Guest Bathroom: DONE!

After way too long… I finally got around to spackling and painting the bathroom.  It’s so nice to see the room done, if only to know that I can move on to the next project!

Bathroom wide view


In addition to painting, I also installed a shelf above the toilet since now that we have a pedestal sink, there’s NO storage at all in there.  It’s so hard to add personality to a guest bathroom so it’s also a nice place to style some wood birds and air freshener, not to mention extra hand towels.



From Target

Bathroom Shelf detail 1



I’d like to add some simple artwork on one wall, and I went to Home Goods hoping to find some, but walked away with an accent chair for the living room instead (more on that when I get a side table, pillow, cuddle blanket, etc. for the chair).


One thing that I didn’t want to add but saw no choice was a toilet paper holder to hold extra rolls of TP.  I don’t know why I think those are so tacky looking, but I do, and since I couldn’t find one that was a closed container kind that I liked, I went all out on the tacky factor and got one where the TP rolls are exposed, GASP!  Oh well, at least I can see when I need to re-stock.


Bathroom TP holder


We love the dramatic blue walls with the white trim of the baseboards.  It looks muy elegante (said in Spanish)!  I’d love to also add the marble subway tile that I mentioned in an earlier post, but since this room looks so good especially compared to other rooms, it’s time to move on for now.  Next on the list is to tackle the worn out and ripped leather inserts on our office desk.  I don’t have a clue on how to replace those, so this next project should be a doozie!

Pedestal Sink in the Powder Room

Sometimes I look at projects and think, “I can definitely do that!”  Sometimes it’s more like, “I’ll try it and hire contractors to bail me out if I need to.”  And sometimes I look at something and think, “Heck no, I’ll cause a lot more damage if I do it wrong than it’s worth!”  For me, installing a pedestal sink over our new floors fell into the third camp.  We just installed our new floors and the idea of a potential water leak (which in my mind was a long, sustained GUSH like in the cartoons) was too much for me to deal with so I hired it out.


I have a subscription to Angie’s List and used that to get a few quotes from plumbers and since I only called ones that were rated highly and they were all in the same ballpark, I just went with the one that gave me the earliest appointment.  So, our bathroom went from this:



To this:

Bathroom Sink

I still need to sand and paint the wall behind and on the sides of the sink.

Sink paint


And I need to install a shelf since we now have no storage in the bathroom after getting rid of the vanity.  A TP holder also needs to go up, then this bathroom is done for now.  For phase 3, I’d like to tile the wall halfway up with white/gray marble subway tile similar to this:

Carrara Tile

But for now, this bathroom is definitely presentable and even looks nice!


Cheap Powder Room Makeover

A few posts ago, I talked about remodeling our old-ish house in a way that makes all the rooms livable and presentable before tackling the nit-picky details of each room.  In keeping with that theme, I slightly remodeled the powder room on the main level since it gave me the heebie jeebies going in there before.  It was bland and dirty (no matter how hard I scrubbed, the walls looked dirty!).  The prior homeowners hired a painting company who, I swear, watered down the paint because when I scrub the walls even lightly, the paint rubs off.   And I HAVE to scrub because they also used matte paint and with three kids, matte paint doesn’t work!

Anyway, here’s the bathroom before:




The space looks a lot like the kids’ bathroom that we recently remodeled.  Beige walls, beige sink, outdated vanity, and lots of wood.  The only new thing in the bathroom is the toilet that I replaced a few months ago when it was running 24/7 and driving us crazy.  So, that’s new, but that’s it!


I didn’t want to do a whole lot to the bathroom because I wanted the remodel to be manageable.  In my pie-in-the-sky remodel, I would rip out the vanity and replace it with a pedestal sink, rip out the floors (marble baby!), and also have a half wall of marble tile all around the room and a cute little glass shelf above the toilet.  But, in the interest in just making it presentable, here’s the low-cost remodel:




I replaced the dated, frameless mirror with a mirror that I got from Home Goods which is my favorite place to find bathroom mirrors of any size.  They’re cheap and well made.  Even if you need a huge bathroom mirror, you can buy one of their full length mirrors and just hang it horizontally.  I bought a wood colored mirror that for now goes with the wood floors and wood vanity, but I expect to paint it white when phase II is ready to go.


I also replaced the light fixture from that ’80s bar light to this glass and chrome one.  It made a huge difference!  And of course, I painted the walls.  I love painting small rooms a crazy or dark color since there’s not a lot of space for your eyes to get overwhelmed.  Imagine this color in a huge room….  Too much!  The color I used was Wrought Iron my Martha Stewart at Home Depot.


Here’s the breakdown for the cost of the room re-do:


Mirror:                $40

Paint:                  $20

Light fixture:   $120


Total:  $180


More pics:







It’s a small makeover but the paint really makes a difference and now the walls are CLEAN!  I still have a big list of to-dos for this room but it will have to wait until our other “getting the house up to snuff” are finished.  Patience… sigh…