The Water Closet

Here is the world’s smallest bathroom. So I’m exaggerating a bit, but considering it’s the only one for all four of us makes it seem that much smaller. It still needs a lot of work, but it’s a huge improvement from what it once was. Since it is so tiny, I wasn’t able to get it all in one or two shots so I thought it would be best just to point out all the details and hope that you are able to get a picture of it in your mind.

This is before, makes me shudder….

I painted the walls City Smokestack Gray. I love it completely! It seemed like it might be a bit tricky because we have this very old school texture on our walls that would make painting a clean line nearly impossible, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve…

See, weird texture, right? So here’s the trick. When taping at the ceiling bring the tape down onto the wall about 2 mm. If you go right into the corner, the texture will trick your eye into thinking your line isn’t straight. Next, “seal” the tape. This is a bit tedious, but totally necessary. Just take the background, or in this case ceiling color, and paint up against the tape. Make sure it fills in any gaps and allow it to dry completely. This is usually pretty easy because most ceilings are white and just about any white will do since its such a small amount. It will help avoid all those pesky bleeds through the tape.

Yay! Now it’s time to paint! Use a good brush and cut in, making sure you are bringing the brush down and away from the tape and NOT up towards it. Repeat this step. Then, roll up as close as you can get to the ceiling without getting paint on it. Remove tape while the paint is still wet. This will prevent any accidental bleeds as well.

Tada! Clean line and gorgeous color!

This next part is my favorite thing! We had this hideous sink/counter combo. The cabinet was oak so I painted it black (no surprise there) and then I searched craigslist and found a black granite counter top WITH an undermount sink for the low, low price of…..(drumroll) $30!!!! It was the exact measurements as our current sink and was so easy to install. Thanks to my handy hubby, in 20 minutes we went from this…

To this!!

Isn’t it beautiful? Needs a good polishing, but its so perfect for this space. I found the faucet set on craigslist for a mere $5.

This is the lovely black and white fabric we used for the shower curtain. I bought it on sale for $40 to use for another project but decided it would be perfect in here.

The light fixture was something terrible from the 1950’s, so Jeff took it down and replaced it with this one from Lorelei’s room. After a quick coat with Rustoleum’s black metallic spray paint, he hung it up and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. It looks like oil rubbed bronze!

We found this vinyl remnant in the clearance section at Home Depot for $25. It was so easy to rip out the old floor and glue this in place.  The girls were away at Nana and Papa’s and we were able to finish it in one evening. We even had time to go out for drinks after! It was the PERFECT date night!

I love the black, white and gray color palate.

We really needed more cabinet space for all of our toiletries, but it took over the towel rack. Jeff actually came up with this fantastic idea. He took this bottom part of a shelf I had (found at goodwill for $2), cut off the shelf and attached the brackets right to the cabinet! 4 hooks for 4 towels. Awesome!

Next on the To Do list….This awful wainscoting!  It’s some kind of weird textured plastic. It’s so ugly and I hate how it takes away from all that we’ve done. My solution? Beadboard wallpaper! Hopefully we can get to that in the next few weeks!

Cost so far for Bathroom Remodel

Flooring………………………………..$25

Flooring glue………………………….$10

Granite sink……………………………$35

1 Quart Wall paint……………………$10

1 Quart Cabinet paint………………..$8

Fabric …………………………………..$40

Towels…………………………………..$24

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Grand Total…………………………….$152!!!!!

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