In the wake of our accident and losing Kalkidan, my sweet friend, Sarah, wanted to do something as a gift for me. She is very talented and loves to decorate, paint, and build. She even makes excellent kombucha, which I find impressive.
Sarah asked if there was a project in my house that she could tackle for me. The first thing I thought of was the horrid wallpaper in the upstairs, kids bathroom. Could it be stripped and could the walls be painted?
She recruited another Sarah to help, and soon this became a complete bathroom make over.
The Sarahs stripped the wallpaper and prepped the walls for painting. Then they added a ledge all around the room. There is no natural light and I wanted to brighten up the space, so they painted the upper part of the walls white and the lower part a lovely blue. It’s actually a lighter version of the blue in my dining room.
We didn’t want to pour a lot of money into the project, so they opted to paint the existing vanity and just replace the top, including the sink. They also added new hardware to the drawers. We left the flooring in order to keep costs down.
The Sarahs took down the mirror and hung a new one, building a frame around it. One Sarah enlisted her husband to tear out the soggy drywall in the shower ceiling and replace it with fresh, white tile. He also hung a ceiling mounted shower curtain track.
Lastly they hung new towel hooks and another friend monogrammed new towels for the kids. We opted for the first letter of their names rather than the entire name.
This project is an incredible gift that blesses our family every day. The girls love having a nice place to get ready for the day. The boys love throwing their towels onto hooks rather than attempting to hang them on towel rods.
I just like to walk by and look at it; what a dramatic improvement!
I’m keeping my eyes open for meaningful things to hang on the walls. Maybe a sign propped up on the ledge above the toilet; words I want the kids to read every morning. I’m also planning to hang the letters of their first names above their individual towel hooks.
Thank you to the Sarahs for your friendship, kindness, and good taste. What a gift!
Question: If you could make over one room in your home, what would it be?