Remember me writing about “Where to spend your money at home?” It’s definitely worth a quick squizz if you missed that one.
Here, I referred to the fun and frolics of updating something in one room to something more beautiful, practical and functional. Immediately followed by the overwhelming urge to do the same in the rest of your home.
“Just be aware that once you update one, you will instantly notice how crap all the other ones are.”
I predicted correctly.
Our, loft bathroom certainly caused that very problem. Now, when walking into our main family bathroom on the floor below, I was getting annoyed by this.We had a rather large, unattractive and very high output radiator in there which we’d inherited with the house. It didn’t look this white and shiny. It was old, the white was now cream and rust was gathering around the edges. It wasn’t that bad, but in my head it looked like this:
For dramatic effect only
Why on earth we didn’t update it when we had our bathroom redone four years ago, i’ll never know. Oh yes, I remember, we couldn’t afford. That was it. Well, we thought we couldn’t, but we probably could have, as a new radiator isn’t actually that expensive.
As if we didn’t have enough going on with the loft extension, we decided now was a really good time to give our main bathroom a little freshen up. Yay. More stuff to do! The old radiator was unplumbed, bathroom mirror removed and we were ready to get started.
The ceiling plasterwork had been disturbed from all the work in the loft space above and there were large holes in the wall from where the old radiator brackets were fixed, so we began our bathroom update with some remedial filling and sanding.
Once the walls and ceiling were prepped, they were re-painted in Dulux’s White Eggshell from their Light and Space range. This only took a few hours and made so much difference. Everything was clean, fresh and white.
Radiator from PlumbNation
Next, our new, slimline, two column radiator from PlumbNation was fitted. With the same output as our previous monstrosity, our new rad took up less space whilst looking infinitely more attractive. Excellent.
Ideally, we would have replaced our old radiator with one the same width to fit on the existing pipework, but it was not an easy size to find in a column design. So the plumber had to add a small bend to one of the pipes in order to accommodate our new slightly smaller sized rad.
When we next re-do the bathroom and lay a new floor, we will be able to adjust the pipework properly then. But for now, this seemed like the best compromise for the 5cm discrepancy.
If you’re planning on updating from a panel radiator to a column rad, you MUST prep and paint the wall behind. Take this into consideration if you’re someone who updates their wall colour regularly as you’ll need to get your plumber back in to remove your rads to do so.
Now we had a pretty radiator to look at, we fitted a Hay Volet hook for the hand towel which was left over from the loft bathroom. I also added some plants around the window in these black and white stoneware pots.
They’re actually storage jars from Sainsbury’s “Restoration” range, but I simply used the lids as a plant stand and soap dish. Very Scandi.
Our bathroom is very greyscale, by adding some oak, even these tiny dashes, it really helped warm up the space.
Again, from Sainsbury’s Restoration kitchen range, I added a wire basket to use as a bathroom caddy for face cloths and body washes. Just because something says it’s for the kitchen, doesn’t mean it can only be used in the kitchen. Works perfectly here.
So what do you think of these tiny updates? Radiator upgrade? Paint job? Some new accessories? Any of these take your fancy?
Collaborative post. Thanks to Plumbnation, Sainsbury’s and Dulux for providing these items for review. All words and opinions my own.