the reason for the reno started out innocently enough. a little munchkin who shall remain unnamed peeled a corner of the wallpaper off the wall. i would not have minded gluing it back in place, but the piece was found in tattered little shreds at the base of the toilet. the process was a strange one. our intention was to simply put some beadboard panelling, repaint the upper portion of the wall with some leftover paint from a closet project, and call it a day. well, 3 weeks later, we ended up with a completely gutted bathroom, with new fixtures, lighting, toilet and sink. in our defense, we did use the leftover paint and we did stick to beadboard panelling. but beyond that, well one thing lead to another… i must try and remember to get good photos before i start something. this one was taken part way through the re-do:
you can see where the sink was taken out to prep for the beadboard panelling. also make note of the flooring, that changed a little bit too. more about that later. the toilet had to be replaced because the panelling added about 1/8″ of an extra inch to the wall, so that the old toilet would not fit over the existing drain hole. it was either move the hole (hahaha!), or purchase a new toilet. luckily, toilets were on sale, we got a dual-flush water efficient low-profile model, towards which our town is giving a $75 rebate. when we were taking apart the lights and the bathroom faucet, both were corroded to the point where they could not be rethreaded in place properly. the previous owner had used GLUE to hold the bolt on the lighting fixture in place, and the faucet was rusty and took a good part of the day to remove from the sink. we donated the old sink and toilet to a couple of very happy people through freecycle. and well, i’ll let you look at the final photos. i’m really happy with how it all came together. my favourite part might be this vent cover (i know, i know, who gets excited about vent covers? i do):
which reminds me. the flooring. you could see in one of the before photos above that the floor was a yellowish cream ceramic tile. instead of replacing it, we painted over it and so far, it has held up fairly well. i suspect we’ll need to replace it at some point, since it will get a lot of wear. but til then, we have plenty of touch-up paint on hand.
here’s the rest of it:
we could have re-used the pedestal sink, but i was hoping to find some sort of storage for underneath. when 5 people share 1200 square feet, you need all the storage you can get. we found this great little all-in-one unit above for $71 on sale at the home depot. what sold me on the unit was the slightly-lower-than-average height of the sink, making handwashing by little ones easier. no more stools to trip over. bonus. under the sink:
ahhh storage! it looks sparse and tidy now, but don’t worry, it will be filled up very quickly. i found a g.i. joe toy in there the other day.
the towel bar…
* a note about this towel bar. the standard smallest bar available (18″) did not fit this wall, and i have an aversion to towel rings, the way they just dangle there all willy nilly and such. so i went with this “bath support handle” (you know, the kind to help you in and out of a tub); it holds a folded hand towel perfectly, and fits the little wall space.
another favourite spot is where i’ve displayed a few of my thrift-store finds…
from left to right: a ceramic pitcher i repainted ($0.49), a ceramic bowl ($0.99) i repainted and placed a soy candle inside, and a brand new, tags still on pfaltzgraff milk bottle vase ($0.99). i think the pattern is called “yorktowne” but i may be wrong — i think it’s a perfect match.
thrift stores can be a great place to find those finishing touches but i wont pretend that this re-do was thrifty. we did end up replacing a lot of major parts, but we hunted for good deals and got lucky with some sales. i am happy that our new toilet is a water-efficient model, too, and i’m waiting on that rebate cheque. i guess that the term “thrifty” is relative; i went into some bath decor showrooms and got dizzy after seeing the $500+ price tag on their most basic faucets! we spent less than that on the whole bathroom. i can not imagine spending that much on a faucet, though i know many people do. they must! there are tons of these sort of showcase stores all over the place. i’m happy with our outcome, both design-wise and price-wise.
it’s funny, every time i re-do a room, it becomes my new favourite place to escape, no matter how small or awkward it may be. i think when you put your own mark on something and make it yours, it’s that much more inviting.
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