A snowball’s chance…

I’d thought about doing some sewing today.

Well, there was about as much chance of that as the proverbial snowball in hell. It’s the bathroom, you see. About a year ago, we replaced the cistern on the loo, which was old, huge, cracked, leaky and frankly, grim. New cisterns are smaller, neater and generally more unobtrusive. But this leaves large holes in the wall where the original screws held the old cistern on (as well as evidence of several tries to hang the thing on the part of the previous owners), and an unattractive (to put it mildly) patch of garish turquoise paint in an otherwise pleasing expanse of pale sand coloured wall. Finally, I’d had enough of looking at it, although to be fair, I looked at it a lot less than the Husband, if you take my meaning…

The artificial light doesn’t sufficiently capture how very, very turquoise that patch of wall really is. Mind you, my pale sand doesn’t look too flash, either!

My sister and her husband are coming to stay for a few days in 10 days’ time. This provided the spur. I filled and sanded the holes. Then I saw the ceiling was getting a bit flaky and mildewy. Then I saw the tiles over the vanity needed re-grouting, and they were, as another relic of the previous owners, deeply nasty in colour, so a spot of tile paint on them wouldn’t hurt. Then I thought I might as well paint that whole wall. Oh, and why not the ceiling while I was at it? The inside of the bathroom door and the door of the linen cupboard could use a coat of paint too. Well, you get the idea. What was originally going to be a little bit of a touch-up has turned into a major exercise. It’s going to look good, but there’s a fair old bit of work.

Why anyone would voluntarily put up tiles like this is a mystery to me. Sorry if you have these and adore them, but brown fake water splatters… really?

This morning, I scrubbed and de-mildewed the ceiling, got all the flaky ceiling paint off, and washed down the walls. A bit purple-faced from all that overhead activity and goat-like frisking up and down stepladders, I was having a small breather when the Dowager called, sounding like she wanted some company. The Husband wanted to go into town for all sorts of caravan-related errands, so I gratefully reluctantly downed tools and we took her out for lunch followed by the errands. Three hours later, we got home and I had to accept that bathroom redecorating activity had ended for the day. It’s the Husband’s own fault that he will be abluting in a bare, echoing cell tonight instead of a cosy bathroom.

He tempted me, and I fell…..


41 thoughts on “A snowball’s chance…

  1. tialys says:

    I’ve come to realise that there is no such thing as a quick little job where any sort of D.I.Y. is concerned. Might as well accept you’re in it for the long (or longish) haul.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    About 4 years ago I had a similiar idea. What this bathroom needs is a fresh coat of paint… a couple of weeks later, mission accomplished.
    I agree about the tiles, why? I notice that a current trend in the UK is to put up wallpaper that looks like bricks. Er why?

  3. kathyreeves says:

    Bricks…I took out a wall of bricks in our basement. Who would want 26 feet of orange brick?!!๐Ÿ˜ณ I painted the bit we kept gray, and sponged shades of gray on it it until it looked natural. Back to your bathroom…who makes these tiles? Probably the children of the people who made the orange bricks!๐Ÿ˜‚ It does sound as though you have finished the prep and are ready to paint, which will really freshen things up! I didn’t know there was such a thing as tile paint, that is encouraging!

    • katechiconi says:

      One house I had 10 years ago had a huge wall of dark chocolate brown, deeply textured bricks in the living room, 12ft high by 14 ft long. I was on a tiny renovation budget, so all I could do was paint it. It took F.O.R.E.V.E.R…. All that texture slurped up the paint. I got SO tired of standing on trestles 6 feet up in the air.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, and yes, you can definitely paint tiles. Rustoleum does a very good Tiles Transformations Kit in a range of colours.

  4. You are a legend. I detest painting, probably because as your have so ably illustrated it is seldom a short exercise that doesn’t involve augar soap, patching, sanding, masking, drop sheets, undercoat at least, other times sealing, painting, repainting, cutting in, cleaning up, aaarggghh, wine ๐Ÿ™ƒ

    • katechiconi says:

      I have one secret weapon which helps with all these very real issues. I have a rock steady hand and really good brush skills. I’ve painted so many rooms in so many houses… but my big problem is knowing when to stop!

