At Last! The Beach Cottage Powder Room
Mon 9th, Nov, 2009
Here’s the Powder Room as it is now. You’ve probably gathered that this hasn’t been my most fave project in the cottage. You’d be right. And it’s taken me 3 months to even get this far.
I confess, it was the challenge that lured me, to make this over with what really is nothing in terms of budget and see what I could come up. I think there really is no dispute that it is an improvement and now it feels more like a room than what before was a tangle of plumbing and 80′s design mistakes. They are of course still there, just a little less prominent.
Here is the before and I have to mention here that before this ‘before’ shot it was a lot worse, as you can only imagine, when we bought the cottage…filthy with an attractive veil of off-yellow paint on the walls and a blind that had ahem seen better days…
Yes I know it is not lime green, or 70′s orange but it wasn’t too pretty…
and as it is now
So the walls are painted with Dulux White on White, the tiles we cleaned and painted with tile paint. Attached the shelf above the cistern for a place to display a few bits and bobs and provide a bit of interest…
If you remember, I had all sorts of grand ideas for the window dressing but then went for just a simple rod and an old vintage tea cloth, with the most delightful texture just pinned up with those curtain clips…it filters the light beautifully and blows in the wind which I believe is a much better result than the more formal blind affair I had originally envisaged…and to be honest, very much more me.
The basket I painted with a white wash and stenciled on an ‘S’ and the float on the other side makes it look a little less jaded in there.
I wanted a wall of mirrors but once I started planning this I thought it would be too much, this is a very very small space and so when I found the round pie crust mirror at the same garage sale that I picked up the Glory Box from I thought it was just big enough to work alone and just detailed enough to add that vintage touch…
Either side of the sink we put up a set of three hooks for towels and I’ve hung a couple of my jam jar lanterns off there…and on the other side I painted an old cupboard with Dulux Whisper White, it brought back lots of memories (you can read that here).
I don’t need to bore you again with the sink and skirt issue, there were some wonderful ideas and thanks to those of you who also took the time to email me with ideas, and photos and inspiration, I so appreciate that.
But really what I got most from all this, my whining on this blog about the skirt and my disillusionment with the whole thing, was two things.
First of all, suck it up sweetie, it’s a pretty ok extra bathroom.
Second, the power of budget and white paint.
mirror : garage sale cupboard : already owned
glass vase : Vinnies coral : Freedom shelf : IKEA
curtain : thrifted vintage teacloth curtain pole : IKEA
curtain clips : IKEA towels : Bed Bath & Table
fishing float : Freedom candles : Freedom hooks : IKEA
basket : IKEA & whitewashed
blogged for the 43rd Met Monday, thanks Susan