House Tour: Half Bathroom

Half Bath Progress

Entering our house from the garage, you come into a small hallway (or mudroom), which leads to the laundry room, kitchen, and a half bath.

When we first toured the house, we noticed these bright orange stickers over everything that used water.  The house had been winterized, and vacant for at least nine months. In this picture, the half bath is at the far end.  (It’s the only pre-moving picture I could find).

Front Hall

Front Hall

It took a lot of effort and elbow grease to get those orange stickers off.  :P

We lived with the primed only walls for nearly a year, when I decided I wanted to try something bold and colorful.

HallwayBathBefore

Hallway Bath Before

Ah, so many things that could be upgraded and changed…so little money.  We were hurting for cash, so other than paint, everything was stuff I already bought, inherited, or was given.  I chose two shades of the same tone of blue- I think I remember Bahama Blue being one of them.  The hallway is darker, with the lighter shade in the bathroom.

HallwayBathAfter

Hallway Bath After

The floating shelf I had from ikea, and I stabilized it with a bracket from Home Depot.

Floating Shelf

Floating Shelf

The tin jar has a cloisonee effect and belonged to my father’s mother.  A little dish holds keys and change, and a pumpkin for October.

Barbie As Ophelia

Barbie As Ophelia

The painting is by my very talented co-worker, and is of Barbie as Ophelia.  She had it in storage, and is very graciously allowing me to hang it in my hallway.

The other painting in the hallway, on the opposite wall, is a little floral stiff life, also inherited.

Painting in corner

Painting in corner

I thought it would look cute with the turquoise color behind it, and no one else really wanted it.

There’s also a hook for scarves and hats, and grocery bags.  I bought the hook when I was living in Lexington, VA.

Hook for scarves and hats

Hook for scarves and hats

I replaced the mirror in the bathroom with the mirror that was in my childhood bedroom.  My mom found it, and painted it, something like 30 years ago.  :)

Half Bath Progress

Half Bath Progress

I do have two kitties, so this is their bathroom too.  The striped rug is one of those squishy mats that helps hold cat litter.  It works great!

Brass and Ceramic Bowl

Brass and Ceramic Bowl

Just a detail of the little bowl on the sink.  This was also my grandmother’s, and I love the slightly asian vibe.  (I think it has a sticker on the back about being made in china.)   The color I chose is a popular color from the later 19th, early 20th century, and reminds me a little bit of the color from the Peacock Room by Whistler.  Artists were intrigued by the east at this time period, and there was a resurgence in Asian inspired pieces in furniture, textiles, and art.  This is partly why I chose this fabric for the curtain.

Detail half bath curtain fabric

Detail half bath curtain fabric

I made this small curtain panel and posted about it here.

Window and Print

Window and Print

The print I bought several years ago at my great-aunt’s estate auction.  I re-matted and re-framed it equally as long ago.  It is actually a watercolor painting on mat board.  I like it’s simplicity and vintage vibe.

So that’s pretty much it.  I have some ideas of some other projects I’d like to tackle– such as changing the light fixture(s) and faucet.  If we really had any money, we might upgrade the flooring to tile.

Half Bath Progress

Half Bath Progress

The progress I’ve made on the half bath, so far.  To be continued…?

House Tour: Guest Bathroom

Copy of a drawing

Last year I decided to make a quick and cheap facelift to the guest bathroom.  Other than wanting this room to be calm and cozy for our guests, we’ve been using this as the main bathroom since we found out our master bathroom shower leaks.  Before, it felt a little cold and stark being all white and black.

Guest bathroom before

Guest bathroom before

My entire budget for this project was to be under $200.  First, paint.  I found the “Perfect Beige” at Home Depot (by Behr).  The best thing about painting bathrooms, is that they are (usually) small and quick.  I didn’t even tape for this project, and cut in everything by hand.  I did take off the door, because it needed a coat of paint too.  I painted the door, and all the trim the same bright white as the rest of the house.  I also caulked in a few strategic places that needed it.

Guest bathroom in progress

Guest bathroom in progress

I brought up the bath rugs from the master bath, reinstalled a magazine rack, changed out all the hardware and knobs on the vanity.  I liked the chrome look, and thought it would go well with the black vinyl flooring.  I actually really like this vinyl, it looks like black marble.  The first time through the house, I actually had to touch it to see what it was.

Looking towards the door, guest bathroom

Looking towards the door, guest bathroom

I bought a new towel holder, toilet paper holder, and hook (on the wall behind the door).  I wanted a simple, modern look, with a bit of elegance.  I wanted it to feel a little New York, so my husband chose his favorite Kandisnky print, “Dominant Curve”:

Detail of Kandinsky print, "Dominant Curve"

Detail of Kandinsky print, "Dominant Curve"

I bought the print from some posters site, and framed it myself in a thin, silver metal frame.   Above the toilet, I framed a drawing I copied in an art class.

Copy of a drawing

Drawing

We bought a new shower curtain, white and modern.

Shower curtain

Shower curtain

There are still a few things I would like to do in the bathroom, when budget allows for more.  I would like to replace the counter/sink on the vanity, the faucet, and maybe the light fixture too.  It’s the simple builder basic brass grade right now, and I would love something in chrome to match.  I think the shower is OK, but a real estate agent told us to either clean it really really well, or we might need to replace it when it comes time to put the house on the market.  Oh yeah, I would not mind replacing the toilet too, with something more efficient.

It may not be a huge transformation, but I still feel happy whenever I walk into this bathroom.

 

House Tour- Guest Bedroom

Guest room in progress

I have two rooms in my house that I’ve set up as guest rooms.  The first room, the one I’m featuring in this post, is the more finished of the two for now.  I felt like going with a slightly french country chic look in this room, especially after I found some wonderful fabrics.

First, a look at the dull, bland room before.  When we purchased our house, none of the rooms were actually painted.  There was a basic primer over everything, and that’s it.

Guest bedroom before

Guest bedroom before

We had purchased some furniture from a newspaper ad for very little money, and threw a few of those pieces in this room.  Namely, the bed and dresser.  About a year after we moved in, my stepson and his girlfriend moved in for a few months.  When they left, they took the bed with them.  So now I was left with essentially a blank slate.

Guest bedroom before dresser

Guest bedroom before, looking at the dresser

I tend to go about things a little backwards, and love to choose paint colors before anything else.  I am just in love with a color and want it on the wall.  In this room, it was a compromise because I really felt it needed a color that would be neutral enough to appeal to more potential buyers.  Also, I wanted to keep a lightness to the room, so I settled on a creamy color.  It is more of an off-white than yellow or beige, but it’s enough to pop against the white trim.  Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of this particular color, but I’m sure I have the extra paint around somewhere…

Guest room in progress

Guest room in progress

The headboard I upholstered myself (found here), and made the pillows to match.  I just went with a simple white comforter cover and bed skirt for now- we had guests coming and I wanted it to look presentable and I did not want to spend very much money on it.  (To me, anything over $20 was too much money).  The painting on the wall was a ‘thrift’ store find for less than $25.  I did a quick dry brush of white paint over the frame to spiffy it up a little.  I’m still trying to decide what sort of lamps I want (I’m leaning towards mounted wall lamps), and I still need to refinish the side tables.

Upholstered King Headboard

Upholstered King Headboard

These side tables are another freebie from the studio.  I was told they originally had blue glass tops (how neat!) but they are unlocated at present.  Originally I had hoped to put some sort of marble tile in there, but they are a whopping 16″ square.  Time and money were prohibitive, so I settled on a mirror top.  This one is painted brown, so I don’t feel so bad refinishing them.  Even though it may not fit the room, I think they’d look best with a dark or black stain.  I also considered painting them something bright, like a turquoise color.  But, I’m just not feeling it.

side table

Art deco side table

There’s one window in this room, and for now, one curtain.  I found the curtain at Target and loved it- especially since it seemed to mimic the design on the headboard.

View towards window in guest bedroom

View towards window in guest bedroom

The dresser stays, for now, even though it’s a poorly constructed 1970s plywood-like special.  I do like the pulls though, and might consider doing a two-tone paint job to make it a little more fun.  On the dresser I made a little vignette.

Dresser vignette

Dresser vignette

I framed a picture I took of the interior of the Pantheon, and a photo by Ansel Adams from an old calendar with frames from Michaels.  The mirrored tray and pitcher are family pieces handed down.  The pink dog was a freebie from Victoria Secret, and I can’t remember where I got the stars and candle.  The painting is one I did for my landscape painting course, after Cezanne.

That’s all the progress for now, but I hope to be able to add some things to the room to make it feel more finished.  At least, I think my guests feel cozier than before in this room! :)

 

House Tour: Studio

Studio progress

As I slowly get around to doing a full house tour – I thought I’d start with a small, simple room.  For now, I call this space the studio.  This room is off the kitchen/dining area.  It’s a tiny room – 10ft. by 11ft, with three windows and a tray ceiling.  It currently houses a large shelf full of food stuffs and paper goods, a c.1960s Anco easel,  a table, lights, and tripod for photo shoots, and some random boxes.  It’s a bit messy now, and driving me crazy.

So here’s the shot of the studio when we did the second walk through of the house:

Studio before

Studio before

I decided to paint this room a soothing green:

Painted studio

Painted studio

Freshly painted trim and caulking really brought the room together to feel finished.  The two southwest facing windows get full sun in the afternoon, so I bought solid, cordless shades for those windows which help cut down the heat.  I wanted a bold, graphic design for the curtains, and bought a Waverly fabric, and made them.  I re-purposed the hardware from other rooms (that didn’t have curtains), and this is how it came together:

Studio progress

Studio Progress

Some future things I would love to do to this space:  put in hardwood floors; buy better blinds; add french doors.  At this point, I’m not totally sold on the curtains.  If I put the sleek black glass desk in there, it could work.  Otherwise, I may want to go with a softer look.

It’s pretty much always a work in progress :)