I’m calling this a makeover even though it began with just the bare bones of new construction. This is literally the best picture I got of the before.
This bathroom wasn’t even on my list of rooms to do, but I still had some notions of French country going on down there someday or more likely some version of the serene blue bathroom that I seem to gravitate toward time and again. But when I came across this shower curtain, I threw all that out the window, put my other projects on hold for a very brief interval, and set out to create a cheery, child-friendly rec room basement bathroom with no major time-suck projects, no big expenses, and NO maximizing!
I loved this curtain because the pattern looks vaguely Slavic and the colors are wonderfully saturated. I picked up the curtain, towels, brightly colored washcloths, and the fun nobbly mats at Homegoods.
Then, to go with the black in the curtain, I bought black frames at Michaels,
black flower shower curtain hooks from Amazon,
and a black metal and unfinished wood shelf at Target.
While at Target I also picked up a towel ring in polished nickel to match the other hardware, a pink soap dispenser and waste basket, and a dark oiled bronze (nearly black) toilet scrubber and plunger dealy which nicely hide the things nobody wants to see or think about.
The most fun part of the bathroom is the photos from our latest trip to the National Arboretum during azalea season. It’s unbelievable how cheap it is to print great professional quality photos at Costco.
Now began the real work of convincing Kent to help me put everything up. He was really gracious about it. I was determined that this would not be a design project where I ripped things out and moved fixtures and used a saw or float of any kind. It was to be just a flash decorating job. But let’s face it: I had to move the towel rack to the other wall. I find the towel rack over the toilet really annoying because a) I hate to have a towel brushing the top of the toilet, it’s just unpleasant, and b) my kids absolutely cannot reach the towel hanging there and they use this bathroom all the time. So yes, I had to take the towel rack off the toilet wall then patch and paint the wounds it left in the drywall.
Then many a drywall screw later, the towel rack was re-positioned to the other wall, and the new towel ring was hung by the sink. (Thanks in advance, English teachers everywhere, for pointing out the passive voice in that last sentence.)
I have a couple rules about art in bathrooms. 1) No potty humor. 2) No pictures of other bathrooms. 3) No fish. 4) No faces. 5) If you must have faces they cannot be looking you in the eye facing the toilet. Kent informs me that if that’s the rule there shouldn’t be faces looking you in the eye on the toilet wall either for guys’ sake, but since I only think about my own comfort, never other people’s, that hadn’t occurred to me. As you can perhaps surmise, the art in my bathrooms tends to be architectural or abstract to comport with my many neurotic rules, so this bathroom is a real departure.
Kent and I put up everything while the children were nestled all snug in their beds so that the reveal the next morning was a big joyful surprise.
Salty said it was “So beautiful!” Peppers surprised us all by calling it “Clever!”
Flufferella squealed with delight a la Christmas morning and then pronounced, “It looks like a unicorn threw up in here!” In a good way.
If I allowed myself to think about it, I would want to change the mirror and maybe the light fixture which would make me think about adding trim or painting in there, but I’m not allowing myself to think about it. Instead, I am allowed to enjoy it as is, i.e. fun, whimsical, and pretty great for a basement bathroom on a strict time/money/effort budget. That brings the total of decorated rooms in the house to a whopping three! This is the summer of house projects though, so talk to me in November.