“Room Reveal” #1 the loo # 2 the bathroom & some tips

keys to the home

We have been in our new house a month now which I’m scratching my head about as where do the days go? For those of you who don’t know we took possession of the house, a 1950’s Queenslander a couple of weeks before we moved up so that we could make a start on doing up the bedrooms before we actually moved in.  Now, Queenslanders are new to me and I naively thought that renovating one would be relatively easy as it’s all made from wood, right? Just shift a few walls and all will be good. Wrong!

The house is great & has a beautiful, calm, welcoming feel but she sure is quirky! I think it is a she and she had really dodgy wiring which we only found out about after we started knocking out walls.  So here is a tip for young players, if you are looking to buy a Queenslander (or any house) you might want an electrical inspection before you sign on the dotted line just so you know what you are in for. (We had a building inspection but didn’t did specifically go into the electrics, gah!)  The thing I’m finding with Queenslanders, people just seemed to whack things on that suited them at the time and the houses grew from there, just like we are doing now I suppose!

It turns out that apart from the wiring, which we shall not speak of again, there is not one straight wall or floor in the house and there is no rhyme or reason as to where things have been placed.  Have you ever seen a speed dial for a ceiling fan here….




No, because unless you are a gecko (which are keeping me company at night) on the floor behind the door of the master bedroom is not what you’d call a convenient (or logical) place is it??? Maybe if you sleep on a futon, or a swag, not sure! Incidentally, the switch to turn the fan on/off is elsewhere that dial was just for the speed!!!!  Suffice to say that I took advantage of the electricians being in the house and had it moved and have also tried to consolidate the eleventy billion light switches all over the house (and underneath it) to just the necessary few!

The house will take some time to finish off, we are doing it like a jigsaw puzzle so that we don’t have to move out again (I think it’s important for the girls to be able to start putting down some roots so that they can feel settled, me too!).  But now we are ready for “room reveal” # 1 the loo!  Are you ready…..

Before: (please note the bookshelf for quiet reading time or reflection, GT wanted to keep it but…no)

Before renovating the toilet

And now “After”

Room reveal our new looWhat do you think?  Have I been spending too much time watching the reno shows on TV?


I don’t know about you but I love my new wallpaper (the photo’s aren’t really doing the brightness justice).  The builders were just looking at me like I’m some crazy chick from Sydney when we put it up (which may be true but besides the point) and politely just commented that it is, cough, “wild”.  I sourced it from Rebel Walls who I just found through an internet search for “bright, tropical wall paper, Australia”. I think this Dragonfruit has filled the brief! It’s just a toilet so I thought we could have some fun with it!  I put in a small basin/vanity as it’s the only toilet upstairs (the main entertaining area) so rather than guests having to do their business in one place and then have to go into the main bathroom to wash their hands it made sense to put in the little vanity.  Do you recognise the mirror?  It’s a Kmart bargain (I think it was $10 on the day I bought it, my lucky day)!  I asked Jeff the builder to find a piece of dow for me as a hook and he kindly obliged.  Poor Jeff, as I don’t know many people here yet I’m talking his ear off every day, he just shakes his head at me most of the time with a bit of eye rolling in between!

The bathroom itself really didn’t need to have anything done to it but it’s just a matter of personal taste. The feature tiles didn’t have any meaning for us and we are not fans of spa baths.

the before photos of the bathroom

I couldn’t quite work out the camel / marine life connection (any insights?) so we just pulled out the “feature” tiles and replaced with plain white ones.  I also replaced the “spears” with stainless steel towel rails. GT chose a very big bath, pretty much his only choice in the reno at this stage, he is being very patient with my amateur design attempts!

Room reveal # 2 the bathroom

Nice choice GT! Bath from Highgrove Bathrooms (was on sale, yay), basket Kmart, stool Freedom

One last tip today for renovating, I got this light on the cheap from Freedom as it was ex-floor stock & absolutely nothing wrong with it, sometimes it’s worth asking.

my new loo!

