We really haven't done much significant to the home since we moved in and the lack of personalization was beginning to get to me. So, about two weeks ago I decided I would make the main level bathroom my first project. I picked this room because we plan to replace most of the windows in the house, but not the one in this bathroom as it is newer. And although this bath needs a major redesign, as there is literally a two foot wide walk space (and that may be a generous estimate!), that project is not remotely in our sights.
So, what was I to do with the 'dijon mustard' walls (that were peeling to show previous pink paint) and the very bold, but high quality turquoise tub and toilet? Not to mention the brown and sage green towels thrown in for good measure...
It was the kids' first taste of 'remodeling' as we emptied the room of nearly everything removable and masked it off for painting. Z did not like the upheaval nor the smell of masking tape. The girls thought it was quite exciting to see everything going on. M didn't really care what happened. S enjoyed dropping the cordless drill on my foot, which is still bruised and eating screwdrivers. One thing they all agreed upon by the end: they were tired of going shopping!!! These projects sure take a lot of errands....On the other hand, Z thought it was nice to be going to 'boy' stores (just don't tell him how much Mom likes Lowe's).
Ryan thought it was the strangest birthday he had ever been a part of, but I thought it was great fun. I felt a great sense of accomplishment in chiseling off glue from the old shower door and having it come smooth after a good hour or more of elbow grease. I tackled hanging a curtain rod and towel bar and won. Ryan and I painted together, laughed about how much he HATES plumbing (and it is alot), leveled mirrors, patched a major hole I caused (long story that involves the above mentioned bruised foot and horrible old plaster), and were able to accomplish something besides diapers and feeding, which felt really good! Not to mention a greatly improved bathroom.
We have a few small things to finish up, but it is sure feels like an improvement to us! Who knew you could work with a turquoise tub and toilet (at least that's what it feels like I succeeded to do)?? Today we will finish up some electrical, a bit of plumbing (yes, Ryan is very excited), do a bit of touch-up and we should be 99%done. This week we watch for our new rugs and a oiled bronze recessed toilet paper holder (thus, the hole under the window) to arrive by mail. Meanwhile, I ponder what area I will take on next (no I will very likely not wait until my next birthday)!