Sunday, January 24, 2010


It's official. We're on our way.

Not the kitchen. That's still being researched, designed, obsessed over.

This is a much smaller, DIY project. The basement bathroom. Over the holiday break, we started to remove the festive early 70s wallpaper that was plastered on every single surface. Not every single vertical surface. No. Somebody loved this wallpaper. So much that it was installed on literally every inch of wall, ceiling, soffit. Even the inch of ceiling between soffit and shower. I don't even know how they accomplished this.

Here's the wallpaper. It looks almost charmingly retro in the photos. But really. Imagine it crawling over every inch of space in a tiny basement bathroom with no windows. Plus there were some mildew issues. It really had to go.

Note how the lighting strip was installed so close to the soffit that it scorched the drywall above. I'm pretty sure that was a fire hazard.

We'd toyed with the idea of using our single IKEA Domsjo sink in this space. But it's a deep sink, and this is a small space. So we punted on that idea and chose the more appropriately scaled 24" Lillangen from IKEA. It still retains something of the Domsjo's retro farmhouse vibe, but is much less deep.

IKEA's Lillangen sink

I'm envisioning a retro/slightly industrial/farmhouse space. That sounds pretty ambitious for a small dark basement bathroom, doesn't it? We'll see how it goes. The plan is to install white wainscoting similar to the beadboard in the powder room. The flooring will be white and black dot octagon tile. I still need to decide paint (I'm thinking a pale blue gray) and a light fixture (probably a small single rustic sconce from Barn Light Electric). For now, we're finishing cleaning the walls. Next, pull a box for the light fixture and float the walls in preparation for paint.

Thoughts on paint color? Sconce?


  1. Love the sink, can you come up and be my designer I have a kitchen and bathroom in desperate need? Barn Light Electric has been bookmarked for future use!

  2. Thanks, Lori! You're way too kind! I hope it comes out looking remotely like what I'm picturing in my head. Are you doing your bathroom too? Gotta love the way renovations start to snowball.

  3. Oh yeah and a screen porch as well! Pretty soon we will be adding on an east wing! :) Love the blog, I look forward to it every day.

  4. A screen porch? Oh, I'm envious! That was one of the biggies on my wish list when we were looking at houses. Unfortunately, I didn't get it. I'm so glad you like the blog!


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