We’ve finally come to the end of the master bath make-over. For a short job it sure seemed to take a long time. But now all the tweaks are tweaked, the adjustments are adjusted and I’m feeling much better about it than I was earlier this week. I think just getting the mirrors up in there made a big difference.
Before the final touches I really wasn’t happy with the way it was going. To me it looked like a hospital built in the 40’s. It was probably a combination of the color and the large cabinets that made me feel that way… The light blue and the simple design of the cabinets made it look very clinical and cold. The turning point (in my non-design-school-educated opinion) was adding warm colors (the browns and yellows) and the organic materials (the boxwood topiary, dusted off silk plant and fading rose corsages plus the rustic wood shelf and small, wood, wall cabinet). I guess these organic items are naturally non-clinical. You can’t sterilize them or disinfect them and therefore they don’t belong in a medical facility. Therefore, my bathroom no longer looks like a hospital. Sound logic? I think so.
So here’s where we started (more photos here)
And here’s where we’ve come to…
The mirrors came from Hobby Lobby. They were on sale for 50% off so I got a pretty good deal. My original plan was to use the original mirror from the other bathroom in it’s “before” state which I had cut at a local glass shop. They cut the monstrous flaw-accentuator (new word) down with just two cuts into two smaller rectangles for only $12. With some inexpensive trim from the hardware store I could have easily framed them for a custom look, but because the trim from the window overhangs the vanity it was going to look pretty weird. So… more oval mirrors. I think I needed the curved lines anyhow.I did purchase new towel bars. Surprisingly, they were less expensive at Home Goods than I found them at Wal-Mart or Target. I like how they closely match the metallic paint on the vanity. When I get my towels monogrammed from my favorite Etsy shop I’ll let you know.
See how it’s less clinical when you put a plant on top? This thing looked as if it was made of dust. I swished it in the bathtub with some shampoo, rinsed it and put it in the sun to dry for about an hour.
This cabinet is 100 times better looking in hospital blue than it was in bile green… My goal was to make the bathroom appear larger by painting the cabinets the same color as the wall. I’m not sure if I achieved it or not… I think just the fact that I’ve used a lighter, light reflecting color makes it appear larger.
You probably don’t recognize my TP holder. In the “before” photos it’s the planter on the wall with the previously dusty plant. I really like this set up for a few reasons, not the least of them being I won’t have to search for a roll as often. But.. it does kinda look like it’s floating here and I’m still thinking about how to make it fit better with the rest of the wall décor. Any thoughts?
I made this shelf with a piece of weathered barn wood I got off FreeCycle. This perfume bottle belonged to my great grandmother. I purchased the little resin bird on a Canton excursion at Laurie Anna’s booth. Yes… I’ve mentioned this shop many times before… I dropped a lot of money there that day. The bottle full of bubble bath was shopped from the other bathroom redo. I had a whole shelf full of these etched glass bottles – they were my first ever, on my own, credit card purchase. I keep them around as a reminder of that grave mistake. The rest of the collection is scatter around the room – most found a new home on the cabinet above the potty. The apothecary jar of soap was shopped from the top of my piano. I used to fill it seasonally with candies – I have less of a tendency to eat the bars of soap I took out of the cupboard…
I gave details about some of the other pretties in the room, including the paint colors, here.
So much for “simplifying”. There’s a lot more to dust now (a term I’m not normally that acquainted with) but it makes me happy to be here now. So that’s worth a little dusting now and then, don’t you think?
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