Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Something about Spring energizes me to tackle a home improvement project.  This season I chose my main downstairs bathroom.   It is a smallish full bath, 10 ft. long by 5 ft. wide (just wide enough for a standard tub) by 10 ft. tall.  It's not a bad space, but the color is not my favorite, and it has the Dreaded Wallpaper.  Ugh.

Wallpaper Before: Get the Brown Down!
The Good
  • Main surfaces are White: 4x4" textured tiles in the shower area, cultured marble (?) countertops, vanity with a decent amount of storage, toilet and tub
  • Soaring ceilings (10 ft.)
The Bad
  • Molded shell shaped sink is part of the countertop
  • No natural light (hence the less-than-stellar photos)
  • Wallpaper is stuck.  TIGHT. I know from prior experience in this house that it is cemented directly onto untreated dry wall.
  • How the heck am I going to maneuver in this room with a ladder when it is so narrow and tall (esp. above the tub area)?

The Ugly
  • Brown wallpaper with a slight foil/metallic vibe
  • Hollywood strip lighting = cheap and garish!
  • Shiny brass hardware and fixtures:  Faucets, vanity pulls, towel bars, tissue holder
  • Plain plate glass mirror
  • Towel bar above toilet--hate that location!
  • Vanity is chippy, and not in a good way. 

    So my mission is to remove the wallpaper and give this bath a facelift, not  major reconstructive surgery.  Stay tuned!


    Red Couch Recipes said...

    What a great spring project -- I have a small bathroom that I need to do something about. Good luck! Joni

    Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

    Can't wait to see the after pictures.