the farm: the bathroom, take one

This blog post has been a long time coming, well, not this one, but the one that will follow it (with all the nitty gritty details for which you have to request the password). For this post, I’ll attempt to satisfy the blog readers that are just happy with basic before and afters. For everything in between, you’ll have to have full access.

Subscribers can refer to the lower level floorplan. This room is the 7 x 7 1/2 bath.


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The floors could use a little refinishing but will wait. This is as good as I could scrub them.

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This brings me to another interesting piece of un-toolbelt diva-ish advice about what NOT to scrub your floors with, and this should have been obvious. My husband 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. My thumb is not usually this swollen! Really 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.

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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.

Time to find a mirror. The next day without delay I head over to Red Bank Antiques District.

Cell phone shot

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And picked up four items.

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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 love the circus theme.

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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? I’m new at the whole vintage decor thing – so an additional “hot or not” may in order here.

It struck me as warm and grandfatherly…

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The faucet

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Top window detail

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I definitely need better art in this room.

A fun find in one of the later added wall partitions, which was from 1965:

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Ah, the days when it only cost 2.10 to get to NYC! Sigh.

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Withdrawing Domingo Troops!

Subscribers, stay tuned for the detail post!

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  • Great job. The ceilling looks amazing! Did you uncover that?

    If I may add my 2 cents, I think you need something that takes up more space on the yellow wall. The picture you have hanging is totally throwing the room off balance for me.ReplyCancel

  • I agree completely. Add more things or remove completely??? I’m at a standstill here.ReplyCancel

  • If you have something larger (or a collection of smaller things) to hang, then definitely. There is a lot going on the one side and the blank space looks odd to me. Maybe add a rug too? (And this is totally the kettle caling the pot b/c I don’t have a single thing hung in my bathroom nor am I making any strides to getting that task done!)ReplyCancel

  • Ceiling!! WOW! And that mirror…I *love* it. We just looked at that faucet (or something similar) last week at Lowe’s in Eatontown — I’ll have to show your picture off so the man can see it “in action.” What make is yours? (and did you get locally?)

    And I love the prints…both of them. I wonder if you add a rug only if that would help you feel more at one with the wall? I would pull one in from another room just to see.ReplyCancel

  • Yes! I think the faucet was Pfister? Not sure exactly sorry! I got it locally 😉

    I have no rug that will FIT in this room right now!

    Mrs. Limestone – I have to say, I could use an ottoman similar in size to the ones you were looking at for this room. Good place to put a bag down or something.ReplyCancel

  • hi Laura,
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us. We recently purchased a home that is in need of major updo’s. I’ve spent all summer peeling wallpaper and getting walls painted, switching out hardware, etc. but i see a long road ahead. It is comforting to see bloggers that don’t just move in and make it perfect in a month. I look forward to seeing your ideas. Have an outstanding day.

    BTW, enjoy your snow! We are going to reach 78 degrees tomorrow in San Antonio, Texas. Most annoying…ReplyCancel