Saturday, January 23, 2016

|| our house: bathroom ||

Way back in '09 when my youngest brother came to Z for a missions trip, one of my questions to him upon his return was, "What was the missionary's house like?"  I had the common disease that I now refer to as "the missionary perspective" which equals disease + dirt + death.

It is funny to me now because this is home.  But I'm sure many still wonder, "What is it really like there?"  Are their houses normal {American normal)?  What do they look like?" I don't know.  What do you all think when you think about our houses here?

I have been wanting to do a post on our house because it has such nice character.  However, the lighting is horrific.  And there's always "just one more project" to do.  There are many imperfections but we love our little cottage.

Before I moved here, my sister-in-law told me there was a lot of space behind the door in the bathroom for shelves.  There are no closets in our house.  (insert surprised, shocked, horrified face -- I know!).  In the kitchen, there are two small cupboards underneath the countertop and one cupboard on the wall which is helpful.  The bedroom has two stand-alone cupboards but we are hoping to get built-ins sooner rather than later.  

The bathroom desperately needed the shelves in the corner.  With a growing family, that was storage expansion project #1.

We finally got them this past week and I feel like I have a new house!!!  ALSO, I found a toilet paper roll holder on our monthly trip to the big city this week.  (That was really hard for me not to type in all caps.)  I have been looking for one for 2 1/2 years.  

So here's a few before pictures:

--tons and tons of wasted space--crowded, crowded, crowded--

--lots of temptations --errrr, fun -- for Liesl in those baskets--

--this is the only thing I have done to the bathroom for decorating since May, 2013--hung this grouping together--

NOW::here we go....

--built by my brother-in-law--it far surpassed my expectations--

I know there's a lot of white going on here but with time, I'll add some more color.

--da-da (water) easily keeps Liesl entertained for 15 minutes plus--

--more space--

To the left of this picture is a shower.  For such a small house, we have a spacious bathroom which includes a separate tub and shower area.  And now with the new corner cupboard, I could just dance and click my heels together.  (well....almost!)

So there you have the first of our house tour.  A little unexpected that it is the bathroom but...the most improved lately. 


Wilfred Andrews said...

What a charming bathroom renovation you have done. Corner shelving is so practical and space-saving, and the white of your walls allows for all kinds of creative artwork to be displayed. The whiteness is actually a good thing -- I find it better for dirt and most adaptable for adding colored towels, fixtures and a shower curtain.

Wilfred Andrews @ LB Plumbing and Heating

Heather said...

LOVE all the white!

Lovella Cushman said...

You've done a fantastic job of making use of the corner space in your bathroom and in making the space look fresh and appealing. It's an utterly charming bathroom! We recently spruced up out old bathroom, and even installed a walk in shower, with the help of our local friendly plumber! Having shelving really does make all the difference!