My husband and I bought a 1987 prow-style Lindal post and beam cedar home a year ago. We have two bathrooms: the 2nd floor bathroom which is for our bedroom (its the only room upstairs) and this 1st floor bath which serves as our guest bathroom AND bathroom for our 8 month old daughter (whose bedroom is across the hall).
The first issue with this bathroom is that it is so dark and claustrophobic! Since our budget for this bathroom is -- uh, how do I say this -- next to nothing, the best and easiest alteration would be to whitewash. However, the paneling isn't just wood, it is Western Red Cedar, which smells beautiful when someone showers, and -- of course -- can't be put back once you've altered it in some way. However, my husband and I agree that we need to change it... My thought at this point is to paint the walls and (maybe) the ceiling but leave the trim, beams door, and windowsill natural. Thoughts?
Next is the fact that there is NO FLOOR SPACE in this bathroom. You literally have to stand with the backs of your legs against the bathtub to close the door. In my wildest dreams, it would make sense to rip out the tub and just have a shower, but we do need one to bathe babies. So, we are left with whatever we can salvage from replacing the toilet and getting rid of the awful sink vanity. We are going to get a compact toilet, and I am considering options for the sink and vanity. I am thinking of building or asking my husband to build a really streamlined, shallow (meaning stays close to the wall), butcher's block-style vanity with a porcelain vessel sink (is a vessel sink practical with kids?). Thoughts?
Third: hardware! You may notice that the house has a fabulous wood-on-wood decor going on... wood towel bar, wood light switch and outlet plates, wood medicine cabinet... They really went all out! Our general flair is sort of contemporary rustic vintagey Anthropologie (did that make any sense at all?), so I am thinking that once we lighten the place up with whitewash, that antique glass and metal would look nice. Also, going to take out the medicine cabinet and replace it with a mirror, either spanning over sink and toilet with a little shelf beneath it, or just over the sink, with shelves over the toilet. Will loose a little storage, but this bathroom is not meant for storing things!
OK! That's my design dilemma (well, one of them, wait until you see this place!).
Thanks for looking!