The girls’ bathroom is situated conveniently between their two bedrooms, although it was initially the ensuite only to the larger bedroom. We added another door so that both girls could use it. It’s a pretty and feminine bathroom that I hope they will use and enjoy as they get older, but as they are still quite little they mainly use our bathroom downstairs or the bath in the kids’ bathroom. I think they’ve only showered in here twice in the last year!
The bathroom was divided into two rooms, one you entered from the bedroom with the vanity and mirror then through to the shower and loo in the adjoining room. This made it pokey and cramped. There was only one window and the room is on the western side of the house. So it was dark and dingy in the morning, and covered in these ghastly wall to wall beige tiles with pink grout! Not to mention the horrendous pink vanity. I had great delight in watching this one be demolished.
Can you believe I took this photo on the day of our first inspection. This was how the wealthy couple’s housekeeper who was living there rent free in their absence had prepared it for sale inspection. Incredible!
Removing all the walls tiles meant that the walls would have to be replaced, which of course adds to the cost. But we had no other choice. I thought about using shiplap on the walls but instead used V-joing paneling on the new ceiling, which had to be replaced because of the walls, cornices and architraves all going.
I kept all the plumbing in the same spot again as a cost saving measure as much as anything else. Being on the second floor, it would have been a hassle to relocate plumbing and meant ripping up the floor.
There is a bulkhead that runs along the southern wall above the shower recess which encases a steel beam, so that had to stay. We just re-boxed it. The brick wall you see below is in fact the chimney going up from the room below.
The room was sheeted in Villaboard, a sturdy concrete fibre product ideal for bathrooms, with the new V-joint timber ceiling, cornices and timber skirting added. I thought about paneling the walls, but decided on the ceiling here instead and to add detail and interest with the tiles.
I don’t worry about using timber in bathrooms, as I prefer not to tile the walls particularly for traditional bathrooms such as mine. As long as you have a timber product that is suitable for wet and moist areas and it’s properly sealed and painted I am confident using it.
I have had words with a few builders over the years who baulk at using timber skirting or not tiling the entire bathroom from top to bottom, but I always stand firm and get what I want because it’s entirely possible. Just do your research.
We added another door into the second bedroom but because of the layout of the bathroom and the bedroom cupboards, both had to be cavity sliders. They aren’t my first choice, but the only thing that worked in this case.
It was months of deliberation over which tiles to use. Again so many choices if you look beyond our shores and consider importing them yourself. In the end I opted for the grey marble subway tiled in a herringbone pattern with contrasting white grout. The plain 30×30 marble Calcutta honed tiles as in the other bathroom, and the same honed marble hexagon mosaic I used in the downstairs powder room. It is always more cost effective using larger quantities of the same tile.
I quite like the use of different tiles, sizes and patterns in a bathroom. I think it creates decorative interest and can look fabulous if done well. The small marble mosaics are a good choice for wet areas such as a shower recess, because the smaller tile and more grout makes it much less slippery.
I don’t really remember how I came to decide on a pink and grey Dior inspired bathroom for the girls, it’s not really a colour combo that I have a particular fondness for, but it just kind of happened. I guess once I had chosen all the grey, there were only a few colours I could use to compliment it that suited two little girls.
I was going to use pale blue, but I thought I needed a change and to make it pretty and girly for Poppy and Amelia. But this room also doubles as a guest bedroom and bathroom, so I wanted it feminine and soft but not childish.
I’m not a big fan of pink, particularly the shades of pink often used for children’s bedroom fabrics and bedlinen, but found this very pretty fabric in the new Schumacher Country Collection which appealed. I used the same fabric in the blue colour way for our sunroom. It has a lovely dove grey and darker grey in the design, with the soft dusty pink and off white background. So it was a good match I thought.
The V-joint ceiling turned out really well, it’s a lovely feature. The walls are a very light grey.The vanity was bought ready made from Schots in Melbourne. I use their vanities a lot because they are one of the few companies who design classic and traditional vanities that aren’t too French or Federation fussy, that are reasonably affordable and come with marble tops and basins included.
Again for tapware I repeated the chrome to match the hardware in the bathroom. I think this is fine for kids. The basin is small and simple. I liked that the marble top had pronounced veining, so that I was able to pick up the grey and use it repeated in the tiles. It also hides watermarks, scratches and etching you inevitably get with marble.I repeated the same wall sconces I had used in the other kids’ bathroom for this ensuite and the same pivot mirror. For details see the previous post on the Kids’ Bathroom. But I recovered them in leftover fabric from the roman blind. This is always a challenge with a patterned fabric because of the conical shape of the shade, but it wasn’t too tricky on this small one.
I used the same semi-frameless shower screen as before. I prefer them for this style of bathroom and they are less expensive than frameless and the chrome frame matches the tapware. The herringbone works well with the hexagon in the shower recess.
There was very limited wall space in this bathroom, so a heated towel rail was the only option to provide several rungs for towels. I was lucky enough to find the perfect shade of soft pink towel too.