Last time you saw the main bathroom, it had already been given a top-to-bottom spruce. With the help of Rustoleum I had refinished the oak cabinetry a warm grey, hidden the dated tile behind a more subtle finish, and painted the gold hardware and light fixture matte black with leftover paint. Thanks to Canadian Tire, bright white paint on the walls and ceiling made the formerly pink walls a distant memory. An inexpensive light fixture and a small band-aid repair to the flooring made the room feel newer. Now I've added some art and accessories! A full renovation is still imminent although maybe not as soon as we'd like, so I'm happy I took the time to give this room a little attention.
The very first thing I did when we moved in was add a huge piece of art. I thought my black and white painting would be perfect, and it just fit. It grabs my eye and helps me forget about the shower portal.
The other piece of art is a gift from a townhouse neighbor, a talented Ottawa photojournalist, who took this photo in Holland and had it printed on canvas. She and her Hubby (plus their three lovely children) were the only people we got to know in the neighbourhood. They moved shortly before we did and we were really sad when they left. I had originally wanted to paint something for this spot, but the colours in the photo just work so beautifully in the room. The circular windows reminded me of the white and turquoise polka dot towels we had in the guest half bath, so I decided the lakehouse will be a BYOT (bring your own towel).
The chrome double towel bar is from PlumberSurplus.com, who generously provided this Danze towel bar, and a matching towel ring for the half bathroom, for review. After growing so reliant on the convenience of our double towel bar in the townhouse, I searched high and low for the same idea but with a mid-century feel. This one happened to be exactly what I envisioned, because it pairs so well with the door levers. I'm trying to make thoughtful choices in the lakehouse, not choose things willy-nilly like I've done before.
On the bathroom counter I'm using a beautiful vintage tray my stylish friend Erica mailed me. It was seriously fun to get something this pretty in the mail! It's the perfect hue atop the minty counters. I know they aren't cool (Jenny's look the same, and they were swiftly covered with concrete), but they're cheery. I am partial to mint with grey. A clock is a must for me because I can seriously lose track of time trying to wrestle my fine hair into some semblance of fullness.
Much better! The best part is, it was easy on the pocketbook. I pretty much just painted everything - even the cabinet hardware! Even when it came to adding some personality, I tried to use things I already had.
Here's a reminder of the before: