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post #21 of 62
Glover Girls: Nice space!

I would pull out the w/d and paint the whole room. It takes some strength and work, but it is worth it in the long run.

Other ideas:
~ I would give the full-size ironing board away and buy an over-the-door version and put it on the door you have blocked. If you keep your doors white, the hardware barely shows on the other side and is up high regardless so no one notices.

~ I would take everything off the vanity near the sink except handsoap. Keep your daily supplies handy under the sink.

~ I would remove all but one item from the back of the toilet. One solid item that won't break if it accidentally gets knocked off. If I really liked the three items there, then I would install a pretty shelf above the toilet for them. (I cannot see the items well in the picture. I am not judging the items themselves.)

~ I would hang a large item above the toilet that fit the space...vertical art or paned window or anything large enough for the space that you love.

~ I am a firm believer in one large rug in small bathrooms and a separate tub/shower mat that can be air-dried. Your plan sounds right up my alley!

~ Decide on a focal point in the room. Most people use the shower curtain, but it doesn't have to be that. I'm not sure where the door is that you use from the pictures, but do you leave the door open? What do people see when walking by? Once you have a beautiful focal point, then work through the rest of the room and always ask yourself before you buy anything, "Will this enhance my focal point or detract from it?" Only buy those items that enhance it and support it and add to your overall theme/look/atmosphere.

HTH!
post #22 of 62
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Originally Posted by SAHDS View Post
Oh MY! I just noticed sunnysandiegan is doing 3 bathrooms. She's inspired me! I'll see what I can do too. Although, my DH might kill me since all mine need is decor... shhhh... don't tell him I'm spending money.
Tee hee hee! Glad I could inspire you!!!
post #23 of 62
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Originally Posted by SAHDS View Post
Here's my clean slate:

double shower

window

mirror and counter top

vanity

toilet 'area'

You can't see the tile floor, but it's bare.

So, I need to DECORATE and give this space some life! Rug, curtains, pictures, candles, towels...
Well, you have a pretty slate to work with!
post #24 of 62
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Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan View Post
I'll just jump in with a plan for the month.

Master Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ TOUCH UP PAINT!
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way

Guest Bath/DD's Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and tub/shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Design a shower curtain
~ Wash, press, cut, and sew fabric
~ HANG IT UP!

Powder Room/Laundry Room (all behind one door):
~ Basic cleaning of whole area
~ Deep clean the sink faucet (head/handles/drain/plug)
~ Find and/or purchase appropriate screws to attach new cabinet knobs that I already have (They came with screws that are too short for our cabinets. We found the right length for a few and installed those in all the other places...)
~ ATTACH NEW KNOBS!
~ Decide how and where I want to store/hang new broom
~ DO IT!
~ Remove old broom from our house (offer it to neighbors; it is an indoor broom and I only need an outdoor one, which I recently got)
~ Hang mini indoor broom next to dryer insert
~ Empty cabinets under the sink; wipe them out; put things back and declutter along the way; move certain items to shed for outdoor use; repurpose that space to something else
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty all three cabinets in the laundry area; wipe them all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Dust the hot water heater closet
~ Contact some plumbers (or other specialists, whoever is required) regarding the possibility of installing a tankless water heater (We need to replace the current water heater in the near future...aiming for early 2009.)
Well, I better get busy with this challenge! Tomorrow (Monday) is my typical Home Blessing Day where I spend an hour cleaning whatever needs the most love in our house. Since our home is in pretty good shape, I better get the basic cleaning of the bathrooms taken care of then! Wednesdays are my typical Project Day where I spend "x" amount of time working on a "project" of any kind. This Wednesday is already pretty busy, so I will fit in something from this list as my project. That ought to kick start me into gear on this challenge...
post #25 of 62
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Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan View Post
Glover Girls: Nice space! Thanks!! It's a 180 yr old colonial house that's been remodeled. It's got lots of charm!

I would pull out the w/d and paint the whole room. It takes some strength and work, but it is worth it in the long run. UGH!! You're probably right! :

Other ideas:
~ I would give the full-size ironing board away and buy an over-the-door version and put it on the door you have blocked. If you keep your doors white, the hardware barely shows on the other side and is up high regardless so no one notices. That's a great idea. I think I would put it on the linen closet door which is to the left of the sink. That way a guest can close the bathroom the door. I keep the door cracked open for the cats.

