11.01.2012

Bathroom horror show...


My friends, are you ready to see a truly hideous bathroom? I know my online-buddy Alyssa has been dying to see this room, but I've been a little embarrassed to post these images. I finally decided to share because I think the blog world could use a bit more reality. I absolutely despise our second floor bathroom- I literally cringe every time I step foot in here- but we simply don't have the money to renovate this space yet. We've considered gutting it, but that would make yet another room that's torn apart (um, I'm talking about you, mudroom and living room). Let's take a look, shall we?

The top image is the view from the hallway. The bathroom itself is broken up into two spaces- the bathroom proper and an unusually-sized closet within a closet, which I've talked about before. The plan is to make the bathroom one big room by removing the fake shower wall and the second doorway. The vintage medical cabinet holds towels and toiletries. The walls and ceiling are covered in this crappy faux-marble shower board (pretty awful stuff). I have no idea why they lowered the ceiling in the shower, but it seriously creeps me out. BLECH!!!


PRH is very thoughtful. On the morning of our Summer party, I sent him out to buy a new toilet seat. Thinking that I liked the old wooden seat, he came home with the exact same style. See what I mean? Thoughtful. Unfortunately, I didn't like the old janky wooden toilet seat, nor do I like the new wooden toilet seat. I probably should've specified. Had I not been such a freak about getting ready for our party, I would've run back out and grabbed a different one. Too late.

The pedestal sink is actually a super cheap new sink. We replaced it because the previous sink leaked and was too close to the toilet. We didn't realize until after it was installed that the basin and pedestal (which were sold packaged together) were slightly different colors. Again, lesson learned.   


Bam! Gorgeous light fixture? No. That plastic medicine cabinet also leaves something to be desired.  


Kicky's little toilet seat lives next to the radiator behind the door. I don't blame the radiator for melting the hideous floor beneath it. I'd melt it too, if I could.  


The floors are two layers of junky old tile over junky wood. This is what all of the upstairs wood floors looked like, but we painted the rest. I would just chip up that tile, but I'm not sure what it's made out of. The blue arrow is pointing to a ladybug that I didn't see until I put these photos on my computer. The ladybug and I agree that the floors would look much better if they were something like the black herringbone tile that I posted yesterday.  


See what I mean? The wall and ceiling are covered in this fine material. It's glued to the walls and ceiling and I'm honestly a bit nervous to take it down.  


The previous owners must have been towel rack fanatics because there are towel racks and holes for towel racks everywhere! The doors need some help. 


This is the view from the bathroom looking into the hallway and into EZ E's tiny bedroom. 
As I mentioned yesterday, I'm planning to replace the hall light with this one from Schoolhouse Electric


The glass doorknobs are pretty much the only thing I like about this room. They just need to be cleaned and repaired. We obviously have a long way to go with this bathroom renovation. I don't want a fancy tub or double showers- I just want a minimal, clean-looking bathroom. I've pinned a ton of inspiration images here and hope to get started on this project sooner than later. 

Phew! I sort of feel better now that I've gotten that all off my mind. Do you have an even uglier bathroom? I'd love to see- just share a link in the comments.  

31 comments:

Meghan B said...

A&PRH,
We have been there! Have you seen our bathroom work? http://www.farmidable.com/2010/08/08/bathroom-renovation-progress-report/
http://www.farmidable.com/2010/10/06/bathroom-remodel-update/
I'll have to send you current photos to show how we've broken it in. We'd be happy to tell you more about it. We hope to put a bathroom upstairs at some point, but its not gonna be before potty training :(
You'll get there. :)

Cheryl Cochran said...

I'm so happy to find that someone else who shares in my misery of having to live with that AWFUL marble laminate in their bathroom! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cardboard_sea/6422327103/in/set-72157628199140833/)

We also have lovely gold chain towel holders (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cardboard_sea/6422237835/in/set-72157628199140833/), and metallic wallpaper covering not only the walls, but the ceiling as well! Fortunately, that pink toilet leaks so we don't use it and rarely go in that bathroom. It IS next on our renovation list though.

robyn said...

My parents had what looks like that same fake marble walling in their bathroom my entire childhood. Probably when I was in college they replaced the shower and tore down some of it, but then left it like that for probably 10 years!!!! before FINALLY finishing the bathroom last year. It just looked like dense pressed cardboard behind the surface. You think that is bad, but it could be worse because that same bathroom I grew up with also had carpeting. Yes. It was the world's smallest bathroom, in a one bathroom home for 5 people, and it had carpeting. The worst.

Ashley said...

My bathroom was uglier!

http://www.firsthomedreams.com/2012/02/bathroom-tour-before.html

It doesn't look like that at all anymore, but we're still not finished despite having started last February...

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Uhm, your shower kind of creeps me out. Why is that even looking at some bathrooms can leave you feeling unclean? I had the same issue with ours before we renovated it. It had pink carpet, a claustrophobic extra deep soaker tub surrounded by glass walls, and a floor to ceiling hand painted mural. Blech. Hope you get yours looking simple and clean soon.

jwhitley said...

Unfortunately, I can say we have an uglier bathroom. The master bath of the house I grew up in has a light blue toilet and sink, pink floor tile, orange wall tile with a black border, and black wallpaper with stars on it. There is also a rickety, textured glass shower stall. I've truly never seen anything like it haha! My mom could never afford to redo it before, but it's on the docket for next year!

Anna said...

Boy oh boy, you don't see many bathrooms like that anymore! I live in a rented house and have a "gorgeous" avodcado suite to enjoy every day, oh and the landlord thought it was a good idea to paint the tiles in emulsion o_O

Anonymous said...

What does it say about me that while I would probably feel like you if I had to deal with it- looking at it from the outside I'm thinking- hey, that thing is a CLASSIC!! Maybe not in an awesome way- but let's hand it to them for consistency!!

Hanna said...

I have TWO uglier bathrooms. Instead of fake marble, they have 1970s "wood" paneling and mustard yellow toilets. I rent, and the owners think the bathrooms are nice (!!), so there's nothing I can do.

Karen said...

Been there, done that. We waited 7 years before we could afford to redo the bathrooms. We made small changes in the interim, like replacing the tap that leaked a steady stream of hot water and painting the upper parts of the walls (the lower parts were those horrid 60's tiles in green, purple, and brown). The most important thing is to have a top notch fan in your bathroom-- otherwise you'll have a serious mold issue which is probably what your fine marbled panelling is covering. Be patient... if you can handle it. =)

Michele said...

Before my husband redid the bathroom in our first house, it had super dark, cheap paneling and silver metallic wallpaper with semi-nude Greek goddesses on it!! Both HAD to go (and it did). No photos of the original available, which is probably a good thing!

Shannon said...

That stuff on the bathroom wall is exactly the same stuff on the bathroom walls in the house I grew up in! I remember it so clearly because I'd sit on the toilet and see faces and images in the pattern (much like seeing objects in the clouds). Your photo sure brings back memories, and I still remember the "people" I used to see in the patterns!

kristin said...

I hate my downstairs bathroom, but it's a '90s remodel in a '20s house which is totally frustrating, because it's functional and newish but also cheap and ugly. oversized pedestal sink, white vinyl floor, it's no good. we've done what we can (removing a GIANT ikea cabinet, painting, removing the glass shower door and refinishing the tub) but i'd love to do a full redo someday.

Can you paint that marbely stuff? Like a good sticky primer and some white paint? Or go really dark with it? At least to get you through the next few years...and for heaven's sake get a new toilet seat!

Zoe said...

Sad for you! Dont tell anyone, get a gallon of paint and stay up all night painting it ---- might make you feel less icky till you can dig in.
We had that lovely gold glittered marbled laminate too in both bathrooms!
When we ripped it down the biggest hurtle was the massive amount of construction adhesive they use to anchor it to the walls. I found this soy based product to spray on it to help scrape off the adhesive but it was still lots of work so in one bathroom I just put up bead board. But your house looks much older, wonder what they wanted to cover up so bad...... probably 17 layers of wall paper.

We also had the same floor tiles, when I scraped them up the whole bathroom filled with the smell of urine!!!! It was so bad folks out in the living room began shouting and evacuating the house!

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Oh my! You all have some ugly bathrooms! Maybe we should start a club? I have a feeling a lot of crying and red wine would be involved. ;) xo, Abbey

Jessica said...

Sometimes you just have to wonder what kind of people would choose such ugly things! I wonder about those kinds of people :)

Kristin Dennis said...

Our bathroom is hideous, too! We live in a 100 year old shotgun house. The bathroom was the first thing we "renovated" (cleaned up mold, covered broken plaster walls with cheap bead board), but now, seven years later, it's time for us to renovate for real. Love those herring bone tiles, but might have to save that for our forever house!

Koliti said...

Forget how "ugly" you think your bathroom may be...

