Smaller project this week *, but still working towards the overall goal of making this Little House beautiful and useful.
Storage is a perennial theme throughout these posts, and I don’t think that is going to change anytime soon. What’s strange is how within the first 5 weeks of 2012, and without a crazy amount of overall time spent per project, the house already looks and feels so much better. It is staying tidy much longer. The kids are having an easier time putting their things away, and I haven’t even gotten to their room yet. It is pretty neat. I think I’m going to start approaching some other aspects of my life in the same fashion (like exercise and weight being the top two – that whole ‘6 weeks to a healthier you’ is starting to feel possible).
Digressing. Must focus on project at hand. This week, bathroom storage. This lowly shelf is the only form of storage in the whole bathroom (save the baskets on the floor = yucky clutter). We picked up an extra shelf at IKEA a few months ago, and let it age to perfection in the back room. Patiently waiting for the perfect moment to strip it of its plastic sheath and screw it to the wall.
Guess there was a bit of time that lapsed between purchasing the two different/same shelves, enough time for IKEA to change the depth of the shelf. Which is so awesome, really. Nothing better than completing a project, only to discover that it lacks symmetry. Probably something that won’t annoy me every time I walk into the bathroom. No, not me. Not me.
Luckily, we’ve got three more of these shelves in the back room. Unfortunately, they all are in use, and the back room is an impenetrable fortress of projects in progress, stacked like the Tower of Pisa, one risks life and limb just opening the back door. For the next couple of weeks, while other projects are working their way to completion, the thicker shelf is going to have to stay in the bathroom. Yes, I’ll wince with tremours of pain and sigh a heavy breath each time I enter the bathroom, but at least for now the baskets are off the floor, and the towels have a comfortable shelf on which to rest until their services are required. The shelves are still a bit too busy for my liking, but they are a lot better.
Keeping with the theme of things being useful and beautiful, and seizing the available moment, I sewed a little temporary curtain/blind for the bathroom. It took about 30 minutes, using some scrap fabric that I had lying around. It is pretty simple and not at all permanent, but it will function until the window moulding is fixed.
The shower hardware is ready to be installed (in the corner of the photo above), just have to figure out whether to move to the old brass fixtures throughout the bathroom, or to source some nickel/silver fixtures and run with those instead. What do you think? Is old brass acceptable or is it a passing trend? I like the way it looks in these photos…but maybe I’d tire of it?
1st image via Remodelista – Oji Masanori for Futagami
2nd image via Ken Levenson Architect P.C. – Jenna Lyons’ Bathroom
3rd image via Canadian House and Home – Suzanne Dimma’s Guest Bathroom
4th image via Canadian House and Home – Vintage-Chic Bathroom
5th image via Remodelista – Oji Masanori for Futagami
*Qualifying this by noting that I’m still working on the larger stair and window projects.