Monday, February 17, 2014

Boy Bathroom Update

When we arranged to have new flooring throughout our house, it seemed like the perfect time to update the boy's bathroom from the juvenile "frog" theme to a more mature decor. We figured it would be a piece of cake to slap on some paint, update the light fixture, and buy some new artwork and coordinating towels.

And then we found black mold. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's a before and after . . .

 

I started off by covering up the apple green wall paint--which honestly did not look as migraine-inducing in real life--with a couple coats of primer. I then added a coat of "white clay"to create a neutral palate with which to work.


When the mold was discovered, the toilet came out and the floor was pulled up to assess the damage. Two professional opinions later, we found that the mold was limited and treatable, but the wet subfloor required that a rental fan run for about three days straight. That wasn't loud at all.

You might also notice in this picture that I primed the vanity. The doors and drawers had been removed previously and were also being primed for a new color of paint.


Two coats of black paint later, things are starting to come together. My precious light fixture arrived, as well as the toilet paper roll holder and new faucet, all in brushed nickel. My next task: get Robert to install them all.


Lights up, faucet installed . . . and did I mention new hardware for the cupboard doors and drawers? I got new towels and some Doctor Who art for the walls and a shower curtain. 

But my favorite thing has to be the mirror frame. I purchased this on-line at some place that specializes in frames for mirrors. I just entered my measurements, answered a few more questions, paid the small fortune they asked for, and a week to ten days later, a box arrived with all of the parts and instructions for easy assembly and installation. 

At this point in the process, however, I was still waiting for the floor and toilet as well as a few other things.


Today, one month and four days after starting this project, I can say we are 99% done! The toilet appears to not be leaking, the towel hooks are installed and the floor is caulked. The only thing left is to caulk around the toilet and we're in business! We also have to install the toilet paper roll holder. Then we will be in business.

Pretty! I mean, cool.

12 comments:

Debbi said...

Bravo! The colors and hardware are perfect and I love the pops of color with the Doctor Who art. Excellent choices - you will now be the authority on remodeling :-)

Kay said...

What a great transformation! Nicely done, Afton.

Andrea Bell said...

You're hired!

Anonymous said...

Looks great. Is the floor linoleum or tile? I honestly think the only way to keep a boys bathroom from smelling of urine is to have them sit, or to have those carpets that go around the toilet. One for each day of the week.

Gwen said...

I like it a lot! You are right about the border around the mirror. It looks really nice.

Amanda Dahl Larimer said...

love the "dignification" of the space...you do fantastic work!

Amanda Dahl Larimer said...

Can I just say H$llofa good job!

Debbie said...

Love Love Love! Nice work! :)

I-Shüan Warr said...

It looks great! I'm glad the mirror frame worked out. I like the "Victory" poster over the toilet. My kids would think that's hilarious!

Delaram said...

COOL is right! xo

Essie Reed said...

A simple makeover turned into a major renovation? Well that escalated quickly! But with the mold you discovered, renovation is just the perfect solution for your son’s bathroom. It may mean a lot of work needed to be done -- but thinking that the problem will be fixed for good and you achieved the look you wanted at the same time, is like hitting two birds with one stone. Cheers!

Essie Reed @ Valley Home Improvement

Rick Greer said...

The decorations and prints on the wall definitely stood out more when surrounded by white paint. The light fixture looks amazing, and the new faucet is giving off a classy vibe. Kudos to you for making that transformation possible! You did such an amazing job! Thanks for sharing that! All the best to you! :)

Rick Greer @ Finlay Brewer