Just moving into a new home and doing nothing would make me so twitchy. I need to put my stamp on things as soon as possible, even if the change is minimal, unfinished, and at the expense of a plan. I like a fresh canvas. The powder room is slated for a full gut job when the laundry room and kitchen see their Phase II renovations but until then, like the kitchen and laundry room, I had to give it a little facelift.
Behold...the oak-less, duck-less space:
Here's a reminder of the "before":
I'm the first to admit it's a pretty unremarkable makeover - it just sort of happened, despite my having a million neat ideas. (Do you have any rooms like that?) Still, it just feels so much better! Newer, fresher, cleaner, and brighter.
I painted the walls, ceiling, trim, and door white when the rest of the house was painted. When the main bathroom got it's makeover, I used leftover supplies to paint the oak cabinetry grey, the dated 90s tile cream, and the gold light fixtures and hardware matte black - thanks to my friends at Rust-Oleum. A matching towel ring courtesy of Plumber's Surplus replaced the old towel bar and glass shelf (not pictured). Hubby's Grandpa's bold green painting, hung in a fit of "all of our favorite art will get damaged if we don't hang it right this second!!" makes a great statement. In the adjacent laundry room there are two more of his paintings so it feels planned. The other two prints in the washroom are from Hungary.
Because I don't have a floor plan for the house, this photo might help a bit. The powder room is just beyond the laundry room.
Since initially updating the powder room, I've thought about going bolder - maybe hanging my silhouettes en masse? They would have so much more impact in a small space. Turquoise stripes on the wall? A bright green ceiling? Because it's immediately beyond the turquoise adorned laundry room and the bold turquoise kitchen, I think guests might like some respite from the bold choices to collect their thoughts in the more neutral powder room.
While I ponder, I'm turning my attention back to other projects. We need bedroom curtains and closet doors. The office is demanding to be more than a glorified storage room. The Etsy shop is currently a maze of boxes. Plus I have gallons upon gallons of exterior paint and deck stain taking up real estate in the garage. I also have a hankering for a really do-able, afternoon-type project.
So I'm especially happy I gave this space a little love when I had the chance, even if it's kind of humble.