Tuesday, April 26, 2011

house projects: bathroom

Right now I'm halfway through a serious block of high volume training, and I just can't talk about running, biking, or swimming any more because it's all I'm doing.  I think I've even gotten past the point where I'm hungry all the time and moved into permanently exhausted.  8 more days until taper!


So, if you remember the first house project post, when we moved in, the house was a complete mess.  The family that had lived here before it stood empty had done quite a bit of DIY themselves, extremely poorly.  There are almost no straight lines in my house.  The floors are uneven, the walls aren't straight, and nothing matches up evenly.  The bathrooms all had similar fixtures and the tile was in okay shape, but in general it was all just a little beat up.


There was no door on the bathroom.
Oh, and it was also rocking this hot mess:
I spent about a month painting almost every weekend, just to get rid of the nasty white walls.  I picked out a very pale blue for the bathroom, as well as some new fixtures.  The blue turned out more purple on the walls, but I was happy with it.
My dad very kindly hung a door for me as well - so long, peepers across the street!
And the grate disaster got fixed when the molding was replaced.
One of the biggest problems in this house is the lack of storage space.  That's actually pretty common in older houses in this area, but it drives me crazy.  There is a half-closet in the master bedroom and a small closet in the basement bedroom, and that's it.  Two small closets in the entire house.  No coat closet, no hall closet, no linen closet.  But on top of that, the bathrooms all had pedestal sinks, so no under-sink storage either.  We've made do with lots of cabinets everywhere, and we've thought about closing in some spaces as closets, but I hate to give up room space for that.  With that in mind, we decided to hang a cabinet over the toilet and buy a larger medicine cabinet.  We picked up new light fixtures to replace the old rusted one above the sink as well.
I love it. (Ignore the fact that I haven't touched up the paint yet, and that I still have Christmas soap out).  The old cabinet was hung so high that I could only see myself from the neck up, and the wood frame was rotting.  This mirror is huge, and there are mirrors inside the cabinet as well.  
It was hard to hang the cabinet because the toilet is really off-center, but I think it look all right.  And now we finally can store all of our bathroom-type things (medicines, q-tips, shampoo, etc) inside the bathroom, instead of in a cabinet in the bedroom.  


So that's one room, complete!  Until we decide to tear it all out and renovate, but that is years away.  I never realized that when I owned a house I'd become completely addicted to DIY, but I am.  I read almost as many house repair blogs as I do athletic blogs.  Good thing we plan on never moving...


Happy Tuesday!  Send some healing thoughts to my quads, please!

15 comments:

  1. Ooh, thats a huge difference! That old mirror really was high. I nevery really thought about it, though. Nice!

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  2. "the toilet is off center." it all makes sense now.

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  3. LOVE it! My house isn't great on storage either..but I guess they didn't have as much stuff 100 years ago or whatever. Losers. I love the cabinet above the toilet with the little storage baskets!

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  4. love the color and all the new fixtures! it's amazing what a little TLC facelift can do. and the grate is adorable too!

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  5. That turned out great! Hope the quads are ok!

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  6. good for you! my house is a complete disater as we are re doing...EVERYTHING!!! eeek. i long for the day to have a finnished, nice house!

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  7. It looks great! I look forward to the day that I own a place and can do projects like these.

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  8. Love. If I ever need anything done around my apt or just some inspiration, I know who to call.

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  9. I really do like the cabinet over the loo. Very nice.

    I was slightly disturbed by the idea of Christmas soap though, I must say. And are the mirrors inside the cabinet for if your cotton buds want to get a little frisky, or what?

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  10. Looks super! Great work. I rent an older house (1880's) and there are no doors upstairs, probably because the house is too crooked.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your home improvements! As you know, I just bought a house and am working on some improvements as well. I even get to replace my first appliance this week... garbage disposal.

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  12. You did a great job! It looks incredible!

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  13. Yaaaay for house projects! They are so satisfying. I love the feeling of "I did that!" Great job on the bathroom - you got mad skillz woman!

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  14. Despite some concerns, I see that you are sill suitable on everything you find inside your house. But I think it will need a little more work to make it great.

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