I guess I'm a little like Bunny Williams in that I'm having An Affair with a House. I generally try to get a project or two done when I'm off work. So, this week, one of my projects was to work on getting the guest bathroom closer to being done. (Of course, when it comes to decorating a house, are we really ever done?)
I know that the all-over-floral wallpaper was probably a really popular look when it was first decorated in that way. I love, love, love the bead board and the beautiful white oak floors. I also like the creamy white trim and vanity. So, the bones of the place satisfied me - just not the wall treatment. Knowing that it was functional, I put off re-vamping it till all the other upstairs rooms were painted and well on their way to being 'done.'
I went paint shopping and landed on a color that my daughter has accused me of trying to make everything in my life be like. Bridgette calls it tan but I like to think of it as my friend, Kathy, suggested - neutral. The actual paint color (I think) is a Martha Stewart color that I got at Home Depot called Buckwheat Flour. So, after a couple of coats of paint, the guest bathroom turned out looking like this
Several people tried to discourage me from doing it, but I simply painted right over the wallpaper. Yes, if you look closely, you can see where the seams are, but that doesn't bother me nearly as much as ripping the paper off, tearing up the drywall, and having to repair or replace it would have. I really love the calm, neutral color of the paint and it is a relaxing place to be. Here is a little closer look at the wallpaper before:
The shiny gold light fixtures, mirror, and accents on the faucets and towel bars were not really to my taste either and those antler-ish looking things might have been intended as towel hooks. They are wrought iron that has been painted white. They came down. (I still have them but don't know what to do with them.) Here is a look at the same area right after the paint was dry. (Guess what season of the year it was.)
The artwork opposite the mirror is one of those
The newest metamorphosis is found overhead - the shiny light fixtures are no more! My friend, Kathy, came over to coach me through that project on Wednesday. (I forgot to get a 'before' photo with them on the wall.) Here is how they were when we began to transform them:
Here is an even closer look at their shiny-ness.
but that simply made it look like a metallic brown and I was looking for something richer and with more depth. So, for the second coat, we used Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze.
I still would like to get silhouettes of the granddaughters to hang in there (You may remember that I have tried this once HERE.) and reprint photos of the children in a sepia tone to hang with them. I may get some molding to beef up the mirror and paint it to match the light fixtures. I think it really will be complete then...well, till I find another great idea in somebody's blog or on Pinterest!