Tuesday, November 29, 2011

~ The Powder Room Gets A Grown Up Look ~

It always amazes me when I look back through pictures and wander why on earth I had not changed things out sooner than later. Most times dollars are an issue, it's not that my mind doesn't work in fast forward, I think we just get complacent and let things slide, anyway I'm finding lately I do that more times than not. There are just too many other things that have to be taken care of before my wants and desires. Do you ever have those types of issues?
When I was preparing for the Open House this year I realized the powder room definitely needed an update. Come along I'll share a few of those changes.
Quite a while back I had done a lot of faux painting, and when I say a lot, I do mean a lot, every room in the house had fauxed walls except for the kitchen. My girlfriend and I got our heads together shared some paint to cut on costs and I got busy. I went with Mary Carol's Front Porch, a light shade of blue. Now folks, this is way outside my comfort zone. I'm more of a jeweled tone kind of gal, I prefer soft taupe's, and greens.. so going with this light shade of blue was a true shock to the system.
Notice the wood walls to the right of the picture? Yes, you got it, same wood I have in the sun porch. That's a story for another day.
A country style mirror, there's nothing wrong with country style, just not the look I had in mind, so the mirror had to go as well. I got busy searching on line it seemed like for days, finally ran across one only to discover it wouldn't get here in time, so back to shopping with vendors, Yah!!! success I found the perfect mirror.
The sweet little table was a garage sale find many many years ago,  I gave $3.00 for it and another similar one. I love this sweet little drop leaf. It's one of those great floater pieces, floats from one room to another, looks like it might have found it's forever home in the downstairs powder room. :-))
Ta-Dah!! All blue, wood and all, I'm so glad the wood is covered, the room seems to be more uniform now.
I'm still trying to decide what to hang on the wall to the right. I'm not sure why there is so much yellow in these pictures, I hope you over look that little issue. I pray it is not my camera, I just cannot handle one more oops this week.
At the opposite end is the utility sink, a small work table and the hot water heater. I use to do a lot of painting when I was traveling with the crafts, the utility sink came in quite handy for washing out brushes, the side table great for laying things out to dry. The side  table got a good sanding and a fresh coat of white paint. The white curtain hiding the hot water heater is actually 2 twin sheets, the cost was $6.00. A lot cheaper than buying fabric, cutting and hemming all of it. All I had to do was turn the top down, make a pocket for the rod and I was good to go.
Not to leave anything untouched, I added the lamp and a small dish full of ornaments with a bit of greenery as a welcome to those using the powder room during the Open House. I love to mix textures, the wow factor is amazing.
Remember this is a basement powder room, and I'm working on a very "slim" budget. I didn't like the exposed pipes, so I pulled the small shutters out of the stash of goodies, stood them up and voila' most of the pipes were covered.
With a full shot you can see the area to the left of the sink is pretty good size. I forgot to take a picture of the paper towel holder that use to sit here, keeping with the silver theme I chose the silver tray to hold the hand towels.
I've wanted to change the sink out many times over the years, and just never enough dollars to go around, so I made a cute little skirt to cover a multitude of sins, like pipes and a few cleaning supplies. Cost was just a few dollars for the black ribbon, fabric was a gift from a friend a few years ago.

Voila' !! The grown up mirror. I absolutely love the powder room now, oh rest assured I could still change a few things, those are in the back of my mind, and are the one day list.
Thank you for popping in I love when you do...


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Oooh...I love the new blue on your powder room walls! I love all the beautiful Christmas that you added to this pretty room. One of my favorites is the louvered screen...very pretty, my dear! Thanks for sharing your new powder room with us!

Love ya,

Chari at Happy To Design said...

PS...I wouldn't worry about your camera, Lynne! I bet it's a lighting issue...small room...light..etc.

Love ya,

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I love it Lynne...you did real good! I just got a little table like yours...haven't figured out what to do with it...but I love it too!!

Karen said...

what a great transformation. Love the silver tray with the towels.

Lee said...

Love the shutter idea! Wow! Fabulous!

BECKY said...

Everything is so cute and lovely and beautiful! I LOVE the Christmas street lamp!

lvroftiques said...

Lynne this is so weird...Or maybe I just think it is *winks* but you I and Gloria all did a post on our powder rooms...Which is strange for me because this is one room I never intended to share...but you know how it goes..out of blogging ideas... so I gave it a go.....but I digress...Your powder room looks wonderful! Oh girl I really love that skirted sink! It's sooo cute! And I love the new mirror! I had the same problem trying to find anything I liked! The jury is still out (But so is the pocketbook) so it's just gonna have to do. *winks* Vanna

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

It must be a very pale blue because I like it and I'm NOT a blue person. Everything is so pretty, as always! :)
The shutter is my fav thing you did..the skirt trimmed in the blac ribbon is cute to. The shutter just looks cute.
YOU really have been busy?

The improvements are at your home..not your shop..right?
You certainly have a jump on Christmas decor! Sooo very pretty!!

Scribbler said...

Nice job! The sheets do come in handy, don't they? They are one of my favorite ways to deal with things I don't want to see -- especially when I was single and didn't have a lot of time OR money to decorate with.

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Great job! I love the pale blue.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You always do a beautiful job!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh my dear friend I just love it..the soft blue is like looking at the sky..You have awesome taste my friend..I would love to see your beautiful home in person and just shop your shop..I pray the 2 B's are doing great..Thanks so much for coming by..You do know I love ya girl..Hugs and love Gloria

Dolores said...

Your Powder room looks magnificent!!!