You are 100% correct in being cautious of what those floors are made of!

Go to prettyhandygirl.com NOW!!!
And read her recent post (just scroll) to her ASBESTOS post. Read her VERY informative and thorough post about what she's gone through and what's she's learned.

Lady Cordelia said...

Loving you blog, your ugly bathroom, ALL of it.
Happy to have found you.
XO
C

Sarah said...

a little at a time does amazing things! That being said I feel your pain!

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livingsimplyfree said...

My son and his wife had the same exact laminate on their kitchen walls, you may be able to keep guest out of your bathroom, but a kitchen? After checking it out I determined it was going to be quite a job. The walls behind some of it weren't quite solid and the amount of glue used to hold that up was enormous. I suggested they use a good primer that would work on laminate and then paint over it. We ended up doing the entire kitchen (minus the floor) for under $200. You can check out the before and afters here: http://livingsimplyfree.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/christmas-in-july-a-gift-of-a-kitchen-remodel/

Aqeela said...

You may think your bathroom is bad but mine was disgusting just a few weeks ago. Ive given it a simple face lift and it looks so much better but is still worth a complete rip-it-out-and-start-again makeover.
I blogged about it here:
http://aqeelas-house.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/paint-pumpkin-and-new-bathroom.html
Aqeela xx

Taylor said...

oh, you poor thing!! fortunately, you have incredible style and a knack for renovation - i know, cuz i read your blog religiously :) i'm sure it will be looking great in no time! good luck!!

The Belvedere- Alyssa said...

Aw! You're so sweet, I was dying to see this space. I think that its one of those spaces you're embarrassed by but in reality its not as bad as you think. It works now and you're going to make it into something awesome and forget you even had tile lining the ceiling. At least you have all that space to work with. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the faux marble! Seriously. The floor can be re-done and the lighting needs to be improved. But I think I could make the bath a landmark. I would keep the marble because, if for no other reason, it is unique and not as over whelming as wood paneling.

Look at it as a pattern. A wedding veil. A wrinkled newspaper. The back of a white poplar leaf. The all over pattern, cieling, dropped cieling is what gives it umph. Rather than flinch at the obvious tackness, why not embrace it? I'd draw from that fake 1950s french furniture look. The gold and white thing. Narrow Gold and white framed mirrors. Lucite toilet seat with embedded gold color coins. I would look for patterns that mimiced the gold and white of the marble. White shower curtain with tiny gold stars all over. A gold, faux-bamboo, ballroom chair. A celuloid clock. Brass hardware. Brass towel racks. Brass color spray painted radiator with a Brass tray on top. For an accent, I would tile the floor in inky black. Tall mop-boards that imitated the frenchy look, Like 1 x 4 topped with a golden, carved quarter round.

marina jason said...

Upgrade your bathroom with your own self. Its really enjoyable to do work like this. I upgraded my bathroom 6 months ago. I useSigma Tile Cutters for cutting those tile.

Cate said...

I love this post. What a beautiful house you have, with those doors and knobs and staircase, even if someone did go a little crazy with the laminate in the bathroom. Betcha can rip out the laminate, remove that shower and shower wall, redo all the plumbing, put a clawfoot tub in its place, plaster the walls, and refinish (not replace) the wood floors. Those tiles do look to be asbestos, as I'm sure you know, so don't remove them yourself. When we replaced our asbestos tile with vinyl, the installers waved away all concerns. "Don't worry about it," they said. "We do this all the time." I don't know what that means, but I hope it's good.

esb said...

Thank you for posting! Looking at decorating blogs can leave me self-conscious about my homes at times. It's nice to see the process, the in-between, and the projects that have to go on the back-burner in addition to the finished product.

Anna said...

oh I need to get a photo of my mom & dads bathroom. wall to wall blue carpet, blue tub, blue toilet, so horrid! and lots of peach accents.

Shelley Finley said...

I'm pretty positive those are asbestos tiles on the floor definitely wear a respirator that is made for asbestos remediation!!!!

LaLa said...

I think those walls must have been very popular in the area (I live in the valley, Waverly) and both my mom's house and my house had those SAME walls. My mom had it in both her powder room/laundry room and her full bath upstairs. I (thankfully) only had it in a hall closet. In both houses it was glued on, so it left very nasty walls when removed. My mom put up bead board in her powder room (from lowes in Sayre. Was chipped so she got it for 50% off by just asking). I took it down from the closet in my house and put up drywall because some of the wall came off with it. Hopefully yours goes a little smoother!

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