Bet ya’ll thought I was going to pull the ol’ ‘disappear-for-a-year-then-blog-for-the-ORC-then-disappear’ act again?
I wouldn’t blame you.
I admit, I did take a few weeks off from house remodeling to recover from the fall one room challenge. I read some books, went to the gym again, slept. Normal activities that don’t require respirators and chemicals.
On one of those mornings, I glanced into my tiny little 5’x10′ bathroom and decided I needed a change.
I had painted the tan tile black, and that was a few years ago. It’s held up basically as well as paint in a bathroom can hold up? Which is to say, that it’s peeling in chunks and looks pretty badly at this point.
So, then I thought of just updating the tile. Which, of course, transitioned to a plan to gut the whole bathroom within minutes.
One of my biggest points of contention with the tiny room of plumbing, is the so called ‘bath tub’. When the bathroom was remodeled before we purchased the house, they put in this stupidly shallow drop in tub.
I did the only logical thing to be done: went on craigslist.
It’s been a little while on a bathroom update. I started using it as a bathroom again, and kind of forgot that I painted it.
I got the EITI rug in the mail a few weeks ago. It’s so bright and colorful, I think it definitely helps with the black and white paint theme.
The new light was put in, I’m still on the fence about it, and might move it to the hallway, but I like it better than the old one.
New hooks, painted hot pink, because… hot pink.
I was looking at my newly painted hooks when my husband came in the room, and I was like “do these look like..” and he was all matter of fact “drunk fighting octopus. Yeah, everyone on the internet knows about it.”
So, there’s that.
I hung up some beautiful paintings that I got from India, which feels like a lifetime ago.
I still need to actually put stuff back in the bathroom (you see my shelves? Doesn’t it looks like I had a professional stylist up in here?), hang up the other frames, and my DIY shower rod, and find another mirror. I was banned from craigslist for the whole of last month, by my husband, after the ugly chair incident. I complied, mostly because I am still heart broken about the $20 perfect mirror that got away. Shh, don’t tell him that.
All in all, I like the changes visually, but I am still dreaming and planning for a full bathroom remodel that includes knocking out a wall and a nice big bathtub.
Also, I need to start writing up about the actual painting of the bathroom. It was prep, prep and then prep on top of the prep. And definitely some failures to share.
I had a cold this weekend, so I didn’t get much done. I did, however, paint the sink cabinet. The Ikea GODMORGON/ ODENSVIK sink cabinet (in black-brown) was installed by the previous house owners. I like the drawers underneath, because apparently I am vain and have a shitload of products. However, after I painted the floors black, the brown-black color was too heavy and dark.
I chose to paint it Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green. There isn’t a local Farrow & Ball distributor in Minneapolis, so I had a tiny sample color matched at Home Depot and used that.
First, I removed the existing hardware (so I could use the most glorious knobs, instead!) and filled the holes in with wood filler. After that dried overnight (that’s just how things timed out, you don’t have to wait that long), I sanded them smooth, wiped everything down with liquid sander/deglosser, waited 10 minutes. Since I had a can of Zinnser BIN primer less than 5 feet from me, I used that. Although it’s tinted gray, it didn’t seem to affect the top coat color. One coat of that, and two of the Teresa’s green. You can still see the “wood grain” underneath the paint, which I don’t mind at all.
I drilled new holes and installed the new knobs.
The color matched sample of the Teresa’s Green is much lighter than the Farrow & Ball color swatch, in person it’s lighter and leans closer to Pale Powder. It’s not EXACTLY what I envisioned, and I’ll probably paint it again, but it served it’s purpose of lightening up the space, and cost less than $3!
I am still on the hunt for the perfect mirror, and looking for a new bathmat with some color, and waiting for my new light, but things are happening. Maybe. Kinda.
Today marked the beginning of Project De-Basic-ify the bathroom. It wasn’t going to be, but that’s how most of my projects start, during coffee.
There’s nothing WRONG with the bathroom, exactly. It’s just so BASIC. I mean, it functions. It has a sink, a toilet, and a short shallow bathtub/shower. But, it’s beige.
The remodel was done right before we purchased the house, and like with all the other renovations, it’s not very well done. I’m curious as to how it originally looked, since it’s so small and narrow. I’m also annoyed that they removed the cast iron tub, that had to have been original to the house. Assholes.
A full bathroom remodel is on the list, including expanding and a nice big claw foot tub. Funds and emotional energy for a full bathroom remodel are necessary for that.
Back to today. So, while my daughter was out with her grandpa, my husband went for a run, and I was drinking coffee and was going to clean the bathroom.
I learned a couple of things:
I don’t like cleaning
My bathroom was really dirty
White grout doesn’t belong in my bathroom
See No. 1
What started as cleaning the bathroom, turned into disassembling and packing pretty much everything in the bathroom and scrubbing that room to an inch of its grubby little life. Then, painting the walls.
My husband came home to an empty bathroom, and me looking guilty with a roller in my hands. All I get these days is an eyebrow raise, and a slow shake of the head.
The color I used is Clark + Kensington Casa Blanca. I had a can of it, so I decided to try it. I only got one coat on the walls, and it still looks pretty splotchy, but much improved to the tan that it went on top of. Downside, the brown tile, looks so much more brown now. I have a semi-plan for that, though. Let’s face it, all of my plans are semi-plans.
Here is where it’s at today:
Since this seems to have started, I went ahead and ordered this light fixture and started working on this: