Count your night by stars, not blackness, Count your time by good deeds done. ~Ethel C. Smith
|vintage pillowcases hide the laundry|
My husband replaced the tile and lights, and installed baseboards and the curtain rods, but basically everything else was done by me during a particularly stressful period. The job was therapeutic. We had just added a third bedroom and large bathroom to our mobile home and I thought we'd never get it done. Little did my family know that they would no longer be welcome again in the old bathroom--My Bathroom. You do what you have to to get by sometimes, and having my own bathroom--the only room in the house that no one could mess up was critical to my psyche!
Dealing with the massive mirrors over the tub was the biggest obstacle. They came with dark curtains, but I saw a picture in a magazine of a softer, brighter window treatment and knew that would be simple and inexpensive and a huge improvement. I painted the cheap vanity cabinet with the same kind of paint I used on the baseboards and crown molding (cabinet and trim paint). My husband sanded the knobs to find a really nice "nickel" color underneath the gold so we kept it like that. The only gold is the bathtub faucet because the one that came factory installed fell apart and this very expensive model was practically given away at the hardware store. Everything else in the bathroom is nickle, but I've made peace with the gold faucet.
|Pegs hold towels, robes...|
Keep an idea book of what you like for at least a year before you delve into renovating a room. When you start to see a lot of ideas that go together in your book, you will begin to know better what you want. Some people are super gifted with this--not me. I'm talking to the rest of us who don't have a clue! The main thing is being happy with the results of all your hard work. My goal was that when I was inside my home, it was a home not a mobile home. I can look around and there is nothing left of the "factory installed" and my home is warm, comfortable, and inviting (at least to me!).
Homemaking: Homebuilders of the World
Grateful Living: Scaling Down to A Mobile Home
Grateful Living Series: Dress Up M. H. Windows
Grateful Living: Repurposed Trunk
Grateful Living: Class Up the Mobile Home Fireplace
Grateful Living: Front Porches
Grateful Living: The !#*! M.H. Walls
Grateful Living: M.H. Spa Retreat
Grateful Living: My Collection on Reflections of Home