Last week, I finally finished up my kitchen makeover, and this week I hope to finish up my dining area makeover (just a handful of projects left!!), and possibly even my utility closet/hallway makeover (big project there will be installing a pre-hung door…yikes!). It’s an ambitious goal, but I really think I can do it.
So I’ve been thinking about what I want to work on next. It would make sense to move on to my bedroom, since I’ve actually gotten quite a bit done in there. But I’ve decided instead to tackle a room that has been neglected since the day we moved into this condo.
I don’t think I’ve ever shared a picture of the bathroom on my blog. It’s horrible. All of the finishes and fixtures are original…and worn…and disgusting…and some are broken (like the faucet). It’s always been one of those “I’ll get to it soon” projects, but here we are six years later, and I still haven’t gotten to it. So it’s time.
So here is the very embarrassing “before” picture that I took when we moved in. It would be less embarrassing if it didn’t still look exactly like this…but it does.
See the wallpaper? Ha! Of course you do. How could you NOT see it, right? Well, what you don’t see from the picture is that the wallpaper is covered with flowers and…(wait for it)…
Strawberry wallpaper in the bathroom?! What the heck?
So it’s time. And I’ve got some ideas rolling around in my head.
I want tile on the wall, but I need to keep it inexpensive. So what’s the best way to use an inexpensive tile but keep it from looking boring? Use an interesting pattern! I want to do a subway tile in a herringbone pattern, and I found a great example over at Love, Sweat and Tears.
I don’t want the walls tiled from floor to ceiling. Instead, I’d like it about chairrail height, and then above the chairrail, I’d love to use a bold, dramatic color. As I was gathering inspiration the other day, I came across this picture from Lonny.
That gorgeous combo of bright white, dark teal, and touches of black just makes me weak in the knees! But there’s one big difference between that bathroom and mine. Natural light. You’ll notice that my little bathroom has no natural like, and is kind of cave-like. So I’m not sure at all if I can pull off such a bold color. But a girl can dream!
You can’t see it in my “before” photo above, but the mirror in the bathroom is a plain builder’s grade plate glass mirror. I really dislike those things, so I need an inexpensive but fantastic idea for a mirror. And ever since I saw this home office makeover from Stacy at Not Just A Housewife, I’ve had the image of her fantastic mirror stuck in my head. I’d love to make something like that for my bathroom!
That’s pretty much as far as I’ve gotten with my planning…daydreaming…about my bathroom makeover. It’s such a tiny space, and I want to pack a lot of style in there without the room feeling overwhelming when someone walks in.
So tell me…what are your thoughts on my plan. Do you like a herringbone tile pattern as much as I do? (Or a herringbone ANYTHING for that matter? I’m a bit obsessed with herringbone at the moment.) What do you think of such a dark wall color in a room with no natural light? Think I can pull it off since it’ll be used with so much bright white?
I really can’t wait to get started. But first…dining area and hallway/utility closet. I can’t allow myself to get too sidetracked.