Tuesday, August 4, 2009

One half bath, a whole lot of work

S: The 1/2 bath is finally done! Thanks to my hardworking husband, the bathroom was ready just in time for the baby shower I helped host the other weekend. Whew! The idea of 25+ women and no guest bathroom on the main floor was a little worrisome. That little bathroom has come a long way, all 15 square feet of it.

Z: Granted, this before photo does not give you a full appreciation for the transformation this little bath received. But maybe it does?! This picture says two things simultaneously: Boring and blue flowerish wallpaper. The room bores you with such frightening severity that I fell asleep taking the photo and that is why you get one lame picture of it.

S: Before, the bathroom was dated and dark. The cultured-marble-seashell-shaped sink was yellowed and cracked with age. The walls were covered in dark blue floral wallpaper. We pretty much gutted the bathroom, removing the vanity, mirror, fixtures, toilet, and a good portion of the drywall. The only thing we left was the built in cabinet above the toilet, which we painted white. Zach tiled the floor where the vanity had been and did a wonderful job painting and installing bead board all along the walls, even though he despises painting. And of course the walls were painted my favorite color, green (no surprise to those of you who know me well). We hung a great antique mirror above the sink, given to us by Zach's stepfather. Some of the decorative trim was missing, but it was nothing a little Sculpey and paint couldn't fix. After a long search for affordable wall sconces (in the exact style I envisioned in my mind, much to Zach's chagrin) we found a perfect pair at the Pottery Barn outlet marked down 60%. The lamp shades came from Garden Ridge for 50 cents each...although I have in mind to recover them with another fabric.


S: We'd been planning to remodel the bathroom ever since we moved in, but we had a little extra motivation in the form of a clogged sewer line that backed up into the bathroom. Luckily, we were able to get
free HE toilets from the city of Austin, and an affordable pedestal sink from the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Z: That clogged sewer line! My Malodorous Tale of the Terrible Toilet and the Putrid Plumbing is featured here

Next time you come to visit, feel free to excuse yourself to go to the restroom.

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