Our Bathroom Renovation with a Pink Roll Top Bath – 1930s House

Bathroom Pink Roll Top Bath Renovation 1930s


The renovation of our bathroom and master bedroom with en suite was a big project to say the least. The biggest we’ve ever undertaken in 12 years as property owners. Essentially our 1930s house has had a couple of extensions, the largest being a double story kitchen extension on the back of the house. This makes up our square shape bedroom, which had no en suite. With 5 bedrooms we felt this was a little out of sync with the house and we really envisioned having our own en suite for our dream home. The plan became to split the large family bathroom into a family bathroom and en suite, with a little re jig of the layout. We also added in a walk in wardrobe, but this is a feature on it’s own for the bedroom instalment.

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Bathroom Renovation & Pink Roll Top Bath

So back to the bathroom, it was going to be a little smaller due to splitting the room in two, but still roomy enough for a family to use. A lot of building work was involved though and we were sensible enough to book our family holiday in the middle of it all. It wasn’t the most fun of processes, but luckily we have a downstairs shower room we could use whilst the upstairs was being renovated.

Before Photograph

As you can see below, the whole bathroom was pink; pink tiles and pink bath. Sadly I don’t have a full before photo, but there was also a pink bidet, a pink sink, a pink shower tray and even a pink toilet… I think you get the gist, this room was pink! Now don’t get me wrong I just love pink, but it was really in need of a revamp. As you will see in the after photos I did keep a touch of pink in there though.

Bathroom Renovation Pink Roll Top Bath 1930s House

The Build

One of the great parts of this room was the roof light, which we lost in the bathroom, but kept in the en suite. So one of the main issues was getting some natural light into the room as there are no windows. So we chose to install a light tunnel as a solution, which has been great, although it has become a bit of a dirt trap which is why I haven’t shared any photos (we need to open up and give it a good clean). As you can see below we knocked out the airing cupboard to give more space to the new room, and after dismantling plus removing everything we split the rooms into two. We also had to replace the majority of the floor, so it really was a starting from scratch kind of a project. We had my brilliant dad in to re plaster, our builder did the building work, we had a plumber to do all the plumbing and an electrician for the under floor heating mat, extractor fan and lighting. Then finally a tiler came in to do the tiling throughout, but G did the painting and decorating.

Bathroom Renovation Pink Roll Top Bath 1930s House

Bathroom Renovation Pink Roll Top Bath 1930s House Bathroom Renovation Pink Roll Top Bath 1930s House

Pink Roll Top Bath

I have dreamt of having a roll top bath forever, I spend far too much time reading in the tub (when I have the time!) and it’s such a statement period piece for a home. To be honest, we had to wedge the bath in slightly, which is a shame, but I think we just about get away with it. I searched high and low for the perfect roll top bath and we decided to buy an acrylic replica roll top bath and paint it ourselves. This firstly saved money, but it also meant it was easy to move upstairs as roll top baths can be very heavy. We bought the bath from Bathstore, on a great discount they were running, although they don’t seem to sell this roll top bath currently. We then set about painting it, firstly with Zinsser primer before then painting in Farrow and Ball Pink Ground using a roller. The effect was just perfect and two years later it still looks perfect.

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Brass Taps

I really wanted an antique traditional vibe to the main bathroom, so I chose to use brass taps and fittings. It was a hard search but I decided on brass taps on eBay, which have lasted pretty well. The seller is no longer on eBay but these are similar taps to the ones we have used for the roll top bath. The wastes were also sourced on eBay, a brass one for the sink and a gold one similar to this one for the bath.

Toilet Unit & Butler Sink Vanity Unit

To ensure a traditional and easy to clean solution for the toilet I wanted one which was boxed in. However to save money on boxing in ourselves we bought the Camberley sage back to wall toilet unit in a contrasting colour to the vanity unit we chose. I really wanted a butler style sink for the bathroom and plumped for the Dulwich stone grey floorstanding vanity unit also from VictoriaPlum.com. It really looks perfect in the room and it provides much needed storage. I also had the shaver plug installed inside of the unit to keep it hidden away, which has been a great way to keep clutter at bay and the eclectic toothbrush out of sight. To tie the unit into the room I changed the handles to some fun hare brass handles. For extra storage, a place to keep towels and toiletries we bought the IKEA HEMNES High cabinet with mirror door, which fitted into our space just so.

Tiles & Bathroom Panelling

We chose to have floor tiles complete with under floor heating. We purchsed the Warmup underfloor heating mats, to keep our bathroom floor toasty and Fired Earth wood effect tiles in hepworth. For the walls I really wanted panelling for a traditional feel, whilst still being a practical option. We painted the panelling from Homebase in Farrow and Ball Cornforth White.

Bathroom Pink Roll Top Bath Renovation 1930s Brass Taps Panelling Walls Farrow & Ball Floor Tiles

Shelving & Finishing Touches

We installed our old antique bathroom cabinet on the wall and installed floating shelves into the alcove. G made them using B&Q‘s free wood cutting service and painted them in the same colour as the panelling. The plant pot is from Next, the plant mister is from Sainsbury’s Home and the statement sunburst mirror/wall art is from Dunelm as is the bath rack.

So there we have our bathroom renovation complete with a pink roll top bath. You can see more from our 1930s house with our living room renovation and our hallway renovation too. I will be back soon to share our en suite and master bedroom renovations also. We’re still in the thick of planning our kitchen extension and downstairs shower room make over too, so lots more interiors to come. Yay xo Lou

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