Our downstairs bathroom and/or powder room was wall-papered. Or, IS wall-papered, depending on whether you're a glass-half-full kinda gal. It's neutral wall-paper and light colored, which is great for such a tiny room, but it's still wall-paper. I, for one, am not a huge fan of wall-paper in general. It's nothing personal, and there's plenty of folks who can pull it off, but it's not for me. This particular paper was starting to peel up, so I asked my father-in-law (the eternal handy man!) if we could borrow his wall-paper steamer. He brought it over and as we discussed possibilities for our tiny bathroom, the next thing I know my mother-in-law is tearing off huge chunks of the paper. So I guess our demolition began Sunday!
Not-horrible wall-paper, the vase that the previous owners left behind + flowers I added, and the photo Ben had of NYC that seemed to go with the whole black & white theme
My least favorite light fixture of all time, I think. Also, here you can see the obnoxious blue that the bathroom was painted before the previous owners decided to sell. Good choice on covering that mess up, guys
Beginning the demolition / a look at the complementary wall-paper and border
The little toilet paper holder that can barely hang on!
I actually did some minor improvements on this bathroom a few months ago, which basically consisted of:
- Removed the tacky "gold" plastic mirror and replacing with a silver one
- Replaced the non-matching, tarnished towel rack & toilet paper holder with new silver ones
- Upgraded the cabinet pulls to match the rest of the fixtures
- Purchased the replacement light fixture, but we haven't installed it since we know we're doing a whole lot more.
Our plan is as follows:
- Remove the wall-paper
- Buy a new "drop-in" sink
- Replace the counter with granite
- Patch the shoddy installation of the towel & toilet paper racks
- Paint the walls
- Purchase shades for the new light fixture
- Upgrade the hideous brass light fixture (this brass WILL be out of my house if it is the death of me!)
- Re-install the brushed nickel towel & toilet paper racks I purchased a few months ago (but have been barely hanging onto the wall)
*whew* I think that's everything. So here are the beginning steps of our journey, I imagine this will be a long one. Input / encouragement is welcome! Especially for inexpensive sink / granite sources and wall colors (thinking a mossy green, perhaps?).