~ I would take everything off the vanity near the sink except handsoap. Keep your daily supplies handy under the sink. You know, generally the sink is clear as I'm pretty organized under the sink but I was lazy this morning and took pictures on a whim without cleaning up first!

~ I would remove all but one item from the back of the toilet. One solid item that won't break if it accidentally gets knocked off. If I really liked the three items there, then I would install a pretty shelf above the toilet for them. (I cannot see the items well in the picture. I am not judging the items themselves.) I think I've had that candle thing on the back of a toilet for years now! Might be time to bring in something new. I like the idea of a shelf above the toilet. I would like to combine it with something like this that is functional.

~ I would hang a large item above the toilet that fit the space...vertical art or paned window or anything large enough for the space that you love.

~ I am a firm believer in one large rug in small bathrooms and a separate tub/shower mat that can be air-dried. Your plan sounds right up my alley!

~ Decide on a focal point in the room. Most people use the shower curtain, but it doesn't have to be that. I'm not sure where the door is that you use from the pictures, but do you leave the door open? What do people see when walking by? Once you have a beautiful focal point, then work through the rest of the room and always ask yourself before you buy anything, "Will this enhance my focal point or detract from it?" Only buy those items that enhance it and support it and add to your overall theme/look/atmosphere. The door into the bathroom is directly opposite from the door next to the toilet. So most of the pictures were taken standing in the doorway. The entrance is at the back end of the livingroom so no one walks by the doorway plus I keep the door nearly shut (cracked for the kitties). I love the shower curtain. I had it in our apartment and I just folded it some to fit it in the shower stall. In fact, the only thing new in that room are the washer and dryer! I was thinking of putting up a tension rod with a curtain on it to hide the washer/dryer but it would probably just be in the way when I do laundry. And I don't really care if they show. I'm not expecting Martha Stewart anytime soon and I'd rather have functionality than formality!

HTH!
Thanks sunnysandiegan for your helpful comments!!! I decided to add some pictures of our second bathroom to the set. The upstairs br and my dd's room are the only rooms I've painted so far. I did them before we moved in. I wanted to make them special because she was transitioning into sleeping in her own bed in her own room. It's directly above the downstairs bathroom, in between our bedrooms so it has a door into it from my room and hers. I would say it's pretty much done except I will be replacing the icky mirror. Otherwise, I'm happy with it. After the airplane sized bathroom we just had, these two bathrooms are luxury to us!! I'm so thankful! :
post #26 of 62
I love the rack! Nice choice.

Your upstairs bathroom is so cheery and fun!
post #27 of 62
SAHDS, what cute fixtures! I love the sink faucet! Did you put it in? If so, is it Moen, and which style?
post #28 of 62
My progress after the first week of the month...

Master Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room Complete, except shower...9/8
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ TOUCH UP PAINT!
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way

Guest Bath/DD's Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room Complete, except shower/tub...9/8
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and tub/shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug)
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Design a shower curtain
~ Wash, press, cut, and sew fabric
~ HANG IT UP!

Powder Room/Laundry Room (all behind one door):
~ Basic cleaning of whole area Complete...9/8
~ Deep clean the sink faucet (head/handles/drain/plug)
~ Find and/or purchase appropriate screws to attach new cabinet knobs that I already have (They came with screws that are too short for our cabinets. We found the right length for a few and installed those in all the other places...)
~ ATTACH NEW KNOBS!
~ Decide how and where I want to store/hang new broom
~ DO IT!
~ Remove old broom from our house (offer it to neighbors; it is an indoor broom and I only need an outdoor one, which I recently got)
~ Hang mini indoor broom next to dryer insert
~ Empty cabinets under the sink; wipe them out; put things back and declutter along the way; move certain items to shed for outdoor use; repurpose that space to something else
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Empty all three cabinets in the laundry area; wipe them all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Dust the hot water heater closet Complete...9/8
~ Contact some plumbers (or other specialists, whoever is required) regarding the possibility of installing a tankless water heater (We need to replace the current water heater in the near future...aiming for early 2009.)

