Okay. So, I’m not a planner…

I warned you, though.  Well, maybe “warned” is a bit strong.  I didn’t really warn you.  That was a lie.   I did, however, state that I usually don’t plan a room from start to finish in this post for the guest bath.  Rather, I plan as I go.   And now I know why.   Ya see, this blog is a total learning experience for me.   I’ve always loved other bloggers mood-boards so I thought maybe giving one a shot would help me in my guest-bath-quest.   But, alas, a mood-board person I am not.  At least not when it comes to compiling ideas that I plan on actually sticking with.  Or maaaaybeeeee, a mood-board would work if I actually had the items in my possession (and knew that I could follow through) BEFORE I posted it for all to see.  Yeah, that’s it.  Noted.

Anyways, I’ve been shopping around for stuff for our guest bath makeover, and I’ve gotta be honest… I’m at a standstill with this….

Here’s why I should’ve done more research before posting this mood-board:

First, the painted fixture… I’ve decided not to paint it. Not for lack of trying, though. I went to Lowes, Home Depot, and Hobby Lobby and between the three I brought home 4 different kinds of spray paint and two jars of multipurpose paint in various shades of sage/aqua. I compared and hemmed and hawed. But in the end, I just wasn’t comfortable with any of the options available to me. The colors just weren’t right. Some were too green, some too aqua. They just didn’t settle well. They weren’t the pretty, mid-centuryish tone in the pic above. And I didn’t want to mess up our new fixture with a “meh” paint color or experiment with mixing only to be disappointed. So, I’ve decided that I’ll mount the fixture in all it’s galvanized steel glory (…not that that’s actually done yet or anything. Soon.). And I know that I’ll always have the option to take it down and paint it later if I’m absolutely, 100% certain that painting it is the right choice.

Next, I absolutely adore the striped shower curtain from West Elm. But it’s only 74″ long.   Because our ceilings are 9 feet high, our tile-work extends higher than in our previous house, which means that if the rod is hung at the correct height, 74″ leaves about a foot of flood insurance down below.  High waters are not recommended in any capacity… pants, curtains or otherwise. So, I’ve been on the hunt for a longer alternative. When I started this process, I naively assumed that this would be an easy feat. I mean, stripes are classic, right? Yes, they are. But thick charcoal and white stripes in a horizontal orientation are apparently not.

I’ve searched for regular 84″ window curtains with a similar print, but the cheapest I’ve found were around $90 per panel.  And I’d need two.  So, no.  No, that won’t happen.  I’ve looked for bedsheets.  No luck.  I found a duvet from Pottery Barn Kids, that could be adapted, but it’s $61, plus another$12 for shipping (has anybody noticed that their shipping charges are RIDICULOUS??), so I can’t justify that.   I’ve looked for fabrics in similar prints but the only ones I’ve found have 3″ charcoal stripes which are too narrow/busy for what I was going for.

So, basically, if I was set on bold grey stripes I had two options:

1) I could break out my dusty sewing machine and try to sew stripes with white and charcoal fabric panels.  Problem?  I can’t even sew a straight line. And straight lines are imperative if I want to avoid unsightly puckering.


2) I could paint stripes on plain white window curtains.  The issue here is that bathrooms are moist.   Between steam, splashes, and pee (I have a toddler. And the shower curtain is right next to the toilet) this sucker would need to be washable and moisture-tolerant. Thus, I don’t have confidence that a painted curtain is the right way to go in here.  So, onward…

Now, here’s a confession… the mood board above isn’t the first one I came up with. This is the first…


Notice the similarities? Reds, soft blue/turquoise (my paint of choice would have a smidge more green than the paint sample above… more on the turquoise side for sure), greys and whites, bold pattern with a classic feel and rustic touches. This board boasts a round mirror… but I’m still preferring the pallet wood mirror in my top mood-board above.   I also included two shower curtains because I wasn’t sure if I wanted bold stripes or classic white for the shower curtain. White is still a possibility in my eyes, especially with the shopping difficulties I’ve encountered.

So, basically, I’ve decided to take these two boards as inspiration, nix the advanced planning (for now), but stick with my preferred color-scheme and do what I know. Which is plan as I go. FYI: Rhyming right there was a happy accident. A bonus, if you will. You are welcome. Anyhoo, there are two things that I do know at this point… The barn light is going up as is and I’m leaning toward a light turquoise-ish tone for the walls.  I also want pops of red somewhere in the room. Wait. That was three things. Apparently, I count as well as I plan. :/

So, that’s where I am.  I can tell you this, though… My painting muscles are getting twitchy. I want to paint this badboy. Soon. In the meantime, I’ve been doing all of the boring prep stuff. Caulking the tub, removing all decor, spackling holes, etc. And of course, once I get a move on the more interesting stuff I’ll update ya’ll. So, stay tuned…

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??  🙂