I am a bad blogger. I can’t believe it’s been so long. I guess after the ridiculous winter I just didn’t feel like blogging much, and I haven’t been DOING much anyway. Working, sitting around, watching Warehouse 13, catching up on reading, etc. Now the winter is over and it’s 80 out and things are slowly getting back to normal. I’ve been trying not to really work on my house much what, you know, having a roommate and all. But! Get this – she is at a wedding this weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to, you know, renovate my bathroom.
I’ve gone back and forth on this. My bathroom makes me full of despair. It’s dark, it’s dingy, it’s beige. Whoever did it tiled it in beige marbled tile, then painted the walls MATTE beige. It’s a bathroom. Painting a wall with matte paint is a rookie move.
So here’s the plan. My budget for this is $400. I’m not ripping out any tile because I only have one bathroom and I can’t total it while I futz around trying to figure out how to replaster a room. That is just not happening. So I have to work with the beige in a way that matches my aesthetics.
1. Simple Ikea hook for the back of the door. Right now I have two towel bars on the only free wall in the entire bathroom, which is set back slightly behind the door (it’s a tiny bathroom). Adding hooks to the door will free up the top towel bar for something else (see #7).
2. Simple frame for above the toilet. Art TBD. It’s such a cool frame though.
3. West Elm wall sconce. It turns out there aren’t a ton of bathroom wall sconces that are nice looking. I like that this one is ridiculously simple and also made of powder-coated steel. You can’t go wrong with simple white.
4. More plants. Unfortunately my bathroom is the only room in the apartment that has 0 windows. So, maybe fake plants. Or ferns! We’ll see.
5. Wall color is Benjamin Moore Almost Black. It’s a nice purpley/blue based dark grey/black that will hopefully compliment the beige tiles and make the walls recede a bit. I’m not worried about it making the room feel small. It’s already small and it’s already beige. If it’s horrible I can just try something different. That is why paint is magical (unlike beige tile, which is forever).
6. New faucet. You know. Just to update it.
7. Cabinet! This is the Ikea Raskog. It’s nice because it’s super shallow and so will fit behind the door without too much trouble. There’s no storage in the bathroom so this is going to be amazing. My only concern is the color – will it recede too much into the wall? Will it be too cold against all that black and metal? No clue. So we’ll see – if not, the beautiful ski lodge pine Ivar is another contender, but it’s way deeper.
I’ll post progress shots! I’m really excited about this.