May 22, 2012

Main Floor Bathroom - Final Installment

I hope all of my Canadian readers had a fantastic long weekend, and I'm sure my American readers are gearing up for theirs. Our long weekend flew by in a haze of projects, yard sale prep, and just plain enjoying the weather. It was an absolutely beautiful weekend and that doesn't happen often here in Ontario in the middle of May.

One of the projects that is finished - FINISHED! - is the main floor powder room. Are you tired of hearing about it yet? Well, you may have to look away because I'm going to jabber some more.

This weekend we installed a new faucet, new lighting, and hung some art. I also painted the vanity a few weeks ago but haven't shown it off yet.

This is the old faucet. Pretty basic. Something you'd see in just about any home. We decided after framing in the mirror and painting the vanity that the sink needed some new bling too.


This is the new faucet.  It's a pretty "Tuscan bronze" colour.  I love the two handles instead of the single knob. They're much easier to turn when your hands are slippery.


And the spout itself is higher, making it easier to get your hands under or to fill a container if you needed to. The installation was simple - Tom's done quite a few of them  - so I just left him to it and waited for the final results.


I've always thought the lights in this bathroom were too large for the room. Do you see how the light is pressed right up against the wall on the left? When I painted the walls I also sprayed the light fixture oil rubbed bronze, but that was just a temporary fix.




There was a smaller fixture at Lowe's that I've been wanting for a while, so this week we bought it. We also bought seeded glass shades for the bulbs. I wanted something that would virtually disappear in the room since it's so small.


But I was wrong about these. First, the base for the light bulb with its safety sticker is visible and ugly. Next, unless you're up close, the glass doesn't look seeded, it just looks water-spotted. I was ready to paint the bases brown and live with the water spots but Tom convinced me to go back to the store and look at the other choices. Since the lights are mix and match, you can choose whichever shades you like.

There was a whole lot of pouty-face when I couldn't find anything I liked. We picked out some tulip-shaped frosted shades that weren't great but I was willing to give them a try. What's another trip from one end of town to the other, right? But these ones, they looked good. (Sorry, no shot with them turned off.)


The white offsets all of the browns in the room and ties in to the sink and toilet colour. And I like the clear glass rim at the bottom instead of just a plain frosted edge.

The cabinet is painted Behr's "Espresso Brown". Before it was an awful beigey-pink colour. The cabinet surface is laminate so there wasn't much we could do with it in terms of refinishing. I don't usually like painting furniture but it works here. The vanity top has swirls of brown, and a green that matches the colour of the walls. Like it was planned or something. :-)


Lastly, we hung some artwork. Originally I had put up two smaller pieces that looked like weathered wood siding with large rusted door knockers (sounds weird but they're really cool.)  I moved them up and down, putting multiple holes in the wall. Nothing was right and I realized it was because they were too small. I dug out some large pictures we've had packed away since we moved. There are three of them and they each have a single water-colour flower on a white background. The blue flower is the one we decided on.  It's just the perfect size to fill the space and again lightening up the small room that can easily look gloomy.



Okay class, here is a review from beginning to end.

Before: Bathroom as decorated by previous owners


During 1: Painted walls and ORB fixtures (and new toilet)


During 2: Framed mirror


After: New lights, faucet, painted cabinet



Quite a change, don't you think?


Without including the new faucet and toilet, this entire makeover cost around $100. And I still have a ton of paint left over.






How was your weekend?


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I'm linking up here this week!

46 comments:

Megan said...

Your bathroom looks lovely, Barb! I love your fixtures.  Megan

Sylvia Wheat said...

Love the new look! Great job. We are redoing out kitchen and almost done...can't wait!

Ceekay said...

We have the same faucet.  I love it!  Your room is beautiful!

Cookiecrumbsandsawdust said...

Hi Barb,

Mucho improvement! I bet you are loving the space now.

I followed you over from the Our Delightful Home linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

Thanks for sharing,
Laura

Gina Cannary said...

Looks so fresh and pretty!  Can you come help me re-do my bathroom?  (:

Lauren Brown said...

Such and improvement! So light and airy looking. Thanks for linking up at Off the Hook:
http://www.daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/05/off-hook-2.html

Terry Cohoe said...

Wow, you've got yourself a whole new bathroom.  Looks gorgeous.  Love the new lighting.  Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

2yellowbirdsdecor said...

I love the transformation! The new room is so pretty! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing this at Thursday's Temptation.
Jill

JanaG said...

Oh, wow! What an incredible transformation! I adore what you've done with the place. My favorite is probably the new faucet. I saw your link in on Southern Lovely. :o)

Jill Fritz said...

That turned out beautiful!  Great job!  Thanks for the sharing at the Pomp Party!  Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

Patricia said...

Wow, what a great update! It's amazing what a little paint and some new fixtures can do!

Hani Shabbir said...

Love the makeover.. It looks amazing now! Thanks for linking up at friday fun party

Linda Braden said...

Such a great makeover!  Love the side-by-side before & after ...

:)

Linda

Rachel said...

Great job updating the bathroom. I really love your new faucet.  Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

Cornerstone Confessions said...

Wow!  you'd never know it was the same place!  Love the mirror frame!   I would love to have you link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday next week on Cornerstone Confessions. 

Hopping over from Women Living Well.

Kathy

Stacey said...

Looks great - nice upgrades and the bathroom looks fab!
Thanks for linking this week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Looks great! It really is quite a transformation.  Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
<3 Christina

Verymerryvintagestyle said...

Everything looks so nice. I love the bronze. Thanks for linking up to STL Wednesday!
Mary

Steph said...

This is a great transformation! I love it!

Potty said...

Really...showing the open "potty", almost empty TP,  very wrinkled towel...you should of said excuse my MESS!!!!!!

BarbSteadman said...

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BarbSteadman said...

Ha! I do love to paint so you could probably talk me into it!

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Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Aww, thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks! Good luck with your kitchen!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Megan!

Dwell on Joy said...

Featuring your bathroom makeover post tomorrow at Dwell on Friday! It turned out GREAT!!!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you so much!

mo said...

Always shut your toilet seat cover when taking photos of the bathroom.  I'm a real estate broker who has seen too many of them open on listing photos.  :)

Katie goldsworthy said...

GREAT job!!! It is looking soooo good! So much better than before!

--Katie

becolorful said...

Oh yeah, such a great updated look. Love the rubbed oil bronze elements and the grey wall color. Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful.
pam

William Gulliver said...

Changing the faucet into that sophisticated-looking bronze design is a marvelous decision! Playing with brown and white gave your bathroom more character and elegance. What I actually love the most about this makeover is your sink area; it makes me want to look at myself in that mirror all day. Haha.

William
Gulliver

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