It’s project time upstairs. I’ve been working to get things ready for the bathroom remodel. It won’t really be a lot of remodeling as much as it will be replacing. It’s a tiny bath and it should go rather quickly and hopefully without issue. I was gifted some of the major items I needed (thank you so much) and I’m excited to get started on it. But before I do, I’m painting my last 2 cabinet doors in the kitchen so I can call that job done. (Again, this finishing thing) Thankfully it’ll only take me an hour or so.
Here are some before pics of the bath. It’s pretty rough.
We had to have the wall gas heater taken out and capped off. We don’t use gas to heat. The plaster is cracked and pulling from the vaulted part of the ceiling. I’ll need to secure it to the lathe with some wide plaster buttons. I’m nervous about the overhead plaster because the vaulted hallway ceilings already gave way years ago and needed drywall replacement. It is not ideal to replace it with drywall due to the differing thickness and also extra weight. Not to mention trying to smooth it out with a rounded corner like before. I’ll need to texture the plaster with something that will cover the blemishes that old walls come with. I decided to do an ornate plaster stencil for every surface in the bathroom. This will take the most time, but I’m excited to start. It’s definitely my kind of project. The stencil pattern shipped today. I’ll do a two-tone wall color to accent the pattern, but it’ll be in the white family. I can’t get enough of white.
The bathtub stays as it’s so unique and perfectly suited for that bath. I’ll use some elbow grease to get those hard water stains out. Anyone have the best tips? I’ve been reading. I’ll replace the tub faucet with a claw tub style one, so we can utilize a shower sprayer while not having a shower head.
I already have the tile and grout for the flooring. It’s a dark faux hardwood. It should look sharp next to the white everything else.
The Formica vanity top comes off. I have tucked away some salvaged grey weathered cedar for this project in specific. I’ll trim it out, seal it, cut out the sink hole, and then set it. I have a widespread polished nickel faucet on the way to finish it off. I’ll also paint the vanity cabinet white in a semigloss finish. Btw, this idea came from a wonderful Siloam Springs blogger. Check out her home renovations HERE
The old light fixture stays (with matching lightbulbs, oops!) but I’ll give it a makeover with a metallic polished nickel spray paint and new turtle shades. It’s a cheap way to pull together a theme without buying new. I’ll also spray paint the existing towel bars and hook with the same finish.
The toilet is already new so I’m good there, other than probably having to pull it and reset while I texture and paint.
Above the vanity will be a wall of aged mirrors. I had hoped to do a wall of mirrored tile I had tinkered with, using looking glass and metallic spray paint. I’m nixing that in light of the stenciled texture.
I’ll build matching cedar honeycomb display shelves for the wall decor, and all my accents are mercury glass. I’ll add a switch plate and toilet paper ring, and we should be good to go. I’m not sure what I’ll do for the window treatment yet. I’m still deciding. I want it to be elegant and cozy, both. This bathroom has been a neglected space, but it’s time now for it to be useful. I’ll keep you up to date with my progress. If you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy the transformation just as much as I’ll enjoy doing it.
This should be an interesting project as I suffer incredible die off symptoms from my crazy diet. Hopefully a good distraction for my grumbly tummy.