05 February 2015

all toile everything, or a bathroom update




Our home is a 1930s brick English tudor with a bright red door and oodles of charm, if I may be so bold as to say so. Among the steeply-pitched roof, archway and original hardwood floors and trim, there is the toile. Toile de jouy. There was toile in the upstairs washroom and in most of our closets. I tried to make peace with it. As ugly as it was to me, I did sort of love it. Look at the country folk dancing! Watch them sing and play! Wave hello to the man playing the flute as you shampoo your hair! But, no, it could not last in our home.



So when we had a few days off around the holidays, we tore it down. Then Chris patched up and repaired the wall in many, many spots and we painted it a light gray that we though went well with the oversized original tiled wall.


We figured we might as well replace the mirror on the built-in original medicine cabinet, and in a stroke of genius and keen observation, Chris realized we had a wooden-framed mirror that would fit perfectly. Et voila, he took the old one off and put the new one up and now our bathroom feels like a whole new space for just the cost of some spackle, a can of paint and a few screws. And a new shower curtain. I love it.





We hung up a bundle of fresh eucalyptus in the shower because Pinterest told me the steam would make our washroom smell like a swanky European spa. Sold! In our old place, we were used to showering and getting ready in a windowless basement bathroom, so basically I feel like a queen every morning in this 1930s bright and airy space. Next step is re-tiling that floor.


Let it be known that I found curtains with the exact toile scene as the wallpaper that was in our bathroom. I haven't bought them... yet. What say ye? All toile, e'rything?

4 comments:

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  2. A little toile goes along way and I must say removing the red toile from the wall gets a thumbs up from me. We could make a toile shade if you’re feeling nostalgic. But the room looks charming the way you have it. Great repurpose job on the mirror and I love the built in linen/storage cabinets.

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  3. Eucalyptus in the bathroom is something I've never come across. Interesting indeed but does it really work? My friend recently hired me for some bathroom redesigning and there was a professional plumber working on the project too. The plumber insisted on having windows to get rid of the bathroom odor because for some reason that bathroom always had an ugly odor hanging around all the time. I should tell my friend to try the eucalyptus leaves. Thanks!
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