Wednesday, January 9, 2013


To the bathroom!

I didn't take true before photos because I'm a bad blogger.

BUT?  Here is a photo after a coat of primer is on the trim.

Helloooooo 1989!

There used to be a wood blind with black ladder tape. I think that was one of mine and Zuddy's many early marital disagreements because I spent $200 on a bathroom blind and that was a lot of money for us back then.....actually, it still kind of is.  But I know better now.  I'm going to go to Lowe's and get some bamboo shades this time.  I got some for the kitchen and I love them! Plus, did you know that you can get them cut to order?  That saves a lot of money for us because all of our windows are special-order sizes. 

A word about this room....we are dying to gut it, but we don't have another bathroom and neither of us can imagine having it under construction without a backup bathroom.  And given our track record of finishing our home projects.......let's just say it:  we aren't Young House Love over here. So.....facelift it is.  But it's kind of like putting lipstick on a pig because of the walls.  You see, the previous owner did a DIY stucco job.  We once had a drywall guy working on our attic bedroom and he very accurately said that it looked like he gave his 5 year old a quarter to stucco our bathroom for us.  Here's a photo where you can kind of see it:

So this is my latest project. I started it in October and then had to start my part time job, so It's waiting for me to finish it.  Here's what I have left to do: 
  • Prime and paint the vanity (deep Navy blue, I think).
  • Prime and paint the medicine cabinet (Behr Swiss Coffee, like the trim)
  • Paint the walls (Valspar Sesame, like the walls in the hallway)
  • New bamboo roman shades.
  • New cabinet hardware (not sure what yet)
  • New shower curtain....something plain.
  • More plain white towels....I've been getting them at Sam's Club.
I think the hardest part of this job is the fact that I need a pretty large chunk of time to get the vanity and medicine cabinet painted.  Plus?  I need to take it apart and put it back together after a couple of hours of drying because we use it daily.  It's going to take a bit of time.  I'm going to buy a new can of primer tomorrow and get to it!  Wish me luck!    


Kim @ Vintage Pretties said...

OOoooo, I love facelifts (of the house variety, not human variety). I think that I actually like them better than seeing complete redos, because, let's face it, anyone can make a room look good with $10K plus, you know? But, a good facelift that looks good & is cheap is really impressive.

Martha said...

Ugh...I forgot to put in my list that the door needs painting. We are going to have to hang a curtain in the doorway. Not cool.

Jill Eldring said...

We were at the Container Store last weekend, love that place. Can't wait to see what happens with the bathroom, face lifts are SO fun!

We have more money than time lately, I really hope that we get a chance to get some of our projects done, we already have bought the paint for our master bedroom and the upstairs hallway, now we just need to get it DONE!

Thirkellgirl said...

We redid our one and only bathroom (we do have a half-bath that we call The Cat's Room, in the basement) a few years ago. I started knocking tile off the walls on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and we were planning to have it ready to be tiled by the Monday after Thanksgiving. We didn't replace the tub. We did replace the toilet and vanity (we had to keep taking them back to Home Depot because we'd get them home and they were damaged, and we were renting or borrowing trucks each time). We (Mr. Thirkell) gutted it and we tiptoed around on the subfloor on the floor all weekend. On Thanksgiving Friday he hit electric with the sawzall. On Thanksgiving Sunday we realized they didn't make the replacement thingy we needed for the shower fixture that was about to be tiled over. It took 3 weeks, total, and it was a huge pain. Take your daughter away and let Zuddy do it while you're gone. He can pee off the back steps and wash in a bucket.

Cutzi said...

Can you link the shades you're getting?

ZUDDY said...