So here’s a few things I learned while trying to compose this blog post: 1) I need to get a real camera 2) sometimes updating just a couple of things makes you want to update the WHOLE thing and 3) blogging puts me in some weird, weird places sometimes.
The purpose of this post is to show you how I’ve managed to overhaul our upstairs hall bathroom–the one that gets the most use–with just paint and accessories. We didn’t change anything high-dollar. No new flooring or tile. No new countertop or faucet. No new vanity or toilet. Just some paint, a little trim, a new light fixture and accessories. Now…I’m not saying I don’t WANT to change some of those other things (like a new Toto Toilet would be nice!) In fact, the updates actually make the countertop and faucet look worse; but, for now, this is doing the trick of at least making it seem like people live here. Just so you can see what I mean…this is what we started with:
I know, you love that light fixture and wonder why I’d EVER want to change it, right? I’m sorry, but ’80s light fixtures trying to achieve a ’40s art-deco vibe just ain’t my thing. Kinda hilarious that any space could be so stinkin’ boring (and still sport such a funky light fixture!) but sadly, our whole house looked like this when we moved in. I saw that as a selling point at the time. But I’ve learned that living in a land of beige, oak, and builder-grade brass fixtures can be just as bad as living with geese wallpaper borders and mauve carpeting. It kinda made me feel as if I was in a padded room after awhile.
After adding the shower curtain awhile back, I came up with the color scheme and went with Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray for the walls. My pictures don’t do this color justice due to my lack of a real camera and natural light. It’s actually a beautiful shade of greige, and I love it. So here’s where we stand now:
New light fixture
Trim around the bathroom mirror (which I’ll detail in another post)
Cabinets painted black.
Some fun accessories, like these terrarium pictures I framed. They’re actually postcards from Quill & Fox…
…and almost everything else is from Home Goods, including my owl (gotta have one in every room, apparently!), the soaps, handtowels, faux orchid, mother-of-pearl tray, and glass jar. The wire peacock is from a flea market (2 bucks!)…
…and the shower curtain was on clearance at Bed Bath & Beyond. Bonus points if you can spot me in the above picture!