When we moved into our house I knew that two of the bathrooms would eventually need some work. I made each of them as clean and cute as possible, but the time came when the “clean” part just got really difficult. Quick fixes usually wear out..well, quickly.
I don’t have an original photo of this tiny (and I mean tiny) half bath in our hallway but let me tell you, it looked like something out of a space ship when we moved in. A huge mirror with a built in plasticy shelf thing, and fluorescent lighting on top made it uglier than heck. The blue tile was old and dingy. My quick fix: take down the space ship mirror, hang some cheap but cute wallpaper and paint the tile white. It worked for awhile, like I said-but then the tile started getting dull and chipping in places and I had to constantly touch it up, the sink would constantly leak and drip in spite of many plumber visits till we just turned the whole thing off, and the toilet was just gross it was so ancient and would break constantly also. This bathroom was used a lot and so the wear and tear was considerable. The other caveat-there was a window in the bathroom that opened to the kitchen eating area. I made a cute curtain for it so there was privacy, but who wants the chance of..well- UNprivacy.
Here’s what it looked my quick fixes looked like. It was cute…and looks better in this photo than it did in real life.
After 6 years of my make-do half bath, I finally hired someone to rip out the entire thing…we replaced the tile, the toilet, the sink, the mirror (all from Lowe’s). I picked out a new wallpaper. I had the carpenter close off the window, but had him keep the space on the inside and turn it into some recessed shelving. I love it all…mostly because it is SO SO SO easy to keep clean. I still need a few finishing touches but those will just have to be found gradually.
(It is honestly so small it is hard to take good photos-I have to shoot from outside the door-this is the best I can do!)
One bathroom down, one to go-which is a much bigger job-and much more inconvenient since five children use it daily for baths and showers and early early morning routines. I think I might have to wait till school gets out for that one.
PS. I am sorry I don’t know anything about the wallpaper-I found the book at Sherwin Williams.