In the four months we've lived here, I've been hit with a strong dose of reality about how long it actually takes to complete DIY projects when you have three young children. It takes forever. We have to work on things in little snatches. After you factor in the prep-time, clean-up time, and inevitable four or five trips back to the hardware store for stuff you forgot....you get just the tiniest window of time to actually work on something before the kids are up from naps or it's so late at night that you can barely keep your eyes open.
So the bathroom took us four months, working in tiny bits at a time. But it's DONE, and I can finally show some pictures! I handled the "design" elements: I came up with the plans, and did the purchasing and the painting. Tom did the "grunt work": plumbing, electrical, construction.
Here's approximately what it looked like when we first moved in [this was the photo in the real estate listing]:
We lived for a while with this temporary set-up:
There was a flimsy little shelf above the sink to put things on, but I really wanted to hide all our things away away - not only for aesthetics, but for practical reasons. For months, Stella was stealing people's toothbrushes or contact cases, and leaving them all over the house.
Walls: Two-tone. Beige/tan on one side of the room and earthy green on the other
Trim: Either matched wall color (in some places) or was off-white (around the door)
Behind the sink: Black mirror, outlet cover, and scones (which were dim and created shadows across my face when I tried to put on makeup).
Storage: Bamboo shelf on wall - no medicine cabinetFixtures: Gold faucets, toilet paper holder, towel bars, etc.
What we did:
Walls" Light blue walls with one teal accent wall
Trim: Painted true white, along with inside of the door and the ceiling
Behind the sink: White "shabby chic-esque" mirror, outlet cover, and lighting fixture (mounted overhead). Storage: Medicine cabinet behind mirror.
Fixtures: Switched to silver. We put in a brushed steel faucet and TP holder. I spray-painted the towel bars silver, and left the shower fixtures alone (for now).
Figuring out how to put in a medicine cabinet was the trickiest part. There was a hole already cut in the wall, but the previous cabinet must have been a weird size. I scoured stores and the internet trying to find a replacement to fit, but none existed. We realized we would have to just find one we liked (that could only be *slightly* bigger, since we were limited by the location of a joist), and cut a bigger hole.
|exposed lathe board, because we have plaster walls|
Then one day we were at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, and I found an old medicine cabinet with just a solid steel door on the front, no mirror. Bingo! It cost $5.49. Back home, I pulled out the gold-framed mirror that the previous owner had left in a closet - a perfect fit!
|(it does have shelves, but they were removed in this picture). Also, I wish we had the budget to replace the ugly brown tile. It's not linoleum. Someone actually paid good money for ugly ceramic tile that looks like linoleum.|
A can of white spray paint for the mirror, and a tube of Liquid Nails to glue them together...and we had an instant "shabby" chic medicine cabinet!
Over the span of several weeks, Tom then made a huge mess of the bathroom by cutting open the walls, moving around some boards, re-wiring the lights and outlet, and other such skilled tasks that I don't know how to do.
And I trimmed down some old flowered curtains to fit the window
|above the sink|
|above the toilet|
|view from doorway|
Paint - walls,ceiling, trim: $50
Spray paint - towel bar, mirror, outlet cover: $5
Light fixture: $23
TP holder: $20
Knobs and handles: $12
Dry wall and various supplies: $35
Medicine cabinet: $5.50
Mirror, curtains, beach glass: Already owned
Phew....that was a long, complex post! Are people interested in this level of detail in the future, or should I just post one picture as we finish each project?