Powder Room Redesign | Week 2

          I'm just popping in with a quick update for week two. This little room is really coming together!


          The bathroom was painted a few weeks ago, before I knew for certain I would join this challenge. It took me the length of two Marc Maron podcasts to paint, so three hours, start to finish? Maybe less. I lose track of time when I paint and listen to something interesting. The kids are in school, I have a task and a free day to complete it. Before I know it, the room is painted.

          Speaking of podcasts, I recently discovered The Great Albums, which has me forever wearing earbuds; I listen while I clean, while I paint, while I buy groceries. Each week they take an album and dissect it, one song at a time. And not recent albums; they dive into Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, The National, The Pixies, Pearl Jam. I devour this like my kids devour high fructose corn syrup. The hosts keep it positive, maybe a bit pretentious, but only discuss their favorite albums. I sink deep into the conversation about my favorite songs, learning more about the musicianship, listening as they examine the minute details of what makes it great.

          Back to the project! With the walls painted, the room feels completely different and I can barely wipe the grin off my face every time I walk in there. I am consistently wowed by the difference a fresh coat of paint can make. It may look completely decorated, but it really isn't. I played around with an arrangement of baskets on the walls, and hung the new mirror and art above the toilet. The colorful "art" is fabric that has since been ironed.

          I did not prepare myself for the challenge of photographing this tiny, dark room that has no natural light. That will be my greatest obstacle. These pics are just a couple of quick shots taken with my iPhone with quick edits and a blurry watermark in Lightroom. I do look forward to playing around with my camera and tripod, and figuring this situation out...wearing my earbuds, no doubt.





       
         The total spent so far:
  • $30 - light fixture over sink (not pictured yet) 
  • $5 - old wooden chair 
  • $6 - other art (not pictured)
  • $2 - thrifted baskets 
  • the paint was leftover from the master bedroom, another ongoing project 
  • the frames, majority of the baskets, turquoise rug, and the vase & flowers were already owned
  • the mirror came free with this dresser (score!) 

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22 comments:

  1. Oh I love that paint color!! I'm thinking of a similar color for my bathroom! Great progress!

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  2. It is truly amazing how much difference a paint color makes. I love this darker moody color. Perfect for a small bathroom.

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  3. It is looking great! I love the idea of baskets as art.

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  4. "I did not prepare myself for the challenge of photographing this tiny, dark room that has no natural light." Me too. My powder room is tiny and so hard to shoot!

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  5. Wow the new paint color really changes up that room and I love your eclectic mix of decor!

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  6. Other than my tobacco basket I never thought of hanging baskets on the wall, love the idea! Your decor choices perfect for that paint colour! Looks great!

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    1. Thanks Maureen! I wish I could find an antique tobacco basket to hang!

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  7. So adorable, I love baskets and those are a find! The color paint is beautiful! Don't you love left over paint. Maria

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  8. I love that paint color, mind if I ask what it's called? And thanks for the podcast recommendations. I was just painting my bathroom this week, wishing I had something good to listen to!

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    1. The paint color is BM Chelsea Gray. It has a greenish undertone, which is my only hesitation. I love it in this room, but in my master bedroom it almost looks like an army green, depending on the time of day. But it is a nice gray!

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  9. I love the bright artwork! And to be honest, I'm trying to learn to love the beige tile in the new house, and how to best work with it... and that paint color is great at working with it, not against it. (does that make sense?)

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    1. Yep, that totally makes sense. My house is full of cream trim. CREAM trim. And fancy thick crown moulding, so I get it. I would love crisp white trim, but every color I choose has to blend with that cream colored trim. You can make it work!

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  10. Looks great. The brown baskets on the grey wall are beautiful!

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  11. Ugh, we are having a hard time photographing our bathroom with no natural light too! icky! Love the inspiration!

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  12. Love the paint color. Cannot wait to see all the details come together. Have fun with your podcasts this week :)

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  13. The baskets on the wall are really cute!

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  14. Its looking great! Love the baskets!

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  15. Yeah for thrifted baskets! Great minds think alike. ;) Your powder room looks so great! The artwork and paint color are chic. I'm having trouble photographing our kitchen. I've been lucky to have bright houses until now...

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  16. It looks great! Listening to music or something interesting always makes the time go by faster. And I feel your pain on trying to photograph a tiny space with no lighting. Our laundry room is the same way.

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