Disclaimer: we aren't professionals

Thanks for reading our silly little blog! As the disclaimer says, we aren't professionals in either blogging or house stuff, but we try. This is mostly to let our friends and family know what we've destroyed so far in the house. We post irregularly and usually forget to take pictures, so thanks for your patience, and please feel free to comment with your thoughts and suggestions!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Super motivated mode, engage!

Wow, we killed it yesterday on the bathroom.

It took several trips - we went to Home Depot (for drain parts) and Bed Bath and Beyond (for the shower caddy tension pole thingy and shower curtain rings), then another trip to Home Depot (for more drain parts and a mirror for my vanity) and Target (for a shower curtain liner).
In the end though, we knocked a lot off of our list:

  • fix the vanity in place
  • install drain
  • grout trim
  • find and install mirror
  • find shower curtain*
  • buy and install tension pole caddy
  • finish painting the doors to my wall cabinet vanity thingy
  • paint and hang the new door to the bedroom
  • replace the old door and install a new door jamb/trim
  • make and install thresholds to cover the tile-to-oak transition for both doors 
  • buy and install towel bars and robe hooks*
  • find some art or something to decorate the walls
  • paint the rest of the crown molding and baseboard
The biggest things were completing the sink/vanity. We are totally good to use the sink in there now. Some things are half-completed, like finding a shower curtain and installing towel bars. We don't have the shelf/bar that we were planning to get for hand towels. It will go over the toilet. 
I did get some towel/robe hooks at BB&B that match our shower fixtures (they're not exactly the same but they're really close, and all made by Delta)
Actually the hooks we bought for $10 ea at BB&B apparently do not exist on the internet, but they are the Addison hook shown above but without the little dimples at the corner of the squarish base. Whatever, I'll post pics soon enough. 
Randomly, while looking for the hook online, I found that they sell the chrome version at Walmart. Here's the description:

  • Robe hook
  • Wood blocking is preferable behind all wall surfaces
  • Tile, masonry plastic, anchors, plaster, drywall and toggle bolts
  • Charming teapot
  • Timeless design is a perfect marriage of both form and function

Did you catch it? Charming teapot? What? Oh Walmart, you crack me up. I was searching their site for shower curtains yesterday and lost respect when I saw multiple curtains listed as "Artic white". Artic? Really? (p.s. it's Arctic, with a c, like the ocean). 

Anyway, speaking of shower curtains, we worked it out so a standard 72" long liner will work, but we want the curtain to brush the floor, a la Sherry and John's at younghouselove, who are constantly inspiring to me. However, Amazon does not seem to have that curtain anymore. Solid white cotton 84" long curtains are shockingly hard to find. I loooooove Target's 100% cotton, really nice heavyweight waffle weave ones, though, so I'll probably buy two, one white and one gray, and sew a short gray border on the white one. My other option is find a table runner I like that is exactly 72" long (to match the standard 72" width of the shower curtain) and tack that on the bottom. I would still prefer to buy only one shower curtain, though. 
Seriously Target, y u no haz any extra-long shower curtains? 

Oh one more thing. What do people with natural stone tub surrounds do for a shaving mirror? Chris tried to suction his onto the wall but it is way too rough to stick. Apparently shower mirrors with hooks to hang on a wire caddy do not exist. Only suction cup ones. He really wants one to be at head height; he has to stoop to shave now because one of those permanently installed washcloth bars is in the way in the current bathroom. We will probably end up buying one with a little stand and place it on the window ledge, but then that's not face height. Hrm. Any suggestions, invisible and probably non-existent readers? 

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