I Mastered the Bathroom!

The Over-the-John Gallery

The Over-the-John Gallery

 

The Me Of It All

The Me Of It All

LOVE IT.  (Remember that you can click on any of my pics and see them in full size.)  I’m finally done with one room!  Our new home has three baths, so for the very first decorating project of the house, I chose the very smallest bathroom to tackle.  It is a tiny, tiny little thing, only 4′ x 4′ excluding the shower stall.  Before I started, I worked out a little list of requirements that I had to hit along the way:

  • Do something that compliments the mint green vintage tile in the room
  • The wall area above the tile (originally wallpapered) should be attractive enough that the next renters won’t hate it
  • Tie in the colors and exotic feel of the adjoining master bedroom
  • Compensate adequately enough storage-wise that I could get rid of that horrible shelf above the toilet
  • Change out the awful, dirty blinds and add something to block the view
  • Make it pretty (that’s obvious, isn’t it?), especially by having one Moment of *WOW!* (Its my goal for every room to have a Moment of *WOW!*)

I took a ton of before pictures, and I invite you to look at them to compare, here– www.lovenestdesign.com/im-almost-done-with-room-one-master-bath-before-pictures/

This room is really hard to photograph, its so small its tough to back up enough to get a good shot!

Just Inside the Door

Just Inside the Door

Fave Shower Knobs Evah!

Fave Shower Knobs Evah!

The first item on the agenda, compliment that mint tile.  Do ya’ll know how hard that is?  The number one suggestion I saw online was to paint the room pink– can’t do that, I share the space with my husband– followed by the idea of white.  It sounds so-sterile-fifties-docor’s-office to me.  No thanks. (Oh, and the black lines in the pic are where we’re missing grout, not mold!  I gotta get the landlord in here about this grout thing, gotta preserve the tiles!)

I also searched and searched for minty towels or a bathmat, and that was a no-go, really not a lot of options in the mint bathroom department these days, sadly.  There is plenty of turquoise, but it’s the kind of thing that I know I’d get home and next to the green and I’d want to be ill with how off they were.  So no mint towels for me.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, I wasn’t loving any of my ideas….

In Front of the Shower (On the Ceiling)

In Front of the Shower (On the Ceiling)

When I found this navy cotton fabric with the stylized lotus design at Joann’s, I snapped some up.  The mint in the pattern is so close in color to the tile, and it feels exotic, I just ran with it.  I just got a random three or so yards, on the spot, no idea really what I’d use it for, but knowing me, I’d come up with something!   (I did.)  I knew it was likely I’d make a sink skirt, so I bought a fairly hefty amount.

The fabric not only had the mint color, it also has a dead-on match for my master bedroom’s purple.  When I got it home and compared it with the other paint chips for the rest of the house, I noticed that the grey in the fabric was also a match to a Benjamin Moore paint chip I’d chosen for one of the main rooms of the house– Pike’s Peak Grey.  This grey is ideal in here because its visually cool, it won’t overshadow the mint tile color at all (unlike the previous navy-toned wallpaper), and it has enough lilac in it to look sooo glorious with the Crocus Petal Purple of the adjoining bedroom.  Its such a win.

Somebody-- Seafoam Seat, S'Il Vous Plait!

Somebody– Seafoam Seat, S’Il Vous Plait!

The Pike’s Peak should also be a win with goal number two, being a color that the next renter’s shouldn’t hate.  How can you go wrong with a nice, clear, fresh shade of gray?  MUCH better than beige in my book, its very dignified and clean.  And how crazy is it that those Target Room Essentials towels are such a dead-on match?  Sometimes even I don’t know how I do it.

Curious Curio

Curious Curio

The little fifties squares curio is one that I’ve had for years, and it was already orange (remember, Pan loves orange decor!), so I was already eying it for in here when I unpacked those kooky plastic composer busts.  Aren’t they adorably funny?  My awesome friend Andrea sent me 8 of these little mammajammas a year or so ago, in an absolute rainbow of colors.  I don’t know why she thought of me with these, but I am *so glad* that she did!  I have simply pulled the colors that work well in the space, and they ended up being three of the goodies.  I mean, you can’t argue with Mozart, like ever, because he is one musical badass, and as far as Handel goes, it seems appropriate, what with it being a bathroom and he’s known for his “Water Music.”

The other little wee doohickeys on the curio are my plastic/ resin ring collection, one of those collections that I didn’t intend to collect, but just sprung up.  I love them, I’m getting to the point that I feel kind of naked without one of them on my hand.

 

The Right Wall

The Right Wall

The two canvas pieces of wall art I made a few months back, and they are the exact two that I made while I worked on this tutorial– http://www.lovenestdesign.com/easiest-wall-art-ever/   I didn’t know for sure where they would go when I made them– I had intended them for the master bedroom– but they work perfectly here above the potty.   They draw all of those great colors in from the bedroom for me.  Which, incidentally, is the next bullet point on the list.

Wall Art

Wall Art

The fabric also draws those colors in, the orange and purple being pretty prominent parts of the pattern.  I (of course) opted to make a skirt for the sink, and chose to make a fuller one rather than more tailored.  I removed the terrible shelf thingamajig over the toilet, and because of that, I needed to compensate with other storage.  The skirt will allow me to stash extra tp, feminine hygiene whatnots, and my shell pink fifties boudoir trash can that goes with nothing in my house but that I don’t want to get rid of.  (Run on sentence much, Amber?)  Now these things are available for use, but we don’t have to see them… part of my logic on choosing to make a fuller skirt was for more of this hidey potential.

