Friday, March 16, 2012

French-Inspired Bathroom Re-do

We recently renovated our only bathroom, changing the color from dark hunter green to a Benjamin Moore color called "Barely Teal".  To me, it looks like crystal clear water from someplace tropical.  It is very serene.


To get the placement of everything just right, before making nail holes, I traced each item on a large sheet of kraft paper (I have a huge bolt of it from a commercial supplier).  Then I attached those paper shapes to the wall with painter's tape.



This is a close-up of an antique mirror that was my grandmother's.  It hung in her laundry/sewing room, by the back door.  I've had it in storage for 13 years.  I'm so happy it now hangs where I'll see it every day and be reminded of her.



This little plaque was bought at a garage sale.  I love the stone feel (though it's lightweight resin) and incredible Old World detailing.


The texture of the new towels is so amazing, and so very soft (TJ Maxx bargains).


A daylight shot of the focal wall.


The mercury glass container is from TJ Maxx; the tin baby cup and silver plate are antiques.


This Parisian framed print is also from TJ Maxx.  Can you tell I go there often? ;)


I made this shelf when I took a woodworking course at our local high school's Adult Course Program.  It had been stained with a cherry finish, but that didn't work in the 'new' bathroom, so we painted it crisp white.  The mercury glass candlestick is a clearance bargain from Target ($3.12!), and the silver pitcher is vintage.

And here's Cristabel, mid-yawn-and-stretch.  She looks ferocious, doesn't she?




Thanks so much for joining me today!




10 comments:

Karen McAlpine said...

Lovely and luxuriousness.

Anonymous said...

Love all the fun touches in the bathroom! Mercury glass stuff is so cool I think! You did a fantastic job on that shelf too! When do you have time to fit all this in? That is a kitty yawn - I would hate to see her mad at something! She looks like a sweetie though those fangs look a bit sharp! Oh, I like the color you chose for the walls too. We have been here 6 years and haven't really changed anything. Either no time or not having the money at the right time. Always something I guess. Have a great time with your mom visiting.

Chris R. from Iowa

P.S. love your new blog!

lynn said...

your wall grouping is lovely, colleen! and i esp. love your g-mom's mirror--goes great with the mercury glass:) your shelf is awesome! love your blog's name, too!

Linda R said...

I love your new photo blog.. You should play along in scavenger hunt Sunday.. It a lot of fun and You should see some of the photos the gals take. So Beautiful.. Your bathroom looks awesome. I just love the antique mirror.. And the color is lovely..

Hugs, Linda

Benzi said...

Your bathroom renovation is very pretty, Colleen. I especially love that antique mirror and know it is very special to you.

I have to say Cristabel did look ferocious in that first photo but she mellowed out after that stretch. She is such a lovely cat.

Ellen said...

Hi Colleen. How exciting! A new photo blog! I look forward to seeing many pictures from you. Your bathroom re-do is so very pretty! Your grandmother's antique mirror is gorgeous. I know you are happy that you have it out where you can now see it. I also love the picture & shelf with the silver and mercury glass.

Cristabel is so pretty! I bet she helps you make cards, huh? :D
I love your new blog...
hugs,
Ellen

Emily Keaton said...

Hi, Colleen! I hope you had a happy birthday :D and are enjoying your mom's visit. Sorry it took so long to swing by--I see that you've been so busy on both blogs!! LOVE your new bathroom renovation. It looks so elegant! It's clear that you put a LOT of thought into the design, and it really paid off. GORGEOUS everywhere you look! And it looks like you are really getting the hang of your new camera--your photos are fabulous. I think that Bleu Hydrangea is off to a wonderful start--have fun!!!

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I am sure the whole family is enjoying the new look! You have so many beautiful decorations! You can tell you are a crafty person, it shows in your way of decorating! I recently redid my guest bath. It is a tiny room and I had red and cream on the walls. I thought it looked pretty at the time, but definitely closed it up. The I went for a soft grayish lavender with white and silver accents. Even a splash of black on my picture frames, it opened the whole room up. I have fewer people asking to use the master bath now.

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Colleen your bathroom is amazing. I like the french Parisian theme. I need some new towels-so guess where I am going!!! Yep yu got it! We have an awesome TJ's about 40 minutes from here. How wonderful to be able to enjoy your Grandmother's mirror. Love all your special touches. It looks like a bathroom you might find at the Hilton!

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Stella said...

All I can say is wow wow wow!!!
Stella
XXX

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