Lately I feel like I’ve been treading water when it comes to my house. I have done a lot there, but I can’t really tell (except for the floors). After I saw how beautiful my hardwood floors turned out, it made me realize just how much I hated my bathroom floor. Okay, so I hated the bathroom altogether. This is what it looked like:
The floor was gross. The walls were pink. The bathroom sink and vanity were tiny. The shower curtain over the window…. I hated all of it. I decided that I didn’t want to live with it like it was and since I had some time I would just redo it before moving in. I am going to keep the toilet and tub as is, I just wanted to replace the floor, paint the walls, and get a new vanity and sink. I asked my dad to help me with parts of the remodel.
We turned the water off, removed the sink, and put the toilet into the tub for safe keeping. Then I spent Monday night tearing out the old tiles.
The black is the adhesive for the old tiles, and the spots are where I filled in the nail holes with wood filler. The tiles came up easily enough, though the first one was upset that I was disturbing it so it decided to get some revenge. A piece of it tore into my thumb and now that’s a bit sore. Oh well, it’s not a true do-it-yourself project unless you have a scar to show for it, right? 😉
Here’s a close up of the floor:
I used up the last of my vacation time at work to take Tuesday afternoon off so that my dad and I could install the linoleum that I bought on Saturday. When I had been in Erie with Jay we had stopped at a couple of carpeting places. I was looking for linoleum that didn’t have any kind of pattern to it. This way my dad and I wouldn’t have to work harder to make sure that the pattern lined up correctly. I knew that if it didn’t then it would drive me crazy to look at for the rest of the time that I lived in the house. Little things get to me like that. lol. The only vinyl that the first place had was the ugliest thing! I looked at it and asked Jay, “Is it just me, or does that look like a skinned pig?” It was a mottled pinkish-whitish piece with a bit of red and brown veining. It wasn’t pretty. He looked at it and replied, “I’m not sure what a skinned pig looks like, but I imagine that it would look something close to that.” Luckily at the second place I found exactly what I had been looking for.
It’s kind of a tannish-yellow with marbling running through it. It’s quite nice in person. So Tuesday afternoon my dad and I laid the vinyl flooring. It turned out pretty nice!
The new flooring alone makes a big difference, doesn’t it? I stopped for the paint after we finished putting the linoleum down. I decided to go with a warm white (it’s called Sandbar White) because I wanted the bathroom to look bright and clean. Also, I can change the look of the bathroom just by changing out some accessories. Tonight after work I painted the ceiling, walls, and the trim. I haven’t re-installed the trim, but it has been washed and repainted as well. What do you think?
The walls turned out to be almost the color of french vanilla ice cream. With the pink walls beneath, though, it gives it kind of a pinkish cast. It doesn’t really show up well in this picture. I did learn a couple things tonight. 1) I get bored very easily with painting. 2) Even though it’s not art class, I still suck at painting. lol I wanted to try to show the contrast between the wall and the floor (again, the trim will be installed later):
Do you like it? Is it too white? Too plain? I haven’t quite made up my mind on it yet. I’m not going to repaint it, though. It’s definitely done. lol