Friday, May 4th, 2007
I’m actually glad now that I was indecisive about stuff like towel bars and soap holders. Now that the bathroom is functioning, it’s becoming clear what we need and where we need it.
For example, there’s technically room to set hand soap and toothbrushes on the edge of the sink, but I don’t want to because they totally interfere with the sink and faucet’s prettiness. I’ve waited a long time for that prettiness, and I won’t give it up without a fight.
I’ve decided we need a wall-mounted soap dish and toothbrush holder – or a combination of the two. Then there’s toothpaste – where do you put an oozy, gooey tube of toothpaste that doesn’t look hideously ugly?
I’m still shopping around for options, though I’m leaning toward something like this polished nickel and ceramic cutie from Rejuvenation.
Then I need somewhere to put a hand towel. Right now it’s draped over the corner of the vanity – not really so very practical or pretty.
And now that the sink is in place, I have a better idea of what kind of mirror I want. I drool over this polished nickel pivot mirror from Restoration Hardware, but geez louise – $269 for a lousy 20-inch-square mirror? Okay, so it’s not lousy – it’s fabulous. I may convince myself yet because the options in mirrors are surprisingly slim. Unless you go with wood-framed, which I probably will do if I can find one simple enough not to distract from the sink – which is obviously the star of the show – but also not so ugly or cheap-looking.
Then there’s the shower. We have no towel bars installed yet, so I’ve been draping my towel over this curtain pull-back thing on the window frame. I bought the perfect vintage nickel towel bar-with-shelf thingie from eBay – sort of like the Linfield bathroom shelf from Rejuvenation, but it’s missing the mounting screws and a glass shelf. Nickel screws are harder to find than you would think. My plan at the moment is to buy two polished nickel drawer pulls and use their mounting hardware for the towel bar.
My plan is for this to go on the wall behind the shower riser, so I can reach through the opening in the shower curtain and pull my precious towel back inside with me. I hate drying off out in the cold air.
The top glass shelf will be handy for setting extra shampoo bottles and stuff. Sort of like what Mindy and Teague did with a porcelain shelf behind their shower riser. I’m tempted by the porcelain shelf idea, too.
We’ll need another towel bar somewhere when Darwin actually starts using this bathroom. For now, he doesn’t want to shave in one bathroom and shower in another, so he’s still using the Peach Hole in the Wall for his bathroom business.
And we need robe hooks. And we need to hang one of the vintage toilet paper holders I bought on eBay a century ago. Perhaps we’ll go with the heaviest tp holder in the world.
And I still plan to install shelves on the wall beside the sink.
So this accessorizing business will likely go on for some time. Our bathroom will continue to look really awesome in spots and really awful in others. But did I mention it works? I can still hardly believe it.
P.S. Had another roach sighting in the bathroom. Something must be done.