It's a really boring toilet paper holder and it's a bit underwhelming that my hours of searching online and in stores and my many minutes of griping have yielded this particular piece of hardware which will result in mostly a lack of noticing the toilet paper holder in that bathroom. Still, it feels good to have checked it off the list without compromising my thriftiness goals ($7 + $5.50 shipping). And the shape and color is not unlike the towel bars, even though the texture is different. I will probably keep the stand model for its heavily weighted base which could come in handy for a Halloween prop. It seems silly, but the room actually looks more spacious with out the old stand parked right in the middle of it.
Another thing we haven't developed a fondness for is the vanity cabinet. The morning after I ordered the TP holder, I couldn't bear to stop there with the progress on this room, so I decided to refinish it. Let me say that there's nothing good about this cabinet, aesthetically or functionally, other than it holds the sink (also not a winner) up and hides some of our stuff. That top drawer there? It's at our knees. That's LOW. This is not one of those good-bones-just-needs-updating-refinishing projects. But we're stuck with it for awhile, so I thought I'd at least make it look a little less worn or at least make it less eye-catching.
|I am convinced that the bathroom cabinets, counters and sinks were meant for a manufactured home; a 1970s manufactured home when they didn't have regulations about quality and they were working really hard to make them as light weight as possible.|
I have a few colors of an acrylic "stain" and sealer combo in my stash of decorative painting supplies (Stain & Seal by Faux Effects, if you're interested) and chose ebony to give it a quick n' clean make over. Three coats, "hand-rubbed" and done. While the hardware was off I gave it a good scrub and realized that it's no less ugly, but now I know crappy quality, too. The hinges are keepers and I already had knobs for the drawers from a 10-pack I picked up, one of which I used on the medicine cabinet. A few different stops at a few different hardware stores and home centers and POW, new pulls for the doors (2 @ $1.18 each). Of course antique brass isn't prevalent at the home centers even though it's back in the design magazines, so my options were limited. I'm not excited about them, but I'm pleased to have something that is not quite so gaudy as the originals and is the right finish. Of course I'll keep the originals, again for Halloween purposes; they just shriek "Transylvania" to me.
Finally, to replace the old drawer liners and stick with the use-what-we-moved-here-across-3-state-lines theme, I used some gold glitter vinyl from my fabric stash. It is not only a hoot, but it matches the gold glitter in the counter top and sink.
|Yes glitter vinyl, gold glitter vinyl. This makes me smile and giggle when I open the drawers. I also cut a piece for the under the sink.|
What's left? Window coverings (I have the hardware) and framing up more of the toothpaste collection. Oh, yeah and probably some organizers for the cabinet to make it a little more useful. I think I've given up on the light fixtures.
*If you missed the reason we decided to go retro 1970s-inspired with our decor, see this. And other tedious, yet fascinating details about this bathroom redecoration can be found here & here.