If I have ever given you a tour of our house, you might have noticed me wince when it comes to this particular bathroom. This eyesore is one out of two bathrooms that we left untouched when we moved into our home. With plans to update this second floor bath (and one day our master bath), I am hoping this post will
encourage , ok maybe push Mike and I to start dealing with this project sooner rather than later 🙂
Dark, drabby, dated, dreary are just some of the “D” words I like to use when describing this bathroom. And to be perfectly honest, my camera makes it look a whole lot better than what it is. This bathroom has poor overhead lighting, it lacks a window with natural light and most importantly someone had made a poor choice in colours (please people, do not put orange tile, peach walls and red floors together, it does not look nice).
What’s the plan, you ask? Well to turning blah into beautiful, of course (and that’s all I got so far:) Hopefully with Mike’s plumbing skills and my eye for design, we can update this bathroom to look brighter, fresher and happier.
Stay tuned as future husband and wife tackle this dreadful bathroom!
Now is that bathroom remodeling project completed yet? That project is next on our list..probably a winter or spring project. It’s only so much one can do with such a small space, like yours and mine. We don’t use the bathtub and the tile in there is in very good condition but the 1977’s accordian style shower door(yes, I said accordian style)was ripped to shreds when we contracted to buy the house, tried to get the previous owner to replace it but he refused, so we offered him less money but the metal frame is still screwed into the tile. If we remove that frame, there will be damage to the row of tiles that we’d have to replace. It’s a cast iron bathtub but in very good condition considering it’s it was installed in 1977..Am not about to tackle it’s removal when its in such good condition. We have a pretty shower curtain up in that bathroom now. If anybody was visting and peeked behind the shower curtain, they would see my cleaning lady’s cleaning supplies! Evidently the previous owner had wallpaper on the walls as you can see some of it that was not stripped off by” fly by night” house painters hired to paint the entire house preparing it for sale. Old carpet ripped up and cheap carpet installed before house was place on the market. We’ve been here 8 years now and the cheap carpet is starting to show a lot of wear so we are thinking ahead and hoping it will be able to take the professional carpet cleaning process a few more years. Thinking about hardwood flooring when the carpet is replaced. That’s a few years off now. The one thing I really like about both of our bathrooms are the sky lights. Love them! Takes the place of windows I guess. We’ve replaced the toilet last year so all is needed replacing is medicine cabinet and vanity and mirror. I’m hoping that the existing mirror can stay after the installation of new vanity and bowl and fixtures. If it can be, I plan to frame it with molding like I’ve seen on various decorating blogs. Looks pretty simple and I’m sure my home improvement/painter/handyman can do it but I’d like to try it as I have a compound mitre saw in the garage that is just sitting there not being used. My husband could teach me how to use it.
Depending on how much money you want to spend right away, I think your bathroom could be saved without a lot of expense. Start with changing the wall color. Maybe replace the floor tile? No window..if you paint the walls a light even white color, that would make it feel lighter in that room. Give that vanity a coat of paint(maybe Anne Sloan’s white paint?) Frame up that builder’s grade mirror with white molding. What color is that countertop? Maybe that is an inexpensive thing to replace? I’ve seen on one of these decorating blogs and I don’t recall which one that the home owners had their wall tile sprayed by a professional and it came out beautiful. Guess in your situation, you and hubby have to decide what is the least expensive item to replace and take in the labor cost. If you or your husband are handy and can do the work yourselves or with help of a friend or relative that knows how to do it , you could save not only money but labor time and expense. Ever consider installing a sky light in that bathroom. It sure gives a bathroom without a window a lot of light even on a moon lit night! I love our sky lights; they were here when we moved in and when the community put all new roofs on 2 years ago, the workers replaced the sky lights as part of that roofing job. Much more light now then before. Guess it must be a different type of glass.
Good Luck with your bathroom remodeling project. Can’t wait for you to post the changes and finished product! I’m sure it will be beautiful..
Congrats on your marriage!
Thanks Betty! You are pretty much spot on with what I am doing!