First Floor Bathroom
While we wait to get a professional action plan squared away for the chimney and wood stove, we decided to get moving on some DIY projects elsewhere in the house. The bathroom on the first floor is a small, contained space so it seemed like a good place to do some work with minimal impact on our use of the rest of the house. Here’s how the bathroom looked when we moved in.
We stripped the wallpaper off pretty soon after we arrived and put some primer up on the walls, thinking we would repaint or put up some textured wallpaper to make the room more welcoming…but we never did. When we decided to actually to some focused work in this room, I went back and did a better job of patching the walls where the old towel rods and hooks were, There were also some lingering seams in the areas where that thin trim you see above divided the papered section from the plain drywall. Dealing with this section, it started to seem like there was another layer of wallpaper or something beneath the paint.
If we were prepared to gut this room, it would have been great to tear down all the drywall, since it’s badly bowed in several places. As it is, this room isn’t enough of a priority for us to undertake that kind of work, so I just used some mesh tape and joint compound to smooth over the uneven sections. Here’s how it looks after cleanup.
Even leaving the drywall as is, there are all sorts of things we want to do to this room, starting with the vinyl flooring, which sit on top of a layer of plywood, which then covers the original (presumably) wood floor. I’d love to rip all this out and replace it all with ceramic tile, which we could also use on the walls in the shower alcove. Of course, we’d like to replace the molded plastic shower stall as well. If my bathroom dreams could come true here, I’d like to have a tiled open shower. And while we’re ripping things out, the sink hardware is a serious eyesore.
We could always replace just the faucet, but honestly we’d like to swap out the gray/beige faux-marble fixtures altogether. I’m also thinking it would be great to tear out the cabinet beneath the sink and replace it with an open wood shelving thing. Something like this maybe, but withe a bit more of a raw wood look to it…which maybe we could make ourselves?
Some of the wallpaper also made its way onto the interior panels of the (original) wood door, which will make the job of stripping the paint that much more difficult.
With all of this to consider, we somehow went ahead and bought paint for the walls already (Fire Island, here we come). Clearly we have our priorities in order.