Felixstowe Suffolk UK
Renovation of our guest loo continues, thanks to Clive and some assistance from local tradesmen.
As a reminder, our ‘before’ loo was covered floor-to-ceiling with salmon-coloured tiles, which Clive pulled off. It also contained a salmon-coloured toilet and sink.
My prior post, Part 1, shows removal of the ancient fixtures and the newly-plastered walls.
Since then, after a couple trips to the tip, Clive has been busy working. I try to be a helpful assistant and a not-too-annoying photographer.
NOTE: I normally don’t post this many photos. Since this is a work in progress, I thought each of the 14 steps deserved a photo.
1. With the hanging lightbulb keeping his head warm, Clive painted the ceiling first – which to me always makes a room of any size look instantly better.
2. We drove to the only timber yard for miles around that has the skirting boards (baseboards) we wanted and have used in other rooms. Clive first cut them to size, then painted them.
3. I was eager to see how they’d look so he placed them in position. Naturally I had to take a photo as I thought they looked great.
4. Painting began. I captured the painter at work on the undercoat
5. When the undercoat was finished, all memories of salmon had disappeared in the fresh, light room.
6. We had chosen what we thought was an extremely pale lavender colour for the walls. After the first coat, we thought it was way too stark, almost-white, and would have made the small space too institutional-looking. Off we went to the paint shop for a slightly darker colour.
7. I really liked this one, as I love the colour but have never had a room painted in it.
8. Clive fixed the skirting boards to the newly-painted walls, then patched and painted the screw holes.
9. I love the way the skirting boards look with the lavender walls, even before a proper floor was put down.
10. Then it was time to resume ‘Happy FM’ aka Clive’s music selection which our tradesmen seem to enjoy (a continuous 80’s selection this time — didn’t the 80’s have great music!). The plumber returned and installed the new white toilet and sink.
11. Here’s a close-up of the sink and tap we selected. There were hundreds to choose from and we were happy finally to find a simple one we liked.
12. Once the pipes and plumbing were connected, I had fun repeatedly demonstrating the soft-closing toilet seat. This surely must be one of the greatest inventions ever (along with soft-closing kitchen drawers).
13. The last step for this post: we replaced the former beige-salmon carpet with a floor we like much better, again to the tunes of Happy FM.
14. Finally, in the midst of the guest loo project, we’re trying as always not to let renovations dominate our daily lives. We recently enjoyed our first covering of snow in Felixstowe, complete with bracing walks, get-togethers with family and friends, and general ooh-ing and aah-ing over our first snowfall in the 13 months we’ve been in England.
Still to go: boxing-in pipes; a cabinet and shelf beneath and beside the sink; light fitting for the ceiling; a small cabinet over the sink; a slim-line heater; maybe a light curtain for the window (instead of replacing it – it’s fine except for its dark brown, hard-to-paint metallic trim); and the final ‘little’ things such as towel rail, toilet-roll holder, and maybe a small print for the wall.
How can one small room require so much STUFF? In one way, it seems endless, but in another, we’re pleased with the progress and results so far and believe it will eventually all be worth it.
We’re heading to London on our way to the U.S. so will be taking a short break from the guest loo project. Part 3 when we return! In the meantime, planning for our new study is also well underway.
Cheers for now and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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