I’m really itching to have enough free time to tackle one of my large home projects (like the dining room that I mentioned here), but woe is me, that’s not happening as soon as I’d like. Instead of whining about it (any more), I’m taking other action: the Bathroom!!! It’s a tiny little thing and it’s our only bathroom (unless you count the lone toilet in the basement).
Here’s what it looks like today:
The only things I added were the off-centered shelf (its centered above the toilet but still looks weird) a shower curtain, and baskets to organize our linen shelves. After living with it this way for over a year, it needs a little bit of love. Not a lot of love, just a little bit. Naturally, the first place I go to for ideas is Pinterest.
Our current medicine cabinet is a cheap warehouse store basic and it has a mind of its own. Seriously. It will spontaneously spit the shelves out and cause an avalanche without notice. If I actually liked the look of it, I would permanently affix the shelves, but now it gives me a good
excuse reason why we need to replace it. I love the look of wall-mounted mirrors sans medicine cabinet, but in this house, we need all the storage we can get. Opening up the 112 year old wall to try and recess a cabinet would undoubtedly open a can of worms that I don’t feeling like dealing with, so surface mounted it is!
Here are the contenders.
- #1- we have no way to touch up the holes and blemishes left by the previous homeowner. That’s actually why I haven’t bothered to fix the shelf placement- I can’t touch up the wall behind it, so for now, it will cover up the issues.
- Problem #2 is the paint itself. Not the color, but the actual paint. Now, I know that bathrooms get steamy and condensation will inevitably run down the walls. I get that. This seems to be an extreme case. Even when the walls are dry, it looks like we’re in a horror movie with blood dripping down the walls (the burnt orange color just enhances this effect). Pleasant picture, right? I tried to photograph it, but there’s not enough natural light in there for a good pic with my crappy camera and the flash didn’t show the dripping- trust me, though, it’s there, its visible, and it bugs me to no end. The only way to clean it is to attack the walls with a magic eraser, but then the drips are right back after the first shower. It’s a losing battle. I plan to get quality bathroom paint so this doesn’t happen again.
….and of course I’m changing the color. I’m thinking a dramatic dark silvery-gray-graphite.
After I repaint and hang a new medicine cabinet, like every other room in our house, it needs some serious styling.
My plan is to bang this project out in a weekend and with a budget of $200. Instant gratification room make-over- my favorite kind. My other planned make-overs won’t be nearly as quick and easy, so I should savor this one.