Re-Establishing A Downstairs Toilet In Our Victorian Home

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Come & Have A Peek .. It’s Finally Finished .. We Now Have A Fully Functioning Downstairs Toilet

Once over, there was a loo in here {photo below.} This will always have been a toilet but just back in the day at the beginning of the 1900s it would’ve been outside. At some point it came inside when the house was extended out over. This extension formed what we were told in the description when we bought the house almost 3 years ago, a utility room. There was however, nothing utilitarian about it. It was just a cold, dark, drab shell that had been used for storage.

Looking at the following photos I really do applaud Mr B as he has worked so hard to transform and re-establish this tiny space into a gorgeous toilet. We hadn’t realised how much we missed having one downstairs until we had the first flush a couple of weeks ago!

As well as re-establishing the toilet we’ve also transformed the utility room … more on that in another post soon.


For the first two years of living here we had simply cleaned the ‘cupboard’ out. Lovingly, referred to as the ‘the spider cupboard’, we too, used it for storage. That all changed at the beginning of 2018 when it became this year’s main home project along with the utility room.

First job that had to be done before we could even consider if we could re-establish a toilet in there was to check that the old drains were still fully functional. Luckily, they were.

The only thing we kept was the sink which we decided we would try and clean up and add new fittings. This  picture was just before Mr B took it off the wall.


We { the royal we that is ๐Ÿ˜‰ } re-mortared and replaced bricks and filled in a small window.


Another close up of what we had to work with.


Levelling the floor and the damp proofing and adding Kingspan into the roof for insulation.

You can now see here where the toilet is eventually going to sit.


His plans for the pipes ready for the plumber.

At this stage Mr B had done everything himself as well as simultaneously working on the utility room.


Then the plaster board went in ready for the plasterer.


Waiting for the plaster to dry out but the tiles are down, toilet fitted and sink back in.


The door had to come off. Being so old it needed lots of TLC to get it back looking good ready for it’s Farrow and Ball  paint job.

The door wreath is a couple of years old but think it works well against the colour of the paint.


I had the bright idea of using one of the tiles as a splash back. One of those brainwaves I had and it really works I think, don’t you?

We had to replace everything on the sink apart from the taps but that’s cool because they are the most expensive part usually. All they needed was a good bit of elbow grease. We did have to buy 1901 Bristan hot and cold indices for them which were really tricky to fit. They were from eBay.


We spent a lot of time choosing the tiles. I think everyone does. It’s a pretty big deal. After all, they are usually one of the most expensive parts of a project. Walls & Floors often run good offers though and have a fabulous range. We wanted something traditional in fitting with the theme and the age of the house. These Scintilla tiles look authentic and have a  used finish which is the look we were going for {details at the bottom of the post}.


And here it is ….

We are super pleased with the completed project. It’s a tiny space .. only 4.5″ x 3″ so we think we have really used it well. No doubt it will have now added value to the house. We doubt we will ever move again but never say never. Best thing is we now have a downstairs toilet. When you have always been used to having one you can’t imagine not having one.

We love the end result of the wall colour. The paint was chosen  purely by chance  when we were in B&Q looking for something else. I just spotted it and thought that’s the shade … nice and dark. It’s a gorgeous, chalky finish and just as good as many of the  more premium brands we’ve used around the house so far.

I swooped in and did the easy bit … adding all the finishing touches. Particularly love my ‘shit’ print!! I thought it was apt but  my mother-in-law thinks I’m crude having such a  quote up in the loo but I do love a good talking point. It definitely makes one every time I’ve showed someone around.


For such a small room there was an awful lot to do and various things to be bought from a far few places. Here’s some if you are interested:

Traditional Low Level Toilet – Dulwich with black wooden soft close seat – Victoria Plumb

Tiles – Scintilla tiles in sapphire from Walls and Floors

Paint – Walls – Premium Matt from B&Q in Deep Blue Sea

Paint – Door – Farrow & Ball Railings Estate Eggshell

Chrome sink fittings – Screwfix

Spotlight above the door – Iconic Lights {not seen}

Faux plant – Next

Silver basket used as plant pot – Next

Storage basket – Next

‘Let That Shit Go’ print– Kinship on Etsy {gift} I bought  black frame from Next

Glazed Raspberry Reed Diffuser – I Love Cosmetics {gift}

I’ve listed as many purchases as I can remember that have gone into this project. There were more bits and pieces and not forgetting when we did need  tradesmen. We estimated it probably came in at approximately £1,000 but this is down to the fact that Mr B did as much of the work as he could himself. It does help to have a DIY hero at hand when you have a house to do up.

I’ll be writing about the other half of this project {the utility room} very soon.

In the meantime we’re really happy with the end result.

I have now and it’s here:

How We Created A Utility Room In Our Victorian Semi


Sharon xo



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  1. October 14, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    I have a loo under the stairs downstairs- Harry Potter Room! ? It is tiny but it is so handy! I love it! ?

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      October 14, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Always brill to make the best of a small space. We never thought this would happen what with the old drains but so happy it worked out. Thanks, Linda xo

  2. October 14, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    I am so jealous – it looks wonderful, Gravel-guy is unbelievably crap at diy and tight with it. I can paint, I can wallpaper and stuff but I would LOVE someone who cares that the house is falling down around his flippin ears ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      October 15, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      It was part of our marriage contract, Juliet!! xo

      • October 15, 2018 / 6:29 pm

        why didn’t I think of that – oh yes I believe it was lust (long worn off), he used to wear a lab coat and do “important experiments” with a flume (basically a giant sand-pit) – yeah that ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
          October 24, 2018 / 7:05 pm

          Boys will be boys ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Victoria
    October 15, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    I agree with your MIL but love the look otherwise. The wall colour works really well with the tile.

    Have you thought of a small shelf? Because the cistern doesn’t have a flat top it looks a little unfinished to balance the room scent on top. I love the ones made from industrial plumbing pipe and it would look great in black or copper, with a scaffolding board type shelf.

    In my first house with a downstairs loo and do agree that it’s very useful.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      October 15, 2018 / 4:46 pm

      I like that it’s tongue in cheek, Victoria. She chuckled, so secretly I think she got the joke.

      I did think of a shelf but decided I wanted a clutter free look. I wouldn’t mix black or copper now I have chrome. I do like the industrial plumbing pipe look too but it wasn’t something I wanted for this project. We’ve always had a downstairs loo and knew as soon as we bought this house it was going to be on the to-do list.

      Thanks for stopping by xo

  4. October 17, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    I know, from Homes under the Hammer lol, that English houses often don’t have a toilet downstairs. You both made it a beautiful one, almost cosy! Haha

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      October 24, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      I’m so happy you love it, Nancy and that I gave you a tiny bit of inspiration xo

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