Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Downstairs Bath

I cannot believe I don't have pictures of this bathroom before.
I probably didn't take a picture-- because I had (honestly) deemed this bathroom un-useable.
The shower was brown and covered in rusty goop-- it was so dirty I figured I'd stash a broom and a mop inside and call it a day.

The sink-- rusty and gross, as well.
The walls were covered in contact (shelf liner) paper. The contact paper was hung with scotch tape!
I know this, because I had to remove it.

Once I removed the striped-seventies shelf liner, I found another lovely layer of flowered wallpaper. I removed that, too, with a little scraping tool that blew a lovely mix of lead and paper into my eyes.
Then I primed.

I don't really know how I got stuck with this room/project with so many people around to help??

After priming, we painted the room a lovely yellowy/gold that (I think) my mom picked out. I didn't make it to Lowes that particular time.

Elliott reglazed the entire shower and sink - restoring it to a lovely shade of white... eggshell, really.
Have I mentioned Elliott yet?
I don't think I have.
Elliott is my mom's handyman. He lives in Pensacola, FL.
How did Elliott get to Montgomery, you say?
He hopped on a Greyhound bus, of course.
Once mom and Nina were here in the Gump and assessed the damage, they knew that they would need some help.
Professional help.
So we bought his ticket (online-- cool, huh?) and Elliott hopped on the 10 o'clock bus to Montgomery... not due to arrive until 7 am the next morning. Somehow Elliott switched buses and got here around 2:30 am in the middle of a storm with tornadic activity.
And then Nina's car broke down on Rosa Parks Avenue.
Somehow the three Stooges made it home safely and Elliott saved the day - OR- the next 12 months of my life to be exact.

We used the Walmart flat sheet as a shower curtain... if you've never done this before, it's really easy to do... you just use a seam ripper to open the flap at the top of the sheet-- and WALA! Just put it on the rod and window treatment... shower curtain-- whatever!

I made another skirt for little Miss Sink... to hide her shortcomings...

Nina hung Reed's grandparent's cruise menus that we recently had framed -- to give the wall a "wall papered" effect. Unlike real wall paper, pictures can always be removed and/or moved around... a good thing in my opinion.


Here's the after:


I should apologize for these pictures-- first of all, the bathroom is TINY and it was hard to photograph.
Secondly... the flash seemed to magnify the yellow-ness of the walls. I tried turning off the flash, but it didn't really help. Just know that it's really not that yellow.
You get the general idea!
I wish I had a before shot... it's such a shame!


Rhonda Hennessy said...

I love it! I'm so glad you posted this because we're moving at the end of the month. Now, the kitchen we purchased doesn't compare to the gorgeous red you had going on, but it does have a few surprises. I'll be sure to include pictures when we move in, and maybe I can use some of the Fab Four's (you, your mom, aunt and Elliot :)tricks to make it cuter until we can update that thing! Love the "afters" - especially your shower curtain secret!

Anonymous said...

I mean...I'm blown away by what you people can do to a house. You all should go into business doing this.

Mary Carolyn Rentz said...

Elliot? A handyman from Pcola? I need to get his digits. Where does Big Al find these peeps? Forgot to tell you that Big Al and I had a long conversation at Cover's wedding... About power tools.
And the bathroom looks spectacular! I love your B&A's. I think the sheet is the better home and gardens line from WM, I'm a fan, fo' sho'! Love you!

Allison & Michael Godwin said...

I am so sorry you do not have before pics of that bathroom. But as somone who saw the bathroom with her own two eyes...I have to say...it was SCARY!! Part of me thought you should just shuit the door and cover it with a bookcase so no one even new it was there. That kitchen redo is amazing...however the bathroom redo is truly the most amazing to me!

Holland said...

thanks, everyone! we worked our fanny's off. yes, the sheet is Walmart's Better Homes and Garden's line. I love that paisley! Still kicking myself for not having a before shot...
MC-- call Allison-- he works for 10 dollars an hour!!

Anne said...

i love the pictures you framed!!! how crafty are you?!

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