• Olivia Prentis

Our Victorian Bathroom re-vamp

Updated: Nov 19, 2019

Hello! I put together this postprentisdesign article giving you an insight in to a recent bathroom renovation I did at home. It begins with some before images, talks you through the up styling process and then reveals the big finish!


When painting the house we repainted every wall, apart from, the pale green colour you can see under the dado rail here. I felt it was a calm, soft colour and we highlighted it by painting the rest of the room Farrow and Ball Dimity. Over time we added the RHS annual commemorative Chelsea Flower Show plates to the wall, as well as buying plants and accessories for around the bathtub.


With detailed styling and staging in place long before we painted the bath tub, the room was still a lovely and inviting space, but it didn't feel complete with the bath tub being plane white.


So, after living with a white acrylic roll top for a year and a half, I felt it was time for a revamp and after seeing some gorgeous roll top renovations on Instagram from @oxforone, @threeboysandapinkbath and @houseofbeau I decided it was time to re-paint the bath, but what colour was it going to be?


Little Greene Company's National Trust Collection captured my eye in our local Leyland

paint store, not only for it's huge range of gorgeous colours, but they also donate £25,000 per year to the National Trust to help care for our environment. The whole range is captured here and it was colours Puck (298) and Goblin (311) which I narrowed it down to.



I then researched the best primers to use and was told Zinsser Bullseye 123 was the one I needed, along with dust sheets, old tea towels, a roller, paint tray and fine sandpaper. During application, the primer did run quite a lot, even though it has been stirred very well, but once dry I simply sanded the bumps away using Annie Sloane sanding pads.




I then collected the sample pots from my local Leyland paint store and proceeded to paint each colour on to 6 x A4 sheets of paper, letting them dry overnight, ready to get stuck on to the bath the next day.




The next morning I then covered one half in the bath in Puck (seen on the right below) coloured paper and the other in Goblin (seen on the left below) coloured paper to help decide what the colour would look like in situ, followed by a little styling.


After deciding that Goblin felt a little flat when in situ, as well as doing an Instagram Poll, Puck was the overall winner and it was time to get the dusts sheets down and paintbrushes out!



Three coats later the task was complete and the paint was completely dry by the next day. Time to re-style the bathroom and enjoy the luscious new green roll top bath! Watch the video below to see the styling from start to finish.







The whole room is made up of a mixture of antiques and artefacts. The little glass bottles on the window sell were found on eBay UK and from Recelectic Interiors. The plants all came from Wheelers on Turnham Green Terrace, W4. The bathmat and hand towel from Portugal and the plates are annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show commemorative plates. Soaps and bottles are collected from all over and the plant pots were gifts. It is one of my favourite spaces in our home and the luscious green still brings a smile to my face every day.




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