Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bathroom Makeover

What is the most difficult thing about having a tiny restroom? Taking photos of it. This is the only bathroom in our 820 sq. ft. bungalow but it's fine for us. We looked at a lot of houses and let me tell you, a lot of bathrooms we saw were downright SCARY! So we were fortunate enough that this restroom overall was in good condition and although the original sink in gone the vanity put in it's place is decent looking and clean. It's not anything we would choose, but hey, it works for now. The plumbing on the other hand was a whole different story but I'm not going to bore you with that story. When the budget allows it we plan on putting in a pedestal sink, something reminiscent of the 1940's to match the bathtub, storage shelves, new lighting and new flooring. For now though we are just working with what we have.

So this is a photo of the bathroom when we moved in. Not bad, at least the original bathtub and bathroom door are still in place. The arrangement seems a little weird to us. You would think the bathtub would be next to the window, perhaps somebody moved it, who knows with these old houses.

These are some after photos.

I actually liked the spa blue that was originally in the bathroom. I repainted it using a similar color just a few notches darker. New molding was installed around the bathroom window which really gives the room more of that early cottage feel. The crown molding and baseboards still need to be installed but we are waiting until the bathroom gets it's full makeover (someday).

The cafe curtain I made myself. I stitched on a small bird to go with our bird theme. The window is currently our only ventilation in the bathroom so I went with the cafe curtain so we could open the top half of the window. (I had to hang it slightly higher than half way since our neighbors can see into our window.)

My cat just loves to model :)

I'm in love with our bird cage shower curtain! It set the stage for what has become a bird theme bathroom.

Bird prints above the toilet are by one of my favorite artists, Charley Harper.

Vanity, lighting and mirror were already in the house when we purchased it. It's fine for now but someday when the budget allows it we are going to change it out for something more period style. Also, it's too big for this tiny restroom.

I built this little white shelf out of some leftover wood from another project. New molding around the door. I didn't show the entire door because we haven't refinished it yet. It's on the to-do list along with a million other things!

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