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Before-the-Big-Update Mini Bathroom Update

There are two kinds of DIY updates. The major ones and the stretch-out-the-life-of-what’s-already-there ones. This update is the latter.

I don’t believe I have shared this room yet: the upstairs bathroom.

Beautiful, isn’t she?

Older homes often come with scary tile. Upon our searching last spring, we were pleasantly surprised when we learned this bathroom tile was plain old white. Not rose, or pistachio, or robin’s egg blue like so many other “vintage” bathrooms. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it’s not really our style.

We were also happy to learn those decorative tiles were just decals. Gotta love the person who invented those. Fortunately they peeled off right away.

Eventually, we do plan on re-tiling this entire bathroom, as well as getting a new shower. It’s beyond it’s time and there is a huge crack across the whole floor and you can’t plug the tub. But, for now we have our project-hands full, so it stays!

Those glass door beauties were taken down immediately and replaced with a shower curtain we already owned.

I’m happy to say I did it all myself. : D I can do more than just paint stuff people!

We changed out the old showerhead/ tub faucet/hardware for some new pieces.

I also turbo-cleaned the tile and grout. Mix equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and water and scrubs the grout with a toothbrush. It made a world of difference. Or at least enough of a difference to make this bathroom tile last another six months!

By the way, who puts windows in a shower? Ours is made of the 1970s-style cubes of privacy glass. We’ve discussed frosting it or taking it out altogether when we put a new shower in. What are your thoughts?

The ceilings, like the hallway, was peeling, so we spackled to the high heavens, sanded it down and painted.

Then, like a lot of our projects, our bathroom sat in this state for several months while we were prioritizing other projects.

Then, recently, we decided we would delay our big plans for this bathroom until the fall. We wanted to do a mini-update to get this room to a happy medium.

It all started when we installed our recessed lighting in the kitchen and upstairs hallway. We also put one in our shower (a waterproof one) and we also installed a ceiling vent and heating unit. (Yes! Beat that New England winters.)

The walls started out as a basic tan. Then they became Valspar Astal Blue (leftover kitchen paint) and then Valspar Lucy Blue (a sample can of teal paint).

Then, on a whim, I was checking out the “Oops Section” of paint returns/rejects at Lowe’s and found a quart of Valspar Polished Silver for $5.

The price was right and, fortunately, so was the color! It ties in with the dark gray grout.

As for the other side of the room:

The side of the vanity is completely broken.

And the medicine cabinet mirror doors are peeling on all the edges. Do you see all the black marks along the bottom edge of the mirror? I didn’t realize mirrors could flake off. Apparently so!

Besides that, when you are standing in front of the sink, the doors meet right in the middle of your face. To do your make-up you have to awkwardly hover between the sink and the toliet. It makes zero sense.

By the way, why are medicine cabinets so expensive!? Due to the fact that this bathroom is itty-bitty, we certainly need the storage.

This side of the room is a work in progress. We bought a new light, vanity and faucet… and they are in the basement with a lot of things that are waiting to be installed. : )

I did paint a white border on the medicine cabinet mirrors because the peeling edges were driving me crazy! Can you see it?

Ultimately, we will need to rip out the vanity, medicine cabinet and tile and will re-drywall this entire wall.

Then we will install a narrower medicine cabinet and storage shelves. Similar to this bathroom from 320 Sycamore.


Besides the recessed light and vent, this mini-update only took about 6 hours and cost around $30 (for the paint and new shower hardware – all on clearance at Lowes).

Oh yes, and about the huge crack in the floor. We’ve come up with a highly creative $10 solution for that… 😀

What’s your favorite/least favorite part of your bathroom?

I’m looking forward to our new sink! And a new mirror!


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TDC Before and After

A Long-Overdue Bedroom Update

I last posted about our bedroom here, where I was discussing the nightmare-ish process we had to go through to get the two layers of painted-over wallpaper off our unsized walls.

We’ve come a long way since then and are starting more projects in this room, so I thought I’d post an update on the “after” before it changes anymore. I suppose the “before” and “in process” posts aren’t very gratifying if you don’t know how it ends!

A quick recap: I discovered that beneath our serene blue walls lay yet a third room in our house full of evil wallpaper.

Fire, wrath and fury went into getting it all down. Aka: sweat, exasperation and maybe a few tears. Nah, no years. I was still young and green at the whole renovating process. Nothing could stop me! (Sidenote: My mom sacrificed her special going-out-on-her-birthday-dinner to help me resolve this problem instead. What a woman. I owe her a summer’s worth of Dairy Queen M&M Blizzards.)

The wallpaper came down bit-by-very-small-bit.

Then I washed the walls not only with a vinegar and hot water mixture, but also with wallpaper remover to help get all the glue off the walls.

This room was such a gluey, sticky, gloppy, wet disaster. I can’t believe we didn’t damage the hardwood floors.

Then, after much deliberation, we settled on painting the walls Valspar “Seashell Gray”.

I love the color! It is a peaceful silvery light gray. I can hardly remember the days of wallpaper-induced-panic-attacks.

We took down the ancient ceiling fan and opted for this funky fixture from Ikea. (This is the Fillsta pendant lamp.)

PS. I made the navy and green pillows from placemats I found on clearance at the Christmas Tree Shoppe. I was going to post a tutorial…but then I never did. Soooo, here ya go! And please ignore my nightstand clutter. My side is always covered in books and other random items.

The next step was to do something about the closet doors.

These were just plain-old builder grade doors, which would have been fine, but they were a BEAST to move and the door track was pretty old.

I removed the doors and the track with a screwdriver… and then weighed them (nerd!).

These doors weighed a whooping 75 pounds!! No wonder they were so hard to move.

I decided that instead of doors (which we can always change to later) I wanted a curtain. I got a tension rod (the strong kind with the screw, not just the twisty kind), clipable curtain rings and this curtain from Target and we were in business.

And guess what! This is actually a shower curtain. I love the colors and it has shimmery threads in it too.

Everyone always comments on how we seemed to have so much furniture and have really filled out the house.

I think it’s funny, because we haven’t really bought any! Except for my a few small pieces downstairs, a bedside table and my desk.

Both that chair and the ladder bookshelf were curbside rescues.

And to any eagle-eyes, the cake table letters from our wedding live on over the window!

You may also remember my best-deal-in-my-lifetime, where I got all these espresso bamboo roman shades for $5 each. Thank you store manager of Lowe’s.

And yes, I’m mixing black and dark brown in this room. Oh the shame. : p

I would say all those grueling hours of scraping wallpaper were worth it.

I remember Queen Oprah saying your bedroom is one of the most important rooms to feel comfortable in because it’s the first and last place you are in every day. I definitely agree.