I'm obsessed with a great wallpapered bathroom.
But my reality is that our powder room looked like this when we bought the house.
I had originally planned to leave this mustard orange bathroom alone until we remodeled all the bathrooms. I had already tried to add new lighting when our electrician was working on the house, but for structural reasons, it really won't work to have lights over the mirror or on the side walls. (depressed sigh) But this is the bathroom everyone uses when the visit. Plus we use it a million times a day!
Then, when I was in Chicago working on my mom's condo (here and here) I found this towel at West Elm.
Best part? It was already monogrammed with our family initial.
Any who-- My plan was to leave it untouched. But once I had that beautiful hand towel, it inspired me to
stop living with a room I hate! I am always surprised how long my clients will live with pieces or room colors they don't like, but clearly I needed to take a dose of my own advice.
The challenge was that I didn't want to spend any money. I had already received the towel as a gift, and didn't want to put money into a bathroom I knew we would be changing regardless. The solution? Grab leftover paint from our basement. The only expense was buying new rollers and a paint brush.
I still may buy new hardware for the cabinets since there are so few to replace. I will also buy a new ceiling light before we renovate. But until then...Here's the after shot as of now. The room is rather small so I decided to take the paint all the way to the ceiling. I'd also like to replace the mirror with this!
For what was basically a free makeover--what do you think? (Please, no e-mails about how I should really iron my hand towels! I do for special occasions. Priorities people!)
It feels more me and connected to the rest of the house.
Are you living with a room that doesn't make you happy? Stop and consider if there is an easy fix. Maybe a one-hour consultation with a designer would do the trick! I must say that our whole family (and even our babysitter) is much happier with the change.
Since I couldn't resist sharing just one photo of my darling, messy boys...here it is:
They were more than excited for that stash of candy!