Thursday, August 9, 2012

Project 1: Powder Room Update

Welcome to our first DIY project of the Blair home!

Our house was built in 1960 has been added-on and updated over the years by the various owners.  At this point, though, most of the rooms are outdated or not to our taste -- looks like we will have an extensive project list ahead of us!  But that's OK...this will allow up to put our personal touch on our new home, plus hopefully learn a few new skills along the way.

All of the bathrooms in our house are in need of MASSIVE facelifts (aka, gut jobs) -- we'll get to that eventually.  But in the short term, we needed to make a few cosmetic changes to the downstairs bath to make it a bit cheerier and fresh.

Honestly, I don't have many positive things to say about this small space.  The tile floor is cracked in a few places, the former owner actually moved the mirror when he packed up his household belongings, the wall color is a throwback to the to the 80's (hunter green), and both the sink and toilet are 'kid-sized' -- which can make it a little challenging for a 6' 3" husband (but convenient for our 4-yr old, who doesn't need a stool to wash her hands).

First on the list:  new paint color.  The dark green really made the already small room so much smaller and cramped.  We needed a MUCH lighter, fresher color palette for this small space! I found a great fabric from Tonic Living, which set the tone -- very 'beachy'. This is a great starting point.

I was hoping to make a simple Roman shade for color and privacy for the small window.  But, after looking at some rather difficult and time-consuming tutorials on just how to make one, I was thinking that I might need to find a Plan B option for the window treatment.  But then I came across an ingenious (and easy!) approach for a 'faux' roman shade -- now we're talking!

From there, the rest of the updates fell into place...

As you can see, just a few cosmetic updates have made a HUGE difference to this space.

It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for room!  So much bigger and brighter...

Love the new mirror and light fixture

One day, we'll do a full reno of this space.  I can picture bead board on the walls, marble on the floor, new vanity w/ storage, new adult-sized toilet, etc.  Until then, this little project was well worth the limited time and effort to complete!

On to the next project...

All Home ProjectsAll Menus PageAll Recipes PageAll Crafts Page

No comments:

Post a Comment