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Quick Bathroom Fix | Building Our Nest

Quick Bathroom Fix

Sorry for the long gap in posting, folks. We have been working on some house projects, but just haven’t had the time to post what we’ve been up to. We have taken a bit of a break from the stairs for the moment in favor of working outside on some of the front yard landscaping. Kelly keeps reminding me that we need to get some outside projects done on the house while it’s still rather nice outside. We can work more on the stairs in air conditioned comfort during the unbearable Texas summer heat.

In preparation for writing up a huge gardening post, I dumped 600+ pictures off of the camera and in doing so I found some pictures I had taken of a quick little project we did in the upstairs master bath.

Now, please keep in mind, the upstairs master bath is a HUGE project in and of itself. The tub needs to be re-glazed, the tile (which looks like it was put on top of previous tile) was grouted and caulked in an alarmingly sloppy manner (actually which makes me curse the previous owners under my breath whenever I see it… which is every morning, so I should probably work on my attitude towards them…) and needs to be replaced at some point, the window well needs to be rebuilt and perhaps the window replaced, the lighting needs to be changed out (or added in the case of the ceiling, where there are a couple of old cloth wires hanging down…), the whole room needs to be painted…

I know, I know. I’m making it sound like the room is a horror show. In some ways it really seems that way, but I have to remember that it is still very functional and we live with it just fine.

Bathroom

Bathroom

Anyway, since we moved in, we had been living with a cheap-o vinyl shower curtain:

I liked the subtle leafy pattern, but that was about it. Those kinds of shower curtains always get dirty and ugly and Kelly would always complain about how he hated accidentally brushing up against the curtain while he was in the shower. It made him feel clammy and claustrophobic. So I went looking for a nice replacement. I found a “hotel weight” shower liner for only a couple of dollars at Marshall’s and then this pretty fabric curtain at Bed Bath & Beyond:

Birds!

I liked the neutral palette, the leafy pattern and the pops of color from the birds. While I was perusing the aisles at BB&B, I had an inspiration: I wondered if they had those awesome curved shower bars like you can find in hotels. And they did! Since I had a pile of those ubiquitous 40% coupons, the new shower hardware came home with me along with the curtain.

Before I came home, however, I texted Kelly and told him that I had a surprise for him, but that it meant a project he had to do… Fortunately, he was so happy when imagining how his elbows wouldn’t touch the clammy vinyl that he was happy to get it all installed. Which first meant taking down the old shower bar:

Yeah, that bar had been there a loooooong while. And now you also get a closeup on the horror that is the grouting job. *Deep breaths* (Working on that attitude…)

So Kelly uninstalled the old rod in order to install the new curved one. He did have one hiccup during installation, as he first installed the new bar right in the place of the old one before realizing that the “cap” on the end of the rod was larger than the footprint of the old rod, so it would have to be moved. But it didn’t take that long to get the new shower curtain rod up and our lovely new curtain in place!

Kelly working on the installation

The curved rod

The new curtain!

Basically, this project gave me the idea for how to add a bit more of a creative touch to this bathroom. I want to paint the walls a nice light tan color and pick up on the rest of the bright colors in the curtain in through towels and accessories. I also want to paint an old chandelier (from a thrift store or the Habitat ReStore) one of the bright colors and hang it from the ceiling where there is currently a bunch of wires and nothing else… Stay tuned for that project…


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