Bathrooms gone bad. September 28, 2013Posted by ourfriendben in homesteading, wit and wisdom.
Tags: bathroom renovations, bathrooms, home improvement, small bathrooms
Silence Dogood here. Yesterday, I read an article about an “amazing” bathroom transformation that had taken the owner a weekend and just $200. She claimed that it had transformed her small, boring bathroom into a beachfront paradise.
All I can say is, I hope she’s not planning to stay there. If she actually uses this bathroom to wash up, take showers, stash the cat’s litterbox, etc., she’ll quickly discover exactly what she’s done to herself.
What she did was paint over the bathroom tiles, then glue a foot-high layer of sand on the wall, then glue a whole bunch of seashells onto that, then hang netting from the ceiling with tons more shells and etc. in it. And those are just the most egregious “decorator” ideas, there were plenty of others, with clutter galore.
I have a friend who calls all these little bits and pieces “dustables,” i.e., unnecessary work. But in a bathroom, especially a small bathroom, we’re not just talking about dust. We’re talking about moisture and humidity. We’re talking about mold.
The reason tiles are popular in bathrooms is that they resist moisture and are easy to clean. Not so paint, in a moisture- and mold-ridden situation. Not to mention that it’s highly unlikely that paint would even adhere to tile in such circumstances. And how on earth would you clean sand?!! Then there’s the dust, settling on all these textured surfaces and on the unreachable, uncleanable ceiling netting with its load of shells and other dustables.
And last but by no means least, to take a small space and fill it to the brim with a motley array of junk is hardly the way to make it seem larger and more restful. Especially when you paint the formerly white walls a blinding aqua. Good grief! Talk about an invitation to claustrophobia.
This was borne in on me when my friend Delilah, who’s a decorating genius, transformed a small bathroom by putting in a modest but beautiful aquarium. It took up little space, but made the bathroom a welcoming and wonderful place. You could do the same with a plant or a piece of art.
There are other inexpensive ways to make a bathroom welcoming, however small and plain. Candles, incense, scent diffusers, luxurious soaps and lotions: All transform a bathroom into a spa experience. And of course you can up the ante with a plate of fresh fruit and/or a glass of wine and your favorite relaxing music. (No need to install a sound system when you can bring in a boombox, laptop, smartphone, or tablet.)
In my opinion, there’s only one thing a bathroom, however small, genuinely needs, and that’s natural light: a window or skylight. If you have one, then anything’s possible in terms of transformation. But please, don’t use sand.
‘Til next time,