This renovation has been a slow one. I want to talk about this part of the process because renovation and design has a public face of being ‘fast and easy’. We don’t talk often enough about how that isn’t always true.
Media has trained us to respond to ‘instant results’. Think about interior design shows on TV: a new room in 30 minutes for $200. I don’t know about you, but that’s never been the case with us! When we do a project correctly, it takes time. The only time we’ve done rooms ‘fast’ is during the One Room Challenge, which has a 6 week timeline. And believe me, it is a back breaking, exhausting pace to work at.
This house is not a sprint for us, it’s a triathlon. It’s about good pacing, managing our energy levels and having our eye on the prize. We are not flipping it or selling it, it’s our home. We have to live through the renovations and live with our design decisions. It can take me 4 months to find the right wallpaper or fabric. I save patterns I love, but it’s a lot about mood. Sometimes things you love work out and sometimes you have to keep searching.
After completing our downstairs bathroom last November for the One Room Challenge, I said we’d do this bathroom, but as a slow renovation. Work on it when we could, spend money on it when we saw a good deal, etc. But let me tell you: when I was ready to be done: I was ready. We put a rush on it and wrapped this up!
Our to-do list was a long one in this little space. Here’s some top shelf renovation and design notes we considered when working on the space.
Before you leave 8,000 comments about how awesome the wall paper is and can we keep it. NO. It is yellow because it’s completely covered in cigarette smoke. Which grosses me out at the deepest levels. We did save the paper and might put it behind glass at some point as a little history of the house, but again, behind glass. Where I can’t smell it.
Before I look for any products, I think about what design problems I need to solve.
For every project we work on – I make it a point to stay away from anything too transitional. Meaning it’s not modern or traditional, it’s in the in-between space. I find when I stick with modern or vintage, I capture the look so much easier. I call our style Avant Revivalist, and wrote a blog post about it here. We had a renovation to-do list and a design to-do list. I broke them up so you can see how many tasks are on each list! A small room like this still has so many details.
To-Do List: Renovation
To-Do List: Design Items
We have our work cut out for us! We’re close enough that we’ll have the after pictures soon enough!