Getting a bathroom ready (still!)

So, over the last couple of weeks work has intensified in getting the bathroom ready for actually bathing in! In the last post we showed you the dismantling of the bar. Owen then took the boards to his workshop to remove the nasty orange varnish and get the boards sorted to put down in our bathroom floor.


There’s a nice view of a porch below! And the picture under here is from the porch looking up into the bathroom-to-be.


Then once the boards were down we had to apply 4 coats of linseed boat varnish, made by a small company in France called Le Tonkinois. Each coat needed 24 hours to dry, but then we were warned at the start of this restoration project to expect everything to take three times as long and cost twice as much!


I think it looks stunning.

Sometimes though sacrifices have to be made.


Yes, that’s an upside down bath on my dining table. It’s a roll top slipper bath and we have painted the outside with (you guessed it – linseed paint). It needed more than one coat and takes longer than the 24 hours it says it takes to dry. But, then we were expecting that…

So my hope is that the next post will be a finished bathroom. We’ve got more coats of paint to apply to the woodwork and the glass panel for the door arrived so will have to be puttied in. But we’re getting close to finishing a room.


5 thoughts on “Getting a bathroom ready (still!)

  1. I must say it’s going to be quite a step up from the bath on the farm. Beautiful and amazing job. Owen, I had a friend ask “why is the plumbing not in the walls.” My reply “dunno!” ???

    • Yes, it’s so nice to live in an old place and fix it up. There was so much at the farm we wanted to do but it wasn’t ours and the landlord would have been more than happy for us to keep his place up together at no cost to him. Regarding the plumbing question we have to work with what’s here and we’re not allowed to change things about internally or externally, because it is Grade II* Listed and therefore protected. We’re more like caretakers although it is ours, and you can get prosecuted for changes not agreed to by Conservation Officers.

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