I better step up the effort!!!
post #29 of 62
My progress after a day...the mirror above the upstairs vanity fell off the wall (that's what I get for badmouthing it), took a chunk out of the sink, left shards of glass all over the bathroom and a big ugly blank spot on the wall. Yeah, that was a joy to clean up!

NOW I can get a new mirror!! That checks off that bathroom list!
post #30 of 62
All right ....
I'm in

I will tackle decluttering both of my bathrooms, then move on to decorating them
post #31 of 62
My progress...

Master Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room Complete...9/8 & 9/9 & 9/11 and again 9/22
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug) Complete...9/9 & 9/11
~ TOUCH UP PAINT!
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way Complete...9/9
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way Complete (This was a HUGE undertaking since our "medicine cabinets" are three panels wide and quite tall)...9/21 & 9/22

Guest Bath/DD's Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room Complete...9/8 & 9/10...and again...9/24
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and tub/shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug) Complete...9/10 & 9/11
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way Complete...9/9
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way BIG undertaking...Complete...9/24
~ Design a shower curtain
~ Wash, press, cut, and sew fabric
~ HANG IT UP!

Powder Room/Laundry Room (all behind one door):
~ Basic cleaning of whole area Complete...9/8...and again on 9/15
~ Deep clean the sink faucet (head/handles/drain/plug) Complete...9/11
~ Find and/or purchase appropriate screws to attach new cabinet knobs that I already have (They came with screws that are too short for our cabinets. We found the right length for a few and installed those in all the other places...) DH & I confirmed we have to purchase new screws in order to complete this task...9/10... And purchased them...9/12
~ ATTACH NEW KNOBS! Complete...9/14
~ Decide how and where I want to store/hang new broom After giving away the other broom, I decided I want a clamp to hold the new broom handle since there is no hole for a nail, we had one, but it wasn't strong enough...9/12 and I have plan B thought out...9/20
~ DO IT! Easier said than done... We could not find the proper strength clamp gadget at Target or Home Depot or Ikea... Hmmmm... 9/12 & 9/13... Not sure where to try next, but I guess I need a Plan B...LOL
~ Remove old broom from our house (offer it to neighbors; it is an indoor broom and I only need an outdoor one, which I recently got) Complete...9/12
~ Hang mini indoor broom next to dryer insert
~ Empty cabinets under the sink; wipe them out; put things back and declutter along the way; move certain items to shed for outdoor use; repurpose that space to something else Complete, but I had already removed the outdoor items to the shed and had forgotten...I spread out the existing items under the sink to make it look full even though it could hold quite a bit more...9/15
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way Complete...9/15
~ Empty all three cabinets in the laundry area; wipe them all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Dust the hot water heater closet Complete...9/8
~ Contact some plumbers (or other specialists, whoever is required) regarding the possibility of installing a tankless water heater (We need to replace the current water heater in the near future...aiming for early 2009.)
~ I didn't originally list this as a goal, but I cleaned the inside of the washer today, too. Ya know all that crud that collects between the agitating tub and the lid? I cleaned that and the inside of the lid. Complete...9/9

I am stepping up my efforts!!!
post #32 of 62
I'm in! I've been dying to do something with our bathroom. I'm going to keep my goals short though because we'd like to really do a mini remodel this spring.

-take down extra towel bars
-purge vanity
-if time permits paint
post #33 of 62
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Originally Posted by Turquesa View Post
SAHDS, what cute fixtures! I love the sink faucet! Did you put it in? If so, is it Moen, and which style?
I didn't. The 2 men we bougt it from re-did th entire house, completely changing the cosmetic look of everyting. They didn't even live here, just spent 5 months fixing it up for profit.

I just checked and have no idea. All of our toilets, sinks and shower fixtures are Kohler, so that'd be my guess... ?
post #34 of 62
We got moved into our new house this past weekend, and so far, here's what I've done:

I have organized the TINY cabinets under our vanity and the the little 'above the potty' cabinet in our bathroom. I still need to hang something on the walls though...but other than that, it's pretty much done. I'll try to get pics today while DH is up (he works 3rd shift and has to sleep during the day) around lunch time.

