House For Six


Art And Knobs For The Bathroom

Deme Crinion3 Comments

We have a 1/2 bath just off our laundry room that serves as a bathroom for us and visitors.  It was not spared in the great wallpaper palooza that occured somewhere around 1982 (I'm guessing).  Fortunately, moderation reigned in the form of a simple western wallpaper border.  Although the old vanity had already been painted white at that time, there was still plenty of work needed to freshen up this space.

During the Work With What You Have series, we took down the border, gave the whole thing a fresh coat of paint and installed a new light fixture (paint is the same Granite Dust color that's on the darkest stripe in the breakfast nook and the rest of our kitchen walls). We also painted and organized under the sink.  At that point she looked like this:


Today, it took me about 30 minutes to switch out a couple of knobs and brings in some much needed art/color to the walls!

I actually love these old knobs and am absolutely keeping them, but this space needed some color and a fresh look.

I snagged these babies from Hobby Lobby.  50% off made them just under $3 a pop!

 I definitely liked the color but wasn't loving the square shape as much as I thought I would.

A quarter turn to the right and diamonds just might be a girl's best friend!
They're a little large but we'll see how they work

The construction in this 1967 built house is pretty solid but all the vanities have this gap under the ledges.  Someday we'll get around to updating those too.  For now, we're excited about knobs!

And about filling some of that wall space!

I picked up these fine feathered prints several months ago (also Hobby Lobby).  The coral, blues and greens spoke to the color inspiration for our breakfast nook, but we ended up going with different art for that area.  I've been looking for a place to use them and since this bath and laundry room are right off the kitchen, it was the perfect way to weave the kitchen's color story into the neighboring space.

I originally wanted to display them in a couple of thin silver frames, but in a random Walmart stop I spotted these black ones for just $4.98 each.  Can't beat "close enough" on a dime!

We pulled out the mats, which double as a great photo props for chocolate covered faces....

And chunky monkey cheeks

I popped in the birds and hung them centered above the toilet.  I lined up the center of the gap between the frames with the middle point of the mirror.  

They are a welcome pop of color and will be great inspiration for the window treatment and accessories!

 I have my eye out for a narrow tray for the back of the commode or something fun and functional to fill that spot.

That leaves us with just a few more things and we can call this room D-O-N-E!

1/2 Bath Checklist:

-Remove wallpaper and scrap walls
-Replace wood toilet seat
-Organize and paint inside of vanity cupboard
-Update knobs
-Replace, paint or make a new countertop
-Replace faucet
-Replace light fixture
-Art and accessories
-Window treatment
-Frame out the mirror/medicine cabinet
-Floors (paint grout for now and eventually replace the old tile)

Day 16: Freshen Up The Vanity

Deme Crinion5 Comments

On the second day of this series, we used some left over paint to give our laundry room bath a different look.  It was the first step in this basic bathroom update and gave us a fresh new slate.

Today we tackled that under-the-sink cave.  It held some extra toilet paper, toilet bowl cleaner, potty seat, and a basket of one half of a kid's cymbol set and a ridiculously teeny-tiny hand towel only suitable for toddlers.

When my parents were here at the end of September, we picked up a few bathroom goodies from Home Goods, and I've just been waiting for some time to put them in place. 

We started by pulling everything out and grabbed that same can of paint we used on the walls (Valspar's Granite Dust).

I scrubbed down the walls and base tiles to give us a clean workspace. Then, I quickly painted the inside of the cabinet and cut a piece of shelf liner to fit.

You can see a few wet spots but get the idea.

At some point, I'm sure I will get tired of using this brown/white graphic shelf liner on everything, but this IS about working with what you have, right?  And from this picture I can see that I need to touch up the paint edges :)

Anyhow!  I filled the wire basket with extra toiled paper and hand towels, leaving a space for the plumbing to ensure I could easily slide the basket in and out.

My original plan was to remove the doors but as we've experienced in other areas of the house, the previous home-owners painted over all the hinges with a crazy-thick paint.   I wasn't up for the battle today.

What do you think....doors off?  Try to see it :)

Or on?
Either way, that orange coutertop is on the way out!  We're looking for a new countertop option or even a completely new vanity, depending on our budget.  Slowly but surely!

*Catch all of the 31 Days of Working With What You Have series here!