I know you've all been waiting to hear how things are going with the house. In one word, slowly. Thanks to Madame, we can only operate in 45-minute chunks of time. Which is fine, except all the work we needed to do to fancy up the house is taking a looooooooooooooong time to complete. Still, we are moving ahead little by little.
One priority project has been the miniscule WC, which is separate from the rest of the bathroom. It is the tiniest room in the property, but is also the one in which the most time is spent. Sadly, it's the only thing I don't like about our new house, and when I say "don't like" you must read "am repulsed by". I know the separate WC is a feature common in Britain, but you never see it in America, so to me it's weird, uncomfortable and totally gross. I'm right about this, I know I am. So, without further ado, I present the before shot of our WC. Tell me what you think of this beauty:
Nice, right? Is this a room you'd like to have the flu in, or what? Do you like the ill-fitting window with the anti-pigeon grate outside? What do you say to the carpeting on the floor? Broken toilet seat, anyone? How about that classy magazine rack nailed to the wall? Nas-tee. If you can tell via the magic of the Internet that the room measures 36 x 46 inches, you can only imagine how welcoming it is to be in there (did I mention that grate at the top of the window is open to the elements and that there's no heat?). Or how much fun it was to give it a little makeover (1 yard square x 8 feet tall + a toilet in the middle = a real pain to work in). But, make it over we did--we had to--and after a lick of paint, new wallpaper, and some new accessories, this is what our goofy little WC looks like now:
Much more welcoming, no? In fact, we also sealed off the yucky window and I made a swanky new curtain to disguise it, but the little café rod I meant to hang it on turned out to be TOO WIDE for the narrow room. So, that's still waiting to go up, but it will look great when it does. And there is a bigger flooring project yet to be tackled (removing the carpet), but that is on the back burner for the moment. Along with the 50 million other projects on the list...