Well, now we know the drawback of real-time blogging: sometimes real-time is way too slow. I’ll save the nitty-gritty details behind the delay for another post – instead, let’s check out our newly redecorated bathroom.
Unfortunately the bathroom is still small and awkward – nothin’ I could do about that – so it’s impossible to get an all-inclusive pulled-back shot. I’ll include a lot of photos – let me know if anything is unclear.
New cabinet bar pulls from Home Depot and an antique rug from Humboldt House. HH actually had the rug in their shop bathroom. It’s beat-up, which I love because it’s not precious: aside from, like, setting it ablaze, there’s nothing we can do it that hasn’t already been done.
Antique brass hook from eBay; hand towel from West Elm. I sewed on the hang loop, thus exhausting my sewing tolerance for the year.
The soap pump top, door hooks, medicine cabinet knob and doorknob plates all got spray painted oil-rubbed bronze. The radiator cover and toilet paper holder were painted white. I’ll do a follow-up post about some of this hardware.
The one electrical outlet in the bathroom is hidden by the mirror. The cords you see lead to the electric toothbrush in the medicine cabinet and my hairdryer in the basket below. I considered reworking our medicine cabinet to house the hairdryer as well, but… nope. It’s fine as-is. I don’t mind the dangling cord and if it were even one second more time-consuming to blow dry my stupid hair everyday I’d always leave the house looking like a ragamuffin.
Aren’t Jarrod’s pills appealing? Makes me want to take one of each. Also makes me think Jarrod might have a pill problem. [Confidential to Jarrod: we need to talk.]
Aside from the paint (Benjamin Moore “Soot” color-matched by Behr), the biggest change is our new extra-long shower curtain. 98 inches. Count ‘em! (You can’t. Just trust me.) It’s so long and our bathroom is so small that it’s hard to photograph the full length.
The shower curtain is custom-made because we’re fancy like that. Actually, it’s custom-made for lack of any acceptable option available for purchase. I’ll return with details: it involves a grommet kit. Spoiler alert: grommet kits are super fun. I want to put grommets in everything now.
There was a lot of hemming and hawing and hand-wringing regarding this shower curtain rod. Those were dark days.
Speaking of dark: people have asked if the wall color makes the bathroom feel darker or smaller. Yes, a bit darker; no, not smaller. It is small, but the color and the length of the shower curtain now make it feel grander, for lack of a better word. Also, those wall tiles now look lighter: virtually white, instead of the odd-off-white color they really are. I didn’t anticipate this optical illusion – it’s the best unforeseen perk of the makeover.
Long-time readers of this blog might remember that I redecorated this bathroom shortly after we moved in. In fact, it was featured on WordPress Freshly Pressed and remains my busiest blog traffic day. I was pretty proud of it back then but think this recent go-round makes the most of the space.
Check out my original bathroom makeover post for details about moving and covering the medicine cabinet.
One more round of comparison photos, for fun:
That’s it! I’ll return with a couple of posts about bathroom plants and antique hardware.