I’m Almost Done With Room One! (Master Bath “Before” Pictures)

Shower, Straight On

Shower, Straight On (Before)

I’m almost done with room one!  Chant it with me!  I’m almost done with room one!  My master bathroom is so close to completion, that I wanted to let you all know that you could expect a reveal this weekend.  I still need to do some touch-ups  on my paint, cleaning, and styling but I’m so close to doneness!  I’m really liking how this master bathroom is looking, I can’t wait to get my accessories and new towels and stuff in there and see it all together.

Nasty Rack Over Toilet

Nasty Rack Over Toilet

It is such a tiny, tiny room– literally only 16 square feet, if you’re not factoring the shower, which I’m not.  That is WAY too much math for you to expect from me!  (Plus, I can’t really decorate *inside* of the shower anyway, so what does it matter, how it factors into the square footage of my room, amirite?)  I DID get a new pouf for Pan and I, but that’s hardly decor….

So I’m working in there, touching up my Ben Moore paint and thinking about art placement, and it occurs to me, I haven’t showed ya’ll exactly what it looked like *before.*  That’s an important part of getting the oooh’s and ahhh’s right?  –The audience needs to have seen it all *before* I worked a ton on it.  Otherwise, as far as you guys know, it looks just the same, and I’ve merely slapped a few clean towels in there.  Not so!

The Window Wall

The Window Wall

PLEASE keep in mind that all of the photos accompanying this post are extreme befores– dirty, dingy, dreary.  We had yet to move in when I took most of these shots, and this room is SO disgusting here in these pics… we literally paid a lady to clean before we moved in, my Mother scrubbed it as we were moving, and then I tackled it that first week.  (You would not believe the amount of times I’ve scrubbed that grout since!  It is *just now* starting to look white and lovely.)   Now that it is clean, I really really love that shower, my husband does too, it has a very spa feel.  Part of that is the cool color of the tile, and part of it is the hot-box-of-steam atmosphere it whips up.

When a shower like that is nasty, its almost even hard to force yourself into there to clean it, and then once you have– where do you go to clean yourself?  Its almost like you’re afraid the cooties are going to jump back and forth from you to the funky shower.   Once I got it really clean the first time, I’ve since established a nice little routine of hitting it with my dawn/vinegar spritz when I’m done showering, and on bathroom cleaning days (Tuesdays, if you’ve read my post on my cleaning schedule) I’ll add a dab of baking soda to a toothbrush and scrub anything that looks like its headed to yucky.  I’m not having my awesome mint green tile be gross or embarrassing, but I also don’t want to use bleach or hard chemicals because that stuff condensates and drips on your head (and face!) while you are showering in there, and I’d rather go with skin safe, thanks.  So persistence is key with this one.

The Pot

The Pot

To describe the bones of the bath, it is a tiny bit of a square thing, with the door taking up half of that front wall.  The sink fills the rest of the space just inside the doorway, and along that right wall is also the toilet.  Sharing the potty’s foot space is the shower, directly adjacent to the door.  The remaining wall is entirely occupied by window and towel bar.  The floor is a seventies buttery lino that is fine.  I’ve seen better, and I’ve lived with worse. There are two light fixtures, one overhead and  a trio of bulbs, movie-star-style over the medicine cabinet.  The light from the window is also fantastic.

I’ve had the thought more than a few times as I’ve been working in there, that by New York standards, this is likely a fairly luxurious bath.  It has no extras, but it is efficient, and the minty color of the tile is cool and refreshing.  Everything works well, and it is utterly delightful to have a potty to creep off to in the middle of the night without the risk of rousing the household with a flush– or worse.  I’ve yet to be sick in this house, but I’m betting when that happens, I’m going to be pleased to have a secluded bathroom in which to barricade myself.

When we moved in, the metal shelf thingy behind the toilet had been left intact, and I believe the reasoning for that was that it was sort of attached.  Whenever it had been built (the Eighties?) they had assembled it around the towel rod, rendering the rod useless and the shelf tethered to the john.  I might have been okay with that– once it had been cleaned up– if I hadn’t repeatedly banged my head on it.  I’m sure this fits drastically within the column of oversharing, but the truth is, I would stumble in there in a dreamy stupor, manage to get seated, lean my head back, and BAM!  Whack myself, once again, on the same spot on my noggin.  After about the tenth time that spot on my head was hella sore and I was ready to yank that mammajamma out of the wall.  Plus, it never looked tidy.  Even when it was.  Get.  It.  Out.  One of my first actions on the room was disassembling it and moving it out of there.

The Wall-Mount Sink

The Wall-Mount Sink

Once I got that down, I quickly figured out that the wallpaper was dying to come off of the walls, all that it required was a little yank and it peeled completely, in whole panels.  I immediately decided to paint rather than wallpaper, and I’m glad I did.  I was able to tie my bedroom choices into the bath’s scheme much more easily.

The way that I tied it all together is with this one fabric that I got fifteen dollars worth of at Joann, Etc., and I used it all over the space.  I used it to replace the super-grotty, overly-long, pull-up blinds on the window with a couple of panels I made.  I just took the blinds down, I have no patience for cleaning them, and I didn’t want to use them anyway.  I bundled them into a garbage bag, labeled them, and stashed them for the landlord’s laterness.  See ya, nasty too-big shades!

The Ceiling

The Ceiling

This shot of the sink (to the left) and the ceiling were taken after we had lived her for a month or so, and the wallpaper had come down.  I simply hadn’t gotten a clear shot of either of these angles, and I thought it better to include them.  The ceilings all over this house are pretty icky, I would love to paint them all.  Ho-hum, we’ll see if I end up with the stamina for all of that!  Also note that the heating vent for the bath is in the ceiling, directly over the entrance to the shower.   It can get really warm and sultry in there!

The only thing that I haven’t managed to do in this little room is change the toilet seat.  I’m really hating this foamy spongy vinyl one we have, plus it is oddly larger than the actual potty… as if it was made to work, instead of the right size to begin with.  I clean it several times a week, I just can’t trust it.  I tell myself its not yucky, but it SO is.  I’ve been looking for a replacement, and I think it would be a real hoot to find a mint green one.  The toilet itself is just white porcelain, but so is the sink, so its not like a mismatched set or anything.  I’m just thinking if I have to special-order a smaller seat, I might as well find one that’s seafoam to boot!  Wouldn’t that be hawt with the tile?  Anyway, I’m not going to wait until I’ve wrapped up that little issue before I show off the room, but it is the only thing that is undone as of this moment.  I promise to update you guys with pics when I finally DO work that seat business out.

So– now you’ve seen the dirty little secret!  The first room I’ve done in this big old house– probably the tiniest one I could find….  Join me later this weekend as I show the other side of the coin!  Lots of little changes, and I’m hoping bigger impact than the bland bath it was before…..

 


 

2 Responses to “I’m Almost Done With Room One! (Master Bath “Before” Pictures)”

  1. LOVE! Can’t wait to see what you have done with it…And, yes…the toilet seat — nostalgic though it may be — gross. Those always creep me out. And it takes a lot to do that.

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    Yeah, I totally love vintage and all, but the rules change when you have to put naked flesh on it! Eeeww! I’ve told Pan we will be buying a new toilet seat off the web as soon as I find the perfect one. Thanks for visiting, sweet friend!


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