The Bathroom

The day was productive and the bathroom is done, for now, minus a few details.  If you remember, this is where we started:

Peach walls, dirty white ceiling, miss matched light bulbs, the silver/blue net shower curtain left for us by the previous owner, gross caulk, and who knows what all over the tiles.

Well, after 2 days of scraping, painting,  and cleaning. And then a day of slacking off, I was able to finish it up today.

I picked up an inexpensive shower curtain and rings, a few new towels, and a fluffy rug at Target.  I didn’t want to spend a lot since, well, the kids use this bathroom too and things will get dirty.

Here is the vanity. Not much changed here except the matching light bulbs, the turquoise soap dispenser and toothbrush holder.  I keep forgetting that we need to pick up a new thingy (technical term) to go into the toilet paper holder so the toilet paper doesn’t have to sit on the counter.  I also want to bring some orange over to this side of the room.

Oops, you can see one of the unfinished sides of the painting.  Yes, I only finished enough sides of the canvas so that it looks done from the door.  You caught me.  But technically, only a problem if you are climbing out of the shower.

Speaking of the painting, it’s mostly done (as you can see from above).

I had a lot of fun doodling the details.

I’m happy with the way it turned out.  It adds a great pop of color in the bathroom.  And I think it turned out much better than Captain America would have.

Now I know I promised you the before and after of the chairs from the shed.  I did finish one today, but I forgot to take pictures of it.  Tomorrow, I promise, unless I forget again. Which is very possible.

Here’s the short list for this room (in no particular order):

  • fix the caulk around the bathtub  done
  • paint the ceiling  done
  • remove the gunk off the tiles around the top of the room  done
  • paint the walls (which now includes touching up the ceiling)  done
  • refinish the medicine cabinet
  • clean the grout
  • get matching lightbulbs  done
  • get a shower curtain  done
  • get accessories and art  done
  • replace the drawer handles
  • re-caulk around the base of the bathtub
  • new to us light
  • new to us mirror
  • new to us vanity
  • possibly new floor tile, one day
  • figure out if we need to have the tub reglazed or if there is a cleaning product that will get rid of the white grime in the tub
  • buy a new thingy for the toilet paper holder

So that’s where we are for now.

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Bathroom Projects: Day 2

Today’s project was removing the grime, paint, dirt, wall texture stuff, and did I mention dirt off of the tiles that are around the top of the room.  This is what I started with:

 I started just using water and my Dobie.  But that wasn’t getting me very far.  It got some of the grime off, but didn’t dent the wall texture stuff.  So, I stopped to rethink the situation.  I decided to kick it up a notch and use the box cutter.  I scored along where the wall and the tile met.  Next, using the box cutter, I would scrape as much of the “stuff” off the tile as possible (I know, bad tool owner- I was having a lazy moment).  Using the Dobie, I went back and scrubbed the tiles clean.  I used a damp towel to wipe the excess debris off of the tile.  I didn’t get any during pictures because: 1) I was balancing on a ladder/vanity/bathtub/toilet with a box cutter that was being improperly used, 2) this was a messy dirty job, 3) my lazy moment lasted longer than I like to admit.  Feel free to pick any 2 of the 3 excuses.

Parts of the wall around the bathtub area looked like they needed to be sealed, so stray water droplets wouldn’t drip down behind the tile.  I decided to caulk around the tile in the whole room.  I used the trick mentioned here, but only taped off along the tile.  I figure since the caulk is paintable it’s ok if it gets all over the wall.  And that brings us to this picture:

But wait, there’s more!  After picking Ben up from preschool, I figured I could get the ceiling done.  I set him up with a snack and some toys and got the ceiling painted in about an hour.

It keeps getting better!  Ben was being quite good this afternoon and I was able to get half the walls painted too, before I had to pick up the kids from school.  Nothing else got done from that point forward.  The house slowly crumbled to mass chaos and hysteria, or as we like to call it dinner time.

