the upstairs bathroom…

Marian ParsonsMy House, upstairs bath

Before we step into the tiny upstairs 1940’s bathroom, I thought I would answer a question that several readers asked –  Why haven’t you painted the doors in your house?  


When we first moved in, all of the trim and doors in the house were glossy, orange pine.  It was too dark and too much for me, so I mustered up the courage and painted it all white.


It made a huge difference and I’m so glad I went through applying a coat of primer and ultimately three coats of paint to all of that trim!

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I have painted all of the walls, ceiling, trim, radiators and even cabinets, but I stopped short at the doors.  I have learned that un-painting something is much harder than painting it and I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to paint the doors, so I didn’t.  I still love that I left them alone and how the warmth of the wood, even the cheap build-grade 1940’s pine, looks against the bright white trim and cool walls.


The doors are sort of the “wood top on my dressers” so to speak.  If you’re familiar with my furniture, you understand what I’m saying.


So, the upstairs bathroom.  This is really the last room in the house that has been almost totally neglected.  It’s actually the only room in the house that I didn’t paint!  I was six months pregnant when we moved into this house, so my dad painted this room for me and it’s remained this color for eight years…a record in this household!


Jeff also built the shelf as a tutorial for a few years ago and, since it’s the only storage in the space, we’ve kept it there.  Obviously, it’s too big, especially compared to the mirror and the sink, so we’ll be taking it down.  Jeff is going to build a cover for the radiator and we’ll go from there.  I need to see how everything else balances out and let the room develop as I find things for it.

I received the mural wall paper I ordered from Anthro.  It is almost the perfect size for this little bathroom.  (It has a 5′ x 5′ floor plus the bathtub and that’s it.)

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I must admit that it looks softer in the picture on their website, but I’m cautiously excited about it.  It is really bold, but I think it’s going to end up stealing the show.  And if you can’t get a little gutsy in a 5 x 5 bathroom, where can you?


The ceilings and baseboards are going a bright white.

I ordered marble hex tile for the floors.  I have the 1″ version in my half bath, but I bought the 2″ version for this bathroom.  The shower surround is a simple white tile, which isn’t worth removing just for the sake of having subway tile or marble.  That would be a lot of money spent on something that isn’t really necessary.  I do want to remove the green accent tiles, though, and replace them with marble to tie in with the floor.  I had quite a time finding 4″ x 4″ tiles and thought I would have to cut down 12″ tiles to make it work, but I actually found marble floor tile samples that are the perfect size.   I was able to get all of the tile for the accents for $35, making it a much more economical update.


I am really happy that the original faucet handles have stayed in this bathroom and they will continue to do so on my watch.  I really need to clean those hard water stains, though.  Any tricks?

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Speaking of faucets, this original fixture will not remain…


I just ordered this faucet to replace it with.


We are going to leave the original sink, but I’m going to make a skirt for it and clean up the caulking where it meets the wall.

I’m on the hunt for a vintage wood-framed mirror to hang over the sink.  We’ll remove the medicine cabinet and patch the wall.


And that light…that ugly light is still there, because it has been almost impossible to find one that won’t hang down to low or be too big for the space.  I finally found this one


If fits the space, has a vintage feel and is soooo much better than what’s there!

And we’ll be getting a new toilet.  There’s nothing wrong with the one that’s there, except it’s almond or bisque or whatever they call cream toilets and it has bugged me since the day we moved in.  I’ll take a boring, white toilet, please.   The 1940’s cast iron tub is much deeper and wider than a lot of modern tubs, so we’ll be keeping that as well.  The enamel has been pretty well etched over the years and it’s now stained, so we’ll most likely have it reglazed down the road, so it feels shiny and smooth again.  I know you can paint a bathtub, but I’d honestly rather have that sort of thing professionally done.

A lot of these projects are being done for freelance tutorials, so I’ll share lots of details along the way.


By the way, for those who are wondering about it, I did finish my whole30 a few days ago.  I haven’t had the chance to write about it, but an update is coming soon.

the upstairs bathroom…

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