Here we have the offending wallpaper. I am sure it was lovely when Jimmy Carter was in office, but it really bugged us. We thought it was because it was to feminine, too whispy, too old lady. Or it could have been because it was a sloppy installation that was now peeling. But upon looking at the photograph we realized something else.
It was on the wall upside down.
That led to a rash decision:
|I told you that 10" inch offset toilet was sitting was sitting on a 14" offset. |
See how its creeping into the middle of the room towards the bathtub?
It may not seem like much of an epiphany, but it was certainly cathartic taking it down. But now the bathroom, well, it seems workable in the short term.
Now the bathroom floor (1950s) actually matches the shower curtain, in the blue/teal/blue color pallet. The towels were just thrown up because they matched the blues in the wall paper, so yes, they are a hot mess. And ignore the clutter. I know it's a mess.
The lower walls are crappy old white subway tiles - but wait - that are actually gross and started to brown because in the Maryland humidity and heat, the little hairline cracks that formed in them over the last 80 years allowed moisture into the base ceramic turning them a mottled tan. So someone painted them white, which is actually a good thing.
And the clutter is just because junk gets piled in a room that no one wants to "own". So look beyond that.
Anyhow, Husband and I have thought about it and here is the game plan, both short term and long range:
1) Do an immediate replacement of the toilet.
2) Do a replacement of the vanity to a euro-styled basic one after Christmas.
3) Strip the dried wallpaper paste and paint the walls a light shade of the darkest shade of blue in the floor.
4) Repaint the tiles WHITE.
In two years look at the finances. If they are rosey and the kitchen isn't going to break the bank, then go whole hog and extend the wall out six foot and redo the bathroom.
If the kitchen breaks the bank, scale the bathroom back.
BUT if we do bump out the wall six feet so its over the breakfast room, then we'll also bump out the wall on our walk in closet six feet, and relocate the master bath to the larger space created by the extra 30 square feet in the closet - which is already enormous, and then convert the current cramped master bath into the new walk in closet. And because the relocated bath would share the same stack and plumbing, the cost of moving the master bath is minimized.
Frankly the idea of getting the master bath to the back of the house makes me really happy because right now there is a big old window in the current bath smack over the front door. Turn on the light and with the blinds closed everyone knows someone is in the bathroom because its in the middle of the freaking house.
So tomorrow I will spend the day measuring, and pricing toilets, vanities, lights and sketching.
But a new toilet is coming to live with us sooner rather than later. Because regardless of what we do, when we do it, we all need to crap in the present.