Sunday, 9 January 2011

I am a home-improvement genius [and humble, too.]

Bathroom makeover - the (final) reveal! [so far.]
 I have a not-so-secret weakness for HGTV.  This is one of the many reasons that it kills me that we will not own a house for 5 or so years - I would really love to be able to do things like this on my own space.  But its probably not a good thing, given the whole, planning a wedding and taking on too many DIY projects in the process thing.  More on that later this week.

So my parents master bathroom looked like this in 2005:

Oh yes, that is some lovely wallpaper.  But you should have seen the lime green paint that was there when we moved in!
 My parents took a weekend trip for their 25th wedding anniversary, and when they came back, the bathroom looked like this (after about 30 straight hours of backbreaking labor):

Lovely floral arrangement provided by my equally lovely grandparents.  This was one of the first projects Brandon and I worked on together (my sister helped too, but we got her really sick with food poisoning [by accident!], and after that her helpfulness was limited by the fact that she couldn't move too much.  But I digress.)
My mom really loved the oil-rubbed bronze towel bars we put up, and immediately thought it would be nice to replace the faucets (which it was, they look great.)  But it looked weird that the melamine cabinets and the counters were still white, when the rest of the room looked so (reasonably) updated.  So, over my Christmas liberal leave week - voila!

And now, finally:  the bathroom today.
I am pretty pleased, and I know my mom is, which makes all the difference.  Theres a limit to what you can do when what you're starting with is poorly aligned melamine.  So, my work is done - until next week, when I start on the invitations.  Stay tuned, there is likely to be drama.


  1. oh MAN it looks absolutely lovely! you did an excellent, rockstar job - it's amazing.

  2. It looks fabulous! I was so excited to look see it when I got up this morning. (Ok, not excited to be up, just to see it)What do you think - knob or no knob on the medicine cabinet?

  3. This might be a stupid question, but did you replace the cabinet doors, or did you add molding to the front? It looks really good, I am so excited that I have an interior designer, even if I don't actually have much to decorate yet.

  4. I just added the molding, like I did in our bathroom. Except I didn't add any to the drawers, as they were too teeny and I thought it would add emphasis to the fact that the whole thing is fairly ill-proportioned.

    Mom, I say add the knob. It might dress the poor guy up a little. Also, did you remember to add the furniture pads to the doors so they wont stick to the frame?

  5. Furniture pads applied before the doors were closed!!