(Sound of trumpets and gnomes cheering in the background.)
When I moved into my house the bathroom was absolutely dreadful. Henri was extremely amused. (You can read all about my journey of first-time home-ownership and DIY adventures on The Gnome and I Page.)
After ripping out the horrid vinyl flooring, I painted what was underneath green to match the walls (the only affordable option at the time). And painted the faux tile wainscoting white to brighten up the room. The painted floor was not the best of ideas. A painted floor needs to be sealed. But as I am highly allergic to oil-based paints, polyurethane, and every fume-emitting substance I could not do this. Hence, the floor needed constant touch-ups. And 5 years later it had reached the point of no return. Affordable or not, I had to get this fixed.
The Final Chapter in which the room is restored to 1928 glory: I hired my trusty contractor to tile the floor and install beadboard wainscoting. I painted the radiator with the same paint as the kitchen radiator. And the cabinet handles (original to the house) as well. The toilet roll holder, also original to the house, was rusty in places. I soaked it overnight in white vinegar which removed all the rust. Then I painted the walls green (again). And painted the wainscoting, cabinets, woodwork around the window and door white. And painted the inside part of the door white as well. I made a window shade out of a new sheet to complete the reno. (Now the bathroom is so bright Henri says he needs to wear sunglasses.)
Although I don’t have the clawfoot tub I’ve always wanted, at last I have a proper bathroom befitting the Queen of this castle. And Henri says the makeover will be featured in Better Gnomes and Gardens Magazine.