Bathroom and Lounge Future Plans


After living in our house for several years and threatening to update the bathroom and lounge (the carpet being in desperate need of being changed) for the whole of that time, we are finally getting round to actually doing it.  I am extremely excited about this prospect but have been spending quite a bit of my time trying to decide which colours, as well as types of carpet/lino to choose.

The cream coloured carpet in the lounge has served us well.  It was already quite stained when we moved in but since having two children and a black haired dog with muddy feet, the poor carpet has suffered considerably.  So when thinking about which coloured carpet we will have in the lounge next, I have definitely decided that very light or cream colours are not suitable for our home.  Unless I can somehow stop the children and dog going in there, of course.

Dirty carpet
A carpet stain from about ten years ago. We had no chance keeping it clean!

For the bathroom, I have a white suite ordered from my local plumber and have opted for some light off-white coloured tiles for the walls.  For about a year, I have been trying, and failing, to remove the tile paint from the existing wall tiles.  I tried using a heat gun with a scraper, some strong lacquer dissolving solution and pure brute force.  I found it very frustrating that I could not remove it all and the thought of reapplying more tile paint as well as removing it again in a couple of years time, filled me with dread.  I have been spending some time deciding whether to replace the lino flooring with tiles or with more lino.  I am a little worried that tiles will be cold to stand on so have opted for the lino/vinyl.

Trying to remove tile paint.
The tile paint decided it did not want to be removed.

I think that it is fantastic that there are so many choices out there for products to match most tastes but during this process, I have found this choice to be overwhelming.  For the lounge, I have struggled to know which pile of carpet would be best for my needs.  I found that Carpetright have some great information on the different types of carpet.  For the bathroom, I have  needed to decide the sizes and layout of the wall tiles, as well as the vinyl for the floor that I would like to feel soft underfoot, yet not be too slippery when wet for the children to stand on.  I am considering this one.

I still have my final decisions to make about which carpet and vinyl to choose but I feel like I have narrowed it down considerably.  As it has taken so long for me to get the point of actually, physically doing something to change the bathroom and lounge, instead of just dreaming about it, I really want to do it right.  Even if it takes me a bit of time to choose the right products for our home.  I will write a follow up post about this to show you what I have chosen, hopefully very soon!


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  • mummyoftwo

    Good luck! We never did anything with out house until we moved back into it and realised just the state of the carpet! I will be coming round for a nosy when it is all done 😀

    • dillydrops

      I’ll hold you to that! I will also need to have a look at your new décor too. 🙂

  • Our stair carpet is certainly beyond even cleaning. It needs replacing, but it certainly will not be cream this time!

  • Foz

    Light coloured carpets are a bad idea when you have pets and kids! I learnt that the hard way!

  • We are moving soon so will be going down the redecorating route too. We will also be avoiding cream carpets at all costs!

  • There seems to be a lot of people doing up their bathrooms and kitchens at the moment. We need to do both of ours too.

  • Ours is on my to do list but it’ll be a few years yet

  • Agata Pokutycka

    We would love a new carpet too. When we bought the house we changed all the flooring to wooden, but later on we got a Newfie and floors are slippery for him, so need my carpet back 🙁

  • I really want to strip our carpet out and just replace with wooden floors and rugs to be honest. If we were to get a new one though it would certainly not be the colour we have now (an off white) as it just looks a bit grubby! x

  • wendyg06

    Thank you for sharing. I am hoping to get a walk in shower soon as I can’t manage to get in and out the bath since my strokes. I also would like hubby to redecorate and freshen the house up

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    Will look forward to the finished article 😉 We are still working on our bathroom 🙁

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