape it and sand it and finish it.. I was so wrong haha. First came the scraping, then came the paint stripper, then came my Dad helping me scrape, then came my first (and only) experience with the belt sander (OMG), then came the realisation that a white painted floor is totally scandi cool and I’m okay with that ;). So I filled and sanded the floor as best I could and painted it white.

20140418_100614Then just a couple of days before we moved in we had a storm in Auckland, which are actually pretty rare especially big storms! Our window was latched shut with a piece of wire which ripped free and resulted in what you see above. I was kind of thrilled to be honest, as nice as purple textured glass is (joking…) it was very dark. I decided I didn’t have enough on my plate and reglazing it myself would be fun (looking back sometimes I don’t know what’s wrong with myself) and it would have been … If I had got the right size glass cut first time round! Oh well. Another skill learnt hopefully never to be used again!



And here we are today. Still missing some really vital pieces of bathroom equipment – such as the elusive oval shower curtain rail and shower curtain… and showering sitting down is getting really old really fast. We need a light fitting and I’m not convinced that the floor is holding up too well to the moisture but we will see.

Bath – $400 (Trade depot second via trademe)
Towel rail – $35 (Trademe)
Shower fitting – $130 direct from China

Other expenses… paint, skirting boards, dado rail.



Bathroom progress Wednesday


It’s quarter to one in the morning and I’m tired. Over the past few days ive filled, sanded, undercoated and painted – the ceiling being the worst – and it’s almost done.

Resene Greywacke on the bottom and Black White on the top with trim in Alabaster. I’m hoping it becomes more grey and less purple with another coat – which I’m off to do now! It takes 30 mins per coat per colour which means yes my husband was right 2 colours makes it take a very long time.  Not to mention painting the extra trim and masking everything – tounge and groove I’m starting to hate you.

Hope it looks good when I take off the masking tape tomorrow! !!

Bathroom progress


I’ve been working hard on the bathroom – its all sanded, I’ve added a trim rail and started the undercoat.  I took the window out thinking I’d have it back in the same day but errrr its been out for 3.

I learnt how to cut on a 45 degree angle and to set all the nails in… fun times

I plan on doing lots more painting tonight if I don’t fall asleep first! Xx

Oh and I get why everyone loves gib…. painting the whole thing with a brush is average. ..

Bathroom – broken house


This is my first experiment with paint stripping. It was not as fun as I thought it would be – I imagined all the paint bubbling off and then me gently scraping it off…. so many layers of paint results in much frustration!! Enough paint has come off that you can see the detail in the frame so the rest can stay put.


This is the manky wood that was beside the bath…. delightful.  It’s sanded back ok – and shown me again just how much borer love damp wood!!

In other news…. all the foundations at the back of the house have completely rotted away. We can’t put the bath in nor finish the deck until we get it sorted. Xx

Progress Report – end of 2013

So work has been progressing well at the ‘broken house’ as it has become known. Jonnos been paint stripping the outside with the Paint Shaver Pro – lots of sanding and scraping has been done – the rewiring is complete, plumbing repairs are mostly done, the gas trench has struck lots of rock, the hot water cylinder is gone and floor/wall repaired.


Big thanks to my Dad for the wall repairs! This is where a cupboard and hot water cylinder used to sit.


This is where the bath used to sit – big thanks to my father in law for the floor repairs!

cveilingThe whole house absolutely stinks of bleach/30 seconds mould remover – I wasted quite a lot of my life wiping at the ceiling with a cloth and bleach solution whilst balancing on scaffolding – then I discovered the weed sprayer can be filled with 30 seconds (either version of it seemed to work fine) and sprayed on while wearing goggles and a respirator (still burns your eyes/lungs) and a old towel on my head and overalls. Magic. Yeah it still looks a bit grotty but honestly 100000000% improvement.

Somehow I imagined I had a full time nanny when we undertook this project – most of my days are spent just at home doing full time single mum duty while Paint Shaving is done. There’s a ridiculous amount of lead dust flying around the place and I’m very hesitant to have the kids anywhere about. Not to mention Charlotte is actually quite infatuated with me and me alone still! Ah well. As soon as the lead is gone we are basically going to move in and then it will be all hands on deck. Today I sanded from 9-12 and that system works well so we will just keep doing that and then swapping I think.

Night xx



Quick update broken house

This post is brought to you from the bathtub in the broken house!! Its chilling out in the spare room awaiting some floor repairs. Woohoo finally somewhere comfy and clean to lie down in haha.

Old bath gone. Old toilet gone and new one plumbed in!! Woohoo! We have had an amazing plumber come in and qork magic on our old leaking original plumbing, our awesome electrician James Burns is all finished and we have finally been able to get a builder in to do some work! Our first builder totally flaked and just new showed and wasted a bunch of our time and our plumbers time… awesome… not… luckily our neighbors boyfriend is a builder and he has been helping us out – so far so good!!


Much better. My lovely father laid the ply floor for us last night at a crazy hour after the builder flaked on us so the plumber could hook up the toilet before the Christmas break.

Thats where the kitchen used to be!!! Hooray I didn’t have to clean it after all haha. I’ve now dreamt up kitchen plan mk5… lets hope this one is more successful that the past 4… haha… still depends on a lot of trademe bargains!!!

Right. Back to mould removal xx