I recently received a new bathroom faucet to review, courtesy of American Standard. I was able to choose from a few styles and this was my favorite because it was the most modern. The second Hubby and I installed it though, it was evident that it’s too good for our half bath, and that realization has set into motion a very mini re-vamp of the mini makeover…
Although I was really keen to give the powder room a new look when we moved in, I didn’t want to spend any money. Maybe it’s because it’s one of the last temporary, budget-friendly makeovers we tackled, but by the time we got to it, I was just really done spending money on anything impermanent. I’ve been anxious and sweaty about spending money on some impending, more permanent updates and I didn’t want to divert funds, I guess. In my penny-pinching efforts, the half bath was spruced up with leftover white wall paint, leftover grey cabinet paint, leftover tile paint, leftover everything, and then we hung up some art we already owned. I didn’t really put much thought into it beyond, “paint the oak,” and “white walls, white walls, white walls”. The towel ring was another generous blog freebie (that I picked out). I did spring for a new curtain rod, though, because I wanted both bedrooms and both bathrooms to have the same style (there’s no curtain yet, though). The result? Perhaps unsurprisingly, although I’m much happier since the painting mayhem, it’s still not a room that I loooovvve.
Maybe because it’s a smaller room, or maybe because it’s beside the cheery laundry room and across from the even brighter kitchen, but I just don’t love the grey cabinets in here – even though I really like the grey in the main bathroom. Although I’m still in penny pinching mode (especially because we’ve started comparison shopping for the main bath reno – yikes!), I have decided to make one little change, even if it means opening up the old wallet: I’m thinking about re-painting the cabinets. It’s a quick fix and I think a more dramatic or cheery colour will make me happier. I don’t want to paint/cover the counter because all of the solutions seem dusty and I actually don’t mind the colour (strangely). But I am open to painting the tile again (and am wondering if just painting it the same white as the walls, but in a semi-gloss, could be a simple solution?).
I like the green abstract (by Hubby’s grandpa) that is currently in the bathroom, but I’m not opposed to moving it elsewhere. I also have a cool, sentimental ballerina print (in need of a more modern frame) and a collection of silhouettes, both without walls to call their own, so I can easily switch up the art, if need be.
Here are my contenders for a cabinet makeover (along with my rambling thoughts, plus a photo for inspiration – aim high! The photos are also handy if you’d like to skip my blah, blah, blah and just breeze on through):
The same dark, almost-black grey of the fireplace (but perhaps this is too dark for the small space, or maybe even just too much of a lateral move?):
|A Beautiful Mess|
Leftover aqua paint from the kitchen (free and coordinating – but even I can agree that perhaps, perhaps, it’s too much of a good thing. Just kidding, it’s my favorite option, but it does clash with the green painting…)
I could also mix the cabinet colour with leftover white, for a mellower hue (this has the appealing combination of still being free, but helping me look just a little bit less insane):
|House of Turquoise|
A rich navy, something I have very, very little of in the lakehouse and which looks amazing in kitchens/baths with lots of white, not the bisque toilet and sink I’m saddled with (I think this option would generate more problems than it solves, but look how pretty!):
I’m also considering a basic white (but I worry that white would make the bisque sink and toilet look even more blah – yeah, I just don’t love having to find something to work with the beige):
I’m really liking the idea of a minty hue to complement the painting and make the mint counter look intentional. Maybe a kind of a vintage Jadeite colour? (I like green and there’s quite a bit in the townhouse, so it wouldn’t be a jarring color departure):
|One Kings Lane|
Even a bright, apple green would work, or a muted leafy green (many shades can be pulled from the art):
|Young House Love|
Or a pretty, more muted mint (then layer in some brighter colour in smaller doses):
|A Lovely Lark|
|SF Girl by Bay|
Here’s the painting, as a refresher. I always like pulling colours for a room from art, and there’s lots of fabulous greens here that I could splash onto the cabinets…
Thoughts? Here are the options again: Darker grey? White? Teal? Navy? Turquoise (nudge, nudge)? Pale Turquoise? Apple Green? Mint Green? Grey Green?
Leave it as-is? Other ideas? Lay them on me! Half baths seem to be my Waterloo – I’m always fiddling with them, never content. Growing up we didn’t have a powder room, so maybe this whole “guest half bathroom” concept is still foreign to me. Or maybe it’s the tiny scale? Smaller rooms are trickier.
Thank you to American Standard for providing me the Speed Connect Times Square Monoblock faucet. I was not otherwise compensated nor was I encouraged to provide any sort of positive review. In fact, I’m quite peeved because this shiny new faucet was the ultimate catalyst for my dissatisfaction with the room 😉 It was a snap to install (minutes!) and we didn’t have to use any caulk or putty, as promised (the Speed Connect faucets are said to be the easiest and fastest to install). We haven’t yet installed the drain – is it weird that I want to save it? Although this isn’t mentioned on the website, I have to say that an exceptionally awesome feature is the way this chrome finish cleans up. Unlike my other chrome faucets, which required a designated chrome cleaner, the water spots buff right off of this faucet with only a soft dry cloth – you’re not even supposed to use cleaners on it. Hopefully this faucet will transition to our more permanent makeover down the road and be right at home. For now, it’s like pairing a sparkly tiara with yoga pants. Really sad, kind of bagged out in the knee yoga pants. So yeah, now I’m a little more willing to spend a tiny bit – a very, very tiny bit – of money in here to make this powder room a little prettier – more like a good-ish pair of skinny jeans.