Before & After: Perfecting a Pine Bathroom

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Suyin’s bathroom was very, very ’70s. While the pampas/avocado fixtures, combined with the pine wood, gave the space a dated look, Suyin’s design acumen (plus some sanding and oiling) helped the pine jump into present day to help create a warm and modern space.

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From Suyin: When we bought our fixer-upper house in South West London, we knew that the bathroom would need to be the first room we tackled. It was original to the house (built in 1973) and had pampas green fixtures, sticky varnished pine cladding and, crucially, no shower!

After a few too many months of research, planning and back-and-forth over whether to keep or ditch the pine, we finally took the plunge and started on the demolition ourselves. We pulled out the retro fixtures and were happy to find it a new home at, where it might have a chance at a second life. We did then hand things over to a bathroom fitter, who took care of moving all the services around, rebuilding a wall, installing underfloor heating — oh, and sanding back and tung oiling all that pine. Sorry Norbert!

We’re delighted with the finished product, and so glad we decided to keep the pine in the end. The characterful grain is a real pleasure to stare at whilst you’re in the shower!


Mirror – Next Home
Towel Rail – JIS Newick
Sink – Ideal Standard Strada
Sideboard – Swoon Editions Scott
Brassware – Crosswater Mike Pro
Floor Tiles – Fired Earth Geometric Hexagon
Wall Tiles – Walls and Floors Metro Smooth
Bath – Carron Quantum Duo
Bath Screen (folded back flat against the wall) – Roman Embrace
Toilet – Victoria Plum Mode Arte

Thank you, Suyin!