Well, it's as finished as it is going to be unless I find just the right wall candle sconces to go on either side of the mirror. "Before" pics are interpersed.
|After. New items are the mirror and light fixture, and a rearranging of accessories|
and "cleaning off clutter" from vanity top.
For the time being, I'm using glass candlesticks with solid black metal shades, silver-colored candle-followers (to tie into my still chrome vanity sink fixtures) and cream-colored candles, which is about as close as I can come to duplicating on the countertop the look I would like on the walls flanking the mirror.
As I mentioned, this revamp/updating was started in October, 2009. The room was in dire need! It had the same tired looking "ANTIQUE WHITE" it had been painted in 1990 when I first moved in. The paint had held up well but I was sick of it after 19 years. I decided I wanted something deep, dark, dramatic! Something totally different.
So what did I choose? A color not too far off from the original Sears Easy Living ANTIQUE WHITE. LOL!
I call the new color "wet sand" or "peanut butter," but in reality, it is neither - it is too light! Oh well. It's a dramatic enough change for me. I like how the creamy shower surround and the creamy white shower curtain and the vanity top "pop" against the somewhat darker tone of the walls. I don't remember what the color is -- I had to take off the paint labels and mail them in for a $5 per can rebate. It wasn't a stock color, it was mixed from one of those little cards I picked out.
(1) New vinyl flooring. The old flooring had, over the years, shrunk away from the walls, revealing the underlayment! I finally got sick of looking at it!
|After. New vinyl flooring, seamless and waterproof. New movable towel stand - no more |
wall mount towel holder on this wall.
(2) New light fixture (see top and second photos). The old "box" fixture I had originally purchased was not only cheap, but also dated, a major dust collector, and just plain ugly! It also used small "hollywood" style light bulbs that are going to be phased out. One of the three lamps had developed a short, too, and no longer lit. It was time to say adios!
I purchased the new light fixture on sale at Menards. It is "oiled bronze" with white glass shades, It has a smaller profile than the original "box" fixture and provides good light. It's transitional styling fits with many different decorating schemes. I am very happy with it.
(3) Tore off so-1980's colored wallpaper border and scrubbed away all the residue paper backing and glue! Major work-out for upper body and arms!
(4) New paint color. (See above).
(5) New mirror (see photo 3 above). The builder's standard plate glass mirror. It would have cost a small fortune to "frame" buying "to-order" glue-one framing online. I am not equipped nor adequately skilled to attempt such a project by myself as custom-framing myself. I ended up giving away the plate glass mirror (you cannot SELL them on Craig's List, no takers!) and replaced it with a much smaller, framed, beveled-edge mirror I liked that I bought on clearance at Menard's. Way less expensive and way less hassle!
(6) New shower curtain. To tie into the black/white/tan theme I decided to go with in revamping my bedroom and the guest bedroom (I wanted the upstairs to appear "en suite"), and wanting to tie into the black and cream toile curtains and other red/black/white/cream/tan items I had purchased for my bedroom and the guest room, I selected an inexpensive shower curtain in a toile pattern, black on cream.
(7) New shower curtain rod. I had used the utilitarian chrome colored tension shower rod provided by the builder for 19 years! My new rod was purchased at Penney's online. It is an "oiled bronze" finish tension rod, so it was very easy to install -- I just balanced it over the old impressions left by the prior rod and turned one end until the rod was tight against the walls.
(8) New towel holder - floor stand model (see photo above under flooring). After I took down the standard large and old but still in good shape bright brass rod when the room was repainted, I tried to put it back up afterward, miserably failed, and determined to find a different alternative. I also had to patch over and repaint large holes I left in the wall after my unsuccessful attempts to re-install that towel rod! I had no problems putting up the old but still in good shape shiny brass towel holders above the toilet or on the wall along the side wall above the vanity in their former places. Doh!
(9) A few "new" accessories added -- I shopped the house. Glass candlesticks with candle shades and candle followers were already owned, so were the cream-colored pillar candles. They were added to the room, as was the black marble "pyramid/obelisk" and the glass "oak leaf" votive candle holder from other rooms and my cabinet stash.
(10) Framed prints. I purchased the black frames from Walgreens for $5 each over the years as I saw them. I really like them because of the cream-colored mats and the 5x7 framed inset where the picture sits. The overall look is smooth, modern and elegant. The images were printed on photo paper from the internet -- they are black and white prints of both vintage and current scenes from around Paris, France.
|After. Old black and white photos from internet of the Eifel Tower. This is the door wall, opposite |
the vanity wall. Tub/shower is on the end wall to the left (not seen in photo).
(1) Most towel rods or toilet-paper holder -- still the original shiny brass I installed in 1990. They are in good shape and everything doesn't have to be matchy-matchy (so I read all the time :))
(2) Sink faucet fixture (still chrome) or bath/shower fixtures (ditto). I thought about painting them like some adventurous bloggers have done, but I'm chicken. Sink fixture will be replaced, coin jar money has been targeted for this purchase, so probably when I cash the money in this December.
(3) Cabinetry and rich dark cherry finish stayed the same. I've had the same cabinetry 21 years now and I still love it as much as the day I picked it out.
(4) Rugs stayed the same.
(5) Many accessories stayed the same, including the tissue holder and"shabby chic" metal catch-all (holds an assortment of items I regularly use). Added some new decorative accessories, got rid of clutter, stashing things in the vanity drawers that were reorganized to make more sense to how I actually use things. Other items are stashed in the cabinet beneath the sink, pulled out as needed. I admit, it takes discipline to put them away again after use instead of just tossing them aside as I run out the door for the bus to work, but the overall clean look is worth the effort!
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