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Photographs of my Bathroom

November 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bathroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

New Bathmat

October 28, 2013 — 4 Comments

Sometimes when I am writing posts, especially ones like this, I think, do people really care? I mean, I got a new bathmat – alert the media! But then I think about the blogs I read, the ones I read every day or even the ones I skim once a week and I do actually care about all the little things they post. Yes, it is all trivial, there are things in this world that really matter and a new bath mat is not one of them, but yet, somehow it does matter. It matters to me because it is my house and for two weeks I didn’t have one and so getting a new one was sort of a big deal. And maybe it matters to you because your job is stressful and reading blogs on your lunch break is how you lower your blood pressure.

Anyway, enough with the deep thinking, let’s talk about something I bought at Target!

For the last two years I’ve used the same $15 basic grey bath mat from somewhere (probably Target) and it’s worked great.

hex tile bathroom

Then for a while I used a bright coral/pink rag rug that I found at an antiques store (more about it here). I loved how it looked but it was not a good bath mat. Turns out bath mats have that weird plastic layer for a reason. The rag rug just got really wet and took forever to dry which I’m assuming isn’t good for tile?

grey, white, and coral bathroom

So I went back to the grey bath mat until Bob threw up on it a few weeks ago. If you remember the last time Bob threw up, it was on my sheepskin rug which resulted in a come to Jesus moment for me (I learned my lesson here). This time around I just threw the mat away, there was no way I was about to give a bath to another rug! I realize I could have machine washed it but it was pretty ratty anyway so it went in the trash. For a week or two I just put a towel down on the tile until I had a chance to buy a new mat. I thought about buying a colorful one or something unique, but I’ve been too preoccupied to look extensively so when I saw this chunky grey one at target for $19.99 I knew it would work just fine.

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Not earth shattering, but it is the only room in my house that has a neutral pallet so I’m stickin’ to it for now.

If you are curious about where the coral rag rug went, it went here:

cork floors and coral rug and chalkboard wall cork floors and coral rugs

I like it much better in there. I especially like how it looks with the runner in front of the sink (I got the runner here).

I hope you enjoyed this trivial post about my little life 🙂

Bathroom part two. After I got the mirror put in I waited a few weeks and then had the tile put in. The floor in there wasn’t that bad in the sense that it was all intact, but it was so ugly that I could not stand it. Here is the before:

See what a good job I did covering it up? You barely notice it, but still… I knew it was there. Initially, I told my friend that I hired to do the tile work that I would do the demolition. I thought that I could easily pull out the floor… but I over-estimated my abilities. This is how far I got:

My dog was no help. So I left it up to the professional. Apparently I wasn’t that off base because the floor was hard for him to get up too. He pulled up FOUR layers of old flooring! He stripped it down to original studs and the put cement board on top of that. Needless to say it was a big old mess, but it really needed a new sub-floor so I can’t complain. Here is the project mid-way through:

Yeah, it was a mess. But, it was all worth it because it got done and it looks beautiful!

So pretty right? I chose white hex tiles from Home Depot. I vacillated between the all white and the black and white for a long time, but finally decided that the white may be better for reselling the house. I also decided to add some more art and storage to the walls. This is an old orange crate that my grandma gave me. I set it on it’s side and added baskets for storage.

I went to a local salvage yard and found some more crates and decided to hang them on the wall. I also decided to group together all the pencil drawings I’ve collected which is a total of… three. My collection is a little young but it’ll get better. Here is the final collection which is above the toilet opposite of the medicine cabinet.

I’m very happy with the way it all turned out!

Part One: Bathroom problems. Not like that though… I just really hated the bathroom when I moved in. And since there is only one in this house I was itching to make it look better fast. Here are some before shots:

It’s actually not that bad. The toilet and pedestal sink are a classic style and they are white so I can work with those. The shower tile is okay. I like that the majority is white, but that green border annoys me and it all needs re-grouted. The medicine cabinet was disgusting. It was too small in the space and it was so rusty I could barely open it. The flooring was also pretty gross. Hunter green faux marble tiles, they were basically laminate stick on tiles… ugly. My game plan was this: add shower curtain, change out medicine cabinet, paint, and tile floors. A modest over haul. But since I couldn’t start the remodel right away I added a few things to make it passable for a nice bathroom. I bought an awesome shower curtain from West Elm, I love the bold stripe. I also added a pencil drawing from Paris and my mini make over was done until I got the mirror installed.

While I was waiting for my handyman to make time for me (another story all together) I decided to paint. I made a rash decision at Ace Hardware one day and bought a light yellow color.

uh, it was HIDEOUS. I mean seriously, it was like a highlighter exploded in there. I couldn’t stand it for even one day so the next day I went out and bought another color. This time I thought, how about a nice mint color? You’d think at this point I would have been more cautious and bought a sample but no I just went balls out and bought a whole gallon. Ugh

I really, really wanted to like this color for many reason. One, I just bought a whole gallon of it and two, I am super lazy and didn’t want to paint again, and three, it wasn’t that bad… right? WRONG. It was way too bright and just too much so I painted it for a third time. You should know by now I am super ashamed of how rashly I acted so many times in a row, but alas that is my personality. I decided to go back to what is was originally… a soft cream. I actually had a gallon on hand from another project so thankfully I didn’t have to buy a third gallon. For now it looks good. It is a soft color that is slightly warmer than the stark white trim. Perhaps some day I’ll try again but for now I’m happy with it.

My next project was the mirror. I am a Craigslist junkie so when I came across this Kohler medicine cabinet new in the box for $115 I knew it was for me. I negotiated it down to $100 and then hired a friend to help me put it in.

Unfortunately, I didn’t properly measure before buying (a common problem for me) so my friend had a lot more work to do before it could be installed. After pulling out the old medicine cabinet he had to make some major cuts to make it fit. Because of the sizing problem he had to improvise by building a frame around the mirror. Here it is before I painted it.

And here it is after two coats of white paint.

I actually like it better with the frame around the mirror, it adds another layer of texture. I am so happy with this upgrade!

I’ll come back tomorrow with the second half of the bathroom remodel.