In Phase I (aka “Before”) there was wallpaper and general grossness. See me remove the wallpaper, with gusto, here.
|PHASE I = Ick|
Phase II (which you likely saw here as well) involved new lighting, paint, (bad photography), DIY refurbished cabinet pulls, plus a half hearted attempt at decorating (with a chipped sink and rusting faucet, how much enthusiasm can one really muster?) For cost-effectiveness and environmentally friendliness, we kept the existing cabinet but painted it to match the walls, so it blends in a bit. Obviously too bland still but, when considering Phase I, totally livable.
|PHASE II = Bland|
Phase III was more impressive: new counter, sink, faucet, mirror & slightly better photography. Plus – alert the media – coloured towels. We picked a vessel sink to add height (the counter seemed super low when compared to the super high new cabinetry in the upstairs bathrooms, see here & here) & the counter matches the kitchen. We don’t have a big house, so we’re trying to create some continuity so it doesn’t look “choppy”.
|PHASE III = Better|
Phase IV was just completed. After desperately trying to find a black towel bar, see here & here, we found a great one at Target. The whole shelf-y/bar-y unit was only $14.99! I couldn’t actually find real life versions of the towel bars I was looking at in previous posts (I could only order online) & with black fixtures the colour can really vary from purple/black to brown/black. I definitely recommend purchasing black fixtures at a brick & mortar. Anyway, at Target (while on holidays in the states) we spotted this rack which looked brown on the package pictures but is actually pure black. Yay!
I re-framed my mom’s print in a simpler frame to let her artwork shine. I used an inexpensive frame from Black’s Photography; I lucked out with the right sizing. I also added another version she made of the same print (I went rifling through her portfolio). With hubby’s help, I hung a print by another artist beside the sink and a small little painting, bought for $2 at an estate sale, on the wall between the shelves. The artwork adds some more colour and the new towels (made in Portugal, purchased from Winner’s) add some pattern.
|I’m really going for broke with patterned towels!
Pretty soon every room will have pattern & I will have gotten over my fear.
|A slightly different angle|
Some pictures with the lights off, below. It is tricky, because there is no window. But without the lights you get a better sense of the wall colour. This bathroom was tricky to photograph, in general, because it is so small. Squish: me + camera squeezed in there.
|Without lights on, it is a touch more blurry . . .|
I won’t guarantee it won’t change some more. But for now this powder room is more updated with a few more hits of colour.