Posted in Life

Bathroom, A Low Cost Remodel

Those of you that follow my blog know that I purchased an older home (1925) in March.  Since then, I have been Working on it, getting it cleaned up, up to date and remodeling.  This bathroom is my latest project.

The photo on the right, above, shows you what I started with.  The walls were a dirty light brown color.  The floor was covered with cheap linoleum.  The vanity was small, cheap and falling apart. The sink and faucet both leaked.

The first thing I did was to pull out the vanity and sink then pull up the linoleum.  I was left with the plywood sub-floor.

I took some Liquid Nails and wood filler and glued and patched the plywood floor.  Then I sanded the areas that I patched smooth.  I then primed and painted the floor with Kilz Gray, 3 or 4 coats, I think.  I don’t remember for sure.

I patched holes in the walls and painted the entire room white, including the ceiling.  After such a dingy looking room, I was looking for clean, light and bright.

I put the new vanity and medicine cabinet in.  I also replaced the shower curtain rod with a curved one, giving me more room in the shower.

The vanity and medicine cabinet were purchased on sale.  I waited until I found a good deal on them.

My dear brother, Bruce, helped me muscle the old vanity out and put the new vanity and sink into place.  I am grateful to him for his expertise, skill and patience with my tons of questions. 

With the exception of swapping out the vanities, I did the rest of the work here myself.  With a couple of YouTube videos and my brother’s advice, I’m proud of how the room turned out. I estimate that the cost of redoing this room was less than $500.00 total. 

I still have a couple of little things to do.  The light above the sink is not centered since I had to replace the vanity.  So I will eventually get another light to put in its place.  I also need to put some quarter round along the base of the floor where it meets the walls.  All in due time.  

My next project, my living room!!  

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Penny ❤  

Copyright (C) 2022 Penny Wilson All Rights Reserved

Posted in Prose, Stories



“How many times have I picked you up and put you back together?  You’re broken again, aren’t you?  …sigh.  I suppose I will have to mend you again.”

“I hope it doesn’t take as long this time.  The last time was so bad, for a little while, I didn’t think the damage could be repaired.  That was a dark time for us, wasn’t it?”

“Perhaps a cup of tea to start.  It helps to calm one, you know.  Let’s sit by the window where the afternoon sun can warm us and the light is good over here.”

“I know dear, I know.  But the pain won’t last forever.  Tomorrow will be better and the day after that, even better still.”

“Now sip your tea while I thread the needle.  I’ve got some fine new silk thread here.  Isn’t it lovely?  The wounds won’t hardly show.”

“Alright, now hold still and I will make this as painless as possible.”

“There now!  Isn’t that better?  You can face the world again with this new patch!  Why, it blends right in with the other patches!”

“Yes, dear I know it still hurts.  But the pain will be less tomorrow.  I promise.”

“Lets put you right back in here where I can keep you close and keep you warm.  No honey, I won’t let anyone ever do that to you again.  I’ll protect you, my heart.  I promise.”

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

*Lucky day 13 of my 30 day post-a-day challenge.

**I like to have a post or 2 in reserve for those occasions when I’m at a loss for inspiration.   With me being sick recently, inspiration has taken a back seat.  I’ve been hanging on to this one for a while.  This is a bit different.  I hope you enjoy.  Penny

Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized


I’ve threaded the needle.

This fine new silk thread, is lovely on its own.

It will serve me well.

This patch is a big one; smaller than others.

But bigger than most.

I’ve chosen a pretty shade of crimson for this one.

The color I bleed.

Although fresh, it does blend well with the others.

I’m no seamstress, but I’ve become proficient.

I worried for a while, but I know I’ll be alright.

I can face the world with a smile.

This patch will do it’s job.

The heart’s resilient.

I’ll patch it one more time.

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson