Getting Jar Jar Binks out of my bathroom

I love how the time change gives us daylight later, but changing the time is never good for someone who suffers from insomnia – it always takes me forever to get settled again.

Anyway, one of the dozens of project I have underway is doing the upstairs bathroom. It really needs a complete remodel, but we can’t even think about that for a few years. So, for now it is just removing wallpaper and painting the room.  There was no hardware on the the cabinets. They must have been extra special or something 🙂  Here are some lovely shots of the bathroom with its 3 kinds of wallpaper and giant mirrors.



Excuse the stuff in there. I was just taking shots when I was up there a couple weeks ago.  John is warming is jammies on the radiator:


This room was remodeled by the owners that got foreclosed on and they really did some strange things to it. Some stuff wasn’t to code, like having a wall outlet right by the sink that wasn’t a GFI (which we changed right away).

I hate these lights, but they have to stay for now because I don’t want to buy new fixtures when we aren’t quite sure what the remodel will bring.


They bumped out a wall into the bedroom to create this vanity area. I don’t understand this corner at all. You can’t do anything with it.


Not to mention wall damage:


Seriously. They spent all this money remodeling and then let stuff like this happen.  Anyway, back to the title of the post.  You know how your mind will create pictures out of patterns and such?  While I dry my hair, I end up looking at the wallpaper a lot, particularly the border.


One day it popped into my head – “This image looks like Jar Jar Binks”



I mentioned it to John, and oddly enough he said he had recently thought the same thing – at least it wasn’t just me!  Anyway, you know how once you see, you cannot unsee and all I think about is Jar Jar watching me shower. 



😯 😯  😯

It’s time for Jar Jar to go.

My sister came over last week and helped me get started on the wallpaper, but I have only been futzing around with it since we both worked on it as I am doing a few projects right now (the chair is not quite finished, but getting there). Wallpaper removal not my favorite.  Plans after wall repair will be painting the countertop, staining the vanity darker, and paint the walls a beachy blue.  The eventual remodel will be removing the bumped out walls, adding a claw foot tub, reducing to a 1 sink vanity and making the current tub/shower just a shower, but we gotta start saving pennies for that (and selling the old house).

For now it will be good enough just getting Jar Jar out of there…

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24 thoughts on “Getting Jar Jar Binks out of my bathroom

    1. Lori Post author

      Not a Star Wars fan, I guess? Be glad you haven’t heard him talk, then. It’s worse than how he looks.

    1. Lori Post author

      I really don’t like taking the paper down either, but the alternative is to look at it forever LOL!

  1. deb

    Yep Jar Jar has gotta go!!! We found a house we hope to put an offer on Lori and i will have alot of wallpaper removal to do…I’ve never put any up or down before so that should be interesting… 🙂 Hugs! deb
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    1. Lori Post author

      Whatever you do, just don’t paint over the wallpaper. Removing is a pain, but painting over it will give you fits in the long run when it starts to peel up.

  2. Helen

    Honestly I cannot understand how someone could look at that finished product and think they’d done a good upgrade! At least you have a sense of humor about it.
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    1. Lori Post author

      There is no accounting for taste, I guess. Scary to think someone actually planned this and made it happen.

  3. Lori's Better Half

    Can’t believe you had Jar Jar and my jammies in one post! This is one for the ages.

  4. Lisa

    Okay I didn’t get it until I saw the close up and the comparison and now THAT’S ALL I SEE… thank goodness you got rid of it!!
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  5. Fran

    Okay who would even put wallpaper in a bathroom? Maybe that’s common in the US but not here, everyone has tiles, much easier to clean. I can understand you want to change it, it’s busy and looks more like a living room.

    I just read by the way on a Dutch weather channel that the weather in your part of the world is going to be better soon. So hopefully you get rid of all that snow soon and Spring will finally come your way too.
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    1. Lori Post author

      It’s not all that unusual for wallpaper in bathrooms. I think usually more in powder rooms than the full baths – and they definitely don’t look like this one.

      We have temps coming in the 40s today, but unfortunately it is going to get colder again later in the week, but the good news is that helps the sap run for maple trees!

  6. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    My home was actually advertised as “updated”, so imagine my surprise when I walked in and saw velvet-flocked wallpaper in the master bedroom and harvest gold appliances throughout. So I feel your pain.

    Those fixtures would actually be kind of cute if they were spray-painted bronze. 🙂
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  7. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    OMG – GUFFAWGUFFAW. [wiping tear from eye] I saw grasshopper until I noted the comparison, it’s perfect.

    One good thing about a bunch of ugly wallpaper … no matter what’s else is going on in there, when it’s gone and painted it will look SO much better!

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