Have you done a renovation?  Are you a wall paper fan? Want to see any more of these “room reveal” type posts?  Should I stop watching The Block?  Any renovation tips to share?


37 comments on ““Room Reveal” #1 the loo # 2 the bathroom & some tips

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    October 27, 2015 at 7:37 am

    When it comes to room reveals, I have three words for you, more, more, more! I love the before and after shots and the sneak peek into your beautiful home! I love the wallpaper, it gives a lovely tropical feel! I can’t wait to see the rest of the house! x

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks Sammie, the rest will be a bit more subdude but I’m going large with palms!!! x

  2. Kim @ Land of Zonkt
    October 27, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Oh hun, it looks fabulous!
    Don’t ask builders they have no bloody idea when it comes to design. Well the ones I know at least. even my Dad meant to be the interior decorator as a painter is useless with that kind of thing.
    Go with your gut, you are doing an awesome job clearly.
    Keeping things white and clean lines is just perfect and adding your pops of colour that can be changed if you grow tired of the in a few years is EXACTLY what you want.
    As for the wallpaper, its marvellous… but you know what i am like with colour & wallpaper… there isn’t many girls that have donut covered walls and boys monster mountain walls in there rooms. lol
    I love it all! xxx

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you lovely. It’s been fun (so far!). x

  3. Ellen @ Potential Psychology Blog
    October 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I LOVE the wallpaper. Very cool. If you can’t be adventurous with the smallest room of the house then where can you? As for the camel, I don’t know but I always love to try and get into the minds of people who have lived in a house before. Individual choices are always intriguing.
    Glad you’re settling in. Hope it’s not to muggy! xx

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks Ellen that was my thought about the room and the wall paper. I just bumped into the previous owners but couldn’t work the camel into the conversation! Today was really steamy and apparently it hasn’t even begun yet! x

  4. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    October 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Yay love your room reveals – more and more please! Love the loo and the wallpaper, so fun and bright and very QLD:) The new bath is divine too, would love to soak in that. The fan switch had me laughing though – seriously, what the?!

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Ashlea, I loved doing the wall paper. I know that fan switch cracks me up all the time!x

  5. Pip
    October 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    The rooms look gorgeous but I am not a bit surprised. Well done in such a short time!

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Pip, that part was fun the rest is going to drag on a bit – where’s Jim!!!! x

  6. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    October 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Love, love, love what you’ve done! That wallpaper is amazing! You’ve got a great eye for detail. xx

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you Nicole, I had fun with the wall paper the rest will be a bit more subtle! x

  7. Hugzilla
    October 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    OMG I LOVE THIS!! Such relatively small changes, but such a massive impact. You have an amazing eye – that wallpaper is divine. (and LOLing at the fan switch. WTF)

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks Hugzy, the toilet was fun to do. I can’t even begin to imagine the thought process behind that fan switch, maybe the feed for it came up from underneath and they ran out of cord! Who knows?x

  8. Renee Wilson
    October 27, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    It is looking great!!!! I tell you what I love the floorboards. The first house I bought was a Queenslander. A smaller than usual one. Perhaps a workers cottage is a better name. My husband renovated it before we sold it. I know what you mean about odd things. When he was replacing some old chamfer boards he found that part of one wall was filled up with scrunched up pieces of the yellow pages!!! Keep the pics coming 🙂 #teamIBOT

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you Renee. I love the floor boards too they are really lovely. That’s hilarious about the yellow pages. We had to take the ceiling down, downstairs last week and empty wine bottles fell out!

