Up to now, we had dealt with the room by shutting the door. You know; out of sight out of mind? This bathroom needs to be GUTTED. We're talking, ceiling, walls, floor, fixtures, EVERYTHING. Eeeeek and yuck!
Regardless, we had to make the bathroom presentable. Now. Pretty and functional was the goal.
Enter plumber. We had to call him because when we turned the sink on, the bathwater ran. Amusing, but not very efficient. After explaining that YES, the replacement fixtures MUST match and YES, we need a shower head and NO I don't want to hear exactly how he fixed everything (see glazed look in my eyes), the job was done.
The Magic Eraser does what it promises with minimal elbow grease and no fumes, so I go to that first, then Vinegar and baking soda (the chemical reaction works well on small rust stains). This time however, my husband had to pull out the big guns and used WD-40 and steel wool to get the remaining rust. Messy and stinky, but much improved!
My husband wired and hung this chandelier, but I could have used a chandelier that has a long cord that would plug into any outlet and hang from a secure hook in the ceiling.
Candles, soaps, vases, sponges and big fluffy towels all added warmth and coziness.
This cosmetic make-over took us about 5 days total. I did attempt to scrape off the wallpaper border, but it just wasn't budging. Time constraints stopped me from finishing it, but I still have to tackle it.
I hope this gives you incentive and motivation to tackle a project like this. Sometimes it is just a matter of getting started. It certainly doesn't have to be perfect. Just inviting, warm and cozy. Have fun and share your before and after pictures. I always love to see them!