A pic to lure you in:
I have been living in my rental house for 2,5 years now. I live in the Netherlands and for small, rental houses it is customary to have only one toilet, in the hallway. The shower or bath is usually separate.
My toilet is under my staircase and is very, very small. Not only in floorspace (110 cm by 88 cm = approx 44x35 inches), but also because it has a sloping ceiling.
Besides very small, my toilet was was old, tired, the grout of the floor was loose and it had a big hole where the ventilation pipe was. The lightbulb was attached to the wall with a weird construction. The tap was full of limescale and was missing most of its chrome. The pipe for the water was exposed and painted in a bad shade of beige. The toilet roll holder was cheap (like 4 euros , 6US$), rusting and kept falling off the wall. And I hadn't gone around painting the inside of the door yet, it was still the awful green-beige colour that all my doors had had. And I had an "old people" wall fixture (no idea what this is in English, not even sure what its officially named in Dutch )
The summary: not very pretty.... The "upside" was that is was all white, but the term "white" is used loosely: cream, beige and white were all present. Here's the proof
(My soap was too big to stand on my tiny 25 cm wide (10 inches) sink.. this is a normal size sink in toilets in older houses )
I had a long weekend off and I decided to turn this depressing spot in my home around.
I have had ideas what to do to the toilet since I moved in. Lately I planned to have all kinds of maps decoupaged to the wall. Maps of places me & my boyfriend have travelled to. I was inspired a long time ago by this post here on Craftster:
Things that I also liked where the cherry blossomed walls of missjesswinkwink
Anyway, after long consideration I decided to go for the map idea and selected a lot of maps; African, European, Dominican, Dutch, Asia.... I had a lot. And they were always deeply cherished by me, as I love maps and travelling.
I got some vinyl flooring leftovers from a friend which was big enough to fill the tiny floor.
I went to the store to buy some new toilet accesoiries, like towel hooks, a toilet roll holder and a small shelf. This time I decided to go for some high quality stuff since I got tired of things breaking off, rusting and other kinds of annoying accesoiry behavior.
But in the hardware store I found these fantastic cherry blossomed mural transfers!!!! Only 12,99 euros (i guess that would be around 20 US $?)
CHANGE OF PLANS!!!!! I'd fallen in love...............
I ran to the paint section and got some testers for FREE!!! Yeah! It didn't matter that I wanted 5 of them Each tester was supposed to be enough to paint one square meter, which turned out to be false. Luckily I had just enough to paint my walls twice. So lucky they had this beautiful blue-green as they had only a few colours available as testers.
As I came home I filled the holes in the walls, sanded the walls and applied a paint primer to the walls. I also sanded and primed the door and woodwork twice and then finished it off with two layers a satingloss paint. I almost forgot the exposed pipes, they ware also sanded down and painted 4 times with metal paint in the next few days.
After the drying of the wall primer I was ready to paint!!!! Always exciting to see a colour go up on the wall! I had to do 2 layers, it was very blotchy after the first round.
Then I put the powertools to work and hung all the bath fixtures and the new ventilation thing. I also changed the tap for a new but inexpensive one (7 euros, 11$) .
The horrible ugly (and smelly ) floor was still untouched
I hung my new lightfixture and started to arrange the walltransfers.
Then I removed the backing and applied the transfers to the wall. It is a bit like those fake tattoos for kids
A piece of tape messed up the paint, but I retouched it later
And here the final result, with the new vinyl floor:
I do LOVE my toilet now!!! It turned out much better than I imagined, and on a budget. I only paid for the accesoiries, tap, mural transfers and the metal paint. The rest was free or were leftovers from other projects around the house. And it only took me a weekend!
I might replace the vinyl for a grey piece in the future and maybe put some picture frames onto the wall.
My boyfriend was on holiday and was VERY pleasantly surprised when he returned .