The One Room Challenge kicked off last week. I’m not a regular participant in the challenge, but I wish I was. It’s such a good way to update a space and actually complete a project. I love the rooms that I’ve done in the past (check out the laundry room, master bedroom, my office and dining room). I also love following the ORC, seeing everyone else’s makeovers.
This fall, I will mostly be an observer rather than a participant (though I do have plans for a few updates this month that I’ll hopefully be sharing soon).
But I’ve been having fun doing an imaginary makeover.
I started thinking about the main bathroom and how I could update it in advance of our big gut makeover (which I’ve talked about before and is still a someday project).
I’m not a big fan of phase 1 renos. I feel like they can be a lot of work and potentially a lot of money, only to be ripped out in a few years.
However, we’ve lived here for more than 7 years and the main bathroom still looks exactly the same as when we moved in. A few updates a few years ago could have made it a more enjoyable space. (Although we have added a baby to the tub, which gives a whole lot of joy.)
Here’s the bathroom as it looks now. It’s a big space with a nice window, lots of storage, counterspace and everything you need in a bathroom. However, it’s dated and some parts of it–tiles, caulking, faucets, even one of the sinks–are actually broken.
To fix all of the issues, we will need to do a full gut. However, there are some simple updates that could make the bathroom look a lot better now. Here’s a moodboard with some of my ideas.
The biggest change would be simply painting the walls. They are fake paneling that was painted yellow who knows when. The yellow clashes with the purple-ish tile and the Care-Bear-esque countertop. Fresh white paint would help the tile and counter and would also make the paneling look more like on-trend vertical shiplap.
If I painted the walls, I’d want to take down the big sheet mirror. The silvering is deteriorating in a few spots and the mirror is very dated. I could frame it out, but I like the idea of injecting some wood tones and different shapes with a pair of arched top mirrors.
The makeover could easily stop here and I’d be happy. But if I was going to make this project worthy of the ORC, here’s what else I’d do.
Build wood shelves over the toilet. These could add some decor and storage. It would be nice to get the bins of Ellie’s bath toys, washcloths and soap off the counter.
To go with the wood shelves, I’d update the linen closet by facing the shelves with wood strips and covering the floral shelf paper with plain white.
The white cabinetry is looking a bit dingey. If the walls go white, the vanity might be a place to introduce some more contrast and make the colours of the tile and counter make more sense. (Aside: This photo shows how a frame can make a big mirror look more current.)
The current floor introduces yet another colour to this room. Beigey taupe, which, of course, goes with nothing else. There are so many options out there today for simple peel-and-stick tiles, which could simply be laid over top of the existing vinyl. This could be a place to introduce some fun pattern, although I don’t want anything too busy to clash further with the counter and wall tile.
An alternative to new flooring would be a better rug. A nice runner that would cover more of the floor and serve the function of a bathmat could be a good option.
While I’m updating the floor I would also remove the terrible metal transition strip in the doorway. Not only is it ugly, it’s also not screwed down properly, so it rattles every time you step on it–every time for 7 years.
Alas, it’s likely going to be 7 years and counting for this bathroom. The dreaming is fun though and I know one day this room is going to be everything I imagine.
I am covering the size of your bathroom!!! Oh so much potential! And your mood boards are completely my style too.
That was supposed to be “coveting”. I should reread what I wrote before I hit “post”!
I knew what you meant! We are really fortunate with the size. It gives us lots of options.
I agree about phase 1 makeovers – they can help a lot, but can also just be a money sink. That being said, I think your ideas are good ones! Especially if you think it’s going to be another 7 years, it will help a lot to have these small-scale changes made.
Your baby in the tub is adorable!! I thought she was a doll at first. 😀
PS. Care-Bear-esque is the perfect name for that counter style!
Knowing our timelines, it could very well be 7 more years!
I can’t believe I forgot to mention how adorable Ellie is in that tub! That will need to be framed in the renovated bathroom!
What a good idea!
I love that suggestion.
I’m doing the one room challenge this year, for the Crooked House’s first and last time. It’s definitely atypical for me to start and finish a project so close together, and I’m getting some flack for declining all my invitations to OutFest and related parties this weekend. (Crowded noisy events with crappy food aren’t my thing anyway.)
In your bathroom, do you know if the wall behind the mirror is presentable? Because it’s not wasteful to me if you buy 2 mirrors for the permanent bathroom and paint the walls. (You could also switch out the hardware and molding strips on the vanity along with or separate from the other project, but I only think that’s worth it if you wanted to keep it for good. I don’t like temporary work either.)
Also, when it comes to big mirrors like that I think of my mom who said she was in a hotel bathroom where there were big mirrors on more than one wall that reflected her naked body so many times that she screamed when she got out of the bathtub.
I think I like the rug idea better than new flooring just because vinyl is a lot of environmental impact for something temporary.
You make a good point about the mirrors. They probably would have a second life in the “forever” bathroom. Now you’ve got me thinking about what the wall will be like behind the mirror. Knowing the past surprises we’ve uncovered elsewhere in the house, I’m wondering if there are some big holes.
Good luck with your ORC.