I should also mention, this is a Tuesday-Thursday blog. I found that more manageable, and it gave me time to actually DO the projects I wanted to share with you, instead of lamenting that I had no time to do them because I was too busy oogling Pinterest and design blogs and showing you what I thought was cool, all for the sake of content.
That was dumb. So twice a week it is!
Anyway, wanna get down to the nitty gritty of everything? Because I'm going to be very seriously real right now -- nearly everything in this bathroom was (a) salvaged, (b) something I already owned, or (c) from a big box store. NOT JOKING. So you too can have moody brooding sexification of your bathroom!
Okay, let's break it down:
A memory refresher of the space. And we'll get to Clementine, trust. Just not today. The tile is all Home Depot basic ceramic, as is the wood trim (well, not ceramic, but basic and from the Depot). The bathmat is Dwell Studio for Target, and the towels were a steal from Fab (they're bamboo viscose, antimicrobial and feel like a baby blanket).
The sink area:
Starting from the top, the light fixture is from Home Depot, the mirror is from Lowe's. The glass shelves are from HomeGoods and the towel rings were a clearance Home Depot find. The fold-out mirror is from Target, as are the soap dispenser and tumbler. The light switch plate is from Lowe's and the various black glass wares were left over from our wedding and the perfume/cologne came from the upstairs bathroom. Now you know what we smell like when we give a damn.
The pedestal sink was $50 at a place called the Demolition Depot, run by our local St Vincent DePaul society. Before the city tears down vintage homes and businesses that have fallen into irrevecoble disrepair, they go in and carefully dismantle anything that could be reused in a home (mostly other old homes) -- everything from hardwood floors to trim and staircases, locks and door knobs, windows, doors, and yes, plumbing fixtures. I even saw foundation stones the last time I was there. The stamp on the back says it's real porcelain and from the 1940s. I'll take it. The faucet is from Home Depot, and is about as inexpensive as those come, though it feels so nice in the hands. We have the same one in the upstairs bathroom.
Now I said I would get to Clementine later (and I will) but I thought I'd just show you the faucet which was NOT something easily come by and is indeed brought to you by the generosity of my father:
We found this on Signature Hardware through the magic of Google. It was the least expensive one they offered that had the parts and bits the plumbers said we needed, but I didn't hate it, so there it is.
Now, moving about to look at the bits of wall decor:
The tryptic of NYC photos is from IKEA, and the three little wall vase things were a thrift store find that I (gasp!) spray painted black. The marks on the wall are from me asking Kyle to wipe down the walls and him not really understanding that meant wash them, not smear some crap around on them. Noticed too late.
The threesome of square mirrors are also a thrift-and-spray-paint find, and the little NYC picture on the exposed brick chimney (it used to be what the coal furnace and kitchen stove vented into a million years ago) is also from IKEA.
The mirror is one we found at The Flower Factory (like a discount craft store) and it lived in our living room for some time. The hooks are from the same clearance Home Depot find (as are our towel bars -- I was pretty stupid excited to find all that). The two (!) chandeliers you see in the reflection there are from IKEA from forever ago and we hardwired them in both here over the tub (the three-tier one) and over the toilet (the single-tier pendant one). I also installed the new, smaller, eco-friendly water saving toilet MYSELF. Because I'm tired of not knowing how to do some of these simple tasks merely because someone was around who had done it before. Sooner rather than later I'm going to use me that miter saw and the world, well, it will be a new game at that point.
Sidenote: New toilets do not come with toilet seats. You have to buy those separate now. Good thing I snatched up a tolerable permanary one (it has a black lid and a white seat) on clearance at IKEA for A DOLLAR because for a dollar I thought it might be good to have an extra toilet seat around. You never know when you might break one, I guess. Lo and behold, I needed it. Good thing, too, because similar ones were running around $60 a pop and that would have straight pissed me off mid-install. Also, that wax ring you have to put down when installing a toilet? DISGUSTING. And requires mineral spirits to get off of your skin. The more you know.
Now, if you were paying attention in the bedroom photos, you may have caught our little built-in hanging out over the dresser:
It's an IKEA hack -- a discontinued BILLY CD shelf thing painted and configured to create a division of space without blocking too much light. I have some glass doors that I wanted to mount on it on both sides, using the same knobs as the dresser, but that didn't pan out so well thus far. Everything sitting on it is from our wedding. Kyle eventually vetoed the champagne flutes on the top shelf, afraid they'd fall and break, so I have to figure something else out for up there. (PS, the light switch cover is a spray-painted Home Depot find as well.)
But the coolest thing, I think, is that I wanted the shelf space to be functional and not just decorative. So this bottom shelf configuration here:
Is where I'm hiding Q-tips, cotton balls, and bobby pins. They're all black amethyst glass found mostly on eBay, vintage as hell, and from my wedding. I felt pretty industrious busting those out and using them practically.
If you like what you see here, take a peek over here and if you have it in your heart and budget, I'd sincerely appreciate the vote of confidence.
Anyway, on Thursday we'll get down to the details about the adventure that has been Clementine.