What a difference 12 days make

When we first moved into our house, about 12 years ago, it was newly decorated, with an extension and front porch added. Very nice for us, as we had been used to living in very old houses. Victorian and early 1900 builds.  This house was built in the sixties, so it was a nice change to move into a more modern house, that was newly decorated.  Nothing needed doing.  There was however, one huge downside for me.  Mo didn’t mind, but being a person who’s life was all about colour, the decor would not have been my choice.  Dark green was the dominant colour in all the rooms, with brown being the next.  I learned to live with it. I had to. Money wasn’t flowing after the move.

This green carpet and huge stone fire surround was here when we moved in.


This is it now, having knocked out the fire surround.


After a while, we managed to redecorate one room at a time, replace a lot of the carpets and remove most of the green from the decor.  However….

The bathroom was straight out of the sixties, with a green bathroom suite and brown and green tiled walls.  This was a major redecorating job, that we just couldn’t undertake ourselves, so it waited and waited. Finally we decided that it just had to be done and sooner rather than later.  We’re not getting any younger and showering in our bathroom would be asking for an accident to happen, the older we got.  It’s called ‘forward planning’.

Once we had chosen what we wanted and had the date fixed for the workmen to begin, I decided a photo log of how things were progressing would be a good way of keeping the family updated. They had all asked for photos along the way.  The day before they came to demolish it, I took a couple of photos.  Trust me, it wasn’t usually in that awful mess, but we obviously didn’t bother cleaning up for the workmen to demolish it.  I decided to make a video slide show with music.  The music I chose is from the London 2012 Olympic Ceremony. The music of the industrial revolution.  Anyway, I thought you might like to see the transformation.  Please click the link below and watch it full screen. Don’t forget to have your sound turned up.  I hope you enjoy it.

What a difference 12 days make!

  • Wow! What a transformation… and pretty quickly, from what I understand of bathroom renovations. Lovely!

    • I must admit that they did work hard and they were such lovely, polite lads 🙂

  • Nothing happens when I click it! 🙁 xxx

    • If you click the link and then click on the video, it should work. Try again 🙂

  • Comedy Plus

    God that green bathroom was hideous. It’s fabulous now and I loved the orange accents. Just pops right out at you. Excellent transformation. Loved the music too.

    Have a fabulous day. Big hugs. 🙂

    • It was, wasn’t it? I have always hated it! I suppose it was all good in the sixties though.

  • Ron

    *thunderous applause*

    First, I loved the video, Babs! I love the music and also the way you presented each photo and progression. AWESOME!

    Second, what an AMAZING transformation!!!! And seeing the before and after photos at the end was brilliant!

    You have excellent taste in design. I loved the sink and the teal accents you gave the bathroom with the towels and rug.

    Thanks so much for sharing this, my friend. Enjoyed!

    X to you and Mo! And Brava to your work on that bathroom!

    P.S. I really need to look into using DropBox.

    • Thank you Ron. The idea was to have the bathroom neutral, allowing us to change the colour every week, if we feel like it 🙂 Dropbox is very handy, if you can’t use Youtube for some reason (like music copyright) and for sharing with friends & family.

  • Holy hell, Babs!! What an INCREDIBLE transformation! I love LOVE love your new bathroom!

    Also, I loved the dissolve on the before & after photos at the end of the movie GREAT JOB!

  • Sandie

    I love the Power Point presentation, and the new bathroom looks fantastic!

    • You’ll be able to use it when you come over next 🙂

  • Wow! You must be thrilled. What an amazing transformation. The new bathroom is fabulous. Also loved your choice of music as well as the presentation.

    • We are Lauren. I feel like taking a coffee up there, just to sit and soak it all in ha ha!

  • What a wonderful transformation. You chose colors and lines that will be timeless in their beauty. I especially love the blue accent rug and matching towels. It matches the cool beauty of the tile. A job well done, and a great presentation, too.

    • I like the blue, but we can have any colour to suit our mood. We’ll probably buy a few more colours. We do love a bit of a change 🙂

  • Like everyone else, I’m amazed at this transformation. It looks like a spa now! We once lived in a house for a couple years that had a black and white checked floor and PINK everything else, including the toilet. OMG. Dave painted everything he could white so that only the tub/shower and toilet were left pink. If we’d lived there longer, we would have put in something more modern. We did love that house, but it was built in the 60’s and looked like it. Pink kitchen sinks and a turquoise counter top. Far out, man!

    • I know what you mean. I was just married in 1969 and had a kitchen of Royal Blue, Turquoise and Green. And a Red bedroom – and I’m talking about the furniture! They looked very cool at the time ha ha!

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Wow, that is quite some transformation!

    I knew, before I saw it, that it would be that horrible avocado with the wide, shallow sink. You said ‘sixties’, I saw avocado! The new room looks so much better – bright, clean and best of all, efficient and safe!!

    But what on earth did you do for twelve days while it was being done?

    • It wasn’t easy, but we managed. Thankfully they went out for lunch every day and always left the loo installed. The kitchen doubled as a washroom, until the shower was installed. Thankfully, before the 12 days was up 🙂

  • Holy cow… that was FASCINATING!!! And in the very end… the teal color you put in…. SO SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    • Thank you. I must admit, we are thrilled with the results. It looks even nicer than we expected

  • The new bathroom looks so nice and bright!! What a great transformation. I like the bright accessories too. Very sharp.

  • It looks great, Babs! I KNOW you’re happy to have it done.

  • The before and after shots of the living room are really amazing. It looks so cozy now. Thanks for the bathroom video. I love the progression. It’s gorgeous now. (I like how you guys used different colors in the original bathroom to try to draw they eye away from that green of my youth. It helped but nothing dominates quite like those 1960s and 1970s colors.)

    • Thanks Cheryl. We did try, with the old gold, but nothing disguised the green and brown!

  • Barb

    Holy cow! that was amazing!!!! It looks wonderful!!!

    • Thank you Barb. We’re very pleased with it 🙂

  • liudmila

    Beautiful! Adore white insides. In my immagination (I don’t know why) the house has to be white. Excellent transformation!

    • Thank you Liudmila. I do like very pale decor and then add a splash of vibrant colour to it 🙂