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We have two and half bathrooms in our home.  I refer to them as the half bath, guest bath, and master bath.   It’s too bad we didn’t take better before pictures of them as they were when we first moved in.  This weekend, I found a picture of the upstairs landing that provides a glimpse into what we were first working with many years ago.

It’s a crazy picture, but you can still see the main elements from 1986 when the house was built: original vanity, original tile and dark green patterned wall paper.     The flooring was in poor shape.  A year after moving in, we replaced the tiny ceramic tiles with a 12 x 12 porcelain tile.

As you can see, during the tiling, we also took out the old vanity.   Our budget was VERY small so I picked out a very basic white new vanity, the kind with the molded sink top that comes with it.

The vanity is so tiny because this bathroom is tiny!  It’s 5ft from the door to the window on the opposite wall and 7ft wide.

Over time we made the other changes seen above.  1) We put up beadboard right over that dark wallpaper and painted the upper portion of the wall.  2) My mom made the shelving unit to hang above the toilet.  Built-ins are such a nice way to create more storage and function in a small space.  3) Replaced the basic molded sink top with a piece of marble and separate sink.

More recently, I’ve hung regular floor to ceiling curtains (Vivan from Ikea) that I had stashed away in a closet  to see how they felt in the space.  I think I like it.  It seems a little more spa like and I want to say, ironically, spacious.   The regular plastic shower curtain liner is still behind them.

small bathroom

The walls and vanity will likely get a new paint color soon.  I’m waiting for inspiration to strike.  I still need to finish painting the trim and frost the window for privacy too.

I do like how there is no gap of space above the shower curtain rod now. Have you tried extra long shower curtains (or just regular curtains) in the bathroom?

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I finally knocked out the third phase of the basement stairwell update: painted stairs.   As a quick recap, the whole goal here was to make the dingy entry and stairway look better using what we had.

The plan unfolded into three phases of painting.   In the first phase,  I painted the linoleum floor  using Behr’s Porch & Floor paint.

basement entry before

painted linoleum floor

In the second phase,  I unified the two mismatched doors with yellow and painted the shelving and half cement wall.  The door color is Martha Stewart Cornbread left over from painting the front door.

basement entry after

Last weekend, I completed the last phase of painting: the stairs themselves and the stairwell walls.   The walls are Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (leftover from the office).   This is an interior stairwell with no windows.   The lighting in this space isn’t that great.    I have an idea for an inexpensive lighting update as well.  I’ll have to see if it works.

Here’s how the stairs looked before.   Fortunately, you can’t tell from the picture how it smelled.  That runner was pretty smelly and dirty.  It had been there, uncleaned, for at least 8 years.

I used 3M Scotch Blue tape to mark off my lines 7 inches from the wall on each side.

Next, I used the same Behr Porch & Floor paint on the outer edges of the stairs creating a reverse runner of sorts.   I left the middle of the stairs as is.   I love the way it turned out.

The space feels cleaner, soothing, and much more welcoming.  The total cost was basically the price of three different paint colors, but nothing out of pocket because  I already had all the paint from previous projects.

basement stairs after

I added some fun to the space with art.   See more here.

basement entryway

stairwell progression

Have you ever painted a staircase?  Did you pick the unpainted runner as a favorite option back in this idea post?


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