This past weekend I did something I have not done in a long time. I painted. Which is a shame because I am one of those rare birds that loves to paint. There's something so soothing to me about taking an afternoon and erasing the old with something new, bright and colorful.
I lived in rentals for far too many years. Those all had boring white walls, but I was never invested enough in them to do anything about that. The last time I painted was when I was living in my spacious one bedroom in small town Michigan. Yes, that too was a rental, but it was a rental that was plastered in floral wallpaper and pink walls. Some of it had to go.
It wasn't until I moved into Mike's place that I felt some permanence. And it was shortly after I moved into Mike's place that I noticed I hated the paint colors. The bedroom color isn't too bad, but rest of this place is an offensive neutral. Yeah, I know, I didn't think neutrals could be offensive either but they are. We have offensive neutrals and I want them gone. So I started small. Small being our bathroom.
Oh lordy people, our bathroom is small (as you will see). And it is the only one we have, so really I wanted to try to make the best of out of it, because honestly, I really truly did hate it. But no more. It is now easily my favorite room in our house.
Here is what made me have such a drastic change of heart.
This photo also demonstrates Mike's main contributions to this remodel. I painted but he rehung the mirror as well as completed some minor electrical work. When I decided to paint, Mike did something he wanted to do for quite some time. When his place was built, the mirror was hung to a standard height, but Mike is not of standard height. He couldn't see his entire face in the mirror. He decided to raise the mirror along with the lights above it. That simple change I think made this remodel completely worth it for him. He also hung the shelf above the toilet, but I'll discuss that story after the next photos.
I had to convince Mike to add the shelf above the toilet. That was a serious negotiation which included demonstrations prior to its purchase to convince Mike that he wouldn't hit is head on it all day everyday. It also took some serious paring down on my part. I had a ton of crap just sitting in the storage unit which is now in the dumpster out back. The cats like the change as well. They've rotated turns taken up residence on the bottom shelf of the cabinet which is now sitting in a nook in our living room.
There are a few other odds and ends I still need to take care of. I need to do some paint touch ups, we need to purchase and hang a toilet paper holder and we purchased a towel rack for above the toilet that is too large. That needs to be returned and a new smaller one hung. I bought new bathmats and a new soap dispenser tonight but didn't feel the need to photograph the bathroom again because of those small changes. The changes that we already did made me so happy that really the rest is just icing on the cake - a giant seagull-colored cake.