August 30, 2011

Upstairs bathroom Do-Over

Nothin' like having your DR ceiling cave in from a leak in the upstairs bathroom floor to start an unplanned renoventure! Our house was built in 1903 so nothing is easy. The homeowners insurance gal said they will pay to have everything taken out so we could replace the subfloor and tile and they will pay those same people to put everything back in the exact same order! Since the current floor plan was not workin' said total reno took over.




I am still looking for a clever way to corral the shampoos etc. but it is all about layering so when I find the right thing(s), I'll let ya' know! I can never, and I mean never, find curtains/shower curtains that I like or are in my price range,plus I wanted and extra long shower curtain so I made this one. Used a table cloth on the top turned length wise and sewed a leftover curtain section to the bottom, added some brown ribbon and Waa Laa! I am thinking of painting a pattern on the tablecloth portion and if I do, like I said, I'll let ya' know! 

The vanity is an old bureau that I found at the sidewalk shop, my huuzzband calls this trash picking. I call it re-posh-turing!

Super cool, mid-century style that I love

but look how you can take it back a few more years to Art Deco with a little bit of paint dark brown paint and some Buff 'n' Rub in silver leaf. I mixed some black and brown paint I already had to get the deep brown that I was going for so I can't tell you the color. I call it Custom Kim. I also added four coats of poly to protect the top.

If you look reallllly close you will see in the first after photo that the top is now tiled. I did this b/c I could not stand being so fussy with my kids about keeping the top relatively dry,even with the poly. Especially the newborn, she was the worst! 

QUICK TIP: Save money by buying  smaller mirrors/medicine cabinets and make them muy grande by framing them with paint. I painted a 5 inch Custom Kim brown border around the opening of the cabinet and then added a 1 inch green strip about it. Just cuz!

Love the details!

 Art Deco knobs -Home Depot, they match my lights!

Candle wall: Would have loved to do the whole wall with these lights but that might have freaked out the Mister a bit, something about needing a fire extinguisher in the bathroom if I did this. Since red does not fit into this design aesthetic, 9 candles it was!
Ambience! Took the tea light holder to Home Depot and just started lookin'! Found copper (fav!) pipe holders that were perfect!! More on that in a later post!

Now if you noticed, We did do the unthinkable and put the tub in front of the window. And although there is privacy glass it does not hide the, um silhouette, from the neighbors. So I always believe in having a bit of fun and surprise in a room so the shade got a martini olive paint treatment!

You don't see the little suckers until you pull it down and then instead of a shower, you want to soak in a hot bath, with the candles lit and a Pink Cosmopolitan in hand!

One tip: Next time I will use gloss paint instead of satin. I sprayed sealer over it thinking it would help maintain it. Just made it wrinkle. So no sealer from now on!!

As often happens in life, a boulder size problem comes out of nowhere and at the worst moments. We can't see the forest for the subway tiles and paint chips. What I have found out is that how I handle adversity is the legacy I leave to my kids. It is all about choices, that can mean in your attitude or in your creativity. I can cry in my milk or I can make chocolate  milk with double chocolate chip cookies on the side. I prefer the latter and so do my kids.

Psalm 9: 9-10
The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,a refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you


PS:  did you really think I was done talkin'???
 I apologize about the dates on the pics. still trying to figure out the camera

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful new vanity!! I love it- your bathroom turned out lovely!! I host a link party on the weekends if you would like to come share sometime! :)


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