May 21, 2012

Bathroom Progress

For those of you who've been following along, you'll know that I've been tackling the big project of repainting my bathroom and then adding updated lighting and mirror as well as replacing a door that is falling apart.

Above are some of the colors I liked-in the family of pale greens, yellow-greens, and beige all from Behr paint, who Consumer Reports gave a very good review. And, I wasn't disappointed either-I bought the paint with primer in Satin sheen and it went on really smoothly with none of the previous color showing through after just one coat of paint.

It's funny to me that I actually like paler colors on walls now-the last time I painted a bathroom I did it in a deep eggplant purple. My husband said that phase was "interesting"-but I'm glad he lets me try whatever my creative heart wants!

Well, I loved it then, and still love bright and bold colors-but more as accents colors on doors, cabinets, accent walls, and decorations against lighter walls.

Below is the color I chose called "Silky Bamboo". I love how soothing and peaceful the color is. But, I promise you it won't be boring: I plan on adding bright pops of tangerine with a painted door and handmade salvage wall art I can't wait to get started on.

Silky Bamboo by Behr paints

Here are a few of my "Pinspertions" for my bathroom remodel: 

Source: via Kristina on Pinterest

I love the pale walls with bright tangerine pops. This looks a lot like my bathroom with the size, beadboard and window. 

I love this tangerine door and how it looks against the pale walls-like a creamsicle. I plan on painting my new door this color (and when I get to my kitchen, I will do that door tangerine, too, I think).

Here's what I'm working with:

Here's what I lived with for almost a year and a half from when we first moved in: 

Icy blue walls with a darker blue ceiling. Not terrible, but not me. 

Now, I'm cringing as I post a really ugly picture on my pretty blog: The hideous floral door with a 1980's wall papered cardboard panel that is peeling off. What the heck where they thinking?

I see no other option than replacing the whole door. On the other side is a mirror where the wooden edges are chipped. Luckily, we have a salvage warehouse in town where we can replace it with one from the 1920's-like the rest of the doors in my 1920's home.  So ready for my pretty tangerine door!

Here's the lighting and mirror I want to replace. I don't like how wide the lights are and their lack of style. Also, the mirror is pretty basic and not very safe with its sharp edges. I plan on taking a trip up to IKEA for replacements that will fit my budget but will for sure be more stylish.

Here are the first coats of Silky Bamboo on my walls:

I painted all the walls above the beadboard and the ceiling this color. I love it! It really makes my small bathroom seem bigger and it is for sure brighter and more cheerful.

Just a few touchups this week and I'll be done with the walls. I already went out and bought new bathmats and towels to compliment my new color-just need to clean up my painting mess. Next, will be the mirror and lighting replacements and the wall art I want to make. Can't wait to reveal the rest.

Thanks for tuning in and I hope you come back in the next few weeks to see the end result!

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  1. Wow! What a difference a coat of paint makes! Love the color :)

    Ps.. make sure you check out my giveaways this week! Lots of great stuff up for grabs :)

    1. Thanks, Kelly! I really do love the color too! I will check out your giveaways too.

  2. Looking forward to seeing the whole thing! Bathmats and towels are my personal favorite thing to add, but that's probably just because it's the easiest :)

    1. Thanks, Trina-yes they are for sure the easiest way to add a little change!

  3. I will have to check out your pinterest boards as I really like your pinspirational pictures! Have fun with the decorating!

    If you ever feel like linking up to another party I host a Say G'day Saturday party every weekend and I would be so thrilled if you could join in!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    1. Thanks, Natasha! I get a lot of them from BH&G-they always have gorgeous ideas! Thanks for the invite to your party-will have to check out sometime!

  4. You made me laugh b/c I also went through that phase of deep color painting! For me it was terracotta, deep red and green colors!

    I love your new color and I'll be looking forward for what's next!

    1. Cristina-isn't it funny how we change? I loved all of those colors you loved too and now really don't care for them right now-now it's grays, turquoise, yellows, tangerines, and white! Thanks for all your sweet comments :)

  5. I love your new color and bathroom in the making, and think our readers will do also. May I invite you to come participate, and link it up at our linky party, Can't wait to see the 'after' photo!


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