Before. Short, small sink, linoleum, "lovely" oak vanity, sink and lighting ensemble. (We put the vanity and sink out in the alley for someone to take it for free, but the only thing that anyone took was the faucet. The garbage guys finally took away the rest) Paint is a very neutral brownish. We had already replaced the noisy, yet still working toilet at this point for a quiet water efficient one (that came with a seat cover made of cardboard- don't sit on it!)
First thing that happened was tearing out the floor and installing tiles. I bought them at a discontinued tile store and realized half of them were slightly different sizes, but that turned out not mattering much after putting in the grout. I let the grout dry too much before cleaning off the excess and Bry and I spent about 3 hours scraping it off the tiles one night. It was bonding. The light was a huge improvement. Taking out the old one involved using a saw to cut it to pieces so it could come off the wall. I wasn't sad to throw it all in the dumpster.
The plumbing issues took the longest. Many trips to Home Depot and combining the advice of about 3 different employees (much of it was conflicting), we were able to tear out the wall, change the size of the outlet tube thing patch the wall back up and make it the plumbing knobs look fancy (because that's the most important part), and install a sink that I absolutely love and it's higher up on the wall (yea). It was lots of "fun" for Bryan and his friend Trent to hang the sink on a plaster wall. We took off the vanity frame and mirror and ordered a new frame that we will drill holes in to replace the old frame.
This pic depicts the progression of the other side of the bathroom. I had to patch up the wall at the bottom because there were about 7 layers of paint that came off with the base boards and that left big gaps wall. I had to strip the paint off the recessed cabinet because it would not take another layer of paint (already dripping with about 7 layers and not shutting very well). The stripping process took a few weeks and 3 two hour sessions of using toxic paint stripper that felt like a bee sting when it hit my arm. The last pic is the finished product of the cabinet, decorated with some leaves. (I painted the backs of leaves and stamped them on there.) It looks better in real life, trust me.
Here is Pearl offering you some Skittles. Unfortunately by the time you view this, they will all be gone. It also shows the color of paint I chose. It's called "Muscari" from Martha Stewart. Who would have thought up a name like that? Here I have an empty canvas just waiting for some cool decorating ideas. I'm excited to try some vinyl wall art and modge podge. This also depicts the baseboard, caulking and new vent job.
This is the final product of the vanity combo. I picked a lighter wood color for the medicine cabinet and that seems to help match the paint. Woohoo!
Stay tuned for the next installment.