I have finally given in and am going to do some cosmetic updates to the bathroom. I kept saying that we’d wait to do anything to it until something broke and/or we had the money saved up to redo it completely, but I’m just so sick of looking at it in its current 1980s glory. Peach and forest green, who would’ve thought that color combo wouldn’t age well?
Of course I can’t quite decide what’s the best way to kick these 80s to the curb, so I am asking for your input! Here, so you can get the idea, are some pictures of the room in its current state.
As you can see, it’s not a large room. It’s 60″ wide from wall to wall, and about 80″ from the door to the tub. This is going to be a purely cosmetic redo – we’re not moving pipes, we’re not ripping out the shower insert (even though it hides a window. Thanks, stupid former owners!), and we’re not planning to do anything that could appear to be a quick fix but then turns into a major freaking deal. Which happens 150% of the time in bathroom and kitchen redos, right?
Also, I’m thinking that since this floor is peel-and-stick vinyl tile, we can just stick a new layer of peel-and-stick vinyl tile on top, right? Maybe sand it first? It doesn’t have a texture, really, so it should just stick on, right? (Someone please tell me this is as easy as it looks.)
To the left:
You can’t really see it behind the towel, but there’s a Totally Awesome old laundry chute on this wall. I made fun of it when we first looked at the house but I have come to completely adore it. Everything falls into a laundry basket right near the washing machine. It’s perfect!
To the right:
You can see the “vanity” here. I put that in quotes because in reality it is just a bunch of plywood assembled into a vanity-shaped object. But I fear that removing it will make chaos ensue, so we’re going to repaint it and call that good enough.
And here is Hideous Light Fixture #1. The 80s loved their theatre dressing room lights, didn’t they? We also have the “medicine cabinet”, which is really just a void in the wall and these two framed mirrors attached as doors. Removing the doors to paint and then putting them back up doesn’t seem like it would be too dangerous. Also it’s HUGE compared to most medicine cabinets and I really don’t want to decrease the amount of stuff we store there.
From the back (in the shower):
Bonus dog appearance!
And up above:
And that is Hideous Light Fixture #2. Which, like a lot of things here, should probably be in quotes. It is a recessed area in the ceiling, framed with the plainest base trim molding available at Home Despot, with a basic fluorescent tube fixture mounted right in the middle. Yep, right where that aluminum slat rests to hold up the two pieces of plexi or whatever the hell that stuff is. I struggle to imagine what the person who installed this was thinking.
I put out a quick paint color poll on twitter/fb earlier this week and a lot of people recommended going with other shades of grey, since the fixtures are grey. I picked up a couple of paint chips at Home Despot and set them on the oh-so-lovely green faux marble countertop to see how they look.
What do you think? Is there some other color that would tie together the green of the countertop and the grey of the fixtures? Or is introducing another color just pushing it? There do seem to be a fair number of greeny grey paints out there. As you can see above, the towels we have right now are either purple or a wheat sort of color (same as the bathmats.) (They went with the decor in the bathroom at our previous house.) And what can we do about these light fixtures? I’m ALL EARS, people!