Little bathroom, big change.

The transformation to this bathroom is like night and day; literally,

(as I snapped some photos on a snowy night, and some in the snowy morn).

But the change to this small bathroom was particularly striking;

When I found the house this bathroom was dark and depressing. The walls were covered in a wallpaper that was deep colors and printed in ivy. The vanity was a dark wood and the light fixture was also old, in bad shape and dark. All of the heaviness made a small room seem even tinier and more confining.

I do not have any before pictures (another room I’m sure the realtor and sellers did not want exposed to the light of day), but here is our after:

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Here is what our bathroom looks like now. Like our kids’ bathroom, this is not a luxurious space, but it could have been a heck of a lot worse. Especially for a 90 year old home.

The photos framed above are ones snapped by my mom on her trip to Paris earlier this fall. photo (15)

We did replace this toilet, as the old one was one of these weird old things that had a toilet training seat built in. Freaky, right?photo 4

I wasn’t kidding before; some pictures from night, some from day.

We had our painters strip the dark ivy wallpaper and put on a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore White Diamond. In order to further brighten the space, we had them paint the dark brown vanity and mirror with the trim paint, Decorators White. I even painted the hardware myself, from brass to a platinum color. photo 5_3

Again, just because my bathroom is not glamorous itself, it doesn’t mean I couldn’t put a little bit of glamour in my accents. This is a dessert tiered tray similar to the one on my coffee table, but instead of macaroons, mine is covered with scented candles and sweet smelling soaps.
photo 1 photo 2And it is a beautiful sill from which to see the snow on the tops of the trees on a winter morning.

This bathroom is the perfect example of a dramatic transformation on a dime (and I am sorry that I do not have a before photo, but please take my word). For next to nothing I turned a small, dark space into a little, bright haven.


Kiddo Baño

Because our house is so old, and has 2.5 bathrooms (technically there were bathroom set ups in both the unfinished basement and third floor, which we subsequently capped and covered) I figured that we had two and a half chances for hideousness. Now, our bathrooms certainly were (and, in all honesty, are) not ideal, but they are not so bad. Many of the original bathrooms in our neighborhood, in houses newer than ours, are horrendously dated, with pink or orange tile and layer upon layer of wallpaper, each from a different decade. I must say, we did luck out a bit in the ability to transform our bathrooms into decent spaces. Are they showroom quality? No. Do we have marble sinks and glass doored showers? No. But they are decently sized, functional and easy on the eyes.

Our kiddo bathroom, I think, is rather charming. We were lucky that it started with white tile and a white laminate vanity and nothing more obtrusive. But what it did have were two big blue things: A blue tub and a blue toilet. And let me tell you, my daughter, 2.5 at the time, fell madly in love with this blue bathtub. So while I upgraded to a lovely new toilet, the blue tub remains. And it’s kind of cool in a retro “I can get my kid to take a bath with ease” way.

photo 5Oh there are things I want to do to this bathroom. I want to wallpaper it with this awesome black and white animal print paper I saw on a blog. I want to get a new light fixture. But for now, for a kids bathroom, it’s fine. It’s not gorgeous, it’s not going to be featured in a magazine, but it’s fine. And my husband drew the picture that hangs over the toilet. So that makes it more than fine; that makes it special.

photo (11)Once again Blinds 4 U did these white blinds and I loooove them. They really make the room look crisp and finished. These Ikea frames house photos of family and bathtime with my daughter’s girlfriend (which seemed like the appropriate bathroom decor) and fit the color scheme I was going for: Fuschia, blue and white. Three whole colors. Who knew I had it in me!?

photo (1)It may not be glamorous, but I find our bathroom to be bright and airy. That’s good enough for me. And certainly for my 3.5 year and 12 week olds. The paint color here is Benjamin Moore White Diamond, which I’d describe as white with a few drops of gray. It adds just a little bit of warmth to the whiteness of the room.

And allow me to introduce you to our newest acquisition, courtesy of anthropologie:

photo 6I’m sorry, but I find this to be an exceptionally cool bath mat. It is in my color scheme, it is huge, and it has feathers. Welcome, dear peacock. I hope we show you a lovely life. Or at least I hope you enjoy the pitter patter of little feet.

So there you have it. My kiddos’ bathroom, which I suspect will continue to evolve during our journey together. I can’t wait to see how far we can go.