I've been recuperating, living, working,playing, rambling in my little old wheel estate for well over two years. The motorhome is only 17 years old and 28 feet long from one end of the bumper to the other. The cab and engine take up a good chunk of that, so it leaves me about 20 by 7 feet of expansive living area.
Small wonder I refer to my bathroom as the broom closet. Which, um, I do keep my broom hanging in there because there is no where else to store it.
So how does one keep from going insane in such a small space? Add a rambunctious puppy to the mix!
Oh yeah. That works. What was I thinking?
At least the puppy drags me outside often, so that is one way to keep sanity in a compact home. Go outside frequently.
Some of my close friends say nothing will make me sane. I am just hopelessly crazy. Having a clown for a dog just adds to the circus of my life.
Another way is to make minor changes here and there. Same old place, new look.
Every month I earn penny points at Amazon. These can be spent like real money whenever I order something. They are earned by signing up for an Amazon credit card (Visa). I earn 1-3% on purchases, these are then credited in pennies to my Amazon account each month. At Amazon checkout I have the option to apply these points to my purchase.
I use these pennies for food, RV repairs and minor upgrades. This month I had accumulated nearly 2000 points (2000 pennies) or $20. Woo Hoo!
That's when my bathroom window shade decided to fall apart for the 3rd, 4th or 5th time in 2 years. It's 17 years old, thick enough to be a black out shade, decorated with an embossed diamond pattern and trimmed on the bottom edge with brass. It hides inside a valance that is decorated in the original upholstery fabrics and more brass. I still have many of the original shades throughout the motorhome.
This is how my bathroom looked when I bought the motorhome in 2009.
Above the window is a valance and inside is a pull down shade.
The shower (not shown) is behind me as I take this picture.
|No where in my motorhome to hang a broom, so it hangs in the bathroom on the wall. The bottom panel of the window cranks open. The folding handle is the round plastic part in the lower part of the window.|
Bathroom came with a built-in fake chrome soap dish that looked hideous. I prefer the liquid soap. There is a tiny set screw underneath the soap fish for removing it from the bracket.
Did I simply put up another shade?
Heavens no! I am always thinking outside the box. In this case I bought Wisteria Window Film sized 24-by-36-Inch. The window is 16 by 24 inches. This film is made by Artscape . It clings to the window by static. It's applied with soapy water and a small squeegee included with the film. It appears permanent once the water has dried. It can be removed without leaving any damages.
Once it's up it looks absolutely awesome! This picture does not do it justice at all. But the sun shines in brightly yet one has complete privacy in the bathroom.
The effect is stunning.
It looks like a real stained glass window until you get up close.
The first time I used my "renovated" bathroom, I felt like I was peeing in church! I say that because I grew up going to school in a church that had the most incredible stained glass windows. We met in the chapel once a day. I stared at the huge windows marveling at their exquisite beauty.
In the winter, sometimes the church would be far colder than the rest of the school due to it's huge cathedral ceilings. We weren't supposed to interrupt our lesson with a bathroom request, so in the cold of winter, in that sometimes frigid church, I was often waiting for the lesson to be over, so I could bolt for the rest room.
At a used charity shop, I stumbled upon a new brass soap dish for 20 cents. I didn't want it for soap, but as a mini-shelf to hold my tiny ceramic heater. This keeps it off the counter. A bungee cord retrains it.
The white cylindar laying in the floor is one of my fire extinguishers; I plan to properly install it one of these days.
I came home from the store with extra fire extinguishers about 2 years ago after my mini fire, and well um, one of them has just sat in the bathroom floor ever since.
Talk about serious procrastination!
My back scratcher hangs on the wall next to the broom.
My throne is on a pedestal, this makes the toilet be a comfortable height for sitting down. Thank goodness for small favors.
As a bonus, the window reflects in the mirror. The stained glass gives complete privacy but lets in the sunlight I crave.
I think I will title this "Messing About..." for pun reasons!