Saturday, December 14, 2013

A peek at bathroom progress

The bathroom is still very much a work in progress. Some of you will remember the dilemma I had about the gold shower unit-brass bathtub combination  -  together there was just too much 'gold' going on... I think they look much better now that the shower/tap unit is painted a dull pewter. 

The toilet seat and base have been repainted grey. I think the softer colour suits the room better. It's also been moved to the opposite corner as a trial (everything is held in place with tacky wax until I'm sure about the relocation). 

This corner is almost invisible from the window, which is the only way it'll be possible to see into the room at all soon. I don't think that really matters because the toilet isn't the most interesting/attractive thing in a bathroom anyway and if it's moved I can put a chair at the end of the bath and maybe stack it with towels. If you have an opinion on the relocation please feel free to share it, I'm always interested in, and appreciate, other viewpoints. (The cabinet can't be moved any further to the right because the door opens back into that space.)

The cabinet can be seen through the window so it's worth dressing it up a little. It's made from cardboard, except for the the top which is basswood with a circle cut into it so that the bowl (which was stolen from the kitchen) could be recessed into it, just the rim sits above the counter. The taps (which were ripped out of a kitchen sink unit) have been aged a little by dabbing on some matt pewter paint with a fine brush. The drain is made the same way as in the kitchen sink, it's the flat half of an eyelet set glued on. The middle is painted black, allowed to dry and then a good dollop of PVA is put on top of that. When it dries it's translucent and looks like a little water is trapped there.  The staining on the wall is strong tea brushed on liberally, it runs down and gathers in the crevice at the top of the little board at the back so that it looks like this has been a problem area for the cleaner for a very long time! 

The pink canister is by Mercedes (Liberty Biberty), the tiny bottle from Synnove. I'm loving being able to bring these little treasures out of boxes and into the light of day as this house slowly becomes 'lived in'. 


The post with information on how I made the old fashioned toilet from a modern one is here - it's as easy as 1 2 3!


afairytalecometruewyrna said...

You have so much exciting news to show. Thank you for showing how you made your toilet. I love your vanity cupboard, the color it all.

Bambi said...

Excellent Norma! The pewter painted eyelet idea is fascinating, and also the tea stain for the wall - really looks great!

De said...

I love this! I, too, like the glue and eyelet idea. The room looks perfectly lived in. Can't wait to see everything when you've finished!

Véronique said...

Hi Norma, love what you did, it looks more authentic. As for the placement of the toilet, I think it is better, because I really would not be able to go next to the window :-)

mcddiss said...

me gusta mucho ese baño, tiene mucho encanto, buen trabajo



Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's so authentic and charming! You are so talented!

SaMiRa73 said...

Norma, you´ve such a wonderful hand for aging! It looks great and I love the idea of the chair on the end of the bath tub. Everything looks so lived in - great!

PAKY said...

I love your bathroom!! So elegant the bath, and you had a great idea with the toilet, so real! Congrats!! Hugs

Ilona said...

Hi Norma! I think the setting in your bathroom looks great, but the space around the toilet isn't that a bit too narrow? For example to use the toilet paper, you know what I mean? My English isn't that good, but I think you'll understand?
I love your amazing golden bath, now it looks fantastic, you were right about all the gold :D!
Hugs, Ilona

Unknown said...

Wonderful, you added so much character to these pieces they look lived with!

Mini Addictions said...

I love what you did with this, Norma. It's so vintage and chic. Thanks for the tutorial too.

Plushpussycat said...

Hi Norma, You've done anamazing job of grunging up this bathroom. It gives me a slight urge to clean it! ;-) Now that's a convincing miniature scene! :-D xo Jennifer

Doris said...

I have to agree with Ilona - the toilet looks a little cramped next to the vanity - imagine one of Queen's 'Fat Bottomed Girls' trying to squeeze in!! Mind you I can see Veronique's point about not being able to go next to the window!

Seriously tho, it is looking great. Changing the shower to pewter is effective. I look forward to seeing the next stage.

Norma Bennett said...

Well. who would have thought a little toilet would cause such controversy :) It is true indeed that the space next to the cabinet is VERY small but as only very little of the toilet will be able to seen through the window once the 4th wall of the bathroom is in place that won't be apparent. It'll be our little secret! And Veronique, you will be pleased to know that if it stays at the end of the bath there is a roller blind on the window for the protection of privacy :)

Sole García Zamora said...

Con todos estos cambios has conseguido un baño espectacular, me encanta todo en él.

Un abrazo,

Fabiola said...

It's a very beautiful and chic bathroom. I'm curious to see more.
Greetings, Faby

Muriellisa said...

C'est très réussi. J'aime beaucoup

Dollhouse Decorations said...

Well done! Thanks for sharing

Hugs, Vall

Cinderella Moments said...

It looks great! The changes you made warmed things up so much. It now looks like a lived in bathroom. So cute!
Merry Christmas!

Carrie Lavender said...

I love seeing your progress and work. It inspires me to keep going with mine!!Carriexx

Marisa said...

I like how you've staged it, will you be putting up a shower curtain? (im going to be building a small cottage from scratch so Im very interested in your bathroom progress


Josje said...

The new colour of the shower unit looks great against that beautiful bath.
As for the toilet placement, I think this is a better position. You said you can't move the sink any more to the right because of the door opening into the room. But does the door have to open all the way?

Irene said...

Progress is good Norma. I do like your handbasin - a great idea for the drain too.

Merry Christmas from Edinburgh.

Susan@minicrochetmad said...

You have a wonderful eye for grunging Norma! I'm totally loving this!!

Papillon Bleu said...

Dear Norma,
I wish I could shrink to live in this fantastic decor.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and an extraordinary year ahead! :-)

Rebecca said...

Oh my, Norma! We've dabbled....but you're the Queen of Minis. I shall look forward to perusing your entire blog AND your pinterest board. Can't wait for a little down time to do it!

minwks said...

Hi Norma, Bathroom is really developing. I do like the soft colours. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.
Regards for the new year.

Cinderella Moments said...

Happy New Year Norma! I can't wait to see what you come up with this year. All the best in 2014 for you and your family!

miniaturista said...

Un abrazo

Fabulously Small said...

I especially love the pimping of the shower/tap, very nice! Indeed, so much better, it complements the tub very well now. What a smart idea of the washbasin and the 'water' and the toilet.