I've organized the cabinets in the kids' bathroom, but again, still need to add something to the walls, and I really need to get a new shower curtain...I don't like what I have in there. But, I'll get pics of what I've done in there and share them at the same time.
post #35 of 62
Okay, I have a post on my blog about my Organized Master Bathroom so hop on over there to check it out. It's small, but it is working for us.
post #36 of 62
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Originally Posted by Carla_KY View Post
Okay, I have a post on my blog about my Organized Master Bathroom so hop on over there to check it out. It's small, but it is working for us.
I love how you did your bathroom! I took some mental notes for my own...
post #37 of 62
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Originally Posted by kirstenb View Post
I love how you did your bathroom! I took some mental notes for my own...
Thanks, Kirsten! I still have some 'decorating things' I want to do, but the organizing is pretty much done.
post #38 of 62
Great job on organizing Carla!!! I am excited to see how you decorate your new bathroom...
post #39 of 62
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Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan View Post
My progress...

Master Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room Complete...9/8 & 9/9 & 9/11
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug) Complete...9/9 & 9/11
~ TOUCH UP PAINT!
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way Complete...9/9
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way

Guest Bath/DD's Bath:
~ Basic cleaning of whole room Complete...9/8 & 9/10
~ Deep clean the sink faucet and tub/shower faucet (handles and heads and drain/plug) Complete...9/10 & 9/11
~ Empty cabinet under the sink; wipe it out; put things back and declutter along the way Complete...9/9
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Design a shower curtain
~ Wash, press, cut, and sew fabric
~ HANG IT UP!

Powder Room/Laundry Room (all behind one door):
~ Basic cleaning of whole area Complete...9/8...and again on 9/15
~ Deep clean the sink faucet (head/handles/drain/plug) Complete...9/11
~ Find and/or purchase appropriate screws to attach new cabinet knobs that I already have (They came with screws that are too short for our cabinets. We found the right length for a few and installed those in all the other places...) DH & I confirmed we have to purchase new screws in order to complete this task...9/10... And purchased them...9/12
~ ATTACH NEW KNOBS! Complete...9/14
~ Decide how and where I want to store/hang new broom After giving away the other broom, I decided I want a clamp to hold the new broom handle since there is no hole for a nail, we had one, but it wasn't strong enough...9/12
~ DO IT! Easier said than done... We could not find the proper strength clamp gadget at Target or Home Depot or Ikea... Hmmmm... 9/12 & 9/13... Not sure where to try next, but I guess I need a Plan B...LOL
~ Remove old broom from our house (offer it to neighbors; it is an indoor broom and I only need an outdoor one, which I recently got) Complete...9/12
~ Hang mini indoor broom next to dryer insert
~ Empty cabinets under the sink; wipe them out; put things back and declutter along the way; move certain items to shed for outdoor use; repurpose that space to something else Complete, but I had already removed the outdoor items to the shed and had forgotten...I spread out the existing items under the sink to make it look full even though it could hold quite a bit more...9/15
~ Empty medicine cabinet; wipe it all down; put things back and declutter along the way Complete...9/15
~ Empty all three cabinets in the laundry area; wipe them all down; put things back and declutter along the way
~ Dust the hot water heater closet Complete...9/8
~ Contact some plumbers (or other specialists, whoever is required) regarding the possibility of installing a tankless water heater (We need to replace the current water heater in the near future...aiming for early 2009.)
~ I didn't originally list this as a goal, but I cleaned the inside of the washer today, too. Ya know all that crud that collects between the agitating tub and the lid? I cleaned that and the inside of the lid. Complete...9/9

I am stepping up my efforts!!!
Thus far, I have gotten what I consider the "easy" and "fairly easy" stuff done on my list. Now I have the "time-consuming" and/or "messy" items left. LOL

I am not sure I am going to get to the shower curtain in DD's bathroom this month. I have started a quilting class and DD wants a specific quilt for her bedroom (as a reversible duvet) and I am considering doing something similar for the shower curtain to tie the two rooms together more. Not only will piecing a fancy quilt top take a lot longer than simply sewing a few seams, but also the specific quilt she wants isn't being taught until January.

I need to simply "schedule" the remaining tasks on my list for the rest of the month because I am not looking forward to any of the ones left (except the shower curtain)! LOL

How is everyone else doing? The month is more than half over. Are you going to achieve your goals?
post #40 of 62
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How is everyone else doing? The month is more than half over. Are you going to achieve your goals?
Anyone???
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