Despite the rocky start, I’ve made so much progress on the upstairs bath this week that it almost feels like I have a magic wand. Except instead of magic, it expels paint. So I guess what I’m describing is basically a paint roller then. Which, yeah, that’s about right. But still awesome.
Here’s what the bathroom looked like on Sunday morning:
In the last couple of days I’ve patched and painted the ceilings, installed new sinks and faucets, and gotten two coats of a so-blue-it’s-almost-black paint on the walls.
I also removed the most securely fastened toilet paper rod ever. Check this out:
Four screws that size kept that thing in the wall. So basically when that tornado came through I could have just grabbed on to the toilet paper rack to keep from blowing away, which is… reassuring, I guess.
Still on the short-term list for this room is:
- Cut in paint around ceiling
- Paint cabinet (I’m thinking white or light gray, but I’m kind of playing it by ear
- Paint trim (the door is going to wait and I’m going to spray all of them at once)
- Swap out switches and outlets for shiny new white ones
- Paint radiator
- Paint recessed light covers
- Fix broken showerhead
- Install towel bars
- Hang mirrors
So I guess it’s lucky I have a magic paint wand.
Hopefully I’ll be able to knock a lot of the small stuff out before the weekend. On the mirror front, you may notice in the images above that I’ve got some very awkward outlet placement to deal with that will make it difficult to hang a good sized mirrors directly above each sink. I considered for half a minute cutting out the drywall and rewiring, but the truth is that in 3-5 years I’ll probably end up gutting this bathroom and I expect it will be the least used bathroom in the house once the master is done. So I decided to embrace the awkwardness (story of my life) and go with something a little more eclectic than the traditional mirror-over-the-sink:
I have a vision (or at least a Pinterest board) for most of the rooms in Liberty, but so far this bathroom–from paint color to smashing the sinks— has been nothing but snap decisions and having fun, and I’m keeping with the that theme for the wall behind the sinks by using a bunch of old frames I had laying around to make a gallery of mirrors, of sorts.
I’m not sold on the layout above, but I’m working on it. Some of those frames are going to get to spend a little quality time with a paint brush as well, which means that I’m going to have paint in my hair, on my face, and under my fingernails for the foreseeable future.
This bathroom was such a surprise project (one I hadn’t planned to start until basically every other room in the house was done) but if you can’t tell, I’ve really just been enjoying the hell out of working on it and can’t wait to get it done.