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This little bath of mine, I’m going let it shine!

Mar 2, 2011   //   by Melissa Coon   //   Blog, DIY, How To  //  6 Comments

We couldn’t wait to share the recent makeover of our downstairs bath. We {heart} the tranquil feeling and the harmonious color palette.  Our first attempt at the bath wasn’t bad, but the brown overpowered the small windowless room. Here’s what our old bath looked like before.

The transformation started with painting the ceiling. This is a bold move for us since we just removed the brown with two coats of Kilz primer.   Zinnser prime covers better and is thicker than Kilz, but I can’t get past the fumes. We color matched Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal (HC-166) to Behr paint in an eggshell finish. In the right light the ceiling looks like a starry night sky.

The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Gossamer Blue (2123-40) matched to Behr eggshell paint. Sorry my flash isn’t doing the color justice. We added a rug that I relocated from the front entrance, it was too small for that space. The rug pulls the black from the picture frames and brings your eye downward.

We purchased the cute little basket on the back of the john from our local Goodwill retail store for $3. The basket was a  new retail item that contained four other baskets inside of it with lids.  Be on the lookout for these throughout our house. Sophia and I use this one for hair ribbons and accessories.

Our goal was to make the cabinet both functional and beautiful. In this photo the contents inside seem unorganized and off balance. We were inspired by how the folks over at YoungHouseLove.com addressed this problem using wrapping paper on the back of the doors. Here’s how they did it. Thanks for the insight Young House Love!  If you haven’t visited their site you’ve got to check it out.

We purchased the green wrapping paper at Target on clearance for $1.75. Since this our downstairs bathroom without a shower or bathtub I wasn’t worried about the steam. Otherwise, I would have tried to adhere something more durable like fabric with humidity resistant glue.

The light over the sink was a gift from my parents. My Mom got it on closeout clearance for under $25.

Before, you couldn’t see the light fixture because it blended into the brown wall paint. Now, the light really pops and makes more of an impact over the mirror. Even the soap dispenser gets lost in the brown. The brown paint is Valspar Seal Skin eggshell.

These hand me down frames are from Target. The sepia toned prints bring out the brown found in the light fixture and soap dispenser.

That’s the bath. We’d love to hear what you think. Leave us a comment below or send us an email anytime. Thanks for reading.




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