Duck and Cover

Understandably, making our newly purchased “fixer-upper” into the sleek updated home we have in our minds is a bit of a process.  A long process.  And especially with our decision to put off moving in until the major renovations are completed (and they haven’t even done demo yet…), we’re doing what we can in the meantime to work on some of the areas that are not First Tier items (meaning we won’t get to do any major reno for a few years) like the bathrooms.  Because let’s face it, you use bathrooms all the time and not being able to update them in a major way shouldn’t prevent you from making them at least look as nice as you can as you wait, right?

So that was the impetus behind what we’ve called “operation duck and cover.”  When we bought the house a few months ago, the very dated bathroom boasted an oak sink console and medicine cabinet, bisque-colored toilet and sink, and some kind of bird/duck-themed foil wallpaper:

hall bath before

We had a bunch of guests coming to visit at various times during the holidays, and since we’re still living at our 2-bedroom condo but have a totally functional–yet-dated house we’re not living in yet, we offered this to our guests as a place to stay.  We did our best to make the main bathroom a bit nicer since we were in the middle of removing the wallpaper when they came.  Our plan was mostly to cover up the ugly (hence the title of this blog post!).  Since we haven’t yet figured out if we can remove the icky brassy-gold shower door, we figured we’d just cover it up with a nice shower curtain:

hall bathroom progress 2

We chose this one because a) we liked the medallion print (which I’m always a sucker for) b) it added some pop to an otherwise rather bland bathroom and, c) most importantly, it didn’t clash with the existing bathroom features that we won’t be able to change for awhile like the bisque sink an brown tiles on the floor (which you can see in this photo):

hall bathroom progress 4

Also in our effort to do a VERY quick update?  New hardware on the sink cabinet and mirror.  This time I went for an oil-rubbed bronze/ORB despite that I usually gravitate toward shiny chrome or nickle.  Those super shiny finishes just wouldn’t have looked quite right I don’t think, and I thought the ORB would tie in to the brown in the shower curtain and tile on the floor.  We also picked up a few ORB switch plates as well:

hall bathroom progress 1

Don’t mind the weird-looking wall in that pic–that’s glue that we hadn’t yet removed after peeling off the wallpaper!

The most exciting part though?  A new toilet!

hall bathroom progress 3We weren’t actually planning to replace this right away, but this toilet’s predecessor was bisque and giant, and it stopped working just a few months after we bought the house.  It was a leaky annoying mess.  But we were able to pick up this basic Kohler one from Home Depot for about $130 plus they were having a promotion on toilet installation, so we went from shabby dated broken toilet to shiny new functional toilet in just two days.  Plus, with all the Home Depot gift cards we received during the holidays (thanks family!!), we paid almost nothing.  Hooray!

Next step: paint!  We’re going to go with a very light gray-blue to tie in with the shower curtain and hopefully make the space feel bright, open, and hopefully a bit bigger and more modern.  Can’t wait!




5 thoughts on “Duck and Cover

  1. I will certainly be borrowing from this post when attempting some quick and easy updates in our new to us bathroom. Fantastic how changing out the hardware makes such a difference.

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  3. How clever to use your new house as a temporary “guest house”

    Way to go on the bathroom update on the cheap. I love little changes that make a big difference!

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