In January we moved into our new home after several months of intense renovation. Our house was built in 1976 and has all the
peculiarities charm that comes with a 70s era home in southern California. The previous owners had been here since 1978 and had done a few upgrades along the way, but nothing that fit my style.
We replaced the floors, took down walls, painted every square inch and now slowly but surely this house is starting to feel like ours. I admit that I’m slow when it comes to making decisions about what goes where. Every room is still in progress.
A few rooms are coming together so I thought I’d share one today since it’s almost complete. The guest bath on the first floor was literally an assault on the senses in its previous state. It was like walking into a hangover.
I took this picture at our first viewing
The before picture doesn’t even do justice to the color. It was so bright and so magenta! The pink sponge painting did not soften the blow either. The floor was a basic tile that continued into the den/family room which is right outside the half bath.
We still plan to replace the vanity and the countertop will be made from a leftover piece of the granite we used in the kitchen. We installed (and by “we” I mean a professional) hand-scraped birch hardwood throughout the house and it is one of my true loves in our home. We painted the room a soft gray and recently replaced all the old aluminum windows.
I want to either frame out the mirror or replace it completely, but for now this room is so much better than it was. I love the serene gray color that doesn’t make you want to shut your eyes while using the facilities. We also replaced the old light fixture that for some reason spanned the entire wall with a simpler brushed nickel option and we traded the brass & chrome faucet for a simpler set.
I can’t wait to get rid of the old vanity that still smells like potpourri, but so far this is a vast improvement don’t you think??