It took 6 weeks, a couple hundred man or woman hours of labor, and about $2,000 in materials to get this job done. And I am SO proud to finally be able to show you this!! Step right in!
(Here is the complete background on this room. In short, a family friend’s house caught fire last year. Insurance paid for everything except her only bathroom, which dated to the prehistoric era. She desperately needed a complete gut job and reno, so my Dad, his good friend, and I set out to give it to her, pro bono.)
The light, you might recall, came from National Builder Supply. It is a Seagull Lighting fixture from their Sussex line and Dad chose to hang it with the bulbs facing up. The light gets bounced around on the ceiling and diffused nicely in the space. Bathrooms must have enough light! This fixture is like the crown in this room.
The vanity came from Lowe’s and included the granite countertop.
The faucets are Moen, the Caldwell line.
We really wanted to be able to get rid of a storage tower over the toilet. Really.
It was taking up way too much space in this tiny bath. Here was the inspiration photo we worked from.
And here’s the design I sketched out once we found out that we wouldn’t be able to do one wide set of shelves because there is a pipe that runs vertically right behind the toilet.
The thick white arrow represents where the pipe runs.
I had to either abandon the built-in idea, which I did not want to do, or work around it. So I worked around it. I’m very pleased with how this turned out! It adds architecture and storage and I think makes the room feel much more well thought-out.
We went with a mirrored medicine cabinet with storage behind it, to maximize the amount of storage Ms. H gets overall. This is a small bathroom, and the only one in her house. Storage is important!
Moving on… The shower curtain, I will confess, I chose myself and surprised Ms. H. When I saw it on the JCPenney website, I knew it would be perfect for this space. It lends a great pattern and color to the room and the brown in it ties in with the oil rubbed bronze fixtures beautifully. A HUGE thank you to JCPenney for supplying this curtain to Ms. H. It totally makes the room, if you ask me! I’m impressed with the newer offerings in JCPenney’s home department. This ain’t your grandma’s JCP!
I won’t lie. It was a TON of work.
and going beyond your comfort zone when it comes to getting your hands dirty and getting to know how a home functions, from the inside out.
I encourage you to educate yourself…
roll up your sleeves…
and take a risk.
Try something new.
(that’s my cute mom, with Ms. H. Decades-long friends.)
I especially encourage you to find those around you who know how to do things that you do not. If you are fortunate enough to find them, take full advantage of it. People like my Dad and our friend Keith, pictured in many of the photos above, are wealths of information – and kindness. They are do-ers. Take a page from their playbook. Use your own two hands, your intelligence, and the unprecedented amount of information that exists in the world, and do something good.
This has been such a valuable experience for me personally. Spending this time with my Dad is an experience for which I’ll always be grateful.
It’s my hope that this room will give Ms. H much joy in the years to come. It has given us much joy to see it through to completion.
Thank you so much for coming along with me on this journey. I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts. I’d love to read about your projects. Why? Simple. Because Home Should Be GREAT.