Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Never-Ending Project

I'm now as finished with the bathroom re-do as I'm gonna be for awhile! We're still planning to put in a new sink, cabinet, counter top, and floors, but someone other than me will be doing those projects! Here's the before and after shots of the exact spot where I started this month-long project...Getting this border down almost killed me! It literally took me a day and a half to get it down! The walls weren't prepped before the original wallpaper was hung 20 years ago. This wallpaper was hung 8 years ago. I picked the border out when my oldest joy was 2. He wore Gap overall shorts all the time, and loved to turn his baseball caps around backwards. He also has grown up fishing with my Daddy. It just seemed to fit!
I cried while taking it down! Not because I was sentimental, but because I didn't think I would ever finish! I also removed all of the 'popcorn' ceiling in the bathroom. Can you believe it was easier and quicker to scrape, patch, and sand the ceiling than to take down the border?
I used a drill and drywall hangers to do this...I'm unnaturally obsessed with levels. Seriously!Hopefully now the joys will have an easier time replacing the toilet paper when it runs out!And this cutesy little touch lasted all of three minutes. Here's how my 'Happy Wall' started...I painted the towel rack, but Superman hung it. And yes, I made sure it was level!Now the joys each have their own color of towels. It has made it much easier to know who left their towel on the floor.This cute-iful shower curtain was decided upon by Superman and the joys! I actually bought three different curtains, because I couldn't make up my mind. I let them vote for their favorite...BIG MISTAKE! They all three voted for this one, and I couldn't convince any of them to vote with me on the one I liked the best once I saw it against the paint. Man, it doesn't feel good to be out-voted in the decorating democracy!The oldest joy was glad to help demonstrate why they all three voted against me-...it's reversible! Superman said that made it a "better deal- it's like getting two shower curtains for the price of one!" But I got to pick out the new shower curtain hooks! And this time I was really smart, I just didn't ask my three fellas for their opinions!
I love, love, love how they remind me of old timey glass door knobs! (And I really don't care if they 'match' the rest of the bathroom.) They make me smile! If I ever get around to painting the 4-F-O-U-R doors that are in this bathroom, I'd also like to change out the door knobs with glass knobs. (Then the hooks will technically match, right?!?!)

19 comments:

sara's art house said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Love what you have done. And I must say that shower curtain is adorable :)

inspired said...

Purrrfection!!!!

It looks GREAT!!

Stephanie

Kim said...

THAT looks awesome!! I love the entire look! You did a great job! My favorite has to be the crystal curtain hooks!

Amy said...

Looks like you had fun, but I'm sure you're glad it's over with. What a beautiful wall color that is!!! Yahoo! Still no baby here... we'll keep you posted. Love you much- Amy

Shannon said...

Cute bathroom!!! Love it!

Melanie said...

Love it! And the hooks are amazing! Great job. I admit I am a sucker for reversible, although I only ever use one side, so it's not even a better deal if you never use them both! Didn't see the other choices, but it looks great in there!

Kristi said...

Oooh, this is fantastic. I like the reversable too. Blessings to you!

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

Love it!

Holly said...

What a wonderful job! I love the colors and the towels and the curtain hangers.

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

TRIPLE LOVE IT!

By the way...you have just solved my TP issue with that wire basket.

SOLD! That is also on the project list for the weekend.

Jodi said...

I think it's nice that they picked a shower curtain that matches your blog design. Makes for an aesthetically pleasing post. :-)

Wallpaper is awful. I still have a lot to remove here and I haven't worked up the courage to finish the job. One day my home will be wallpaper-free.

I'd like to hear more about taking down the popcorn ceiling. I really want to do that. Is it weird to have some rooms with it and some rooms without it - because I know I won't get the whole house done at once. How messy was it and what technique did you use?

Great job on the bathroom!

Colored With Memories said...

Removing wallpaper is the worst!

The new shower curtain matches your blog background...so cute.

Great job!

Life In Progress said...

LOVE IT!! It looks so great. And I'm with you on the tortures of wallpaper. I'm stripping wallpaper in our master bathroom right now - I hate it!

k and c's mom said...

Love it! Great job! You have a great idea for the details.

OhLookADuck said...

When we moved into this house I had to take down a bunch of wallpaper border and it is *such* a pain! But then someone lent me a small machine that steams it off and it made such a difference.

I love the different color towels for each child! And I really like your tp storage. Our children's bathroom has the toilet paper stored *outside* the bathroom. I'll be looking for some copycatting of your project. Great job!

Rose said...

I love it! Your boys did a good job with the curtain, and you gotta love that reasoning! The light fixtures are just perfect, and I love the mirror/medicine cabinet. Very nice!

learningtobefrugal said...

I love the colors you picked! Everything goes together so nicely! Cute shower curtain!

Allie
Learningtobefrugal.com

Sarakastic said...

I have shower curtain envy now

superpaige said...

I love it. And I love that toilet paper holder that sits on the side of the toilet! Where does one find one of those?

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