Remember when we first started out here, and I explained to you about how “if I can do it, so can you”?
Like, everyone has a mental spectrum, and on that spectrum there are two ends. One end is a paragon of fabulousness, of the unreachable stars of whatever it is that you are thinking about doing; the last word in perfection. This end is represented differently for different people.
The other end is that person who does stuff, slaps it on the internet, and causes you think to yourself, “well, gosh, if she can do that, so can I!”
In this post you will see how I’m that end. You’re welcome!
Want to find out how we went from this:
So, some disclaimers. (There will be more sprinkled throughout this post, never fear.)
An online friend recently commented about how hard it is to take pictures of a bathroom. Yes, yes it is.
I’m not a professional photographer, as you well know. My camera is fairly basic.
Remember that the pictures here that make the room look big are taken with a wide-angle lens. It’s pretty small, actually — about 8 x 9′.
I did Pinterest things up a little. I took out our ugly trashcan — will keep an eye out for a nicer one. But yes, we actually do dispose of trash in this room! And I put some hydrangeas in there because it looks nicer that way, don’t you think? I don’t know that I would normally do that if I weren’t showing off to you here.
Okay, some BEFORES — don’t judge, I beg! Think of how big this house is, and how many things, all chronicled here and more, needed to be attended to before this room! And how many children I had to send to college! (If you go here, you will see the map of the upstairs and the relationship of this room to the rest.) (We could actually tell you stories about this room, as I think the visual evidence bears witness.)
Note the rectangular fixture in the ceiling. This is important for later.
So this is a copper tub, from the 1800s. (That is true, not me being funny.)
I know, right?
Kind of paralyzing.
No claw feet, no actual charm. But old. We like old. (Needless to say, Bridget was the most pro-tub.) But maybe not this much…
Commence the gutting, the hauling, and the plumbing.
Keep in mind that all the money went into the plumbing. That kills, because of course, you don’t see it.
By the time you get done with the plumbing and the appliances that are way deeper than that tub, you are pretty far out into the room. The dryer door has to open. Plus, on the second floor, we really wanted to have that pan under the washer, just in case (even though the floor is waterproof).
So pedestal sink it was. (If I could have done things differently, I would have tried to find a dresser and repurpose it into a vanity. That’s actually not that hard! And it’s cheap! But there just wasn’t room.) I found this one on Craigslist.
Please note the hanging of the blow dryer on the command hook under the sink (the hook is on the chest of drawers). Not much room to put things + not many outlets = problem — but I solved it!
(I’ll put all the particulars on sources/products at the end of the post.)
I don’t know whether it was the plumber or the issues with the house, but there was a lot of exposed junk behind the appliances. Anyway, it is what it is.
(I’m only showing you this bad pic so that you know that there is a stage where it’s all blurry…)
As I said, the $$ went to the plumbing. So the shelving was put together by my handy Chief — stained and beeswaxed pine boards and the cheapest brackets available, spray-painted that pop of blue (I don’t think they turned out too lurid, do you?).
I went to all the stores, you know, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc. for likely storage bins/baskets/holders. This part took even longer than the forever of the other parts!
Rosie gave me a pep talk: “Mom, just buy the things. They will be $6 and you need to just buy them.”
So I did. In the end, I will return some of them (not pictured). The baskets are all “shopped from the house.” The wire basket was from Homegoods or one of those places. The real challenge was to find things tall enough to conceal the bleach and ammonia jugs (I use them all the time — go to my laundry posts for more info).
I was in Joann’s, actually, and those metal Eiffel tower bins were $5 and $6 each on clearance, so I did get those.
The laundry detergent will be stored in the enameled bin on the dryer — right now, I’m working on a jug of liquid detergent that I was able to store in the cupboard when the washer was in the mudroom. I see that on Pinterest, the thing to do is put your liquid laundry detergent in attractive bottles, but I don’t know… seems… like it won’t actually work in terms of being hasty and needing not to drip detergent everywhere.
It was really hard to figure out what to do about the huge rectangular hole in the ceiling, short of putting in yet more money and labor into redoing what was otherwise not a problem. Finally I decided to combine the large medallion with the big fixture. The ceiling is actually quite low, so it wasn’t easy to find one that was both big and fairly flush to the ceiling:
The sconces are the ones that were there, moved closer together, spray painted black, and endowed with new glass shades. I sort of love these bubbly ones:
And here’s how the mudroom, where the laundry used to be and where you enter, looks now:
Okay, on to sources!
Floor: The same as in the other bathroom, which is on the other side of the wall with the appliances. Here’s what I said about it over there: Shaw’s Matrix Regency Vinyl Plank Flooring in Gunstock, from Lowe’s (I bought this after buying a similar product from Home Depot; I was actually hoping for a lighter color (which I think doesn’t show as much dirt). I was checking out with enough flooring for both bathrooms and caught sight of a sample laid out. My, it was ugly! So I turned right around and returned it all! After much texting of photos to Rosie and a considerable amount of agonizing over the fact that some colors are in stock and some are decidedly not and anyway how are you supposed to tell, I found this one at Lowe’s. I love it.)
Paint: Walls and trim, Valspar Bistro White — this was a real shot from the hip in the store, when I wanted them to match the Benjamin Moore White Dove and their computer wouldn’t show it up for them. I really love how the white turned out; it made me want to paint every room this white.
Big shout-out to Bridget, who painted this room and basically rescued the bits that were not gutted (the walls on the window and radiator sides) and all the trim from despair. She worked really hard and did a great job. I made the decision to put wallpaper liner on the wall with the window – what you have to know is that we didn’t remove the fake panelling that was there before, but it wasn’t in good condition under the wallpaper. Old-house nightmares…
Ceiling paint: Take a tip from me and use glossy paint for your bathroom ceilings, preferably one that is mold-resistant.
Lighting: The ceiling medallion and the fixture were from Amazon. The sconces were there already — the Chief removed them for me, I spray painted them, and he put them back. The glass shades are from Lowes and are pretty cheap, under $10. I use those chandelier lights in them — vintage bulbs would have been nice but they are too pricey for me.
Shelving: Nice pine boards from Home Depot; Varathane wood stain in dark walnut; white brackets; Valspar blue spray paint.
Black chest of drawers: Brown chest of drawers in the guest room, something that Habou picked up, spray painted black.
Sink: This is a Kohler Archer pedestal sink, which I was lucky enough to find, brand-new in the box, on Craigslist, for $120. This kind of sink requires an 8″ spread faucet, which we got from Home Depot, I think.
Fabric: The fabric is from Joann’s, quite a while ago. I really loved it and then made peace with the fact that I was not going to make a black-and-white quilt. I had juuuuussttt enough for these curtains — used every inch!
Metal bins: From Joann’s and Homegoods.
Mirror, washboard, and other sundries: Thrift stores and yard sales.
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