  5. craftycreeky says:

    The first house I bought had a Winnie the Pooh coloured bathroom suite…and I had to live with it as my budget was so small!! Enjoy your new bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      Ah… my first bathroom suite was avocado. I got round it by painting the beige wall tiles white and stencilling ivy all round the walls. The avocado became an asset!

  6. Jennifer says:

    I entered a similar one-day bathroom painting job at the beginning of a long weekend last fall. I was very lucky it was a long weekend, and cleanup had to occur on Tuesday. And then I needed to replace the toilet seat that had gotten banged to pieces by the ladder movement…

    Good luck!

  7. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    what is wrong with that beautiful aqua blue ???

    • katechiconi says:

      It isn’t, it’s bright turquoise! That photo was taken in artificial light which made it look much paler and less harsh.

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        I have about the same color in my hall and hallway, mind you, they are both rather dark places, I used white furniture and dark blue curtains and …I love it ! Not everyone’s cup of tea but it is mine :D.

  8. magpiesue says:

    There’s always that one step too far… Good luck with the work that remains!

  9. Emmely says:

    Haha, the things other people come up with to decorate their home… I am not jealous of your tiles! In our house previous owners had put a very ugly floral wall paper in part of the downstairs loo and applied it right over the ventilation grid. Uhm, yeah, isn’t this one of those rooms where ventilation is really desirable???? It was a pleasant surprise for us because we thought we had to make up some way to ventilate this room and we only had to remove some wall paper and the hole was already there!

  10. claire93 says:

    am I odd? I rather like your bathroom tiles lol.

  11. Um, I colored my hair today. Does that count? ๐Ÿ™‚ No really, congrats on taking on this project. I’ve no doubt it will look great when you’re done. And I totally understand how you can look at the same mess for days or years on end, and then one day reach the breaking point and HAVE TO FIX IT NOW. And once you’re done, you’ll wonder why you put it off for so long. Have fun, and enjoy the end result!

    • katechiconi says:

      Prep done, tile grouting done. Today is painting the ceiling day and undercoating the bare areas. You’ve reminded me why I ever started, something I was beginning to wonder!

  12. Lynda says:

    Somehow I missed this, but everyone kept bringing it up in your latest post… so here I am having found it. I do not envy you the work involved in sprucing up an unexciting vintage bath. We do what we can with what we have. Right? I am sure that once you are done your special touch will have revitalized the room. Enjoy your visitors and see you when you get back.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s certainly going to look fresher and less tired. In this climate it’s hard to stay on top of mould and mildew, and that’s particularly true in the bathroom. I got the ceiling done today, and already it looks better. Priming the tiles and mirror surround tomorrow, and then I can finally get out the last pot of paint! ๐Ÿ™‚ I should be posting before my sister arrives; I have ScrapHappy good to go on 15th.

      • Lynda says:

        Yes, we have that same climate here in the deep south. Bob has been busy pressure washing all the green and black off the siding this past week. I look forward to your reveal post, and I will be excited to share on SrapHappy too!

      • katechiconi says:

        Yes, it’s time for us to dig out the pressure washer too… Trouble is, it’s a bit chilly right now, mid-winter for us, and the idea of getting caught in the back spray is not nearly as pleasant as it would be in the summer.

      • Lynda says:

        I totally understand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Patching the wall has turned into a full-blown bathroom reno, by the sounds of things! It sounds like a good plan, but maybe not just one dayโ€™s work.

  14. This falls under “no good deed goes unpunished”. ๐Ÿ™‚ Little jobs are always big jobs in disguise. I have faith that you will make it look remarkable when it’s done. I wouldn’t turn down lunch out for a scrapper and Spackle either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The work will still be there.

    • katechiconi says:

      It was, and it mostly still is still there. I can only get it done bit by bit while each coat of primer and paint dries. Still, the ceiling’s looking great now it’s finished.

  15. As always, I’m terrifically impressed by your energy. And this time by the use of “abluting.”

    • katechiconi says:

      The energy is sadly lacking in practice! As for abluting, it’s an army thing. He served in the Reserves for 20 years, and showers/ the shower block/ having a wash are simply ‘ablutions’…

  16. rutigt says:

    There will always be days when sewing isnยดt the main project ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with the bathroom!!!!!

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