The bathroom off of the kids playroom is now clearly the nicest bathroom in the house.
The decision to work on this bathroom came from me quite some time ago before demo of the other downstairs bathroom (which still remains that way). My husband and I were just so undecided on what to do with that bathroom we decided to hold off. We had a party coming up (which is always when we start large projects for some reason) and desperately needed a clean bathroom downstairs for it.
Here is the renovation photo essay, I hope you enjoy it. The entire process took about a week and a half with my husband and I burning the midnight oil every night and we were exhausted. He didn’t want to start this project being that he had already started the other bathroom, but we were at an impasse.
To me, this was a simpler fix being this one didn’t have a shower – no systems changes, etc. Everything cosmetic. Let me tell you, having no experience until this project with plaster and lathe it is NOT fun! A friend of mine had warned me about this and indeed she was telling the truth. At least now we know what to expect the next time we tear down walls having experienced it first hand.
You can see, the wallpaper was already starting to come down, I was considering at a time to actually remove and simply paint it.
The door was purchased to match the others in the house while on a trip to Recycling the Past, a cool architectural Salvage yard that my husband and I visited.
Looking at the above photo we now know that the right wall is a partition wall added…in 1965!
Ah, the days when it only cost 2.10 to get to NYC and back.
Withdrawing Domingo Troops!
Down comes the ceiling.
Up goes the mold resistant sheetrock. We did insulate…check out, the awesome cuts that my husband made to expose the beams.
Ready for paint. See the great new woodwork around the window?
We maintained the original top molding above the window as they don’t make the profile any longer.
The floors could use a little refinishing but will wait. This is as good as I could scrub them.
This brings me to another interesting piece of anti-toolbelt-diva advice about what NOT to scrub your floors with, and this should have been obvious. Jimmy was anxious to get the vanity installed – if you notice, the vanity rests above the floors whereas the old one did not. I wanted to clean the floor underneath where the vanity was going – especially since you never know when you may want to swap something out. I swiftly grabbed whatever was closes to me, which in this case was a paper towel. Yes. You read that right. A paper towel. Not thinking clearly (and it’s 11:30 PM at this time) I start scrubbing, as my husband says “like Cinderella-late for the ball” on lord-knows-how-old wood floors and within seconds, I felt a sharp shooting pain UNDER my thumb nail. Off to the hospital I go after several attempts by my husband to extract said splinter. I will post this cell phone shot as a thumbnail for the weary, and if those of you brave souls decide you want to actually SEE it? Be my guest.
This is after they pumped it full of stuff so I wouldn’t feel the removal. What you want to see here is the dark line underneath my nail. Straight down into my nail bed! Ouch. It was really painful. I really do not have much luck with this thumb. It’s pretty gross and I am happy to report, completely back to normal. Lesson learned.
I was laughing the entire time I was in the hospital emergency room, seeing every hour pass. Could not believe I did it. I think I finally left around 2:30 AM.
Next day…back to the grind. Time to find a mirror, fast. The next day without delay I head over to Red Bank Antiques District.
Cell phone shot
And picked up four items.
My baby. 18th century France – so I’m told. Definitely not in pristine condition – I love the silver that shows through though, so I do not mind the weathered look here – it’s genuine.
I love this print. It is completely out of scale of the wall, I need to add more I think…suggestions? I love the print itself but can certainly part with the frame if necessary. I just loved the circus theme. This bathroom, while certainly not for children alone, is immediately adjacent to the playroom.
The third purchase I can easily part with, but since the bathroom is off of the playroom I thought it appropriate to add vintage with children. I don’t know how I feel about this print and it wasn’t an overly expensive investment, thoughts? A “hot or not” may be in order here.
It struck me as warm and grandfatherly…Jimmy doesn’t like it.
Top window detail – we kept the original crown moulding.
All in all, a very satisfying project.
All Benjamin Moore Aura Paint.
Walls: Roasted Sesame Seed in Eggshell – Chosen via recommendation of Paulina, who I ran into with the kids at the paint store! Thanks so much, I love the color.
Trim: Kentucky Wheat, Semi-Gloss finish
Rafters: Vapor, High Gloss Finish
As always, suggestions are welcome. I’m stuck with a few things – rug style/size and certainly what else to add/remove/hang on the walls.