Time Capsule Cupboards, Secret Doors and Timey-wimey Blue

Next weekend I have my dad coming to help me fit a new bath and sink- so I had to very quickly figure out what size bath I could fit in my super skinny bathroom, and prepare the bathroom as much as I can in advance by gutting it.

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In the end I went for a 140cmx140cm corner bath- Corner baths are not very in vogue right now but I think it will open up the space a lot more.

I then had to figure out what the hell I was going to do for a sink. After searching through all of ebay for a corner sink, I found myself coming back to the ones that had a cupboard built in. Though all the ones I found were boring and white and £100+, and I wanted something a bit more interesting.

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I found a furniture charity shop (5 minutes walk from my house!) and they had one of the tall corner cabinets for £15. Brilliant!

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(I also found this chair for £10. Yessss, gooood)

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I’m not a big fan of round/countertop sinks because of the lack of storage space around them, but if I have a cupboard around it and a shelf above at least I’ll have somewhere to put a tooth brush.

Then came the math as I attempted to figure out what size sink could even go on the cabinet. I did the math BEFORE I bought the cabinet, it just makes better narrative sense to show you it this way around.

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A base cabinet and a medicine cabinet in one!

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The taps arrive and it’s all very exciting. I love internet presents from myself.

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The bath taps and the sink roughly match- CLOSE ENOUGH.

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Here’s my super professional template of the sink. I think I’ll have to put the tap on a shelf above it to give it the best room, but it gives you an idea!

Finding the right sized sink was an ebay mission. My search history looked something like this:

counter top sink
30cm counter top sink
300mm counter top sink
31cm counter top sink
310mm counter top sink

Eventually I found a 32cm wide bowl sink- the theory being that it will look like a wash basin for your victorian morning ablutions.

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It arrives and it’s perfect! A bit small but better to have too small than too large.

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The cabinet is a recreation covered mdf THING, so I knew I was going to have to paint it. B&Q are having their bank holiday sale right now so I bought some paint for the rest of the house too, as well as some white spirit because euuurrrg oil based paint. I wanted to use chalk paint but there were no blues that I liked and I have a personal vendetta against light blue in bathrooms.


I decided on a dark blue for the bathroom because I have a lot of navy blue and grey towels, and remember my colour palette?

Blue it is!

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Prepping for painting!

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I think the last owner was a smoker, judging from the smell and the colour of the water. Mmmmm

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Uhhhhh, that’s a lot more blue than I thought it would be.

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Ah well, too late now! I’m of the opinion that you should just let yourself make decorating mistakes and learn to love them or do something about it. So on it goes!

(Cheers for the masking leafletts B&Q)

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At this point I was like ‘hmmmm what does this blue remind me of?’


Whoops! Take note Dr Who fans- Dulux Oxford blue is perfect TARDIS gloss paint.

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Hopefully this cabinet will actually be bigger on the inside…

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First coat done, paintbrush gets chucked into a bag in the fridge. I think paintbrushes are in the ‘Misc’ food group.

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The dawn of a new day and a new coat to be done! The backs don’t have to be perfect so they both go on their side for the final coat. I tend to do a very thin coat of gloss and a dry brush over when done to catch any drips.

While the paint dries I start work on gutting the existing bathroom.

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This cupboard used to house the water tank- you can see along the top it was once a victorian wardrobe of some sort that was converted during the extension.

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I find some vintage tiles that I’m not particularly excited about.

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Original boards under the tiles?

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These are the old gas lead pipes that run all the way through the upstairs. Fortunately for me none of the pipework will block the bath size I’ve chosen. If I’d gone with the walk in shower I’d originally planned I would of had to cancel and start again so… yay!

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Free pencil!

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Random wiring! Turns out this ran from the switch outside, through the cupboard, under the wall and into the BEDROOM. I was dismantling this while the electricians were rewiring the upstairs and this made them chuckle.

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I should make a point to say that by this point I’d been in the bathroom for over an hour tearing this bastard down. You can see all the gubbins in the bath- the result of the same cupboard being built on by several generations of home owners!

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Levering this off was a nightmare- turns out original wardrobes are actually built INTO the walls.

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Pulling out the last of it pulled off a bunch of plaster and began to reveal what appears to be a SECRET DOOR. The electrician is with me at this point like ‘what the hell’ and starts helping me get the mdf off.

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I rush to the other side and pull the panel off what I thought was a stud wall.

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At this point I’m super happy because I’ve always wanted find a secret door but with none of the awful creepy things that could be behind one. I officially have a door in my house that goes to nowhere.

Our theory is that when they extended the house they took the original door off the hallway and just used it to make the bathroom wall. I’m totally going to keep it to confuse visitors who dare to use my bathroom. It’s already tricked Christian!

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So uh, this is the only access to the attic above the bathroom. I think this house has been extended at least twice as each section of roof has a dividing wall. The poor electrician had to go up in this which is only a foot or so worth of space to sort the bathroom light out.

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While the bathroom is covered in secret door dust the electrician thinks it’s the best time to fit the extractor fan. This was amazing to watch- it took just under an hour to slowly get through the two layers of brick. You can see the little cloud of dust he’s making.

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This hole is going to stop the mould!

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…but the damn thing also got brick dust EVERYWHERE.

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Even on the tooth brush I forgot to take out of the bathroom. 😦

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It’s okay, I’ve been meaning to strip the super gross carpet anyway.

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MMMMMmmm lino tiles.

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There’s only so much I can do with the bathroom floor until my Dad comes to help do the bath so a quick mop will have to do for now.

The electrician is done with the bathroom now, but turns out the light I picked takes weird size bulbs, so this is my super romantic totally safe bathroom light until the right ones arrive.

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Goodnight weird bathroom with your secret door. Don’t let the space time continuum bite.


6 thoughts on “Time Capsule Cupboards, Secret Doors and Timey-wimey Blue

  1. The Secret Door is probably a leftover from the house having the toilet and bathroom seperate and they just boarded over it when they knocked the two rooms into a modern combi bathroom.

    Looking good!


    • Oh no- you can see exactly the thought that went into it! The bathroom used to be a bedroom, then when the house was extended it was converted into a bathroom and a corridor. What used to be the bedroom door was taken off and they decided it would be cheaper to just use the door as a stud wall because WHY NOT. XD


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