Posts tagged bathroom
Posts tagged bathroom
From the day my husband and I moved into our 1974 California Contemporary home, it went without saying that the second-floor bathroom needed a major facelift, but who would have thought it would take 13 years to make a decision about paint colors and fixture replacement!
If the decision-making had been all mine, the room would have been stripped down to its bare bones. However, I value my darling husband’s opinion, which he clearly expressed as follows:
“I don’t want tiled walls around the bathtub—regrouting tile is a nightmare.”
(My thought: Who doesn’t love a good arm workout?)
“What’s wrong with the sink, counter, and cabinet?”
(Oh sure, I just love that 1970s Formica sheen!)
“The green-tiled floor is in perfect condition. We are not replacing it just because you don’t like the color green!”
(Well, it will save me time when decorating the house for St. Patrick’s Day…)
“Why remove the medicine cabinet? Just leave it.”
(I’d rather have a hole in the wall than that medicine cabinet!)
So, in order to figure out how I could salvage the space while minimizing the demo needed, I went back to the drawing board—also known as the computer. What to do?
Then it hit me: simply revamp the outdated components!
An afternoon spent at a local home show proved successful when I discovered Bath Crest of Western Mass, a company specializing in easy-care bath systems made from non-porous acrylic—an innovative material that not only eliminates hard scrubbing but also wipes away the problems of lead, mold, and mildew. This no-mess, no-hassle bathroom remodel begins with the removal of the old fixtures and surrounding drywall, ending up with a beautifully redesigned bath and shower area. I loved the product selections, the quality of workmanship displayed, and the price. I was sold (and so was my darling husband)!
And voila! Our new bathroom!
I decided to paint the walls with a subtle tone-on-tone vertical striping technique in these colors.
While the sink and Formica countertop remained, the faucet was ultimately replaced. The dark-stained cabinet was refinished with Minwax PolyShades in Classic Black. (By the way—this stuff is very cool, and so quick and easy to apply!)
I fabricated a decorative drapery panel with contrasting tie-back to enhance the beautiful frameless glass shower doors. Oh, and remember the aforementioned medicine cabinet? Well, check out what I did to disguise the louver door. I liked the outcome so much, that I also repeated this idea on the linen closet louver door.
In fact, we were so excited that we decided to replace the shower area in the first-floor bathroom, too:
While it’s certainly mildly embarrassing for an interior designer to take over a decade to make a paint decision, you can simply follow Houzz’s new Pick-a-Paint Guide—a three-part series that takes even the most finicky designer or DIY’er through the dos and don’ts of choosing a color palette, envisioning your new space, and incorporating established finishes from your room.
For more tips on color and fixture selection to drive your next design project, email me at Gail@gmbdesignscustom.com.
Sparkling blue, pure white, and deep magenta unite as a trio of vibrant colors!
[Photo courtesy of HouseProudSigns.com]
My favorite red makes yet another bold statement!
Courtesy of HomeAutoDesign.com