Definite progress has been made on the tiny bathroom in my condo! If you missed how it started out, you can see it here. It was beyond disgusting, but I’m working hard to remove the disgusting factor, and replace it with new finishes.
I got the two layers of old, gross vinyl floor removed, and installed the same groutable vinyl floor tiles that I have in the rest of the condo. I also installed a bit of trim, and primed just enough of the wall so that my father-in-law could install the new toilet.
You can see that I also tested out a paint color — the same Rich Cream (light yellow) that I have on the walls in the family room/kitchen/breakfast room. I’m still not sure what color I’ll go with, but I really don’t want to use white. White just seems so boring. And since this is the smallest room in the condo, and yellow is the brightest of all the colors, that just made sense to me. But we’ll see.
I also took the advice that a couple of you gave me, and I removed the door from the shower. I’ll use a shower curtain instead. It’s really amazing how that opened up not only the doorway to the shower (the frame on the door took up at least five inches of the already-very-narrow doorway width), but it made the whole room feel a bit more spacious.
And then I spent hours….HOURS…cleaning that shower. I mean, I cleaned, and cleaned, and cleaned.
First I used Lime Away on the whole thing. It still looked dirty and dingy. Then I used just pure bleach (while wearing a painters mask for the fumes). It still looked dirty and dingy. Then I scrubbed the entire thing with a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and a Magic Eraser. It still looked dirty and dingy. Then I scrubbed every single grout line with a firm brush and a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It still looked dirty and dingy.
So, knowing that the grout was clean, but was just looking like 30-year-old white grout does, I decided to use Polyblend Grout Renew in bright white on the grout lines. It made an amazing difference!
You can see the difference here. The left wall has the Grout Renew applied to the grout lines. The right wall doesn’t.
And here’s another view of the difference…
It’s a big job, and I’m only about halfway done, but it makes such a big difference! Unfortunately, I don’t think it shows as much in pictures as it does in person.
So that’s where my bathroom makeover stands right now. I’ve also been working on my living room bookshelves (they’re all wood filled, sanded, and caulked, and one of them has been partially primed), so the progress on the bathroom has been slower than I had hoped. But that’s okay! As long as I’m making progress somewhere, it really doesn’t matter which room the progress is in, right?
THREE WEEKS TO GO!!! And my in-laws left on Saturday, so I’m on my own again. Of course, my mom has offered to help me whenever I need it, and also my brother just moved here this weekend, so I might recruit him to help me also. We’ll see how it goes.
Three weeks, y’all! I’m actually feeling pretty good about it. Tomorrow I hope to have the finished bookcase wall to show you!!