We’re all packed up and heading to New Zealand tonight.

It’s really nice that we’ve got this little holiday as a reward after finishing some major renovations. Our last job was to tidy up the outside bathroom (yes, bathroom #3) with a coat of paint and new floorcoverings.

(Actually, David was more like “we’re not going to NZ if it’s not done!” which motivates me in incredible ways.) It was hard to get going on the outside bathroom, because in many ways it doesn’t matter anymore because we have such a beautiful main bathroom in the house. For years, the outside bathroom was where we sent our guests for showers.

Here are some pictures of our main bathroom renovation.

BEFORE:

Bathroom renovations, April 2009
Yes, this is the BEFORE picture for the shower. I think it was in 2002 that the tiles just FELL off the wall when David was having a shower, so we decomissioned it and sent everyone outside (where there's been a working shower). I put up that shower curtain rail, and I can't remember what was there when we first moved in.

Bathroom renovation, April 2009
The bath has just been sitting on a couple of bricks for years and the tap-heads kept coming off. I can't really remember what happened to the box around the bath. Surely it was there when we bought the house! Notice the fake marble effect of the laminate on the vanity bench.

Bathroom renovation, April 2009
The corner vanity was practical and may have been lovely at some stage 30 years ago, but it was past its use-by date.

DURING:

Bathroom renovations, April 2009
David measured out and built the new plinth for the cupboards. With this renovation, as with the kitchen reno, I took the time to graffiti our names and a "Read your Bible!" message on the floor before we put the cabinets in.

AFTER:

Bathroom renovation, April 2009
We hung this frameless shower cubicle ourselves. David had to open up the walls in the hallway and nursery so he could reinforce the studs to take the heavy hinges. (I'm so glad HE knows what he's doing.)

Bathroom renovations, April 2009
David wrapped commercial vinyl around the bath and used it as splashbacks on the walls around the vanity, bath and shower.

Bathroom renovations, April 2009
David built the corner shelves to initially cover over where I broke the mirror (sob!), but the end effect was wonderful. They finished the room off nicely.

We have one more cupboard door to mount in the bathroom. We have a pull-down roller door that needs to go right in the corner, but neither David nor I have felt brave enough to tackle it yet.

There are still some little touch-ups to do, especially outside. And David will need to repair the walls that have holes cut in them (from reinforcing the shower). So we’re not completely done yet, but the main work is finished, and we’re starting to see that someone may actually like to buy this house yet!