Before – and Almost After

My bathroom has been a work in progress for a while.  Going to the downstairs bathroom at my house was like stepping back in time to 1988.   And while I do like ROSES, this bathroom had an overwhelming amount of rose accessories to go with the rose patterned linoleum:

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About a year ago, I decided to replace the old silver and white light fixture with a brushed nickel one which led to me switching out the towel rods and toilet paper holder-thingy … and then the hardware on the cabinet didn’t match, so I painted the cabinet and changed out the handles …

Well, a few weeks ago, I decided I was finally sick of the shower curtain (roses, roses, roses) and rugs that I have had FOREVER (ok, 8 years, but still …) and then remembered that a lot of the towels we have were wedding gifts (I got married over 20 years ago!).  Since Target was having a decent sale on a certain brand of towels and bath accessories, I invested in a new shower curtain and some plush, fluffy, new towels (hand towels and wash cloths too!).   Man, I didn’t know what I was missing!!!!  I will from now on only have  fluffly, plush towels.  I am officially a towel snob now too …

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With the roses-theme GONE (a rose border was removed a long time ago too!), the rose flooring that is in the bathroom was looking exceptionally sad and yellowed and outdated.  And so ………….. I decided to tackle the floors!  With a little trepidation, I bought 60 peel-and-stick-floor tiles and some primer stuff … and tonight (Thursday), I began.  It took some studying and reading instructions, looking at websites and really thinking things through how to best lay the tiles … but finally, after measuring twice, I said a prayer and laid the first tile, which in tile-laying is apparently THE tile that all other tiles will be based upon.  It’s THAT critical.  Who knew??!  Probably every home-improvement-doing person EXCEPT ME.

While I’m NOT one to be hosting a “do it yourself” blog post, I will share this project because it is one that may actually turn out without me calling in a professional to finish it for me!

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Did you know dollar store aluminum pans made great containers for primer … and also great for taking to potlucks so you don’t have to remember to bring your dish home!  🙂

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Laying peel-and-stick tile is actually pretty easy .. it’s the trim work stuff that gets a little touchy (note area around the linen closet door … still need to make templates and tackle that).

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HELLO 2013 … or at least the 2000’s!   By the time we get our house all fixed up to put on the market, I will love it so much that I won’t want to sell it!  Why didn’t we do this sooner —- I guess we thought it was too expensive or we’d do it “some day”.   And here, I only invested $50 into this floor project – and the results, in my opinion are worth every penny.

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(Obviously I am no DIY blogger … excuse all the potty and potty seats in this picture! LOL  Just keepin’ it real.)

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4 Responses to Before – and Almost After

  1. Sandra says:

    It’s looking great, you did an awesome job 🙂

  2. melanie says:

    Looking good!!! 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    That looks great! I may need to try some of that in our bathrooms, they need some new floor pretty badly! And new towels are so nice, I wish we needed some so I could have an excuse for fluffy ones!

  4. charla says:

    Wow! That is so impressive. I hear you about the towels. Our bathroom flooded a few months ago and a neighbor ran to the Dollar Store down the road to get a few extra towels for us. Those towels are the nicest ones we have had in years. The others we have give new meaning to the phrase ‘thread bare’.

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