The first thing you should know about my bathroom makeover is that even before I set out to make it nice, I had to make it livable. Before I moved in, this bathroom was icky, complete with filthy tub, moldy shower curtain, and a thick coating of dust and dead bugs on the light. So the first thing I did was a basic deep clean. And then for a year, I didn't get much further.
I felt trapped by the peachy-pink tumbled marble that seemed to border everything. (In fact, there isn't much. But it's PEACH, okay?)
My landlord rescued said marble from a tear-down in Toronto's historic Rosedale neighbourhood and installed it a mere three years ago. I felt saddled with it. What goes with dull peach marble? Nothing. And then, it hit me: Chocolate. I decided to go dark - something I'd never done before, but first...
I had to strip everything out of the room. AND, even though this place is a rental, I felt I had to do some repairs. We have no bathroom fan, and as a result, our paint was peeling. I knew my landlord would fix it... eventually, but that it wasn't a priority, so I decided to take on the repair myself.
As more and more paint peeled away and I realized how much work I'd created, I regretted my choice. First, peeling. Then, sanding. Then, spackle. Then, primer. Eesh.
Now that's it all done, I'm glad, but let me tell you, I was CURSING my gung-ho attitude...
until I started making progress.
Thanks to some inexpensive products, I think I made a pretty big change. For the record, here's what I used: Mold-resistant primer; CIL Dimensions paint in a pre-mixed shade called Chocolate Kiss; white Ikea curtains that I had kicking around from my old apartment; two plain white bedsheets (and plastic liners) to make a textural shower curtain; cupboard and hanging hardware from Anthropologie (the fish were on sale for $2.95 each!); and a bunch of thrifted finds (like the art and the mirrors).
What do you think? I'd say the change is pretty major, especially considering the minor expense. Not bad for a single's day's work, eh? Small changes can make such a big difference.