The bathroom remodel is finally finished. Goodbye, 1970’s green and gold bathroom! Hello, gray farmhouse style bathroom. Chippy cabinets and beadboard are the focal points in this remodel. But there were so many other decisions to make, so many choices on which way to go.
Trust me when I say that most remodeling projects are like sin – it takes you further than you wanted to go, keeps you longer than you wanted to stay and cost you way more than you thought it would.
But unlike sin, this has been worth the wait and worth the expense. I did stay within my budget on this project.
Originally my thought was to hire the Demo Dude (my friend’s son) to do the demolition and I would finish it. Wrong! I decided that the best bet would be to hire him to also do the sheetrock, bead board, new wider door, set the bathtub… well, basically he did everything but the subway tile and the floor. It isn’t a very big space so you would think that it wouldn’t take that long but we had one setback after another. Like I said in an earlier POST…
“Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” unknown.
This bathroom remodel took 2 months. Demo Dude had one life-changing crisis after another. Because of weather conditions we had to wait 2 weeks on the bathtub. But it is done now and I love it.
At Antiques Weekend I found the cabinet for the corner.
My friends thought they could carry it all the way to the truck. No way. It is heavy. I was also hoping that another chippy cabinet wouldn’t be too much of a good thing.
This cabinet was just the right size and it looked great in the space. At first, I was not too crazy about the pink front and it had a place where the price sticker (a piece of masking tape) had been. Now what?
What do You do Next When You Are Not a Decorator and You are Finished with Your Bathroom Remodel?
Start by asking your friends who have some style and class or similar tastes. I have a couple of those kinds of friends. They gave me a lot of suggestions. If you are not hiring a decorator and ask some of your friends, you will also get a variety of suggestions. Or you could look in some magazines and by all means, don’t forget Pinterest. It boils downs to the fact that you are the one that is going to live in that space. Find or use the pieces and colors that you love.
What Should I Use to Decorate the Top of the Cabinet?
Should I paint it? Should I put tile on it? No, I am going to leave it like it is.
There are so many other decisions to make, so many choices on which way to go.
What do you really need in this space? What do you really want in this little space?
This is a great place to use some of the special treasures that you don’t want to get rid of when you are decluttering.
Look at these vintage glass bottles from my stash of stuff. I think a few of those will work, don’t you? I had already been determined that the vintage bottles were keepers or they could go into my booth at Petticoats on the Prairie, June 22-23, 2018.
This is a box of vintage treasures from our ROAD TRIP. Do you see that sweet little glass dish on a pedestal? I believe that it will find a home here. It is just the right size to hold a few bath bombs. The little pink basket was snagged at an antique shop in Anson, TX.
Decorate the top with vintage treasures and a string of pearls.
Now it was time to decide on accessories color. I purchased gray towels and returned them, It was too much gray. Black was not what I wanted. White could work but it still wasn’t what I was looking for.
How do you choose a color palette for the accessories?
Look for a color that makes you feel good or creates a mood.
This was the first piece of my color inspiration. The lace tablecloth was in my collection of vintage tablecloths and I think someone may have washed it with something red. It is the softest pink/coral color. It was perfect for a curtain. The color was right, the length was right, and I love lace. I think I can make this work.
The gray walls with pink accents and soft pink accents made the bathroom feel soft and feminine. My friend and art student, Renee painted the red bicycle with a basket of geraniums. Her watercolor technique for soft edges created that same soft pink/coral color that was my inspiration. Her painting was perfect for this spot.
This before photo of the bathroom is a good example of making colors work and creating a mood.
We had to live with the green tile for a little while (25 years). While browsing the fabric tables I found a piece of fabric that I really liked. It had tiny touches of the same shade of green as in the tile. This became my palette inspiration piece. It also had a warm yellow color and deep red. This was great for an “old world” look. Working with that palette, we painted the walls the warm yellow and accented with deep red towels. I made a shower curtain to match. Ignore the ugly purple towel.
But that was then and this is now. So, out with the 70’s green and “old world” gold
and in with the farmhouse grays.
And speaking of shower curtains, I could not find one that I liked. I wanted a long curtain, solid color, not white, and not gray. So what happens when you can find what you want in the stores or online? It’s DIY time! Yes, I made my own out of a painters drop cloth. And, yes I did make you a video!!! Of course!!! Just in case you might want to make one for your bathroom.
The soft pink rug came from a close-out store and I finally found the light pink towels at Wal-Mart.
Kitty No is excited to have her routine back. You can see the excitement on her face. Well, maybe not but I bet if you leaned in close to your device you could probably hear her purring.
Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
’til next time,