With the help from our very patient family, Ryan and I have started our first proper renovation! We have been spending the last few weeks sourcing materials, chatting with tradies and asking friends for advice so that we could be as ready and prepared as possible. The bathroom was gutted this morning, so we NEED to be organised because it’s our only wet area and I’m not keen on showering at the gym everyday.
A few months ago, I started a shared Pinterest board with Ryan to see what sort of bathrooms we are drawn to. The board was flooded with pictures of bathrooms that had black, wood, white, plants and a pop of colour in it. We set off around Perth looking to replicate the vibe of some of these bathrooms and ended up with these materials:
We bought the vanity cabinet from IKEA and have a custom caesarstone Calcutta Nuovo benchtop being installed to go on top. We had originally decided to splurge on beautiful marble, but after testing out wine, coffee and makeup on it, I felt that it marked permanently too easily. We also had a last minute change of spouts and hot/cold taps which meant we spent an extra 10 hours trawling Perth for nice looking mixers. Apparently the pretty 1/4 turns (like in the first picture) aren’t great for Perth’s water and tend to leak after a year or so.
The black hexagonal tiles are for the floor (which my tiler brother says will be terrible to keep clean, eek!) and white matte rectangular wall tiles, which will go to the ceiling. Our house is from the 60s and has a pretty weird layout – the bathroom is in the centre of the house with a little window looking over the sunroom. We’ve decided to patch up the window and install a glorious Velux skylight, which means we can shower and watch the clouds roll by!
Here’s some of the inspiration we based our bathroom on: