Friday, May 10, 2013

Basement Bathroom and Life Updates

I'm sorry I've been neglectful, I even missed the latest Pinterest Challenge, (agh!), but last week I had surgery to remove my gallbladder.  I spent the last couple months looking forward to getting it out, (gallstones are a bitch), but nothing really prepares you for the surgery, and the subsequent recovery. 

My work was great and gave me a week off, and while I can't lie and not admit to looking forward to a week with no responsibility, I still have three days left and I'm beyond bored!  I'm nowhere near as much of a busybody as Mike, but I'm dying not being able do as much as I'm used to.  I've improved since getting worn out from walking to the bathroom and back, to feeling tired after doing the dishes and a load of laundry or two, (don't worry I'm not picking up any baskets or anything).  I can't wait to be back to a normal routine, and even get some projects done!

I've felt weird not blogging, so I thought after such a heavy admission, (maybe a little too much TMI for a home related blog?), I thought I'd keep it light with a couple updates of the basement bathroom.  I haven't wrote anything about this room since we installed the Ikea vanity and mirror a couple months ago.  As far as bathrooms go, after the large items, (toilet, shower, sink), are installed it's pretty much a completed room.  It's the little touches that really make bathrooms nice.

Since the vanity install, I finished painting all the trim.  I added a couple accessories and then focused on painting the stairs.

Here's the bathroom as it looks today.


I added soap and a candle to the vanity, (whoa watch out dramatic changes), and a hand towel.  Right now the towel is on the left side of the mirror hanging from a command hook, but we're probably going to change it to the right side and it will hang down and cover the outlet since we never use it.  World shattering news, I know.



I also picked up a wicker trashcan from Target and put it between the vanity and toilet.  I'm not a fan of trashcans in the bathroom in the open, but this is a small space and there's no other room.

I'm waiting to make a trip to Ikea again to pick up some brackets to add some shelves above the toilet before really adding the accessories in this space.  In the mean time I put the fake plants I grabbed the last time I was there on the window ledge.  I really like the deep ledges from the glass block windows, so I'm going to have to figure out how to utilize those as well.  

We also installed the Ikea toilet paper holder from the same Ikea haul which seemed to be all about the bathroom the last time.  It literally took me days to figure out where to put this thing.  How can such a small thing seem like such a big deal?  I decided I didn't want to drill into the vanity and put it on the wall instead.  I'm weird and don't like to look into a bathroom and see the toilet paper holder, but it does have it's advantages, like whether or not there's an empty roll left from the last person! 

     
I've been dreaming of some industrial shelves and have pinned some ideas in the last couple of weeks.  I think I've come up with a plan that I can do on my own that will involve some reclaimed wood, (or distressed if I can't find any old stuff), and metal. 

Here's some of the pins I've been using for inspiration.  All sources can be found on my pinterest board for the basement bath.


Obviously, I like the reclaimed wood and black bracket look.  Now, I've just got to get well enough to make make the 90 minute trip to Ikea for the materials.  Oh, and I guess get well enough to be a functioning member of society too.  Priorities people.

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