Is it weird that I am always working on bathrooms?
First it was the first floor bathroom de-bloodification.
I don’t really know why I work on bathrooms first. Probably because they can be done cheaply. And I am nothing if not ridiculously cheap. If I was a hooker, I’d be paying you to pick me up. Of course, I’m not. mom. But you get the point.
So that is why I am really excited about making over our office bathroom.
What does cheap have to do with it? Well…let me explain.
You know how I have partnered with Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine for the past few months? And they made it possible for me to decorate our porch for Halloween, they sponsored some fun tablesetting ideas for Thanksgiving, they were the fire power behind our toy box for Will’s room and they helped me reorganize our kitchen desk.
Whew. They have been good to us Bowers.
Well, like any good lovah, they are saving the best for last – A BATHROOM MAKEOVER! Yup. They are giving us 500 smackers to redo a bathroom! Yes my inner cheapskate is jumping up and down. And it has been ever since the news. It’s a very fit cheapskate now.
And since I have no money – this couldn’t come at a more perfect time. It’s like a birthday gift to me from one of my favorite stores…and I have to do all the work. But I’m cool with that. Because in the end, it means one totally new bathroom just for me. Enter one giant smiley face here.
I honestly couldn’t wait to share the news – and this makeover is probably gonna take me all month – so I figured that instead of having the room completely done, I’d share more of a play-by-play as I get it done…reality-tv-style.
First the bathroom…
Yeah. So the bathroom is pretty BLAH. There is a basic builder’s grade vanity…with the top NOT attached (who knows why Napolean did that?! Napolean is the previous owner by the way.) And why yes, that is a floor vent right in front of it – exactly where you stand.
So after a little number crunching, we decided to keep the vanity – since it was in fine condition – and the toilet – also working. And even though the top and the toilet aren’t my favorite (they are almond colored to match the floor) I figure I am just gonna make them work until the budget allows for replacement or they die and go to toilet heaven.
The shower is slate.
Don’t ask me why I hate slate in a shower because my head might just explode from the tension. But I do. I hate it. Call me weird but I like to see the dirt and black moldy growth in the place I like to get clean. And the devil I can see is a lot better than the devil I can’t. Yes that is gold all up in there too.
The light fixture absolutely needed replaced. There was no saving that one with a coat of spraypaint. And the mirror was actually something I had in my very first and very tiny studio apartment….so it is munchkin sized.
The floor will stay because 1. it’s marble and b. it’s in great condition. and d. it’s not hideous and I can work the almondy toilet in with it.
Like I said before the vanity is gonna stay – but we need to modify it. First we are gonna move it over a bit so it’s closer to the toilet. And then we need to make sure it’s pushed up all the way to the trim.
Right now the pipes get in the way. Oh Napolean.
So we will be cutting out around where the pipes go so that the vanity will be properly installed and permanent (vs. the wobbly mess it is right now).
Color me crazy but I am gonna paint this bad boy. It’s gonna be fun. and feminine. and flirty. and thirty (just threw that one in there cause it seemed to fit).
I absolutely want to switch out the gold. I feel gold for a lot of things…but not in here. I’m thinking chrome…because its sparkly 🙂
Above the sink, I’d love a low profile shelf that could be good for added storage (like a place for a candle and a glass of flowers). If it doesn’t fit there, then I can totally see it above the toilet…two very viable options.
ABSOLUTELY we need a new light and a new mirror. And I’m thinking a few black & white photos would look good here too.
Since this is an office bathroom, I don’t think the shower will get very much use. At first I thought I would spray the door frames to make them fit in but everything I’ve read online is more supportive of making them oil-rubbed bronze and I wanted polished nickel so the plan is to completely remove them and get a shower curtain instead. The fabric should allow for a little more pattern and softness in here too…
We definitely need to paint. Yes the walls are a fleshy mauve color and the trim is a red chocolate brown. Wicked ugly.
And left over money will go toward new light plates and switches and maybe a couple hooks for towels 🙂
So are your eyes burning?
Did you throw up a little in your mouth?
Are you not wanting to eat lunch ever again?
If so – mission accomplished 🙂 Yes, that bathroom is a hot mess…and I hope that with our budget, we can put in a little more swagger. So here’s the plan –
It all came from the idea that we need to work with the existing pieces and really spend the bulk of the money on fixtures…like a new sink faucet, new light, and new shower fixture. Half of the budget would be for fixtures…and then add about $50 for paint…$50 for a mirror….$50 for new shower curtain/rod/hooks/liner….that would leave us $100 to use toward the vanity makeover, a glass shelf, hooks, new knobs, and possibly new door hardware and light switches. Eek! Hope we squeeze all that in!
So that’s what I’m dwelling on right now…how bout you?