The bathroom zhush is just about done…

It’s been quite  few weeks since we started this project.  We’ve had a few issues along the way like the toilet, which took three weeks to arrive. (Bathroom Warehouse in Coorparoo did say it’d take  3 – 4 days for it to be sent up from Sydney) and the toilet lid finally arrived yesterday (four weeks).

We’ve only got a few little details to finish like painting the door frame and attaching a hand towel holder but I really wanted to share these photos of the bathroom.  Plus we had a budget of $2000K to do it.

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The bargain $195.00 pedestal basin from Paddington Hardware, encaustic floor tiles from Elite Bathware and Tiles, East Brisbane and bevelled vintage mirror from James and Bell Antiques on Logan Road Wooloongabba.

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The walls are painted in a Dulux colour called Western Myall

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A ‘school house’ pendant light from Victorian Living in Windsor.

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I’ve been ‘hanging out’ to use these yellow Country Road towels I brought from the Myer boxing day sales.   I also brought  two of each in deep orange and light blue.

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Lighting ideas for the bathroom.

I’ve been trying to find examples of lights that people have used in older style bathrooms.  I really like the idea of using another pendant light similar to the one in the hall  but I’m worried that the rod will go rusty.

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Below is the only image I’ve been able to find so far, of a pendant light on a rod has been used in a bathroom.

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This light (on the left) is hanging in the stairwell at my parents house.  I like this idea it but I’m wondering if this style is too modern for this particular bathroom.  Will this look date quickly too?

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The idea of having two wall lights either side of the basin seems to be popular.  I just don’t know.  Help!!

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Mean while we’ve been working away at the ceiling and walls of the bathroom.  There is still so much to do before the fun stuff starts like painting the walls and laying the floor tiles.  I’ve spent most of the day scraping and sanding the bathroom window and I broke one of the panes!!! sooo annoying!!!

Mr F has been working hard to undercoat and paint the bathroom door.  His sister is coming  from New Zealand to stay with us for a week (arriving tomorrow) and we’re sure she’d prefer a door rather than the sheet we’ve been using.

Bathroom update – 1

After I finished work yesterday I went on the hunt for a mirror to hang over the basin.  I was looking for something not too big, preferably with a bevelled edge.  I went to a few shops including Woolloongabba Antiques Centre and saw this mirror.  It’s not right for the bathroom but I really like it.

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I couldn’t find anything suitable and was on my home when I drove past an antique shop that I’ve never noticed before on Logan Road.  I did a quick u turn and parked down the side of the shop.  It’s an enormous shop.  It has a very wide range of stock.  From very fine antiques to quirky collectables and this was where I found the mirror for the bathroom.  The name of the shop is James & Bell Antiques and is  located at 199 Logan Road, Woolloongabba Brisbane.

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This was attached to the back of it.

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I had a wonderful chat with them and was shown the work room down the back of the shop.  I had to take a photo to share with you what it looks like in there.

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Later on Friday afternoon a man came to give us a quote to resurface the bathtub and tiles.  He was very helpful and in fact suggested trying a good tile cleaner and a very fine sandpaper to try to remove the rusty ring from the bath plug.  Then call him back if it doesn’t look any better.  We’re really keen to try this as it’s going to cost $660 (incl GST) to do the bathtub and $100 (incl GST) per sq m to resurface the tiles.

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I spent this afternoon scrubbing the tiles and Mr F got stuck in to scraping off the flaky bits from the ceiling ready to give it a new coat of plaster.

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I’ve unscrewed the mirror cabinet and it’s sitting out leaning against the front fence if anyone wants it!!!!!!!

It’s time to zhush the bathroom.

Yes we are ready to zhush the bathroom.  Below is a photo of what it looked like when the house was a rental.

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It’s kind of hard to see but there are white subway tiles in the shower, over the bath and behind the basin and toilet (not shown in photo). We’re guessing that this was done anywhere from five to ten years ago.  Overall they’re not in a bad state and we like subway tiles and plan on using them in the new bathrooms and as a splashback behind the oven in the kitchen.

The bath is scratched up and there are a few rust stains too.

The idea is … to get a few quotes to see how much it will cost to get the bath and the tiles resurfaced. Or  just rip the whole lot out and start again.  I’ve been looking at a few websites and it looks like it’s going to cost $500 to get the bath done alone and I know you can pick up a new bath from our local hardware for $100.  So we’ve got someone coming over to give us a quote on Friday… To be continued….

Last year I picked up a bargain with this basin.  It was the shop display and the style was being discontinued.  It came with the taps and a bargain at $199.00

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I’ve also ordered  some new tiles for the floor from  Elite Bathware & Tiles, East Brisbane.  They are Vietnamese and are made from cement.

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They weren’t cheap but we only needed 3.36sqm!!

We’ve been trying to find a toilet that is similar to the pedestal sink and today I found one at Bathroom Warehouse in Coorparoo, Yay!!! and $200 cheaper than the toilet I was going to order yesterday.

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I like the idea of painting the walls a dark grey too.

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Below are some images that I’ve found of bathrooms that I like.

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Grass at last!!

Today we are laying turf and we are so excited!
30sqm is being delivered this morning. Lovely green ‘Sir Walter’.
Mr F is trying to put in some edging before it arrives. Fortunately for us, it’s not as hot today as it has been these past few weeks here in Brisbane.
I’m off to Ipswich this morning to pick up something I’ve brought from ES Traders.

