The Hall Bath


Two years ago we painted our kitchen the week between Christmas and Noah’s birthday party. I know it sounds crazy, but it works for us. We need deadlines to get things done. I’m afraid that we could live with unpainted sheetrock if we did not have guests coming to a party here Saturday evening. This year’s Christmas holiday/birthday party project is the hall bathroom. We are planning to paint and add new bathroom towel rods and whatnots. Here are some before pictures:

I’m not looking forward to painting those louvered doors!


I probably won’t have time to make new window treatments before Noah’s birthday party, but I hope to have some made before we start back to school. My SIL helped me remove the old wallpaper. It was super-easy since she used her steamer’s wallpaper remover attachment. Sorry, no picture of the wall before we took off the paper. Trust me, it wasn’t pretty.


I ripped up the caulk to reveal especially yucky things growing around the tub. We are going to have to re-caulk that sucker. Notice the random golden snowflake tile…there are a couple of more scattered around the room. A prime example of decor in the late sixties. The walk-in shower in the “master” bath has them, too, only they’re pinecones. Go figure. I have a friend who loves them because they remind her of the house she grew up in. That’s code for “your decor is a wee bit dated.”


You can see more of those random snowflake tiles in this picture. I’m not going to retile the entire bathroom, so they’re staying. Besides, they add character, dontcha think? We have a lot of work to do before 4 p.m. Saturday! I’m off to wash the walls before Karl starts painting. What fun!

8 Comments on “The Hall Bath

  1. I love projects like that. What color are you using? You’ll have to share the “after” pictures.

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  2. I can’t wait to see what they look like after you’re done. I’m the same way – give me a deadline and I can get so much done.

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  3. I can’t believe you are posting this! I am planning on *doing* the kids bathroom next week and it’s been a project on the back burner for two years. Too funny!Could you take the louvered doors off and spray them, rather than use a brush?I wonder…..Could the funky tiles could be access to a secret passageway?

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  4. It will look great when you are done—I can’t wait to see the *after* pictures. Great Christmas break project. I love the hard wood floors in your house…I think there was a glimpse of them in one of the pics. Kim

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  5. I had to laugh at the part about needing deadlines. I think we finally installed a sink in our old bathroom just before Hubby’s parents came to visit. We had ripped out the old sink when we were putting in a new bathtub and surround. I think we went without a sink in our *only* bathroom for almost a year!

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  6. Colors? I bought the jungle decor stuff at Target about a year ago. So, our colors a bit jungly–tan and green. We just picked them out tonight after about two hours of standing there in Home Depot staring at colors. I wanted to go blue, but Karl really pulled for the green. Which is kind of a surprise since blue is his favorite color.Kim at Mercy Days you are hilarious!Kim at Lifesong–yep, hardwoods. We put in new ones when Noah left the sink running with the stopper down and flooded the backend of the house before I knew anything about it. It was about an inch deep when I stepped into the hallway and got my socks wet. I’m not kidding!I’m right there with you, Amy.I’m planning on some after pictures. I hope it looks nice.

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  7. WE have serious bathroom renos to do too. Sigh. Maybe one day soon we will do them….:-)

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