Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Serenity Prayer Bathroom

These are the things I hate about the bathroom at the back of the house:

1.  It's 4 feet wide and 11 feet long.
2.  The vinyl flooring is kinda not pretty.
3.  The vanity is ugly and falling apart.
4.  The only outlet in there is on the fixture above the vanity.
5.  There is no HVAC back there.
6.  The shower is only 32" x 32".
7.  The Dutch door at one end of it is stupid and ugly.
8.  The walls are uneven and have cracks and holes.
9.  The ceiling is ugly and now it has a leak.
10.  I painted it a horrible cobalt blue.

Of that list, there are things I can change and things I can't.  So instead of griping and bitching incessantly about it, I decided to change the things I can and stop complaining about the rest of it.  The Serenity Prayer applied to a bathroom, if you will.  Looking at that list, I guess everything on there could be changed with enough time and money.  But let's be realistic.  (For once.)

So the first thing I'm going to do is get rid of that ugly dark blue.  You can see a tiny bit of the color it's going to be in the upper left-hand corner of the photo.  A much lighter blue.  With whitish trim.

And then maybe I'll get a new vanity, a temporary one.  Heck, around here "temporary" is anywhere from six months to six years.  That seems like it might be a good idea.

And I definitely have to do something about the icky ceiling, which is covered with craptastic acoustic tile that now has a big ugly water spot on it and is bowed way out, thanks to 8 inches of rain in two days.  Charlie told me not to poke at the ceiling.  Tomorrow I think I will in fact poke at it until at least the bowed-out part is gone.  Then I'll figure out something to cover the ceiling with.

If I do those three things, then I think I can live with this bathroom for a while.  Maybe a long while.  In-progress pictures to follow.


  1. Did you know you can paint vinyl floors? Go Lowes or Home Depot and ask them in the paint dept. There is a special paint cor this.

  2. Looks like you have a very nice stained glass window, though.

    How about painting the room an even lighter color to make it seem bigger? A very very pale yellow? But then, I paint everything pale yellow :-) The color of actual window shades from years ago.

    As to not poking at the ceiling, perhaps there is water still above the tile that will pour down if you poke at it.

    New vinyl made a huge difference in my old bathroom (short pause as I pull out my hair from realizing in the process that there was a fir floor underneath, but too much of it was damaged to expose the whole floor permanently.)

    Some web grubbing turned up Armstrong sheet vinyl, 12' wide for $9 a square yard at Home Depot.

  3. Do you need that storage unit behind the toilet? Or could you make things seem bigger by taking it out?

  4. Milah, I'd forgotten about that until you mentioned it. I might do that.

    Karen Anne, I bought the stained glass window at an antique shop here in town. I like it too. That storage unit behind the toilet will be gone too, probably tomorrow.