I redid my bathroom. Now, only in my dreams can I do the kind of damage I’m watching on Bath Crashers as I type. This was a more cosmetic redo with a budget of about $200 and the help of my fearless travel buddies, Vikki & Rosemary. Here’s a before shot:I didn’t manage to get a shot of these, but my faucet handles were this awful combo of “silver” and brass to match(?) the brass shower surround. So I found this fancy new product made for appliances that’s supposed to turn them into stainless steel. It’s a multi-step, slow, stinky process. Does it work? Wait for it.
First, there’s that counter clutter to deal with. I’ve said for years that what bathrooms need are appliance garages, someplace you can stuff everything without having to unplug it. So I decided to build one. Marc, the nice man at my local Lowe’s, spent hours (literally!) showing me how to build the thing and cutting the boards I needed. (Sadly, Lowe’s did not sponsor this post.) Then Vikki screwed the cabinet together…. and I built the doorI ended up with this:
Here’s a peek at the inside. If you look hard you can see that the cabinet has no back and it’s built around the plug. Add that to the nifty holder that corrals 2 curling irons and my hairdryer, and everything is beautifully contained. I plan to add frames around the mirror on both sides of the cabinet later. Hopefully I’ll be able to change that ugly light fixture, too. Meanwhile, the nasty orange original cabinets are now a lovely chocolate brown that matches the newly painted water closet.
The stencil is the same as on the cabinet door, only here it’s a shimmery blue to match the main room walls.
Meanwhile, Rosemary worked very hard on the hall tree…which turned out like this: The “stainless” finish is definitely better than the brass, but it does look painted. Since I’m generally not wearing my glasses in the shower, I can’t see the paint strokes so that doesn’t bother me a bit. I just thought you might want to know.
Someday I’ll figure out what to do with the corner windows, which offer a fabulous view of the backyard and the street. And, of course, offers my neighbors and anyone else going down the street a fabulous view of me in the shower. (Or it would, if I ever opened the blinds.) Here they are now.Any ideas?