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Our DIY Bathroom Before and After.


I’ve mentioned on here before, that before we moved in to our house it was a disgusting hovel, the previous owners even having left their partly cooked chicken dippers in the dirtiest kitchen I’d ever seen. Pop over to our DIY kitchen post if you want to see how it looks now! We also did a DIY bathroom, and Si did the majority of it himself other than a little bit of plumbing.


Below are the before pictures of the very dated, very smelly bathroom before he (with a little bit of help from me at times!) started work on it.

Bathroom Before DIY


Looks lovely doesn’t it? The house was so dirty when we started renovating it, but the weird thing is there were unopened cleaning products everywhere. It was almost as though they contemplated cleaning, but couldn’t quite be bothered – or maybe they just liked collecting it?


Si started work by emptying the whole room out and stripping it bare.¬†We took ages to agree on what tiles and fittings to buy, but I’m glad we took the time to make sure we were both happy with it. It’s a very small bathroom so we had to make the most of the space.


The sloped walls at the top of the room were a bit of a challenge for tiling but luckily Si is (sometimes annoyingly!) good at everything he tries!


Here’s some work in progress photos.


Bathroom During DIY


It was actually his first time of tiling, and well pretty much his first time at a lot of the jobs that were done around the house. I feel very lucky to have such a hard-working boyfriend, as he also works in a hard physical job but still finds the time and energy to do anything that involves DIY.


Here’s the finished bathroom!


Bathroom After Photos

Bathroom After


The shower is a Triton one we bought from Buy A Parcel and is lovely and powerful! The Fishy shower screen from Homebase may have been my choice, which I love and the fabulous light up mirror was definitely my choice and came from Lumino Mirrors.


I love our little bathroom now, and knowing how hard Si worked to get it all done definitely makes me appreciate it even more! He may drive me a little mad with his obsession with tools and habit of leaving them all over the house, but I love how practical and hard-working he is really.


Stevie x


  • Morna

    This looks so chic! I wish you and si would come and decorate our bathroom! I love love love that mirror. I enjoyed the pics of the squalor so much I’m off to read your kitchen post now!

  • acornishmum

    Thanks Donna :) I mostly did the holding tools and passing spacers bit in the bathroom, I’m a dab hand at cement work, skirting and electric sanding these days though from the rest of the house ;) So lucky to have a practical man ;)

    Stevie xx

  • acornishmum

    Definite squalor, we even found dirty socks behind the radiator when we took one off, there was chip fat all over the kitchen walls and it smelt awful. Thankfully it’s so different now :) Si is currently doing the garden and knocking down old sheds to put new nicer ones up, I can’t wait til it’s all done :)

    Stevie x

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Oh, wow! What an amazing transformation. I love the tiles you picked. Congrats on a job well done. Visiting from #bigfatlinky x

  • acornishmum

    Thanks Becky hon, I do love our tiles, and we did them all the way up on the wall so we won’t be constantly repainting…plus it saved a bit of replastering ;)

    Stevie x

  • mummyofboygirltwins

    Si has worked hard! This is an amazing transformation! Wow! Love the mirror, very stylish! I bet you love it. Thanks for sharing, much appreciated for linking up. Jess x #HomeEtc

  • acornishmum

    Thanks Jess. He always does bless him, he’s in the midst of knocking down old concrete sheds outside at the moment so that he can build nice new ones! I’m not sure how I ever did my eyebrows without that mirror it’s amazing ;)

    Stevie x

  • LittleOandMe

    Wow what a difference, it looks fab now. We have the same tile type things in our shower. How the previous owners lived like that is beyond me!!

  • James

    Hi, I came across this post researching bathroom renovations! I must say a very good job well done….. one, as a company who does refurbs, we would be proud of!

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