Sink With Skirt

Sink With Skirt

I gathered the fabric for the skirt on a piece of velcro, and hot glued the opposing strip of velcro on the underside of the sink, giving it overnight to fully cool or whatever before I attached the strip with the fabric skirt.  While I was planning out this project after my trip to the fabric store, I realized that I would need to place a break in the fabric in order to be able to more easily reach underneath the sink to access the storage, so I dug through my bias tape collection and pulled this teal from my stash.  Its that line of blue coming down from the corner.  I probably would not have chosen that color in the store, but I needed something in the moment, and I had enough of it on-hand for the project.  Now that its done and up, I like it.

You can see I also used the fabric to cover the bath’s two switchplates.  Ahhh… mod podge– what can’t you do?

Decoupaged Switchplate

Decoupaged Switchplate

Since this home is a rental, and I have glued the strip to the underside of the sink (where it won’t be seen if not in use), I pretty much decided from the get-go that I would be leaving the sink skirt here when we move, whenever that is.  Its totally logical for that person to have matching switchplates!

And just because I’m nice, I will also likely leave the matchy valance, which is a simple narrow panel, just to add another little dash of the fabric into the room.  I didn’t want to do the entire window covering in this navy printed fabric because I was afraid the light through it would cast too much dark blue color into the room– the exact problem we had before with the oppressive blue wallpaper.  So instead I just kept it skinny for the topper piece, and for the window itself I created a simple flat shade, just slightly larger in dimension than the actual glass part of the window.  I happened to find this grey fabric– again, happenstance that it is such a good match to Ben’s Pike’s Peak– and I backed them both with white cotton to give them substance but to also keep them lightweight and the light shining through them relatively bright.

Medicine Cabinet POP

Medicine Cabinet POP

The interior of the medicine cabinet had seen better days, and had some moments of rusty and graple meds stainyness, so I pulled some con-tact paper from my stash and gave it a quick coat on the interior.  Its funny how something so easy can add such a *WOW*, amirite?  I’m thinking of adding a couple of adhesive hooks or something in there as well, to hold jewelry or contraband or whatever.  The good thing is that its called “shelf paper” for a reason, it fo-reals does its job here and will allow quick wipe-ups of every shaving cream spill that comes its way.

Custom Clock

Custom Clock

The clock– one of my favorite things in the room– is a cheapie from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I bought it with a coupon for 20% off.  It was a little overly plain for me, so I bought some transfer decals from Joann’s on a 50% off sale (One dollar!  Yeah!), carefully clipped them apart, laid them out, and one-by-one applied them.  Ya’ll!! So, so easy and fun, I’m tempted to do every clock in the house!  I really love taking four bucks and turning it into something so fancy and custom that it looks like I spent forty!  (Would there be interest in such a clock decorating tutorial?  I may be just looking for an excuse to do another of these….)

As for the remainder of my storage situation– somewhere to store towels– I again used the cotton yardage (are ya’ll sick of this fabric yet?) to trim out the inset areas of this large bin thingy.  It was sort of weird, and not my taste– but free!– and essentially what I needed for the area.  It is an excellent storage container for towels and magazines, it sits skinnily up against the wall, and the towels are easy access for getting out of the shower.  Its perfect for the job, as are the towel roll-ups that I cleverly created so that this very bin would not get into a daily disarray.  So far, so good!

Floor Storage Bin

Floor Storage Bin

Next To the Window

Next To the Window

I added a few ‘normal’ upgrades to the room; a fluffy (also grey) bathmat; hooks in the shower for drying our poufs (as well as new poufs!); three nice white globe-style light bulbs to add to that fancy Hollywood look.  I have a vintage bud vase waiting on a non-vintage Spring bud to come my way that I got while thrifting that is perfect for the space.  I don’t have room for gew-gaws in there, but when you are so dead-on matchy, I will find space for you!

Window At Night

Window At Night

The three little framed ‘prints’ are a trio of vintage seventies botanical stickers.  The frames were unpainted wooden ones that I got for a dollar each at the craft store, and I coated them all in a layer of Ben’s Carrot Stick Orange.  As mats, I cut scrap pieces of heavy scrapbooking paper in my room’s colors, and simply stuck a sticker in the center of each square.  Stupid easy.  The details in the stickers are delightful and so retro, I think they’re adorable.  I have simply propped them along the top of the window frame.  I may eventually hang them (over under the clock?) when it comes to the window-opening time of year, but right now I like them right there.

I also added a little something non-normal, which is a ceiling full of lanterns.  Almost thirty, to be exact.  I *still* want MORE!  I get the feeling that I may be adding some for a long while!  What do you guys think, is that a moment of *Wow?*  I used the Pike’s Peak Grey all the way up onto the swirly-textured ceiling, visually cleaning up the space considerably (without the lanterns).  I simply hung the lanterns on fishing line tied to clear pushpins, and stuck them at random into the ceiling.  (If you attempt this, be sure to hang the paper plenty clear of warm fixtures, especially light bulbs.)  When Pan walked into the bathroom after I hung them, he said, “I did not expect the Spanish Inquisition!”  I’m not sure if that’s exactly a compliment, but I’m pretty sure it means “WOW!”

Lanterns @ Night, With Above Lights On

Lanterns @ Night, With Above Lights On (Facing Window)

Lanterns With All Lights On (Facing Window)

Lanterns With All Lights On (Facing Window)

They are very, very magical…  I suspect that when we have parties, this will become the gossip bathroom.  The one that the ladies lock themselves in by three to gossip about other ladies (not that *I* would do that!), the one that the Dads sneak a smoke in…. which is awesome, all of the best homes I’ve had have had a place like that.

 

 

 

 


 

4 Responses to “I Mastered the Bathroom!”

  1. Wow! You are too motivated! It’s a spa party in there! Awesome. Love all the color!

  2. Amber

    Ha! I love that! *Spa Party!*

  3. Another **AMAZING** transformation! Love the lanterns!

  4. Amber

    Thanks, Robin!


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