Renovating Our Disney Bathroom – Part 1: Prologue


We all have one....that room (or part of a room) dedicated to our Disney obsession. Well, in my house for the last 20-plus years, it's been the "Mickey Bathroom." Since I've had a bit of "shelter in place" time on my hands, I thought it might be a good idea to spruce up the old place and move to a new theme.

I'm doing most of the work myself, with a hand or two from the family only when necessary, so this will probably be a multi-weekend project. I'll try to keep you updated as things go along.

This bathroom has had a color change or two and possibly some new artwork over the years, but the Mickey Mouse theme has remained since we moved into the house in 1998.

An additional reason for the renovation is that a few years ago, we had a new puppy and thought it would be a good idea to keep her in the bathroom while we were away for a few hours. She didn't agree.

We've been unsuccessfully trying to cover the damage with a hamper, but getting rid of this eyesore was one of the keys to the renovation. Now, installing new drywall is not among of my limited handy man abilities, so covering it would be the only option.

For several weeks, we discussed what was available and scrolled through the website of the big box DIY store. And then it happened....inspiration in the form of brick paneling: I want to do a Main Street USA themed bathroom!

After that, the ideas started flowing and a plan came together. In addition to new paint throughout and the brick paneling on one wall, I'm putting in a new light fixture, a new smaller mirror, a new faucet, an awning-themed window treatment, and maybe a surprise on the window itself.

The walls will get towel bars inspired by queue railings and some attraction posters. Of course, new linens and a new shower curtain are a must. The only thing going back into the room, is likely the silhouette of my son.

It's going to be a lot of work, but it will be totally worth it when it's done.

Next up: Waiting in line and 2 hours shopping at the big box DIY store, plus weekend one of renovations.

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