I bet you weren't expecting to see a bathroom remodel, since I haven't mentioned doing one, and quite honestly, I wasn't expecting it either.
We only have 2 bathrooms, and both of them have already been remodeled, so here's the long-winded explanation, with lots of photos. If you hate long-winded explanations, skip the next several paragraphs and just look at the photos.
I was sitting in the bathtub one evening last week, and I realized that the doilies I had hanging clothesline-style above my bathroom mirror needed to be laundered. They've been hanging there for two years, so they were due for cleaning.
Once I got out of the tub and took them down, I decided that I wouldn't rehang them - I'd make a sign instead. So, I found an old board that had been a leaf of an antique table, and I created a sign. Once I created the sign and went to hang it, I realized that it didn't really look good against the chippy, turquoise walls in the bathroom. Honestly, I was never really crazy about the color of the wood we put on the walls, (read that story here), so I contemplated painting them. I mentioned it to my husband, and at first he balked, but he's pretty easygoing and said I could. I took a poll on Facebook, and the vote was about 50/50, about whether I should paint them. Once I get a "burr under my saddle" though, I rarely change my mind.
Off to Lowes I went the next day. I had decided on changing the color to an antique white, so I bought a gallon, returned home, and started painting away. About 3 minutes into it, I realized that the color I bought was too bright white. I returned to Lowes, asked them to deepen the color, returned back home, and started painting again. I thought it looked pretty good, and got 3 of the 4 walls painted by evening. Happy with my work for the day, I rewarded myself with another long soak in the tub, to admire my work. Sitting there in the evening, under artificial light, the walls looked so creamy yellowish, I felt like I was sitting in a big vat of butter. Not only did I not like the color, but I realized that all the gaps between the boards looked terrible. They weren't noticeable in the original color, but looked like dark lines across the new white paint.
The next day, I returned to Lowes again, picked another paint color and some caulk, and came back home to start round 3. Third time's a charm, right? Thankfully, it was. I loved the new color. The upside to all that is that I decided to try leaving the doors and trim in the creamier color, and paint the walls in the lighter white, and I loved the result. It's hard to see the variation of the trim color and wall color in the photos, but pairing the two shades together looks so much better than it would in all one color.
Now that you know the why and the how...here's the photos. Mind you, this isn't really a full remodel - it's more of a makeover, as I still have the original bathtub that I hate. But...all the decor was taken down and I redecorated the whole room after painting the walls. It's hard to get a good full-room shot in a small bathroom, but here are a few shots showing the overall look, followed by some close-up shots of the changes.
Since the sign was the first change I made, the rest of the decor I used was chosen to compliment it. I didn't buy anything other than the paint and caulk - just "shopped" from my own home and from my online shop.
The store is a fictitious. I wanted something that sounded early 1900's, so I made up the name, but I Googled it, and there are several businesses with that name!
Remember the antique French invoice printables I shared last week (here and here)? This is what I did with several of them. I just layered them together inside a frame. The different shades of white paper and writing look so pretty together.
I added wood trim above the bathtub tile, that I salvaged off of some old bed side rails. The wood was attached inside the side rails to hold the box springs. The wood was nicely aged and I hung an old coat hook on it to hold my nail brush.
I bought a box full of lacy curtains for $1 at a yard sale in the summer, and found a valance to use for the window. I put some Mason jars in the window, and they are now holding my twill tape and some buttons that I frequently use when crafting.
These two old mirrors were in the bathroom before, I just moved them over the toilet.
I hung some pretty, old plates in place of where the doilies previously were.
I also replaced the mirror above the sink with a larger mirror my husband and I found at an antique store when we went to Michigan last month. It has a classic farmhouse look that I really wanted to bring to my bathroom.
Soap from Sweet Harvest Farms adds a little pop of color sitting on an old plate, attached to a salvaged metal piece.
About half of the people who took my Facebook poll, didn't think I should paint the wood walls, and I understood why, but I truly love the room now. Turquoise is a beautiful color, but it was never my style. I feel like the new color and decor fits so much better with the rest of the house and I'm so glad I did it.
If you're a new visitor, you can see the first bathroom remodel project here. Yes, it looked like this when we bought our house!