Okay, so SERIOUSLY. Longest project ever, right? I originally posted the start of this project here last August. WHAT?! Ummmmm....okay, so that's only a year, right? Oy! Well, the bathroom has been mostly done and generally functional for months now, BUT, all the little things that had to happen for me to actually take any pictures of it didn't happen until just the past few weeks. As all you fellow busy moms know, things fall to the wayside and sit around half-done for long periods of time. So, I FINALLY found some time to get some of the little things done that have prevented me from saying I'm DONE DONE DONE with this room. Not like, fancy interior designer done, but done, like, "SEEEEEE YA, bathroom! I'm not doing anything else to you ever again unless another flood comes thru." Now I will just look around and say, oooh, ahhh, pretty! instead of, SIGH....I still need to do this or that (wah! cry-face emoji). So, come, check out my bathroom!
In case you forgot what it looked like "before", here you go:
This before isn't even the REAL before. If you recall from part 1 of this bathroom makeover, our basement was flooded, like a couple feet :( and took out half the dry-wall (along with the vanity). So, just imagine this "before" picture with no drywall from that new molding down. and the walls were like a pancake batter color before. So, this picture is actually from after my awesome FIL had dry-walled the bottom half of the wall, covered the seam with molding, and painted most of the walls. I forgot to take pictures before all this happened because this work actually started before I thought about posting about it.
Anyway, so here is the bathroom now:
Yay! I get my mid-century modern credenza-turned-vanity, and my round mirror, my brassy light fixture, and my obnoxiously gold faucet! LOVE! I'm so happy to have our second bathroom functional again. SOOOOO nice, especially with 2 small kids that ALWAYS have to use the bathroom RIGHT when I do! I'm pretty sure they do this on purpose just so they can watch my reaction when they tell me this. Bathroom business in peace is a luxury that you take for granted until you have little ones! TMI? whatevs.
Okay, so let's take a look around.
The wall paint color is called Iced Moccha by Behr, done with their No VOC paint (because who wants to breathe all those chemicals in while painting in a basement with almost no ventilation?). We picked it because it went well with the floor tiles which were already here when I bought the house. It's a nice subtly pink color. Not pink pink.
So, those were pictures with the vanity light off. The ceiling can lights are very "white" and bright in their light. You know, that practical but unflattering color that makes everyone look hideous. Now, the vanity light gives you a nice warm glow, you know, the kind of lighting that should be mandatory in all women's dressing rooms. Below are some pictures I took with the vanity light on.
Here's a view of the top of the vanity. I LOVE that wood grain. Sigh....
Since I used a vintage dresser, it is not nearly as deep as a standard bathroom vanity, but it works for us.
So, backing up a little, you can see what I did kind of near the door. When you first walk in, there's a builder grade enclosed shower stall (yawn, but whatever) on your right. I didn't take a picture of it because it's just boring and nothing new happened with it (but you can see it in the mirror). On the left when you walk in is a plain wall. I didn't take a picture of that either because there's nothing on it. I haven't decided what's happening with it and probably won't until I have some free time in 13.5 years. But, right after that short wall on the left, another bit of wall angles off. In case you haven't noticed, there are lots of wall surfaces because this room wraps around the furnace room - gotta love basement rooms). Anyway, so this wall is where I would have put the Anthro towel bar if it had worked out (I'll explain that in a minute), but since it didn't I decided to just make it pretty and put up some art. Now, I'm pretty lucky in this department because Nick owns a lot of art and is a super talented painter himself. I picked out a print of a painting he did a long time ago and which is one of my faves of his. He gave the original away to a friend long before I came along. :( Anyway, so he also has lots of frames and knows how to frame art, so, this was his project. You can see all this below.
Pretty cool, huh? I couldn't hide the reflection of the shower completely though.
Moving on to the fixtures. Now, if you remember from Part 5 of this project, I had originally ordered a matching towel bar as well. Weeeeeeellllllll....I love Anthro of course, BUT, they make mistakes too. One of the parts of the towel bar that attach to the wall was welded to the main bar at an angle, so there was no way to get it straight and attach to a straight wall. I mean, it would work great on a wonky drunk wall, but I don't have that, so I had to return it. And since I got it on clearance and they were all sold out by this time, I had to do without. Good thing I have a towel hook! I'm looking on the bright side, people! Here are some closeups.
SO, that's it! YAY! It seems like such a little thing, but I'm so happy to have this done. There are always a million things that are half-done floating around in my brain and haunting my to-do lists. And to have this off of it is a big thing. Seriously. The kids love having another bathroom and love to use this one just because it's "new" and exciting. And it's been 3 years since the basement flooded, so they don't really even remember it from before.
Last pic is them splashing each other - because that is the splashiest sink ever.....Okay, one last bit about this project. So, I love this sink because it's pretty, but it's REALLY shallow, and the water pressure on this faucet is high, so whenever you use it, you have to lift the handle on the faucet gently and daintily so it doesn't spray hard into the plate, I mean, sink, and then spray everywhere. SIGH. So Nick's stance is that this sink is not usable because he has to be so gentle with it. My stance is that he just can't turn it on like a maniac. The truth is that I will have to warn people not to lift the faucet handle super hard when washing their hands. I will continue to tell Nick that it's perfect because I'm stubborn about dumb things, but lesson learned, shallow sinks are not the best idea, even if they're super pretty.
And, finally, a BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG thank you to my father in law who did literally ALL the hard work (besides refinishing the dresser). We're very lucky :)