Sunday, September 30, 2012

Operation Cutify - Guest Bathroom Re-Do!

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A couple of weeks ago, Missy's parents were in town to celebrate her BIRTHDAY and to help us with some home improvement projects. This time around, we decided that it was time to finish renovating the HALLWAY GUEST BATHROOM that we started on TWO YEARS AGO (see HERE). First, we stopped at Home Depot to buy a couple of new lighting fixtures, paint, tools, and accessories. Then we headed out to the IKEA in Atlanta to get some new furniture - in particular, a new MIRROR for the bathroom, to replace the rusty old medicine cabinet that Missy's dad would rip out of the wall. As usual, we stopped and got a bite to eat in the IKEA CAFETERIA before working our way through the crowded showrooms...

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After putting together a new bookcase, work began in ernest on the bathroom renovation, which happened in stages over the following week. First, they tore out the old MEDICINE CABINET, leaving a gaping hole in the wall. Then, Missy's dad worked on moving the light fixture up six inches higher to accommodate the new mirror. The bathroom had NO ELECTRICAL OUTLET AT ALL, so he installed one, using the wiring for the light fixture...

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After all the electrical elements were installed, they patched up the big holes with new DRYWALL. Then, after cleaning all the mold and dust off the walls, they spackled and primed the ugly gray walls with KILZ...

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Once the spackling and primer was dry, it was time to start adding coats of paint to the walls. We chose a white semi-gloss paint that had a slight pink tone to it, so that it would blend well with the pink tiles and not be such a garish contrast. Because the bathroom is small and humid with no real ventilation, we had to bring fans in to help the paint dry faster...

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Two coats of paint later, it was finally time to install the new lighting fixture. The old fixture was dated and dingy and we were more than happy to finally see it gone...

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A week later, barring a few minor details that still need to be taken care of, we had a new bathroom! We were especially happy that we were able to match the lighting fixture and mirror with pretty much the same ones we installed in the MASTER BATHROOM a year ago HERE...

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In between waiting for spackle and paint to dry, a NEW SHELF was installed in the master bath...

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...and the fugly 70s-style GOLD CHANDELIER in the RABBIT ROOM - the one that the previous owners attached to the ceiling with a SHINY GREEN CARABINER - was finally put out of it's misery and replaced with another ceiling fan, the last of five matching ceiling fans that have been installed in the house since we bought it...

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...OH! And we also took time out to celebrate Missy's birthday! She just happened to get a package ON her birthday from a friend who sent her VINTAGE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS to add to her every-growing collection...

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2 comments:

Julie Taylor said...

wow, what a difference!

RANCHO COCOA said...

Thanks, Julie! Yeah, I only wish that I took a photo of the old rusty medicine cabinet before they pulled it out of the wall. We were at work when that happened...