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Quick! Hide the Junk

Like most of our projects around here, our bathroom renovation has been a slow work in progress. So far we have replaced our towels with these extra large, comfy, aqua beauties, organized Noah’s bathing supplies, and given new life through paint to our wall art and fish.

Update on the fish: Thanks to Trista’s comment from Raising Baby on a Budget the fish now holds our toothbrushes, which works out great because I was able to remove the cup that always held them. Yay for one less item on our counter.

Taking our time is ok though because it allows for plenty of day dreaming and pinning before making a final decision. For instance, it has bothered us for a while that when you walk into our bathroom, one of the first things you see is all our junk stored in the cabinet above the toilet.

The cabinet is extremely functional, but someone wasn’t wearing their “designer” hat when then they thought it would be a good idea to place clear glass inserts into the cabinet doors. Isn’t the purpose of doors to hide the junk you don’t want to look at?

So for the past few months, I have had several different ideas swimming around in my brain. The first one was just replace the cabinet. But that just didn’t make sense. Why should we replace it when there was nothing wrong with this one… plus I don’t think ML would have gone along with the idea. And that’s one important thing to remember in the design process of your home. If you’re married, make sure your husband agrees with what you are doing. Or if he’s the type that doesn’t care what it looks like, at least make sure y’all have agreed on a budget before you start renovating/crafting/cooking or whatever. Thankfully, ML likes to be involved in the design process. Maybe it’s because he started out majoring in architecture in college. It didn’t take but one semester to decided that that wasn’t the profession for him though. I’m so thankful he loves the profession he chose: physical therapy.

Anyway, back to my ideas. The second one was one of those ideas that works great in your head, but you can never figure out the logistics to actually execute the idea. I thought I could tape/Mod Podge scrapbook paper to the insides of the door. I kept running into problems with that idea though because the glass is bigger than one sheet of scrapbook paper. Using some kind of printed design would have been a bad idea anyway because the glass has little ripples in it. Don’t want to get things too pattern happy.

So all this brings me to my third and final idea… Painting the back side of the glass with acrylic paint!

I still had some left over paint from the cross that got updated to match our aqua towels.

After running the idea past ML, he was on board. His one concern though was will it be a turnoff to future buyers when we decide to sell. You know in case they aren’t down with the whole aqua bathroom thing. Thankfully, the paint can be removed, and I let him know that probably wouldn’t be a deal breaker in selling the house anyway. Plus at least it would help the bathroom look neater by hiding all our junk.

So Wednesday I started painting.

It only took a few minutes to apply each coat. Then I allowed at least fifteen minutes between each coat. The first coat provided pretty good coverage, but there were still some pockets of light coming through. So I went back with two more coats to ensure full coverage.

After the third coat, I had this beautiful look going on.

I love it. The aqua is very soft but matches our towels perfectly. And the best part is you can’t see our junk anymore! The paint also highlights the texture in the glass. I decided to not mention painting it to ML and see how long it took him to notice.

Before

After

He noticed immediately when he walked in there. And he agreed that aqua was a good choice for the color. He said, “I thought the bathroom looked cleaner.” To which I replied, “The only thing that’s been cleaned in here is the glass.” So hiding our junk made so much of a difference that our entire bathroom feels cleaner. That’s worth painting for! Plus this little part of the renovation was free.

We hope to tackle a few more things we have in mind for the bathroom later this summer. For now I will just enjoy the fact that my husband thinks our bathroom is cleaner!

So what about you? How do you and your husband/family handle design related decisions? Is he actively involved in the decision making process? Do y’all set up budgets beforehand? Or if you are single, do you set a budget beforehand?

We have a home improvement budget that we use for all our projects. Typically, we take the money that we get back from our tax returns and reserve it for the home improvement budget. This works out great for us because we don’t go too crazy spending money on our house but have the opportunity to save for some bigger projects while we knock some of the smaller ones out of the way.

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Master Bath Wish List

The new towels in our bathroom have really got my mind going on other changes and updates we could make. Before I share them with you, I thought it might help if show a few pictures of the bathroom, so you can grasp the layout.

The door with the mirror on it leads to Noah’s room. The door that is cut off in the left hand corner leads to our bathroom, and the other door leads to Michael Luke’s closet.

It is shared by both bedrooms upstairs. Originally, it was supposed to have been two separate baths; but apparently, the contractor/developer tried to save a few bucks and reduced it to one. The framed opening was cut out to join the two areas.

I don’t mind it too much since it gives us a larger bathroom than originally intended. Definitely more room for two people this way.

Even though I have several ideas, they won’t all happen right away. Some of them may never get done. We aren’t about to tackle a complete renovation of the bathroom… more like make changes as we have time and money.

So what are these changes?

1. Find more practical places for Noah’s bathing supplies. It’s time Michael Luke and I make room. It’s no longer a bathroom for two.

2. Add moulding to our frameless bathroom mirrors.

I might try to match the color to the mirror on the back of the door.

I would love to just replace the mirrors, but the previous owner painted around them. And since I don’t really mind the paint color and don’t feel like adding another room to my to-paint list, we will work with the mirrors we have.

3. The cabinet above the toilet provides invaluable storage.

So we can’t get rid of it, but I have been thinking of ways to help it look better.

First, I would like to place some paper or fabric behind the translucent panels to hide all our junk. I have never understood the reasoning behind translucent panels there. Everything always looks neater when you can’t see all the junk. Second, I would like to trim off the legs and mount the cabinet to the wall. Sounds like a ML job to me. Doing this would clean up the floor and give me the chance to place the cabinet higher on the wall.

4. I would also like to find ways to use the aqua color found in the towels throughout the room.

5. And if I ever find the time, I would like to repaint the cabinets and trim in the bathroom.

I would have to really get motivated to do this though, since I have already done it once. I do think that if the cabinets were a lighter color, it would help the room feel larger.

6. And since dreaming and wishing don’t cost anything… I wouldn’t mind re-tiling the floor and walls and removing the carpet.

That would be a big DIY step for us though. We haven’t ever tackled tile. Thankfully, our existing tile is still in good condition. For the time being, I will be content with what I have.

7. I would also like to replace the towel rack with towel hooks.

8. At some point ML and I would like to come up with a solution to our abundance of doors swinging into the bathroom.

Maybe using a bi-fold door for his closet or reversing the swing on one. New doors would be great too. Our existing doors are hollow core.

So there you have my dream/wish list for the bathroom. I can’t promise you we will tackle all of these, but we will be making some changes. I’ll keep you posted.

Do you have dream/wish lists for rooms in your house? Have you been faced with rooms that have too many doors? What do you think of my wish list?

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