Bathroom Update

You may recall from my exciting week of caulking that we didn't caulk the bathtub, mainly because I didn't realize how bad it was until after we'd caulked everything else, at which point we were sick to death of caulking. Well, we recovered and it's finally finished. It looks a lot better and seems to be functioning well, as we haven't had any leaks. 

Before and after - we cleaned up a lot of the surrounding grout (and the tub itself) when we did this project. Next up: new fixtures. :)

Before and after - we cleaned up a lot of the surrounding grout (and the tub itself) when we did this project. Next up: new fixtures. :)

I also declutted the bathroom closet - again. I find that I can go back over the same area and find more things to get rid of each time. Also, if you don't keep an eye on newly-cleared space, it has a tendency to fill back up. And yeah, everyone in the world can fold towels better than I can. I'm okay with that. Did I tell you I shove an entire set of sheets into one pillowcase and call it a day? Yep, I sure do. 

Closet: before and after, top and bottom

Closet: before and after, top and bottom

Stuff that went downstairs on the left, and stuff that went away on the right. And my toes, which I kept.

Stuff that went downstairs on the left, and stuff that went away on the right. And my toes, which I kept.

Some of the stuff in the closet went away completely, either into the trash or donated to the thrift store (I found three curling irons - if you know me at all, you know there is no point to my having three curling irons). Extras, both cleaning supplies and personal care products, went downstairs. I think I've mentioned my hoarding of personal care products before, but I'm making progress! It's all organized in a cabinet in the laundry room and that's where I'm shopping from. I haven't bought anything from the store if there's something in the cabinet that works.

Last but not least, we finally replaced the broken mirror on our medicine cabinet! I broke one of the two sliding mirrors, oh, more than a year ago, and we've been living with one door ever since. It wasn't the end of the world, because we still had half a mirror, but it was ugly. You could see half of the insides of the cabinet at all times, and it led to recurring "we should really fix that" thoughts - every time I went in the bathroom. And that gets old. I guess a little bit over a year was about all I could take. 

Two doors! Also it's quite difficult to take a picture of a mirrored cabinet without taking a selfie. Just sayin.' Toes in the last pic, fingers in this one. 

Two doors! Also it's quite difficult to take a picture of a mirrored cabinet without taking a selfie. Just sayin.' Toes in the last pic, fingers in this one. 

So Eric took the remaining door to a nearby glass place and a few days later, we had two doors again! The days of no mirrors were interesting. The cabinet looked really naked without any doors. And with no mirrors in the bathroom, I didn't really have a good idea what I looked like for a couple days, and I did weird things, such as staring into the cabinet while I brushed my teeth or washed my face, as if I could see a reflection. But I couldn't. But I kept looking. 

When Eric took the old door into the glass place, they noticed that "1963" was stamped on the back, so I assume that's when our medicine cabinet was made. We've considered replacing it more than once since we bought the house, but now I feel like it's a collector's item of sorts. Also, the opening in the wall is an odd size, so replacing wouldn't be all that simple or easy. 

You might think we'd be all done with the bathroom, but there are still a couple little things. The fixtures in the tub are ugly, and the drain closure is missing so it's not possible to take a bath. There is a grout-less gap in the floor between the tiles and the threshold, and it's been like that for a while. Little things, for sure, but we are getting much closer to being finished with the bathroom. 

Follow the evolution of the bathroom - Week Twenty-six: Household - Bathroom Caulking and Cleaning

  1. Caulking Update #1
  2. Caulking Update #2
  3. Caulking Complete
  4. Bathroom Update