The Guest Bath Plan

For those who may not know, I undertook a little tile-painting last weekend.  It was my first step to giving our guest bath a full (and inexpensive) makeover to turn it from generic-builder bath….


…into something a little more “us”.    I’ll be honest, when it comes to making over rooms, I’m not much of a planner.  I usually go step-by-step making decisions as I go (and making corrections along the way).   This time around, I thought I’d give planning the ole’ college try.   I can’t guarantee that I’ll stick completely to this plan… sometimes just discovering one random item along the way can change my whole vision… but I think its a good starting point.  A good general direction.

I recently signed up for a Polyvore account and tried my hand at creating a mood board.   And here she is…

Starting at the top left and working clockwise…

First, we have two pretty light fixtures.  The reason I included two is that we currently have the galvanized steel barn light (it’s not installed yet), but I’m considering spray-painting it the lovely sage-y green color of the second fixture. (Thoughts? I’m a little nervous about this. Has anybody painted a fixture like this? Any advice?)    

Moving along, the white tile represents our newly painted tile (smiles).  And then the fun, striped shower curtain from West Elm had me at hello.  My only hesitation here is that this particular shower curtain doesn’t come in long lengths,  so I may try something similar that I could adapt (maybe a window curtain, or fabric panel) so that it just grazes the floor.

The lovely patterned rug comes next… This is just an example of what I’m looking for (this one doesn’t come small enough for our room).  Basically, I want something with a smaller scale, more organic pattern to balance the large, bold stripes and I want small pops of bright red to contrast the sagey green and neutrals.  Another option is to go for a more neutral rug (maybe a hemp or slatted wood mat) and then frame a fun fabric in a similar print for a  comparable look with slightly different elements.

The next two items simply represent our current floor tile and vanity.  Above the vanity is a simple sleek Ikea faucet that I would love to replace our more traditional faucet with.

Next… Ah, the pallet mirror.  We have a few pallets outside that I’d love to use to frame out our simple builders mirror.

Then, in the center is a potential paint color.  It’s a taupey hue with greenish undertones that I think would be a great backdrop for all of the pattern and splashes of color. I’m waiting to determine the actual shade until the light fixture is installed since the change in lighting can dramatically alter how the color appears in the room.

I have a few artwork ideas, but want to see how the room is coming along before I solidify them.  Also, all of the towel rods and rings are going away in favor of hooks.    Much in store for sure.   And like I mentioned before, some of this is subject to change depending on what goodies I find along the way.   And sometimes things don’t always play out the same way in person as they do on paper (‘er computer screen), so I’m going to try to be flexible if things don’t go my way at first.

So, that’s my preliminary plan.  I’m kind of excited about it, too!  Any thoughts or suggestions??  🙂


2 thoughts on “The Guest Bath Plan

  1. As long as the inside of your light fixture stays white (to reflect the light), the outside color won’t matter. Cut a circle out of poster board to pop into the opening when you paint it. Sponging on the paint might be easier than spray.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s