Monday, October 17, 2016

Bathroom makeover - part 1

Last Monday I had a really, really rough day with Luke. On a daily basis his actions remind me of how quickly and easily he will hurt Mabel, on purpose and without provocation. Last Monday we nearly ended up at the hospital; all because I stepped away from him to put a bagel in the toaster.

Of course parenting can be very exhausting - the constant-ness of it and how little ever seems to be accomplished. After that particularly stressful & draining day, I needed to do something where I could actually SEE results and I took on our bathroom :)

We are super happy to have a fully functioning bathroom - hot, running water and a flush toilet are things we have lived without in the past and we know we are blessed with these luxuries. That being said ... pictures of our bathroom weren't even part of the real estate listing when we bought our house. It was/is a bit sad looking.

When my Mom stayed with us after Mabel was born, she graciously sanded and painted the window trim, the door and the vanity cabinet. Afterwards, she re-grouted the vanity tile-top and scraped all the black gunge from around each the floor squares. What a trooper!

Shortly after, we even got a door knob for the door and were feeling very fancy :)

My project focused just on one wall to begin with ... getting rid of the crazy tile (that does a full loop around the bathroom!) and applying paint. Seemed simple enough. Of course in this house nothing is really simple.

The tile was hiding some very interesting wall repair work ... not something I have the skills to fix properly. What do you do when part of your wall sticks out a half inch farther than the rest??

After I got some sample paint up, I realized that similar to our bedroom painting fiasco the paint was peeling off in huge sheets and the wall would need to be scraped, sanded, primered and then finally painted. Lovely.

After nearly a full week of working on just this one wall during every free moment I had from the kids, here's the result. Exciting to see what it can look like, but also pretty daunting considering how much is still left to do.

(color = Whirlpool with Dover White)

1 comment:

Shan in Japan said...

With my sudden trip to the US, I got way behind on your updates! The house is looking great! Hopefully I can get around to writing on my blog again soon.
Hugs, Shan