Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Before and after photos of bathroom


This is our new look upstairs bathroom. We did not change many things in it and yet to see it in person, there is a real change. I still have a few items I want to replace but have to go shopping for them. Here are some before and after photos to show you what we did.....


The old toilet is typical for a new build here in Holland. Although it is not visible in the photo, the plastic reservoir has turned yellowish grey with age. I really hate this kinds of toilets although they are standard in Dutch homes unless you pay extra. We are not the first people to live in this house and little above the standard was purchased when the house was built. This photo shows very well how you saw only the floor when you were in the bathroom. It just did not work with the other tiles.


Here is the new porcelain toilet block. I think I always took for granted that things like this were normal from back in the US. The reservoir is also smaller and easier to clean. It seems a luxury to have this which I never imagined I would be saying. Behind the toilet, two tiles were damaged where the reservoir was hanging bolted to the wall. Those tiles were replaced with two that Jos carefully took off the wall from the downstairs half bath. You would never know they were replaced.


We used furniture oil on the sink cupboard to bring it back to life. It was drying out from the humidity in the bathroom. We replaced the plain wooden knobs and put on these pretty porcelain ones. You can see a bit of damage if you look closely. The previous owners of the house had never put the knobs on and they used their nails to open the doors causing the wood to be damaged slightly along the top.


The old tiles on the floor were white and showed everything. They also did not really match the tiles which had been chosen for the walls. The grey grouting made them look very busy and even dirty.


After smoothing out the old uneven tiles.....


.....the results were a warm and cozy new floor tiles. We fell in love with these wood look tiles.


The bathroom before.....


.....and the bathroom after. When you see it in person, the few details we changed do really stand out. I am unable to get a total photo with the chandelier but the effect is really amazing how the small details have mattered.

12 comments:

angelasweby said...

Heidi, The changes definitely do show! I love the floor tiles and the cabinet looks rich and solid (I can't believe people just not putting door knobs on) Your porcelain ones are beautiful. I love the draped lace and the lighting too. Nice feeling of satisfaction finishing a job like this:>)
Hugs, Angela

Mary said...

Great new 'loo' Heidi - what a difference the new modern toilet and the charming floor tiles make. Then the extra touches of the chandelier, porcelain knobs etc. make it really personal.

Can you believe that lovely cottage of my cousin's is up for sale! She's lived there 42 years, but now they find the stairs and garden just too much - she's had two heart attacks and has severe arthritis - her DH is partially disabled too. Neither one wishes to be left alone there! They made an offer on a one level garden apartment but unless they sell this cottage they cannot afford to move, and the market is flat there at present.

Is property expensive in Holland? It's terrible in England - for example my brother purchased my small family home for just 11,000 pounds about 18 years ago, sold it 4 years ago for 189,000 pounds, and today it would bring around 200,000 pounds - amazing! I look at housing here and for that amount (over $400,000) one could buy a really nice home on a large lot! And also...............the wages are so low in Britain, don't know how people manage.

Nancy said...

That floor tile is really nice. It adds warmth to the bathroom.
It all looks great. The knobs are
nice too.
Love you, Gramma

Lynda said...

It looks great, Heidi! The new floor tiles look so much better against the wall tiles and I LOVE your chandelier!!! How lovely to have nice high ceilings to accommodate something like this. I've missed reading your blog and seeing what you've been up to. I hope that someday we'll have the chance to meet in person. ~ hugs, Lynda xoxo

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Heidi, I love the changes you have made in your bathroom! That chandelier is WONDERFUL~

Penny

Nunnie's Attic said...

It looks great Heidi! A few subtle changes brings it all together. Very nice indeed!! (And I like your new toilet better.)

Love,
Julie

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new bathroom Heidi! You and Jos did a wonderful job of choosing such nice changes. I know you will really enjoy this. And, again, I LOVE your chandelier.

regina barnett said...

I love the new look. Little things do make a differents.

Kristen said...

Heidi, this looks great! Wow, what a change! I love it! The toilet is really nice! I love the floors as well! Great Work!!!! :) I can't wait to see it in person! Well, I guess I can because that means my hubby will be in Iraq. :(

Nancy said...

Hey sorry Miss Heidi, I am not your Gramma, but after all, you did love your Gramma and she would comment if she could.
Love MOM

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Heidi - it's me again! Yes, I do use my transferware everyday! I believe in using beautiful items...:-) Of course when my 4 sonds were growing up we used everyday dishes!
Penny

diane said...

I think everything looks wonderful. The new floor seems much warmer to me and I love your new toilet. Isn't it funny how a toilet can make you happy??? LOL I adore knobs and have seen some major expensive but beautiful ones. I am hoping to change mine all out someday and put some special ones on. I, too, have the porcelain ones, which I think are so pretty! Congrats on all your changes, they make a huge difference!