I am a lover of HGTV’s “House Hunters”. I love following people around as they debate the pro’s and con’s of three different homes and often voicing my opinion to the T.V. either agreeing with their choice or letting them know that they just made a $300,000 mistake and they need to question their decision-making abilities.
One of the common things that happens on the show is that the house hunters see a room with some kind of decor they hate and they can’t see past it. Even if it’s something as simple as a paint color or furniture that doesn’t even come with the house.That drives me crazy and is usually one of those times I verbalize my displeasure to the T.V.. But, every once in a while a room pops up that makes us all cringe and even the most optimistic among us has a hard time visualizing any help for that room.
I say all that to set the scene for the moment Mark and I walked into the upstairs bathroom of our house for the first time.
When I walked into the room an involuntary “Whoa!” escaped my lips. It was a visual assault to eyeballs. There was so much going on I didn’t know where to look or just to look away.
Flower wallpaper that fell out of vogue about two decades ago, yellow toilet, yellow tub, and yellow sinks and counter top, vanity lights that hung from the ceiling on chains, and yellowed linoleum that judging from the increased height of the bathroom threshold was probably the fourth or fifth one this bathroom has seen.
But the bathroom did have a few good things going for it. Double sinks, lots of counter space, and it was a huge bathroom – literally the size of a bedroom. Considering that this was the only bathroom on the second level with all the bedrooms and we would all be sharing it, these positives were really important.
**Side note – can I just say how much I miss having a master bathroom! It is in our long-term plan to add a master bathroom and I cannot wait. Sharing a bathroom with my kids is so gross. Is it so much to ask that a toliet get flushed?!
It’s no secret that this bathroom needed (and still needs) a complete gut, it was just not in the budget and we did not have the time to allow for that remodel. But it needed help in a major way!
So, we pushed up our sleeves and got to work. The first thing to go was the wallpaper. Some areas just practically fell off the wall and in others it was stuck so fast we pretty much-needed to take the first layer of the wall off. During the wallpaper removal process the toilet also had to make an exit. It had started getting clogged about 2 minutes after we bought the house. It is an exciting adventure when your toliet is overflowing and you have no towels in the house (she said sarcastically). Let’s just say that plaid shower curtain came in useful after all.
We did not have a budget for new counter tops and a new tub and surround. And while I’m sure the choice of yellow was on trend and some point, we were not fans. After a lot of research we found a product called Rustoleum Tub and Tile Refinisher and it was just what we needed to give this bathroom a fresh clean look. That plus some paint on the walls, new lights, fixtures, medicine cabinets, rug, and new shower curtains and we feel the bathroom we couldn’t make any worse definitely got better.
Tub Pre Fixtures
No we did not refinish the toilet – we just got a new one of those.
You can see what a difference refinishing the counter top made. Since this picture the new medicine cabinets were installed and I painted the bathroom vanity navy.
Hopefully this budget refresh will hold us for a couple of years until we can do a total bathroom makeover 🙂
Thanks for reading!