The complete floor was removed and replaced with new, but I distressed the new flooring with a hammer, chains and an awl (crazy? no I think not, it had to look more like the original) then I decided to paint the floor (made of yellow pine, not oak). I wanted it to have a design, something classic, something french inspired, so I came up with this harlequin pattern with the blue, grey and black color. I thought it would make the room feel larger and special.
The bathroom, dark, creepy and smelly as it was, it did have all of the original bead-board ceiling and walls, claw-foot tub and trim (5 1/2″ wide door casing, plinth blocks, rosette corner blocks, and 9 1/2″ tall baseboard) very cool, love, love, love…
I knew I had to restore and use all of them, I also wanted to keep the floors if we could, but unfortunately, they were rotten. We gutted everything because there was no insulation, not enough electrical outlets and we wanted to rearrange the plumbing fixtures. Our home has a post and beam foundation and sits at least three feet above ground and because we ripped the rotten floor out, relocating the plumbing fixtures was easy enough to do. Painstakingly I removed all of the trim and bead-board taking care to keep the tongue and grooves for reuse, luckily it was a successful job. Then we redesigned the floor layout, electrical and plumbing.
We decided to take some space from underneath the hallway stairs and make an area for the toilet, which made the flow in the bathroom better
I also choose white for all the walls, ceiling and trim for the ” larger” effect. I decided on two different wall paper designs, a classic blue and cream “french toile” and a classic tone on tone damask print in shades of grey. I special ordered the matching sink and toilet, and the faucets, shower assembly, toilet hardware and towel racks from Lowes and I bought the lighting and the exhaust fan from Home Depot.
Then we had to painstakingly strip all the trim and bead-board (thankfully, I had help with this, Melanie, I could not have completed this on my own) and Steve, you are the greatest! Gary (my wonderful husband) wired and insulated the room and helped Steve with the plumbing. The drywall went in and I finished the walls and installed the wallpaper. The bead-board was re-installed vertically, originally installed horizontaly. Steve added the custom trim and shelving around the tub area. I sanded, primed and painted everything! After sanding and priming the floor, I measured and drew the design using a pencil and a yardstick then painted two coats and applied three coats of polyurethane. We installed the lights, fan and mirror, next the tub, toilet, water heater and sink went in, then finally toilet paper and towel holders, and Voila!!! Pheww! I’m exhausted just writing about all of this! In case you missed the previous post, please check it out for more detailed photos.
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