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I Hate My Bathroom - Part II

For those of you who are just dying to see how my bathroom has turned out, I give you Part II. Unfortunately, there’s going to have to be a Part III. I can’t refinish the tub and shower area until spring. It's necessary to use an epoxy paint, which is more toxic, and the windows must be open with fans going to get the fumes out of the room.

But in the meantime, you'll be amazed at how great my bathroom now looks, with all white walls, a new clean and shiny white sink and vanity, and an adorable cabinet above the toilet (which will also be replaced in the spring with a nice new white commode).
Of course, the kitties had to check out the new sink and vanity to be sure they were acceptable. Here’s Yoshi getting comfy in the new white sink I bought at Lowe’s.

It’s a perfect fit for my bathroom. And you just couldn’t beat the price! The vanity and sink combined was only $129.00. I bought a lovely brushed nickel faucet for another $69.00.

 Not to be outdone by Yosh, Meowzers checks out the new “real estate” inside my spacious new vanity!

OK, enough of the cats….

Here’s the vanity positioned where the old sink and half wall used to be. Looking better, huh?

Oops, yes it was after 5 o’clock and there is a glass of cabernet on top of the toilet. 

After re-connecting the sink and turning the water back on – which was, by the way, much easier than I expected, we were once again up and running with the sink. The next step was securing the adorable medicine cabinet over the sink.  This was probably the most expensive item I’ve purchased so far. But I think it looks really cute and it’s a great storage space.
I used a simple framed mirror from Target, which I hung over the sink to cover the hole in the wall from where the hideous old medicine cabinet was. I kept the lighting fixture that was in the bathroom already. Even though it isn’t brushed nickel, it looks pretty good and it saved me money on buying a new one and dealing with electricity – something I’m not ready to do quite yet.

Here’s a full view of how it looks to date. While I still have to replace the toilet and resurface and paint the tub and shower walls, it is still 1,000 times better than it was before.
To date, I have spent under $700 for the new fixtures, the brushed nickel shelving, a new white waffle shower curtain and rod, primer, paint and paint supplies new pvc plumbing items. That also includes a percentage of the price of the Sawzall. I expect to be using that tool for so many other DIYs, so I'm amortizing that cost over time😊

Stay tuned for Part III of I Hate My Bathroom, which I’ll be starting as soon as the weather is warm enough to do the smelly epoxy painting of the tub – I can’t wait!!


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I want to talk about bathrooms – specifically, bathrooms that are affectionately referred to by realtors, designers and remodelers as “vintage” or “mid-century.” We all know that “mid-century” can be loosely translated to mean a sickening shade of mustard yellow, avocado or salmon pink, with tile everywhere – and I don’t mean cool subway tile or the currently trendy thin rectangular-shaped tiles.

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