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The Oval Office - Hill Country Homeplace

The Oval Office

Ahhhh! Sleeping in our own beds in the “new to us” house!!! Yay!

But for a moment, let’s stop and give credit to the room that made all these exclamation points possible.

The oval office. That’s right, the bathroom.  Specifically, the boy’s bathroom.

You see, we didn’t mind moving into the house without a finished kitchen, but we did require at least one fully functioning bathroom!

This is the before picture.

Dirty, smelly, and gross!! To begin, there was the vanity with its single sink. Said vanity had a leak at one time which had slowly warped and ruined it from the inside out. This same vanity, was also located in such a way that made closing the bathroom door almost impossible.

Once a person stepped into the small bathroom, they would apply great force in closing the door as it scraped the vanity. With the door closed, a person would then discover that the reason the door wouldn’t open any wider than shown in the picture is that behind it there stood a cabinet with the water heater in it. At this point the person (me) would decide that they must escape this small foul smelling room!

We quickly determined that most everything in this room should go and that it should be reconfigured.  To begin with, the water heater was moved to another (less cramped) part of the house. The vanity, tub, sink, and toilet were removed. As was the water damaged sheetrock and the disgusting tile.

Now you might ask, why we didn’t simply clean the tile and grout, instead of tearing it out.

Good question. You see we were on a mission to maximize space.  We planned to flip flop the entire room.  The left hung door would become a right hung door. The door would swing open with ease to reveal a compact double vanity on the left and the toilet on the right. The tub/shower combo would remain on the same wall but with the fixtures on the left instead of the right. When you switch all the plumbing around the tile is going to be damaged. So, you might as well replace it !

So, without further ado….


The double vanity/sink combo are from IKEA.

The medicine cabinet is as well.

Now, when I think of Ikea I usually think modern furnishings, but we have been very pleased with how these pieces look and function in this limited space! Two sinks are fantastic at tooth brushing time!

The floor is penny tile .

Paint colors are Sherwin Williams Silver Strand for the walls and Sherwin Williams Alabaster for the trim.

Finally, we replaced the beat up hollow core door with an old door we salvaged and vintage hardware that we love!!

We are so pleased with how this all turned out and especially thankful that this room made it possible for us to move in!!

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