I have been working on the house a little this past week.
I decided the (very) small powder room downstairs off the hallway needed some attention. It has been at least ten years since I did anything with it, most of my rooms are like that. I plan on painting each room one by one this year. The family room is next! The bathroom as you will see was an after thought, as is the case in most old houses. Actually what spurred the re-do is I wanted to try a black board wall, they look so fun. I do not have much wall space in this house with all the large windows so this seemed to be the only place I could try this.
These are pictures of the before...
I have a half wall of tile and the rest was painted white.
The accent color was pink, because the old built in cupboard had been painted pink and I liked that it was aged.
The old French sconces are pink (which is harder to find) I had them mounted not realizing they still had the European light socket in them... so they were never lit. (These btw will be for sale)
So the only light in here is the lamp.
You can see how small this bathroom is, when we replaced the sink it took a custom smaller sink from Kholer and the ugly little thing was $450 twenty years ago.
First thing I did was get rid of the pink... if I was doing a black board wall in here it had to have an industrial edge and the little cupboard just happened to be lined in tin.
I totally forgot what an awful job stripping was...
I decided on a complementing white paint to match the warm gray I was putting on the walls. Martha Stewart's Whetstone gray.
I also decided no money was going to be spent on this project except for the two quarts of paint and the black board paint. I was happy to discover that black board paint can be mixed to the color you choose. I chose moonstone gray.
I shopped my garage... I came up with the English metal mirror, the oil funnel chandelier, the old giant scoop and wire locker basket.
The skirt I made from some good burlap material I had in the studio. This is a better quality that can be bought in the needlepoint section of the fabric store. I lined it in white linen and applied it with velcro.
I decided to hang the chandelier and go down to one sconce but as you can see I haven't found one yet. I need something simple but rustic, I have some old funky light covers that I will use.
I will also change out the dark cord on the chandelier...
I had these old metal shoe stretchers in my stash that I thought looked good and balanced out the mirror that covers the sconce hole in the wall.
I love this old dress lining advertisement mirror
The chalk board wall is perfect here... you can draw as you sit :)
My little collection of old perfume bottles I kept, but I need a mirror or something in the back of the top shelf to reflect light and the bottles. I couldn't find one to fit so I may need to keep a look out for that also.
I like this look but do not have it anywhere else in the house... I thought I just would have fun with this... and it was.
Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend.
I am linking up with some Friday Fun parties, please join me!
Debra at Common Ground
LaurieAnna's Vintage Farmhouse
At the Picket Fence
The Charm of Home