One lesson I continue to learn in home renovations is that it always costs more than I think it will.
With that being said, when we decided to do our master bath renovation we figured we could just get the guest bath done as well since it wouldn’t be as much of an overhaul as the master.
Unfortunately, despite our savings plan, the costs ended up being more than we saved so I decided for the guest bath to only have the contractor do the jobs that we couldn’t eventually do ourselves: floor leveling and tiling, new tub & plumbing, tile surrounding tub. That left us with ugly wallpaper & a dated vanity with an ugly countertop.
Here are some true BEFORE pictures:
This isn’t just an “it looks bad; we need to change it” thing. There was a plumbing problem behind the wall of the shower that caused constant dripping of the bath faucet, which in turn caused rust on the fixtures & constant mold. The vanity countertop is a manufactured “marble” that’s yellow/gold with rust stains as well. I think the faucet is actually rusted in place.
I purchased a new sink, faucet, and vanity light LAST JUNE & they’re just sitting in the attic in their pretty unopened boxes. The only thing I need to buy is a new countertop for the vanity, then I can install the new vessel sink and faucet. I really want a stone countertop–preferably carrera. That little bit of elegance of using carrera can go a long way in such a small space. I plan on giving the vanity a facelift with some paint rather than purchasing a new one. It’s actually already primed I just need to decide on a color.
I really should set a deadline for this so it’s not a year from now when it gets done. But that’s real life and sometimes things just take time.
Here’s the room as of today:
I may have mentioned that I was going to paint over the wallpaper in this room. Obviously I’m not.
The wallpaper was already pealing in some places so I got an itch one day and just started pealing.
Just like every other wall in this house, there were 2 layers of wallpaper & unlike other rooms, the former owners primed over the original layer of wallpaper like you’re supposed to….but unfortunately that makes it stupid hard for me to get off. Or maybe I’m the stupid one for even picking away at it in the first place.
ANYWAYS, once I started there was no going back. So here I am down to sheetrock in most places with a lot of damage to repair before I can paint. I know that prepping the walls is the most important step, but it’s so hard to not want to rush things and just paint. Patience, young one….or should I say almost 30-year old one?!
Now that the nursery is completed, this bathroom will have my full attention. I’m being very intentional about starting and finishing one room before moving on to another right now–something that’s against my nature.
Here are my inspiration pictures for what I may do in the room: