Do you remember a couple of weeks ago when I said that I had an itch to re-do my kids' bathroom
? Well, last night the Hubs had a meeting, so I got to work with a can of paint and a brush and went to town on that bathroom. And now, less than 24 hours later, the bathroom mini renovation is done! Well done enough that the itch is over and I can mess with it more as I like.
Remember what it looked like before? Curious George swinging in, and while cute, he never really stole my heart.
And remember the inspiration I found while in Montana?
Yesterday, we went and had some paint mixed and I am LOVING the result. I'm still in debate about painting the base cabinets though. I bought some blue/grayish paint but am thinking I might leave the cabinets as they are and see how I feel once I live with it a little while. Never a bad idea before committing further to something.
As I was painting last night, I noticed that the paint looked grayer than I'd thought, but figured it may have been the nighttime lighting. Just this very second as I pulled out the deck to find out the name of the colors for you did I realize the guy mixed the wrong color. It's not way off, but the one I'd liked better had a bit more khaki in the gray. I'd been looking at them both and I guess he mixed the wrong one. Oh well...I'm still happy in the end.
So what I'd wanted was this... but what I got was this.....
|Benjamin Moore Thunder AF-685|
|Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF-690|
I'm particular about these things, but now that it's done and it's close enough, I"m fine with it. You can tell the difference though right?
I was also pretty excited when I found a pre-fab window valance at Lowes for $13 that I thought would be super cute. I can sew something, but honestly, for $13 when this is the look I was going for anyways....it's a no brainer. And, it's my kids' bathroom. Let's be realistic about things here...this does not need to be the freaking Taj Mahal.
I've been looking all over for a shower curtain too and have no interest in spending more than about $30 on it...again, remember....Kids' bathroom. So today when I was buying frames at Walmart for the pictures, I found something I thought would work for $18. And I'm pleased with it. I switched the hooks from my bathroom which were more oil rubbed bronze and I think it'll do just fine. I even was able to keep the aqua bath mats that I already had to add in another pop of fun color from the artwork.
So here's what we have now...
|My $13 valance and $18 shower curtain...pretty good huh?!|
We'd bought a package of some vintage post cards which I just popped into a $12 frame. I think on 4 frames I spent maybe $50 max.
I had 2 prints like this one of the mountain goat which were an odd size...maybe like 10x16 or something. I didn't want to have to have custom mats cut because that gets more expensive, so I bought 2 of these glass floating frames for $10 a piece. I like the result with the wall showing through too...doesn't look as bulky as if they had full mats either.
And just because I want you to see the true humanity of a 20 hour room makeover with just one person doing the work, I thought I'd let you in on a little tip I used this time.
I like to call it "the half-ass."
And here's what I mean....
See. I had to move the towel rings lower. They were always too high and I'd never messed with them before. There were MASSIVE holes in the wall which will take a few days to repair for the putty and everything to dry properly, so what do you think I did? Yep...covered them up.
Out of sight, out of mind!
I'll get to it eventually... but for now, I'm pleased with the *mostly* finished result!
Ps. I've got another sailor in the works to send a letter from sea, but I have to be honest and tell you that our first sailor has yet to receive any love from anyone other than his family! Support our servicemen and women? The address for this month's sailor is below!
Labels: decorating, DIY, home decor