There is a reason I have not included pictures of my bathroom, other than a few shots of the artwork, and that’s because I hate, hate, hate it. When I first viewed one of the apartments and decided to rent here, it was not the apartment I ended up living in, just the only one vacant at that moment. The tile in that bathroom was pink. I am not a pink person but figured the apartment had everything else I wanted. I was told the apartments all had either pink or green tile. I was hoping for green.
What I got was such a surprise, I got blue. Turns out this is the only apartment with blue tile. How fortunate. :-) While I don’t mind the tile at all, it brings back a sense of my childhood bathroom which had the same 4 inch tiles on the lower half of the wall, only in pink, the rest of the bathroom makes me want to cry.
So today I am going to share a few pictures of the bathroom. Why? Because it won’t look like this much longer!!! I had to request a modification to the bathroom for my safety, which was approved. Most of the changes will come to the enclosed area which holds the tub and toilet, including the door that separates the vanity area from the rest.
So here are a few pictures highlighting the areas I hate and will address this year to be able to say I love my bathroom.
Nasty door with tape from a previous tenant. I wanted to paint the door, but it needed sanding on the top due to being improperly hung and the tape residue removed. My plan was to paint the door white and the trim around it black to match the frames on the walls. This door will be removed and the opening widened to allow my chair to access the fixtures behind the door.
The baseboard heater. The metal cover is broken, bent, and sharp. It is hard to keep clean (yes, the floor has been recently swept and washed), the cover front piece never stays up on the little hooks either. I have designed a new cover which will be made out of wood with a metal radiator panel to allow the heat to escape better. Since the tile may remain I will attach it with double sided tape which will allow management to access the area should there be a problem, and for periodic cleaning.
Now we turn to the vanity.
This is clean. Trust me it is. The fiberglass piece is so pitted and scratched that it will not let go of a single stain. I have tried everything even considering repainting it but without proper ventilation in this area that is out of the question as the special paint is very toxic, something I don’t want to use. In this case I believe it would be more environmentally sound to replace this with hopefully something salvaged and repurposed, rather than use toxic paints and sealers, but it will ultimately be up to management how far they will let me go with this idea.
The caulking job is just as bad where the vanity meets the tile.
This picture above is the caulking on the left side of the sink. The right side isn’t much better. For some reason I couldn’t get decent picture of the right side but you can get the idea.
Since I will assume the wall above the tile will remain untouched in the vanity area, I am tackling the walls now. The paint color in there was drab, a mixture of a dirty white and a faded yellow. For some reason this was not painted prior to my moving in. The paint is flat paint which is notorious for being hard to wash along with being very dull. In a room with no natural lighting the overall effect is just plain and drab.
Using a can of paint I’ve had on hand, and free to me to begin with, I started painting the lower portion of the walls above the tile.
The paint is not quite a pure white, and both colors are pretty accurate in the above photo. The white has a slight tint of blue which works well in here and it feels brighter already with this eggshell finish. I am using a can of paint that has already been used to paint the kitchen cabinets, all the baseboard trim, and a couple of pieces of furniture. One can will go a long way in a small home. :-)
Here is one portion of the wall painted with the artwork rehung.
You can still see the drab original paint color on the back wall to the far right. As for the art currently on that wall, the tree was painted by me on a stretched canvas a neighbor was tossing out when moving, the bird is a cross stitch I finished a few months ago. The dragonfly hook is one I’ve had since 2006 and was made by a local crafts-person. Finally, the tiny heart-shaped mirror was a Christmas gift from my oldest granddaughter. She painted it herself and was pleased as could be to see I was adding it to my wall.
I have a couple more pieces of art waiting to be hung in here when I get the painting completed. I know it’s a small space but it takes me a long time as I can only stand for a few minutes at a time. I will share updates as I complete more areas and a final look when the construction is finished.
Now that you have seen the ugly in my home I have a freebie for you.
You may remember I introduced my son to you a couple of months ago. He is still out of work, there is nothing available it seems. He turned his attention back to his writing while laid off.
Justin grew up waiting for the day I would agree he was old enough to read my Stephen King books, when he finally read one he couldn’t wait to devour the rest. I must have warped him because he writes some really twisted things.
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