When we bought our house three years ago, we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us. Our home was built in 1900 and has so much charm and really great bones. In fact, when we first walked into it, I felt like I'd gone back in time. The whole house was essentially unchanged for decades. That's part of the reason I love it so much. But with old homes comes some much needed updating. Which takes money. So, little by little, we tackle different areas of our home, making them "ours".
Last year I chose the downstairs 1/2 bath to remodel. As much as I was digging the retro, jungle wallpaper, I was ready for a change. I decided to basically gut the whole room and start from scratch.
I began tearing down all that beautiful wallpaper. I'm pretty sure the animals were watching me. I thanked them for the years of joy (and possibly terror) they brought to this home over the years. I was always tempted to put glow-in-dark eyes on them, but never followed through with it.
With some help from my husband, I hauled out the toilet and sink.
Next came scraping up the old flooring. This was the most tedious and strenuous part of the job. That stuff did not want to come off. But after a day of labor, it was ready.
I knew I wanted to keep the style clean and simple. I also wanted to make sure it still had that old home charm. I painted first. White on the bottom half and trim. And a cheery yellow on the upper walls.
I chose to use a simple white tile with dark grey grout on the floor. I had never laid tiles before. I did most the work myself, first laying the barrier down, then cutting and fitting the tiles.
I glued everything into place, trying to keep it all evenly spaced. I had a contractor friend quickly do the grout. I didn't want to screw that part up! He's a pro, so it took him a fraction of the time it would have taken me.
I scored a vintage sink from Skagit Salvage for a great price. It needed some cleaning and the knobs and drain needed work. My husband helped with that part and with the installation/plumbing.
I went with a simple white toilet with a rounded seat and decided to position it facing the door as opposed to facing the sink as it was originally. I think it looks better this way and gives more space between the sink and the toilet. I like the look of the rounded seat rather than the oblong shape seat. For some reason it seems more old-fashioned to me. Plus it fits better in such a tiny space!
With everything installed and functional, all that was missing was a bit of art for the wall. I am a minimalist, so I do not like over-decorating. My oldest daughter, 10 at the time, made me a watercolor painting on canvas. It adds a bit of color to the room and I adore it.
Some ideas for the future would be to add a hanging plant in the corner above the toilet, and some cute wallpaper inside the medicine cabinet and the upper corner cabinet.
I am very pleased with how this remodel turned out. It went from a quirky, dark, outdated bathroom, to a clean, bright, charming place to go potty. And it only took about a week to complete!
Let me know what you think! Are you a DIYer? I'd love to hear about your home projects!