Sunday, May 22, 2011

I'm plotting a Memorial Day weekend project

This is what I’d like to do.

When we bought the house, we had dreams of doing a complete bathroom remodel. We envisioned a spa-like tranquil sanctuary with natural stone (probably travertine) tiling, crisp white towels, and a relaxing jacuzzi bath. You know, something like this visual:

My original design board, made back in early 2009, looked like this:

Our plans have changed, for a variety of reasons. For one, we only have one bathroom. So doing a serious tear down/remodel would be pretty inconvenient considering I enjoy things like showering. Also our tub area is not quite standard, and so we’d have to knock down a wall and move it over a few inches to fit a jacuzzi bath tub. As much as I love white towels and rugs, I realized they aren’t very practical (especially when you have pets). And finally, because we recently decided it might not be wise to keep putting money into a house that is already declining in value due to the neighboring houses, we decided to scale back and instead do some smart and economical upgrades.

Before I get into the details, here's the bathroom as it looks today. Pretty ugly.

It's even worse up close (keep scrolling for pics).

So. Here’s what’s on the agenda for Memorial Day weekend.

Step 1: Scrape the walls. We need to remove the hideous popcorn texture that covers every surface of this room. I don’t know what the previous owners were thinking. The texture itself is gross, but it’s even worse that it’s peeling very badly. Here's Rob is pointing out some green paint that's popping out from under the current yellow:

And here's one after we scraped a little bit. You can see that the room was also pink at one time.

Step 2: Fill in any rough spots with putty and then paint walls. I’d like to pick a light neutral (probably not surprising given my previous wall color choices). This is my top color choice at the moment. It's Behr Antique Leather, and it's a little more gray in person:

I also like this one. Behr Riviera Beach.

I would like to point out that my sister-in-laws like to tease me about my neutral color choices. One even stated that I hate color. To them, I only have one thing to say for myself: "Don't hate! Appreciate!"

I feel better now. Neutral colors are classic and versatile, after all.

Step 3. Paint trim white. We are going to paint the trim around the window and closet.

Step 4: Clean up the caulking around the tub. It’s nasty! It’s really hard to clean too. I want to tear it out and re-do it. Should be a cheap and easy fix.

Note our wall tiles have some little yellow specks. We don't love them, but we can tolerate them.

Step 5: Clean and seal tile grout. I posted about this a while ago. Our tile grout is very porous. It seems to attract dirt, and it also happens to be really difficult to clean. We’re going to do some heavy cleaning and then seal the grout so that it looks good-as-new.

Step 6: Paint the closet shelves. This is a minor detail, but it will make things look nicer and more cohesive.

The blue papered shelves were done by the previous owners, and we've been too lazy to change it.

Step 7: New light fixture and mirror/medicine cabinet. The current ones are nasty (do you see the theme here?). We didn't even change the bulb that burned out since we knew we'd be replacing the fixture soon.

Incidentally we already found our new medicine cabinet. It's a classic white one that's only $30 at Home Depot. And we like this light fixture, $59 from Home Depot. The chrome matches our existing bathroom hardware. Or this one is also nice for just a little bit more.

Step 8: Replace the rusty vent cover. Words cannot describe how much I hate this thing.

We'll probably also get new outlet covers.

Step 9: New towels and bathroom rug? I put a question mark at the end of that statement because I haven’t cleared this with Rob yet. I think new towels would be the icing on the proverbial cake that is our updated bathroom. I'm dreaming about some gray ones, but we'll see how it works out.

AND so (drumroll please), here's the new and improved bathroom design board:

Pretty good compromise , if you ask me. And I think this is an attainable three-day weekend project, don’t you?

In closing, here’s some beautiful bathrooms. Ours won't look like any of these, but the photos will keep me inspired and motivated. (Pics from a simple Google image search.)


Amanda @ Little House on the Corner May 22, 2011 at 9:36 PM  

Your plans are ambitious yet completely do-able over an extended weekend! I really like those two paint colors (I'm a neutral fan too) and they'll look so great with the white trim. The additonal painting, caulking, replacing fixtures, etc. will all make a huge difference too. Good luck with everything!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses May 22, 2011 at 10:32 PM  

I like the paint colors, too.


Cindy @The Flipping Couple May 22, 2011 at 11:06 PM  

Beautiful! Love the paint colors, and I think your improvements will make a HUGE difference without breaking the bank. Can't wait to see the final result!!

Also? Yes, tearing apart your only bathroom is extremely inconvenient, so I'm glad you found a way to avoid that. : )

Shanna May 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM  

For the heat vent cover you should try to find a cover with almost like a plastic awning on it. If you think about the location of that vent to the toilet and how men can't hit the toilet, guess where the pee is going? Into your vent. Blocking some of the pee until you can get the vent moved will help make it smell better when the heat is on. I just tore my downstairs half bath apart this past weekend and had to paint all the bead board around and behind the toilet. If I could have gotten the shut off valve for the toilet to cooperate the toilet would have come out for a good hosing and bleaching. Another day that project can happen. 4 coats of paint to seal the bead board around the toilet and to cover the very bad caulking job the previous owners did.

good luck with your project and if you are not doing this all alone you should have not problem getting it done. I started Friday and was done by noon yesterday. Of course most of Friday was spent farting around with plumbing issues so the real work couldn't even start until almost 2 pm.

Ann's Big Adventure May 28, 2011 at 5:47 PM  

1. Shanna, I really enjoy the term "farting around". I may steal it from you.

2. It's ok to like neutrals if that's what you're in to! Rachel and I just like having everything look like an easel threw up all over the place. No big each their own! That comment was made in jest :-)

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