Continuing with the reveal theme I thought I would go with the downstairs cloakroom this week. I haven’t covered this room before because it was meant to be a cupboard… Originally we were going to try and squeeze a cloakroom in the utility room and leave this space which is in front of the front door as a big cupboard for Ed’s bike and lots of other stuff. But when we realised how big it was we rethought things and this is how it turned out.
We continued the parquet from the hall into the room as we felt it was a bit small to have a separate floor. We then continued it up the rear wall that conceals the WC cistern. We hadn’t planned on this however we had quite a bit left over, so it was the perfect use of it and it was sort of free. Ed also made a removable shelf up for the top out of some iroko that was also left over from the bench in the kitchen. It is lovely and deep, so is perfect for magazines – when I was a kid one of my friend’s mum kept all her old copies of vogue stacked up in their cloakroom. There were literally hundred of copies in there, so whilst my Elle Decoration collection pales in comparison their new home was defiantly inspired by my memories of that Vogue collection.
As well as left over parquet and iroko we used a few left over tiles from the kitchen to form the backsplash above the sink, as they were a perfect match for the Cole and Son Palm Jungle wallpaper, which you may recognise from the post I did when we were trying to decide on wallpaper for the guest bedroom. We originally discounted it for that room as we felt it might be a bit intense, but thought it would be perfect for this room – since you don’t spend much time in a cloakroom it is the perfect space to go a bit over the top with.
Of course no room in our house would be complete with out a vintage find or two and the mirror fits the bill perfectly. Originally from a dressing table, I picked it up at a great antiques shop in South Croydon called McNally’s for £35. The stock in the shop is a bit older than our usual style but is always interesting, so the shop is defiantly worth popping into if you are ever in the area.
We also have mirror doors above the toilet to conceal the boiler, which was already installed when we decided to use the room as a cloakroom, although realistically this is the best place for it. So that the doors fit the space perfectly, Ed made up bespoke MDF doors and then ordered custom cut mirror from a local glass merchant. We toyed with a few different finishes for these doors but opted for mirror as it is fairly durable and also makes the room feel bigger, even if it does make it difficult to photograph!
The teeny tiny sink is the Euro Mono cloakroom basin from Bathstore which was the narrowest sink we could find and whilst it is tiny, it is perfectly adequate to wash your hands in. The integrated towel rail is also really useful, although this does need to be purchased separately, along with a chrome bottle trap, slotted waste and tap. We also purchased the back to wall WC from Bathstore, however it has since been discontinued.
So there is the smallest room in our house! I am currently looking at buying a new camera, so may wait till that materializes before doing any more room reveals but in the meantime I would love to know what you think of theses articles?
I also have lots of other things ready to write about, so there will still be plenty to come back for.