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November 30, 2010

Mainfloor Half Bath: "In Progress"

The main floor half bath is another work in progress, but definitely an improvement!  It is much easier to begin to transform a space in which everything is replaced (see the progress in the guest room half bath here.  Deciding to keep the perfectly functioning toilet and the mint condition vanity (read about my reasoning for trying to salvage here. made creating a beautiful space more challenging.  So I welcome suggestions . . .

"Before"



This light fixture needed a photograph of its own

First step: remove wallpaper in a fit of near-hysteria.  I just wanted it gone, gone, gone.  Using a spray-on wallpaper remover helped, but when I ran out and refilled the bottle with water it seemed to work just as effectively.  Working slowly, drenching the paper then peeling like crazy seemed to be the best approach. 


It is more effective if you rip with dramatic gusto


Second step: the vanity, walls and even the metal pipe cover were painted a soft, taupe grey.  The white used elsewhere would have made the bone coloured toilet stand-out and I wanted it to blend. 

Third step: details.  We replaced the light fixture with one that matches the stairwell and upstairs hallway.  A new mirror, (refurbished) cabinet pulls and new hinges, plus a print by my mom were added.  But it still looked worn out.


Looking better(ish) . . .

Fourth step: bigger stuff.  We replaced the countertop with the same counter used in the kitchen and added a square-ish vessel sink (round sinks looked way too mod for the space) and a new black faucet and drain (which were ridiculously hard to find) and some colourful hand towels.

I spray painted the handles from the guest room half bath black and installed them here!




This bathroom isn’t anything super special (yet), but it is definitely better!  I still need to change the towel bar, paint the radiator (is that possible?) and add some more artwork/accessories.  Any suggestions for a great towel bar?
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