Hello, friends! My kids are off at school today (yes, already – !!) and so I’m back at it! I’m going to get going on the guest bathroom project this week, so I thought I’d give you an update on that project. If you missed what the guest bathroom project is, please see THIS POST and then THIS POST for which paint color I chose.
OK, so when last we spoke about the guest bathroom, I was pondering the following things:
(1) Where to put the wainscoting, given the tub surround height?
(2) Do I remove the mirror?
(3) What do I do about the ugly light fixture? Just change the bulbs like I did HERE?
I think I now have the answers to each question (woo hoo!):
(1) Height of wainscoting?
I’m going to leave the wainscoting at the height I originally planned, even though the tub surround is higher.
I decided that the shower curtain will mostly hide the tub surround, leaving me to put the wainscoting at whatever height I want. I don’t want it to be too high (the height of the tub surround) and there was no good way to arrange the panes of the wainscoting to accommodate that height.
So, the answer to #1 is, well, #1 in the photo above! Here’s the good news: I’m painting the blue on the wall before attaching the wainscoting, so if the paint looks odd dipping down lower than the tub surround, I’ll know it and can fix it before the wainscoting goes up.
A couple of you suggested planking the wall instead as a way to solve the height issue. Being honest, I don’t want to plank the walls. First, I’m not looking for a farmhouse-style look here. I want it to be crisp and modern. Second, that much wood in a bathroom kind of scares me. A little is fine, but a lot of wood with the moisture in a bathroom worries me a bit.
(2) Do I remove the mirror?
You all convinced me: a resounding YES! I agree that, if I don’t do it now, I’ll regret it, and now’s the best time because I can patch the wall and then paint it while I’m painting the rest of the bathroom. Totally makes sense.
(3) What do I do about the ugly light fixture?
Well, I was wrong on this one. I decided to take off the glass shades on the fixture and swap out the bulbs, just like I did in our master bathroom.
Here’s the problem: For some reason, the bulbs I got this time have more of a yellow tint to them, and the whole room looks yellowy (is that a word?). Which means the paint color looks icky. Which means the white vanity and fixtures look beige.
In a word: ew.
But this makeover is supposed to be a budget-friendly makeover, so replacing the light fixture isn’t in the budget (yet). I’m going to think about this one: decide whether to spend money on a new fixture and whether I can install it myself, rather than hire an electrician, or whether to just get new glass shades for the fixture (that are a more modern shape and style). I’ve always been hesitant to do DIY electrical work, mainly because electricity terrifies me, but changing a light fixture is a good DIY project generally. For now, the fixture stays, but not with the Edison bulbs. Again, ew.
So there’s the update from the guest bathroom project. What do you think?