The paint color is Little Bit by Behr, as in I used a little bit of white semi-gloss and 2 samples pots, which is only a little bit, of turquoise paint that we are considering for other parts of the house.  It turned out kind of pretty and since there is so little painted wall it won’t be too expensive to change the color later.  I might do some research tonight about techniques on how to paint and cut in textured walls and ceilings.  Right now I’m faced with going back and touching up the ceiling paint with a tiny artists brush.  Ugh.  It’s not fun, but it will look great when it’s done.

Here’s the short list for this room (in no particular order):

  • fix the caulk around the bathtub  done
  • paint the ceiling  done
  • remove the gunk off the tiles around the top of the room  done
  • paint the walls (which now includes touching up the ceiling) –  almost done
  • refinish the medicine cabinet
  • clean the grout
  • get matching lightbulbs  done
  • get a shower curtain
  • get accessories and art
  • replace the drawer handles
  • re-caulk around the base of the bathtub
  • new to us light
  • new to us mirror
  • new to us vanity
  • possibly new floor tile, one day
  • figure out if we need to have the tub reglazed or if there is a cleaning product that will get rid of the white grime in the tub

I’m hoping to finish up the paint tomorrow and get it pulled back together.  Oh, here is a sneak peak of a painting I’m working on for the bathroom.  More on that later.

Bathroom Projects: Day 1

Our house has 3 bathrooms.  One tiny one with a shower, the one that got the quick and dirty “makeover” so we could buy it, and this one with the very original raised bathtub.

Some time during the history of the house the vanity and floor tiles were replaced.  I suspect the previous owner, but I could be wrong.

The slate tiles aren’t too bad.  They work with the grey tub and with the time period, but the vanity is a bit too new for my taste.

The room is full of all sorts of little projects that I want to get done.  Painting is on the top of the list.  The wall color is the same color that the whole house is painted.  EVERY room is this peachy beige color.  And can you see the spots on the ceiling where the light bulbs have “burned” shadows?

The there is the vent cover that needs to be reattached to the ceiling.  It covers the original bathroom fan.  When the texture was applied to the ceiling and walls, they coated the fan too.  It still works, but it grumbles a lot before it gets going.  But once it gets going it sounds so much better than modern fans.

The original medicine cabinet is here, but needs a little facelift.  I’m sure I can get it to shine again with a little love.

The tiles around the top of the room are coated in dirt, wall texture stuff, paint, and more dirt.  It all needs to be scraped off and the tiles cleaned.

This picture doesn’t even begin to show how gross this is.  The grout is yellow (not on purpose) and needs a good cleaning as well.

The first project I decided to tackle was the caulk around the bathtub.  It was grimy, despite the scrubbing, and missing in most areas.

So, using a trick I learned over at YHL, I taped off around the tub and spread the new caulk.

This was an amazing, stupendous, wonderful idea!  My past experiences using caulk always ended up very messy.  This time it came out clean and only where I wanted it.

Beauty!  I know it doesn’t look like much, especially since the grout is so dirty, but it  looks great in person, if you know you are supposed to be looking at the caulk.

Here’s the short list for this room (in no particular order):

  • fix the caulk around the bathtub  done
  • paint the ceiling
  • remove the gunk off the tiles around the top of the room
  • paint the walls
  • refinish the medicine cabinet
  • clean the grout
  • get matching lightbulbs
  • get a shower curtain
  • get accessories
  • replace the drawer handles
  • re-caulk around the base of the bathtub
  • new to us light
  • new to us mirror
  • new to us vanity
  • possibly new floor tile, one day
  • figure out if we need to have the tub reglazed or if there is a cleaning product that will get rid of the white grime in the tub

Mostly little projects that can be done during the 3 hours that Ben is at preschool (YAY!), which makes it a little less daunting to tackle.  Check back tomorrow, when we tackle the grime on the tiles.