Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Before: Bathroom

It feels like many moons ago that we gave our bathroom a little facelift. I don't call it a remodel because structurally, the only thing we changed was the mirror cabinet. But dang, the little changes we took on made a world of difference. When we started, we didn't realize how much of an undertaking a simple "facelift" would be, but it was still so worth it - the bathroom finally feels clean! But let me count the reasons this old bathroom had to go.
  1. The wallpaper was dirty and dinghy. It was splitting on almost every seam and on the black wallpaper, they masked the cracks on the seams by coloring the wall with sharpie. Clever? Yes. Classy? No.
  2. The vanity was also dinghy.
  3. The mirrored racetrack lighting was just not pretty.
  4. The outlets only worked when the lights were on. 
  5. The mirror cabinet didn't open well without a yank, which always made me think it would shatter in my hands. 
  6. The chair rail looked weird around the outlet. (As you can see above)
  7. The ceiling was wallpapered. I mean, that's less of an aesthetic problem and more of "pain in my rear for trying to get it down" problem. 
So I'll just let you soak in what we were up against. One of the many things I took away from this experience: I will never, ever use wallpaper. Seriously, it's the devil.

Like the hole-in-the-wall toilet paper holder?

Under the wallpaper, we were surprised with many years worth of paint. Pink, orange, and even some purple flowered wallpaper!

The original floors are great. The dirty vanity on the other hand, not so great.

This is after the first layer of wallpaper was off. Then we had to do 1-2 more rounds of scraping and sanding! I wouldn't wish this process on my greatest enemy.

Coming soon: The Finished Bathroom!


  1. Wow, I can't wait to see the finished product! What a big project...

  2. So exciting! Can't wait to see the finished product!!


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