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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What you can do in a day: Paint a bathroom.

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I woke up this morning determined to get this project crossed off my list.
This is what the bathroom looked like this morning. Although I liked this colour, it was showing lots of wear and water stains. Also, some of the facial cleansers my daughter uses not only bleached out some of our facecloths, but some spots on the dark blue wall as well.
Time for a change.

I chose a lighter colour to make the bathroom feel more bright & airy.
I wanted an overall scheme of blue with hits of of white & turquoise for accents.
I have loved the colour BM Smoky Green for 2 years and was waiting for an opportunity to use it.
Smoky Green, despite it's name, shows as a beautiful bird's egg blue on the walls.
It's so pale that when you open the can, the paint looks white and you think the paint store has made a mistake!
After I finished painting the walls, I made a few other changes.
The knobs on the vanity were looking kinda yucky.
So I made a quick trip to Home Depot and picked up these pretty looking knobs.
I decided to change up the accessories a little. I found a 'memories'  tag in my scrapbook supplies and decided to tie it to this starfish for a touch of whimsy.
The starfish  seemed at home above the pictures of the kids, so I hung it there.
This is the other side of the mirror. I found the framed shadowboxes with shells at the Jysk store for $2.99 each. That was a deal I couldn't pass up.
I am keeping the same shower curtain for now. It works with the new colour, and it brings some turquoise blue to the room, and I like the ocean theme for summer. The little potted succulent came from Safeway and was $4.99...I love the  hit of turquoise to the room. The larger potted flower came from Homesense and I have had it for a few years....again, I love it because of it's turquoise shade. I just move it to a new home every once in a while.
I just have 2 more projects for this bathroom before I will consider it finished.
1. Switch out the ugly 'hollywood' lighting strip above the mirror. It came with the house.
2. Add a frame to the mirror. The mirror came with the house too, and it is glued to the wall. Adding a frame with trim around the perimeter will be much easier than trying to get the mirror off the wall.
These 2 items will require some help from Mr. Echoes of Laughter.
I am happy with what I accomplished today.
Shades of blue & turquoise together make me so happy!

Did I mention that I am expecting guests from Nova Scotia on Saturday?
Nothing like a little extra motivation to get some projects done!

This post is linked to:

Fine Craft Guild



Decorating Your Home @ It's a Blog Party
Show & Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Spotlight Yourself @ It's so very Cheri. 
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Home & Family Friday @ Home Is Where My Story Begins
Show & Share @ Just A Girl
Remodelaholic's Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
DIY Day~Beach Edition @ A Soft Place to Land


Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Well done. I love the new colour and the starfish above the pictures is just the perfect touch. I have the same knobs in my bathroom and love them. It looks so peaceful and calm and freshened up. Enjoy your visitors.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I like the finished room...light and refreshing.
The sea theme looks like you have gone on a beach holiday!

Elizabeth said...

I L-O-V-E it!!!! Love the colour, and I adore your shower curtain!! Where did you get that?? :) Love the knobs, too. I am your newest follower!

Makalani Adolpho, PLC said...

I love how your bathroom turned out. I am in the middle of redoing my guest bathroom with a beach scene as well. I am in the very early stages. I posted a beachy apothecary jar on my blog a few days ago.

Makaz Home

I'm hosting a halloween inspiration link party until the end of the week, would love any inspiration that you have. Link up here

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

What a beautiful color you chose! The little embellished starfish is cute too, great job!

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Oh I love the after!! What a simple yet fantastic makeover. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog, it's sooo nice to find other Canadian bloggers!


Sandy said...

I am a lover of "Birds Nest Blue" and your new walls are perfect.. and the "glass knobs" are another love of mine..nice, very nice!

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Nice job! The new color is so fresh and clean...I am loving blue lately. The knobs were also a very nice touch.

CNM said...

Beautiful paint color. My Husband and I are in the middle of updating our bathroom with similar decor.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

That is one busy day! My kiddos would never let me do all that. Looks fantastic!

bath said...

Useful info, thanx for sharing! xxx

LaKeta said...

First off I adore the color!!! Very, very fresh and clean feeling! And I love the memories tag on the starfish...simple and beautiful! I just repainted my hall bath a light tiffany blue, and we did replace the lighting. I want to frame the builders grade mirror and add some board and batten treatment to one wall before I will consider it finished as well. This was a great day of accomplishing!!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Its A Blog Party said...

I love the change! The color is perfect. Everything looks great!
Thanks for linking up!

Krystal said...

This is my first time visiting your site. I came from It's a Blog Party. :) The bathroom looks great. You've now inspired me to finish updating my master bath, which has been in the works now for a few weeks. Thanks for the inspiration!

Southern Fried Gal said...

I love the softer blue - what a transformation! That little starfish with the memories tag is precious.

dooverdecade said...

I came here from Kimba's, and I wanted to say I love your new bathroom color! I bet it looks even better in person! Your bathroom looks beachy without being theme-y - great job!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love a good Before and After. :) Cute cute shower curtain! Stopping by as this week's CSI Judge. :)

Virginia said...

This is such a pretty transformation! It makes me want to go take a bath :)

The Inspired Nest said...

Your makeover looks great. I love what you did with the starfish! Come by and visit my blog, I am giving away a Moen Mirrorscape framing kit for bathroom mirrors! It would be perfect for your bath!

xinex said...

I like the new changes. Great wall color!...Christine

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Love that new color...nothing gets more mileage than a newly painted bathroom!!!

Rose :: said...

Amazing what you did in a day. i love your simple explanations also, they do make it clear and actually make the project (seem) doable for the rest of us.

sooo, i am inviting you:
do link it up on our blog here: so our readers can find you too!
they'd love this!

iheartorganizing said...

Love the new color, so calming! And I have some of those knobs also, don't they just make such a difference in a space! Great post, I am inspired to paint my bedroom tomorrow! :)

Thanks for linking up and sharing with me!


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