I’ve talked about our downstairs bathroom before, but last night I had a super not-even-remotely-a-secret meeting with my aunt about it. She offered ever so sweetly to help me rehab the bathroom as my Christmas present. She has insane amounts of experience with this stuff. She and her siblings are basically gutting and redoing an entire house for their parents. They added a second floor all on their own! So yeah, I’m gonna take the help.
She has some great ideas and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for me. I was too afraid to tackle that vanity top, but she says it’s out of here!
I showed her the towels and hardware I bought for my little plan so those will be the springboard for the design. She is the kind of person who can envision a room and execute it perfectly. Actually, all my aunts are that talented. I’m a very lucky neice. So stay tuned for the revision of my bathroom plans!
After the painting is complete (full pics up soon), we will be taking charge of the bathroom on the first floor. When we first moved in, it was the only bathroom in the house that was completely functional despite it’s lack of visual appeal. Once our other 2 bathrooms were serviceable, meaning both the showers and both the toilets worked, we finally took it upon ourselves to get down to business (pun intended) in the downstairs baño. It’s the bathroom people use when we have guests over so I’d like it to be nice. I don’t want my friends and family wondering if they should get a tetanus booster after leaving my house. Right now it’s kind of rough in there.
In a fit of productivity, my sister went crazy on the wallpaper. It was a 40 year old, grimy floral print that just needed to go. The reoccuring issue with this house is that no one thought to put primer under the wallpaper. They just stuck it right on the drywall. The adhesive bonded the wallpaper to the paper front of the drywall so when the wallpaper came down so did the front of the drywall. MAJOR PROBLEM. We had a few choices:
Replace the drywall
Hire someone to skim coat the walls
Attempt refinishing the walls ourselves
We went ahead and have been refinishing the walls ourselves. Please note this is not something you should try without doing a lot of research before. I am going to be completely honest and tell you that I was way too impatient not to do this my way. We picked up some DAP spackle that specifically says not to use it for skim coating. Once again, I’m incredibly independent/foolhardy. My sister spackled and sanded, then covered the walls with bonding primer. Then she repeated those steps. I’m going to repeat them tonight to finish it off. The walls are definitely improved. She did a great job of fixing the difference in thickness between the areas where the wallpaper ripped the drywall and the rest of the wall.
The walls are nearly completely smooth. I think they just need one more once over.
In preparation of having a bathroom I can be proud of, I also painted the gold mirror frame to freshen it up. What color? You shall see.
Our Bathroom Redo Checklist
Paint mirror frame
Buy new hardware
Install new faucet
Replace toilet seat
Create/buy bathroom art
After painting the mirror frame, I also painted the cabinet with some paint we had left over from the basement (Bone Folder by Martha Stewart) and sealed it for wipeability. The cabinet was a dark brown and it wasn’t working for me. I like bathrooms to be light and fun. I know you saw the sink. It’s hard to miss. I don’t think it’s in the budget to replace it right now and I’m not sure about using countertop paint on it so it’s staying – for now. I also bought some new hardware for the cabinets. I could not take the weird distressed brass/gold thing going on in there so brushed nickel it is! My aunt is going to show me the tiling ropes so hopefully we can pull this bathroom into modern times together.
Do you have any major projects on your agenda? Think I can tackle this?
In the continuous effort to bring my 1970’s townhome into the 20th century, I started to change the electrical outlets and lightswitches.
Here is a pretty shotty photo to compare what we had to what we will soon have.
I can’t tell if that bottom color was intentional or nicotine induced. Either way it has to go. Electrical work is far outside my field of expertise, but with some online and some offline advice and instruction I installed a working lightswitch! I’m feeling pretty great right now despite the fact I know this isn’t really all that hard. To me, it is an accomplishment.