Guest Loo Renovation, Part 1

Before: Clive has removed the salmon tiles

Felixstowe Suffolk UK

I’ve mentioned in recent posts and tweets that when we moved into our apartment, our guest loo was covered floor-to-ceiling with salmon-coloured tiles. They matched the salmon sink and toilet.

We knew we wanted a second loo when we bought our place in England. After looking at many apartments with only one, we were pleased to have the second one in any colour so didn’t let the salmon bother us too much. We recently purchased a *white* sink and toilet, which are currently under the dining table in our yet-unrenovated loungeroom.

So many choices

Clive ripped out the salmon tiles and the glue behind them but I forgot to take a photo of him doing it. This morning, a plumber disconnected and stripped out the old sink, toilet, and associated pipework. Later, a very skilled plasterer resurfaced the walls.

Plumber, then plasterer

The plasterer complimented Clive on the continuous run of bright 1990’s music and asked if we were tuned to ‘Happy FM’.  We were pleased with today’s progress. Small as the room is, it’s the first renovation I’ve ever been involved in that includes plumbing, ripping out fixtures, etc.

Work in progress, old loo in entry area (charming)

Still to go: new skirting boards, paint ceiling and walls, floor redone, new sink and toilet installed, and maybe a new window with white trim instead of impossible-to-paint metallic dark brown.

Guest loo after today's work

Cheers for now and more soon.

17 Responses

  1. I love being able to see the progress. Please keep sharing. How many rooms are you planning to redo?

    I’m not sure I could live without a second loo. After our renovation we had four which we thought was one too many so John is turning the 1/2 bath into a closet.

    The good thing for us is our guests have their own bathroom and we each have one too.

    • I love this American expression ‘half bath’ – it conjures up an image of someone sitting uncomfortably out of the water with their knees under their chin !
      Plan B is to turn the separate toilet into small laundry room, but it might get ‘lost in translation’ 🙂

  2. Renovating a bathroom is an experience. We did over our upstairs bathroom a few years ago, and I will never forget the day that the contractor dragged all the old stuff (in the house since it was built in 1957) down the stairs and out the front door. Even with the stairs covered, it was a mess for the month that it took to do the whole thing. I learned a whole lot about sinks, faucets, showers, floors, and fresh plaster. It was great after it was done, however.

  3. Elizabeth, oooohhhh his and hers bathrooms would be my idea of real luxury!

    Eleanor, yes it’s incredible how much STUFF (ie cr*p) this little room seems to have generated in terms of rubbish — already two trips to the tip. (This includes the loo CARPET. Which I actually didn’t mind on chilly mornings. But which will not be replaced, since we prefer ‘proper’ flooring …).

    Cheers to all who have or are in the process of renovating.

  4. It’s on its way!! Looks good so far. Bon courage on the work — renovating is frustrating, wonderful, rewarding, frustrating, hard work, frustrating, and almost always worth it in the end. Not to mention frustrating, lol. 😉

    Oh god I would love to renovate our apartment. The Ghetto Pad needs it so badly!

    Have fun with it, though. 🙂

  5. John, the term ‘half bath’ makes a lot of sense!! You know, a bathroom but with only the toilet, not the bathtub/shower etc. etc. etc. (But when I say ‘bathroom’ Clive says that’s ONLY the room where one can bathe, not the room that only has a T-word in it …)

    Karin, thanks and yes, renovation is indeed frustratng but we look forward to it having been worth it in the end.

    Chers and thanks.

  6. Hi Carolyn & Clive,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. It was good to hear from you!
    I never cease to be amazed to see the ammounts of work that you put into your new home. Go for you both with the second loo coming together! Best of luck for continuing the work elsewhere!

    Be happy and stay active.

    Big hugs,


  7. I have been meaning to send this to Clive since I saw it on TV:

    It is called “Ode to the Commode.” I thought he (and you too) would be amused.

  8. Let me know when it’s finished so I can try it out! 😉

  9. John, well this just shows some basic lack of understanding regarding the T-word and the various rooms in which the T-word stands! You do get major points however for building Elizabeth her own writing room and bathroom – even if I’m not sure if it’s full or half or whatever – what luxury!

    xpat, lovely to see you here and Clive was chuffed to see ‘xpat says loo’ ! You may not actually call it that in your Parisian home but you are multi-lingual 🙂

    Eleanor, thanks – that video is hilarious!! In Australia I’d heard it called ‘riding the porcelain bus’ – too funny. Appreciate your posting it here.

    ParisPaul, okay we will keep you posted as to the progress of this room!

    Cheers all and thanks for your support.

  10. Good taste sometimes requires hard work,which in turn is its own reward.

  11. Good to see. We havent really seen any photos of your new residence. Looking forward to part 2.

  12. Carolyn and Clive,

    Please post a photo of the finished product…Can’t wait to see it all spiffed up. And I agree that carpet in the loo is a big no-no, especially if you have little ones.

  13. Douglas, thanks for your comment and it’s true hard work can indeed be rewarding.

    Mrs. Chipndale – hello there! Part 2 is on the way 🙂

    MarthaB, we’re not finished yet but there’s been great progress, all thanks to Clive (and the plumber and floor guy). More soon, I promise.


  14. It’s always such a pain, but isn’t a renovation great when it’s finished?

  15. Linda, so true! Hope your Paris renovations have all gone well 🙂


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