One of my least favourite rooms in our house is the main floor bathroom. Walking in, the first thing you see is a big window below a bizarrely placed towel rack. Who puts a towel rack above a window? Notice the poop coloured walls and floor. This was the colour of our entire house when we moved in. We have repainted about half these walls to-date.
You cannot see it in this photo, but the floor tile was not wiped down properly after grouting. You can see where grout has been smeared over the tiles. The grout is also cracking and the tiles have not aged well. One way I would like to put in vintage-inspired hexagon and basket-weave tiles.
Another major issue in this space is storage. We are currently using this hand-me-down basket shelf thing as a temporary solution. Can you call it temporary when you have been using the basket shelf thing for 1.5 years? I’m going to say ‘yes’ because I don’t like the alternative.
Just inside the entryway is a pedestal sink. It is shoved in an awkward corner with the smallest and tallest mirror. When I wash my hands, I actually cannot see myself in the mirror. It was obviously installed by the previous owner. He was a tall and single man.
Like the floor, the sink is also permanently dirty. It is covered in paint splotches that I have never been able to remove. Also, the sink installation and back panel looks like a botched DIY renovation. SO messy!
To the left of the sink is the shower and toilet. Eric replaced the toilet last year. The old toilet had a black wooden seat, and a pedestal base that matches the sink. It was seriously ugly. Every time a guest used our old toilet, I was embarrassed. One day my mom sat me down for an intervention regarding the old black toilet seat. She told me it had to go ASAP.
Another strange thing about this bathroom is the cheap white cabinet above the toilet. It sticks out further than the base of the toilet and makes you feel like you need to lean forward. We are keeping it for now, because we need the storage.
The shower grosses me out more than anything in our house. No matter how many times I clean it, it is always dirty. There is a permanent layer of grime that makes me feel like a bad housekeeper. For the first month we lived here, I wore flip flops in the shower. I can’t wait to rip it all out and start from scratch!
Below is another view of the shower. Excited to replace that nozzle with something a little more fancy and luxurious! It will also be nice to ditch the cheap looking tub surround. I love clean and crisp showers tiled in subway tiles!
With no immediate plans, Eric and I will be living with this bathroom for the foreseeable future. This has not stopped me from dreaming! When we finally get to renovating this space, I will pull inspiration from here, here and here.