Creating Space For An Upstairs Bathroom

There have always been plans for us to add an upstairs bathroom to our house. The largest room of the house had loads of built in storage and a small ensuite (just a toilet and a sink) and we knew this room was big enough to create a bathroom without losing the bedroom completely. The hardest thing has been waiting for the two years until we had saved enough to get it done. I always felt guilty for not decorating the room nicely for Sonny but it didn’t seem worth it knowing that it would soon be torn apart to create this space for a family bathroom.


It always surprises me how fast the builders/plumbers can rip out the existing things. The fitted wardrobes were taken out and the partician wall for the little ensuite. Then they started to build a new wall to divide the room into two.

Initially we asked for an angled wall on the left of the bathroom as we were concerned that because of the low head height, we would need as much space as possible. Once the wall was up it was clear we had made a mistake and made Sonny’s room too small. So we sent back the shower tray we had ordered and ordered a new, smaller one and asked the builders to change the wall.

A few pictures of the process.

We chose to have a metro tile foe this bathroom. The market is flooded with them and it was hard to find the perfect one. Which I think is often the case when there is so much choice. We went with these Linear Matt tiles from Topps Tiles as I loved the finish. We went for a grey grout to make the brick pattern really stand out.

The flooring is called Summer Oak and its from Karndean.

I always wanted something bespoke for the sink to sit on. I looked at finding some old drawers but fell in love with this shelf from eBay and ordered the wood for the shelf above the toilet to match. (I would share the seller but actually the service was really poor and put our bathroom behind for nearly a week.) I love that the sink is slightly angled. We chose a sink that was a little bit pricer but I really wanted it to be a feature and thought it was worth the extra money.

Sink from Victorian Plumbing

Bath from Victorian Plumbing

Radiator from Victorian Plumbing

After 6 long weeks its finally finished. There is a small amount of tiling to be done behind the bath which is being finished this week. We painted the walls in Farrow and Ball Wevet which is a white that has a subtle hint of grey to it. The room needs accessories now. I think lots of plants will look lovely in here because the room is so light. Hopefully they’ll actually grow!

Shower from Bristan

Towels from The White Company

I’m really please with the room. I haven’t enjoyed the process of getting it finished. Maybe its because I am inpatient and maybe its because I don’t like mess. We now need to decorate Sonny’s room and I will do a little tour of that when it is finished so you can see how the room decided into two. Next job the hallways and stairs!

Let me know what you think of the new room.




  1. October 30, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Love it Cara, a full upstairs bathroom will make such a difference to the value too. Great work!

    • Cara
      October 31, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Thank you!

  2. Lorraine Smith
    October 30, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Looks amazing. What a fab addition to your house. Beautifully styled.

    • Cara
      October 31, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Thank you so much x

  3. Jenny Clare
    October 30, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    It’s beyond gorgeous! I’m so jealous!

    • Cara
      October 31, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Thank you x

  4. Helen Lane
    October 31, 2017 / 10:37 am

    It’s fab, love the wood ad totally in keeping with the rest of the house.

    • Cara
      October 31, 2017 / 10:38 am

      Thank you!

  5. November 1, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    WOW it looks stunning and so fresh and stylish. I love the pieces you have chosen. What a total transformation 🙂 Happy bathing xx

  6. Gina
    November 2, 2017 / 12:19 am

    Your bathroom looks fantastic! I love your big round mirror too, you wouldn’t be able to tell me where you purchased it from?

  7. Natalie
    November 20, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Love the wooden round mirror I am looking for something similar do you mind sharing where it is from

    • Cara
      November 21, 2017 / 10:39 am

      It’s from Wayfair xx

  8. November 29, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    I am so glad that reading your it.thanks for sharing this amazing article.

  9. December 5, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Fabulous! We gutted our last bathroom and went for Retro Metro tiles by Fired Earth. I love metro tiles, and the ones you’ve chosen are fab with them being a bit bigger than others. Love it Cara, and so glad you’re so pleased with the result!

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