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Its done!  Instant grass is brilliant.  We can’t walk on it for a few weeks

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Mr F has been building a small platform to step on to as you open the gate.  Its going to be low enough so we can still get the lawnmower over it to get to the grass.

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I thought I would share with you what I brought yesterday when I went to ES Traders in Ipswich.  I won’t be able to show the all of the things I came home with yesterday as one is a Christmas gift and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.  So, I brought these hands!

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They have screw holes and I am planning on using the larger hand in the bathroom to hold the ‘hand’ towel and the smaller one, by the front door for hanging up bags etc.. They can of course have other uses, such as bookends or even paper weights.

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I also wrapped a few gifts last night.  I really like this wrapping paper I brought from Typo.  I do think that the infamous phrase ‘Keep calm and carry on’ has been used and abused BUT I laughed out loud when I saw this paper and just had to buy a few rolls.

A NEW CHAPTER!

I’ll start from the beginning!!

Before I do start this blog. I have to quickly say that I am a complete novice. I’ve never done anything like this before. So please excuse the odd sized photos, photos that are placed haphazardly. It’s all new to me and I will be learning as I go.   Some of the photos may not look the best either, I’ve used the camera on my phone.  So here goes nothing….

Late  2011 we brought a new house to renovate.  It’s a little house, a very little house and  we are a family of five (three sons), two cats and two possums (they were here  when we moved in).

We moved from a bland yet spacious brick and tile, four bedroom, two bathroom, media room, swimming pool etc… in an equally bland suburb. To a much smaller two bedroom + sunroom, character house. But this house is oozing with personality.  It’s in an older suburb closer to Brisbane city that’s bursting at the seams with vibrant, interesting people and beautiful older homes. We love the house and the location but the house is just a little too small for us lot.

So… the renovations began!  We started with clearing the back garden. The house has been a rental for many years.  The previous tenants had kind of  let things go.  Please don’t be fooled by the photograph above.  It was sent to us by our lovely real estate agent.  I think it has to have been taken at least five years ago.  As there is now an enormous tree by the back steps.

This is what we were up against on a stinking hot day in January.  It was quite a satisfying job. The neighbours on one side didn’t seem too impressed though, the overgrown jungle had given them privacy and she told me so.  I felt bad for a few moments, then took the opportunity to explain to her in  the nicest way possible that we’d brought the house to live in. It was going to need some work,  but hey ” No more tenants ” !!

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She   just  snorted and walked away.  But you’ll be pleased to know that since this first meeting we’ve got to know her quite well.  It took a while for her to warm to us (remember the three boys) .  so anyhoo we’re  keeping  our neighbours well-informed of whats going on and I think she’s secretly pleased that the ‘old girl’ is getting a makeover at last.

It might not  look like much when you look at the photo above  but it was a great start.

A month or two later the lovely neighbours on the other side gave us some fence panels that had been removed from their place and they had no need for them.  A couple of bottles of wine, a dozen beer and the new/recycled fence was  passed over the fence .

We cleared the mess down the back, demolishing the bits and pieces that had for many years been some sort of property divider. Then replaced it  with the new/recycled back fence.  A few trees from the house behind us  needed a few limbs cut off and one particularly ugly one that had been planted too close to the old fence line had to go. We were given the thumbs up from the owner, we just needed to find the right person for the job .

We decided to try using ServiceSeeking.com.au to find a suitable person for the job. We placed a job description and waited for the quotes to come in.  We decided to go with a man called Grady Simon.  His passion and knowledge was incredible and he was extremely well priced.  I would recommend his services to anyone needing something done in the garden anywhere in Brisbane (North and South side), Ipswich etc.

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The next job to do was to build  a low retaining wall to level out the garden.  We wanted to put a small swimming pool at the far right hand corner.  The cooler winter evenings set in and it was harder to motivate Mr F to do anything outside.  But with a little encouragement and acting as his labourer, we completed the wall in time for the hole to be dug for the swimming pool .

The new recycled back fence and the markings for the new pool.

The  company that we chose to construct our swimming pool was Thomas Pools. They’re based in Capalaba but have been putting in pools all over Brisbane for many years.  They did my parent’s swimming pool in two of their houses.  My dad, who does everything ‘by the book’ was very impressed with them and so by late August, Brian from Thomas Pools  ( thomaspools.com.au ) came over and measured up and sent the diggers in.

I think I’ll just fast forward this week. We had a few hiccups with Brisbane City Council, we had to get a permit to have a fence over two metres on the boundary. As usual the paperwork disappeared and then ended up on the wrong person’s desk. It was a massive delay but FINALLY last week we got the certification and started to fill the pool.

Woo hoo its been so hot these past few weeks and looking at an empty concrete hole was pretty rough.

We did use the time however to have Indo, from Pro Fence ( profence.net.au) build a hardwood deck around two sides and install the pool fence. In our previous house we decided to have glass panels installed instead of the standard powder coated type. We found it to be a bit of a pain to keep clean. So this time we have gone with the  standard powder coated type. Pretty boring, I know  but its one less job to do on a weekend.

It’s nearly done. We just have to clean and seal the pavers, clean up the decking (tradies just don’t seem to care about making a mess), lay some turf and we are set for Summer. Bring it on!!!!

So this is what the pool looks like currently.