The House Strikes Back

Our Homeownership Saga

Bathroom

Overview of the bathroom

Tan is the paint color. Gray and brown from the tile are secondary colors. And the blue/green are accent colors. White is the trim.

The bathroom is, as you would expect, small, so taking good pictures was a challenge. Hope you still get the picture (haha, joke) of what I did with that room.

I found it a bit of a challenge to pick a paint color for this room. Ultimately, I didn’t change it much, just a slightly different hue. It was a mild beige before, not bad but not quite what I wanted. The real challenge in picking a good color was that the previous homeowner used two totally different colors of tile in the bathroom, gray and a orange-brown-ish color. I wanted a paint that would pick up the best elements of both. I finally found a shade of tan that had just enough warmth to go with the brown tile but was light enough to also compliment the gray.

Here is a close-up of what I mean by the weird mix of tile and an accurate depiction of the new paint color.

Tiles colors and new paint color

Since the paint color that worked the best turned out to make the room somewhat monochromatic, I wanted to add a splash of color. I liked the idea of adding in some turquoise or green for a earthy, tranquil feel. I found a rug at IKEA that perfectly matched the color I was looking for. It’s a kind of bright sea foam color. It adds just enough color to the room without being an eye-sore. The shower curtain in the picture above does fit the colors I wanted for the most part, but it is a very old one that I had in storage and needs replacing. I have found a wonderful one at Target that is closer to the color of the rug. However, I have not yet had the money to update such a trivial element of our home.

The bathroom rug I got at IKEA

The way to white vanity and sink

On the list of things I would like to replace, I would LOVE to put in a new vanity (cabinet, sink/faucet, and medicine cabinet). I found several I like but there is still some heavy debate between Marc and I about what is the right one.

The one in there now looks cheap and completely lacks personality. Anyone who has had all white anything knows how hard it is to keep something like my vanity clean. It shows every piece of dirt, cat fur, and grim. The medicine cabinet, to its credit, is very strong. However, it only has one shelf inside, so it really leaves something to be desired in the organizational department.

The medicine cabinet.

The faucet I hope to replace before anything else. I really don’t like this style of one-handle faucet. It seems to only want to do on and off, with nothing in between.

The old toilet paper holder after I took it off

One thing I did get to replace in the bathroom is the towel bars and toilet paper holder. The original towel bars were these white, wood things that were pulling out of the wall. So after I had them down to patch the wall, I figured I could go ahead and get some new ones. The toilet paper holder was nothing fancy but worked fine. While I was at Menards trying to find the towel bars though, I found a nice, matching TP holder and decided to change it as well. The TP holder and the towel bar/ring are actually from two different sets but the styling was so similar you can hardly tell. I got the towel bars in the clearance section, so I saved quite a bit on this little project! I am a big fan of the brushed metal look. It’s elegant and it does a great job of masking smudges, unlike polished metal.

The new TP holder, installed

The new towel bar

New towel ring next to the sink

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  1. rANDINE

     /  January 30, 2012

    Hey there!

    I stumbled on your blog from looking at our old house (now yours). I know this is probably super creepy. I wasnt going to say anything but with some comments, I wanted to. First, we bought this house from someone that bought it to flip it. Apparently, it was in horrible condition. He was the one that did the tiling, framing, floors and counters of the house. He also did the partially finished basement. The only thing we did (which didnt get kept up toward the end since we werent there) was re do the yard. We had laid sod down and put all new grass in. We also put in the patio that you see in the backyard. You know that little round part toward the side yard? Thats a space for the grill. My husband thought he was being clever 🙂 Anyway, I am glad you guys are enjoying the house. You guys have made some great use of the small space.

  2. Bonnie DeOtis

     /  January 30, 2012

    rANDINE: Hey there!I stumbled on your blog from looking at our old house (now yours). I know this is probably super creepy. I wasnt going to say anything but with some comments, I wanted to. First, we bought this house from someone that bought it to flip it. Apparently, it was in horrible condition. He was the one that did the tiling, framing, floors and counters of the house. He also did the partially finished basement. The only thing we did (which didnt get kept up toward the end since we werent there) was re do the yard. We had laid sod down and put all new grass in. We also put in the patio that you see in the backyard. You know that little round part toward the side yard? Thats a space for the grill. My husband thought he was being clever Anyway, I am glad you guys are enjoying the house. You guys have made some great use of the small space.

    Just curious, but how did you come across the blog? We already knew a fair amount of who did what because we some some people from down the street. The yard is actually on our to-do list at some point next year (among a lot of other things). Cool to hear from you!

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