Dueling Octopuses slash Our Downstairs Bath

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

Located on the main floor of our house and sandwiched between the office and the guest bedroom, this is the bathroom used by most folks who visit our house.

I love the beadboard wainscoting (that you can’t really see here because it’s on the left wall), the octagon and dot tile, and the original medicine cabinet. There’s also a pretty big linen closet to the right of the camera in the above shot, providing some serious storage (a valuable thing in a house this old).

It currently houses a lot of toiletries that probably need to be tossed, extra towels, air filters, and our vacuum cleaner. I have a feeling that when our family grows I’ll probably have a lot more stuff that needs to live in here and I’ll have to find a new spot for the vacuum cleaner.

We haven’t done a thing to this bathroom beyond putting our stuff in it. I love the sunflowers shower curtain but I go back and forth about whether it makes sense in this room. Sometimes I think about replacing it with just a simple white curtain, but I worry about the room feeling too cold and sterile. My biggest problem in this space is with the sink, because it is so not what I would’ve chosen and I think it’s way too modern for this house. I’m considering replacing the bowl and faucet with something more my style, like this:

White vessel sink | Amazon.com

Tall Brushed Nickel Faucet | Amazon.com

The “vessel” aspect of it will still be very much intact (which is in my opinion too trendy and likely to look dated sooner than I’d prefer), but at least the white porcelain and spigot-ish faucet are a little less stark. The glass sink and polished chrome faucet are such a pain to keep looking nice. I need to look into whether it would be more cost-effective to just replace the whole cabinet-sink-faucet operation, rather than throwing money at it to try to make it work.

And now for the dueling octopuses. Our friend Ryan pointed out to us last week that these hooks hanging next to the sink bear a striking resemblance to two octopuses ready to fight.

Some things just can’t be unseen.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


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