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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cherryblossom Toilet Transformation! Before and After on: August 25, 2009 01:36:26 AM
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  Tongue, 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 Huh)

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  Cheesy)

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 Kiss 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!!!!  Shocked 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 Wink 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 Cheesy 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!!!! Cheesy 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 Angry) 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  Grin

The ceiling

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 Grin.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / hall from hell ;D on: December 14, 2007 06:32:29 AM
Hi everybody,
One of the last big projects in my house is the hall/stairway and I'm completely blank about it!!!  Embarrassed I'm painting all the woodwork white as you can see in this picture, because it was mismatched, needed a lot of plastering and to make the hall look brighter.

I also hoped it would make it easier to see what colour on the walls would be nice. But now I'm in the final stages of painting the woodwork and I still have no idea what colour I should pick Huh Huh Huh I have the doors upstairs open most of the time, You can see it here, its a picture of what the hall upstairs is like when you walk up the stairs. My bedroom is mostly a bright green, my clothing room is a seablue, my study (you can't see it here) is deeppurple and has a huge wallfilling worldmap which you can see from the stairs.
The colour I'm thinking of most is a very light gold, a lot whiter that this one . Other options are a light silver, aqua......HuhHuhHuhHuh

And I'm also not sure what I would do with all the wall-space. I have a half circle stairwell (I'm sure there is a professional term for this, but I don't have a clue), there is a very small window next to my front door and above that there is a wall space about 3.5 x 2m.... quite big to fill with a few picture frames.
(Excuse me for all the junk on the stairs  Grin)

This is the huge boxlike space above the window (you can just see the edge of the door)

I think this might be a better picture for you to see

and this is the view from the top of the stairs, it just like a huge boring box!! And real ugly!!!!!!!!!!! Not to say dirty!

I would like to put pictures up, probably in a neatly organized way like 3 rows of 5 frames (I'm thinking of putting the freaky, ugly pictures of my boyfriend , friends and me up so it won't be too classic) But that would mean I would only use the wall that are close to the eye, leaving the whole space above it empty. Maybe I will put in a few nice lamps on a long cord, maybe oriental or, depending on my budget, nice ricepaper ones. This is the only picture i could find of lamps hanging together in a staircase. I like it, but it would be a bit to modern for my home, but he, its just to get an idea....

Or i could do a big photoprint in top part of "the box"? Like this Buddha:
or this smaller (1.15 x 1.75 m) one:

Or one of my own pictures blown up... also possible.
But wouldn't it be weird to have only the top part decorated with such a print, while the parts below are just painted???... i guess it would be too busy to hang pictures here...

To sum it all up: I don't really know what to do with this space. Please help me!!
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