I've often heard children say, "There's nothing to do today". I beg to differ. I'd like to inspire you to do something. Anything. Read. Bake. Hike. Fish. Plant. Sail. Climb. Play. Reach. Move. Laugh. Dream; and take time to sit with me on The Old Granite Step.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Updating a very old bathroom.

We fell in love with this house on the first day that we looked at it.  There were holes in the ceilings, walls and floors.  I like to spackle as much as the next guy, but I often wondered....can I handle this?  We owned the house for seven months before moving in and I admit that I completely ignored this poor neglected bathroom for many months.  It's upstairs, along with three bedrooms.  It was a little scary up there at first!  Climbing those stairs was not on the "to do" list.  We were actually sleeping in the dining room anyways, so why waste the energy?  I knew that the bathroom wasn't that bad, but I just kept putting the project off.  Once I got underway, it was actually easy to enjoy!
You can see that the ceiling had drywall damage.  I don't know when the last time the tub was used, but it wasn't pretty.
We loved the claw foot tub and had decided that it really did belong in the house; thus we were going to keep it.  I knew that porcelain could be re-enameled but I didn't know how to find someone to do it.  I began asking friends for recommendations and was able to come up with someone who did a great job making the tub look new again. 
New fixtures were called for.
New fittings for old claw foot tubs are readily available.
We refinished the pine floors but I wanted a small rug for those chilly New England winter nights!

This room gets tons of morning sunshine!

You can see the "aqua" paint I chose when first painting the old room.  Once the tub and floors were finished, I wanted something a bit more neutral on the walls.

It's a very cozy space.  Well worth the elbow grease!

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