  9. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    October 27, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Love what you’ve done with the bathroom and loo! And yes, I know what you mean about old Queenslanders. Our last house was a 100 year old TINY worker’s cottage – it was pretty rough when we moved in. We slapped on some paint and did some minor stuff like carpet and vinyl, and a new vanity in the bathroom, overhead cupboards in the kitchen to make it comfortable, but didn’t spend a lot, as we knew it would most likely be demolished when we moved out. Which is exactly what happened 5 years later. But we had some great times in that little house. you can see pics of it here: http://www.middleagedmama.com.au/cute-little-workers-cottage/ 🙂

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you Janet. I love the quirks that come with old homes.

  10. shannon @my2morrows
    October 29, 2015 at 7:09 am

    That is the prettiest toilet room I’ve ever seen. Love it and yes definitely more room reveals! Xx

    • Vicki
      October 29, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks Shannon, I’m loving the wall paper and it’s a good room to have a bit of fun with!

  11. Bec Senyard
    October 29, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    OMG I love all of this. The wall paper, and what you’ve done in the bathroom. How random were those feature tiles? And I laughed at the fan dial near the floor… um what the? It’s looking amazing. Well done!!

    • Vicki
      October 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Bec I’m so glad that you like it. The feature tiles were a crack up. Thank you also for sharing on FB. x

  12. Leanne Anderson @GetawayGuru
    October 29, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Gorgeous – I love the before and afters. And if you can have fun in the loo with wallpaper – well where can you have fun! And very classy bath – well done GT!

    • Vicki
      October 30, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks Leanne. GT did well didn’t he with the bath and I’m loving the wallpaper, makes me smile every time I see it!

  13. Krissy @ Pretty Wee Things
    October 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Oh your bathroom is BEAUTIFUL! So stunning, a bathroom that makes you want to get ready all day. I did have a chuckle at the ceiling fan dial position. I mean seriously…I am guessing the builder didn’t have small children.

    • Vicki
      October 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you Krissy, I’m really pleased with how it all turned out. The ceiling fan is hilarious, I bet this house has some stories to tell!

  14. Lisa
    October 31, 2015 at 6:52 am

    The wall paper in the toilet is perfection! Love the floors too <3

    • Vicki
      October 31, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks so much, we are so lucky with the floors.

  15. Maxabella
    November 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    The ceiling fan control is THERE??? WTF???

    I can’t believe you’ve already done the loo and bathroom and you’ve only been there for a month! I’ve been working up to a home reno for about 7 years now. For shame.

    Incidentally – I wonder if the world is divided into toilet readers and loathers? x

    • Vicki
      November 3, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Every day I’m discovering different quirks about this house, lots of character shall we say, hilarious. I’m moving at lightening speed because we may only be here for 3 years so I want it done so we can enjoy it plus I can’t unpack all our boxes until it’s done too. That is such a good question about toilet readers and loathers – I did put my daughters sight words up on the toilet wall in the old house as it was the one spot she sat still!

  16. Nikki
    November 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Love you toilet and bathroom makeover. That’s some series improvement. Great job!

    • Vicki
      November 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much, it’s a bit of fun for a toilet!

  17. Zoe | A Quirky Bird
    November 6, 2015 at 4:25 am

    That fan dial was crazy, as were the feature tiles. I love the wall paper too. Zoe xx

    • Vicki
      November 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks Zoe. we keep finding lots of “quirks” about this house!

  18. Jo @ You had us at hello
    November 6, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Oh I looooooove a good home reno!! And your toilet – does is sound weird to say it looks so inviting! bahaha! I’d feel a little excited to use that – I too watch too many home reno shows. Love the new bath and the light! You clever lady!! I just love it!! I can well imagine the weird wiring. We lived in an old farm house for years that was some parts old, and bits and pieces new. Only 1 single wardrobe for all 4 of us, no insulation in the walls. So when we built our place we have soooo much storage. It’s all full of course! Looking forward to more pics – that wall paper is divine V xx

    • Vicki
      November 9, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks lovely, it’s a bit of fun. I can picture your old farm house. We had some weirdness in the wardrobes here when we moved in too, ripped them all out and redid them (was a priority as we have too much stuff!).

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