I seem to be spending most of my time lately playing catch-up – restocking stores and such. Translation? I’m still a bit in-between on new projects to share.
So I thought I’d continue the story of my fixer-upper house.
As some of you probably recall my house was built in 1940 and although it had a great floorplan it looked awful. I have been slowly (really slowly…glacial) trying to fix it up.
I started with the kitchen which was grim but you hadn’t seen bad till you saw the bathroom.
I only have two before pictures (I think I was just too grossed out).
Here is how it looked originally (this is how the SHOWED it! That’s not my stuff on the vanity. Clearly HGTV was not on their “favorite channels” list)
But you hadn’t seen not pretty until you looked at the shower:
Who wouldn’t feel clean using that?
As it turned out the shower just needed some very VERY intense scrubbing to become….. sort of liveable.
But it was impossible to shake what it looked like out of my mind and, no matter what, it always appeared dingy with its beigey/dirty white tile and dark maroon trim.
So I saved, and planned and finally undertook the actual remodel. I couldn’t change the layout much but I could upgrade all the parts.
So, once again, the before:And the after*
I got the vanity on super sale from the Restoration Hardware Outlet (they were switching over to their current Furniture-for-Giants/Did-Somebody-Die-Why-Is-Everything-Grey? style) and a scrap piece of marble from a local yard.I was going for simple and kinda timeless so the shower got some nice, white subway tile with built in niches as well as some glass tile stripes for accent. (they look great except that the ONE glass tile that is crooked is EXACTLY in front of me when I’m showering ).I mounted the wall cabinet my dad made many years ago for my NYC kitchen: and filled it with my childhood toys. Because, of course, what bathroom is complete without Matchbox cars, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a Russian Dictator Nesting Doll Set? (honest to god I have NO idea where that came from but it just cracks me up! When you take them all apart you get to a teeny-tiny Stalin. Awesome!)
I added beadboard up to the chair rail all the way around the room and a black and white hex tile for the floor. I need some kind of art or something for the wall above the tub (perhaps a badly spelled Donut Sign?) but haven’t managed to figure out what yet. It’s only been a few years – why rush?
All in all I’m really pleased with the room.
There is another super-tiny bathroom in the house that is up next for a makeover…and a pantry….and a front path….and a patio..and…and…and……
Have a great weekend everyone!
*I realize I probably should have done a little more “staging” for these photos but what was I gonna put? Flowers? Artfully displayed soaps? I can only go so far in my pretend-home-presentation…….I’m lucky if there are even clean towels within reach half the time let alone folded neatly on the vanity.
** Also, just to be clear I did none of this work myself except the painting. I designed and bought things but left it to the pros to install….(and fix the ENORMOUS hole that was found underneath the shower floor).