So first I should show you the late 80's powder room. These pics are again taken after the wallpaper has been stripped. An easy task with TIF (I believe that's what it is called) wallpaper remover. That stuff is fantastic!! Works within minutes and everything more or less falls off the wall.
|Ok - an oak toilet seat - looks really dated now. And that lovely shade of purple yuck.|
|Lovely builder grade built in vanity with sink - I updated years ago with new handles and a coat of paint on the doors.|
So not only did the vanity have to be ripped out but we took out the old laminate flooring as we had saved hardwood floor from our living room reno and wanted to put that in. This worked out perfect as the new dresser vanity has legs and the floor needed to go from wall to wall. Next was the vessel sink search. He was deadset on glass - with a design. I said ok to glass but no design but I really wanted just a plain clean white sink to stay somewhat with a vintage feel. We went to the usual places. Home Depot - had very limited variety to choose from and the prices werent great. We went across the road to Rona, where we had purchased our kitchen sink previously, and there found a larger inventory with a wide range of prices. Again HH insisted on glass, when we had picked one we liked the very helpful young sales
HH drilled holes in the top and we took the back off the top drawer to facilitate the placement of the plumbing. Of course it didn't all go smoothly - there were a few curse words.
Here is everything in place. You can just barely make out the water pouring over the glass into the sink. I like the look of this - a bit modern and a bit vintage - just like me.
So before the flooring was put down, I stripped off the old wallpaper and HH repainted the upper part of the walls with paint we had left over from the living room fireplace wall. Its a nice chocolate brown (colour name? its by Behr and is on the same card as the Swiss Coffee off white trim colour). The wallpaper I had seen at Home Depot and it works perfectly and pulls all the colours together. It is not prepasted.wallpaper. This is the first time I have used paper that I had to use separate paste with and you know what?? It was easier! And cleaner! And my seams are invisible. Thats great! Worth every penny. The chair rail is painted the same as the trim in the rest of the house (swiss coffee by Behr). The mirror is from Ikea (@18.00) and I hung it a tad low but it is OK. Once the holes were drilled that was it we were committed.
Here is a view of the floor. We had EXACTLY enough left over. Fortunately we (HH) prefit the pieces like a big puzzle to make sure it would all work. If we were short we would have played around with something else farther under the vanity where it wouldnt be noticable. I have since replaced that lovely oak toilet seat with one that closes with just a touch. I really like the way the new vanity sits a bit back from the doorway. The original built in came right up to the frame and this way seems to make the room feel bigger.
You can also see the light that we changed out from an old brass/murano glass fixture from 1990. This was in our ensuite bathroom but HH didn't like it as it didn't shed much light. However, in here it is perfect, it is brushed stainless metal and the light bounces prettily off the ceiling. It's perfect.
Here's a picture that will hopefully give you a better feeling for the space.
Overall this was a very fulfilling and fun job to do. I will try and give a breakdown of total costs. It really wasnt very much as we used a lot of what we had on hand. This is one of my favourite places in the house and I like to just go in and sit there... is that odd??
Vessel Sink 152.00
Towel Ring 9.00
Toilet seat 30.00
Misc. decor 20.00
Wallpaper and paste 75.00
Chandelier - repurposed from another room
Flooring free - had left over
Paint free - left over
Total 533.00 Just a little over the 500.00 I was aiming for.
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