This week I tackled painting the walls, the ceiling and the window trim. I decided to go wild and paint the ceiling a color. I have always loved a painted ceiling, and this time I made it happen. Most of our house has wooden ceilings, and I wouldn’t dare paint them, because they’re beautiful. When I see someone painting a wooden ceiling, I cringe. Since it was already painted, I figured I was safe. I decided to go with the Brandywine color from Sherwin Williams, which is sort of like a Terra Cotta, but more orangey. I like that it mimics the color of the flooring.
Next up is to paint the cabinet, pipe and radiator cover, add the new hardware, install the new faucet and mirror and paint the mural. I unfortunately waited too long to order the mirror and the estimated arrival date is June 25-29. The ORC ends on the 25th so fingers crossed that it arrives before then!
The pipe above I plan to paint the same color as the ceiling. However, it’s a gas pipe, so I am finding conflicting info online as to whether or not I should paint it. Another option is to cover it with another cylindrical shaped something. I am still figuring it out!
The cabinets will be painted the blue color and the radiator cover the green shade. So far I like how it’s coming along.
What do you think?
Make sure to check out all of the other rooms posted this week for the One Room Challenge!
It’s week three of the One Room Challenge! To be honest, I have done nothing with the powder room in the last week. However, I did order the new faucet, so that’s progress!
Here is the latest design idea mood board.
As I have mentioned, the walls will be painted white and I will add a hand painted mural. I started following @banyanbridges on Instagram and have been totally inspired by her wall murals. Here are some examples of what she has accomplished with paint! Her instagram also has a lot of painting tips, so give her a follow.
I LOVE how she incorporated everything into the color blocks below Door, trim, wall, and even the door hardware!
I am not 100% sure what the mural will look like, but I have been thinking about it a lot. Once I paint everything white and have a blank canvas to study, it’ll really come together in my mind. There are a couple of problem spots that I need to incorporate into the design. The back splash tile doesn’t go all the way to the left where the cabinet was. I plan to use color blocking to incorporate this area and make it look intentional. And there is an access panel in the ceiling that is pretty banged up. I was thinking of making it a darker color to camouflage it.
I decided to go with gold everything (faucet, mirror, towel bar). I contemplated using black, but the handles are gold-ish and the canvas frame is gold so I decided to do everything in gold.
The mirror choice has been narrowed down to the West Elm pivot mirror. Do you remember that in the first post I mentioned that I couldn’t see myself in the last mirror 🙂 I found one that pivots, so I can angle it down slightly and be able to see myself! Hooray!
I am deciding between the two above, circle or rounded rectangle. The room has so many 90 degree angles and straight lines, so I plan to add some curves with the mirror and mural. Which would you choose? I have to decide soon so I can order it! I’m leaning towards the circle.
Let me know what you think! And be sure to click around the ORC link up website to see what everyone is up to. I have found some great new accounts to follow this way. And special thanks to the media partner for this event, Better Homes and Gardens. I hope that someday they publish the photos that they took of our house last June!!
This time we will take a look at the bedroom and bathroom in the back of the house. If this is the first post you are reading in the Morrison Series, here is a quick recap. I compare the house as it was when the original owner and his family lived here. He was also the architect, Robert Morrison, and it was built in 1963. You can find part one (living room) here, part two (master bedroom) here, and part three (kitchen) here and part four (dining room) here.
In order to give you some perspective on where we are in this tour, I wanted to show you a drawing of the house. I have been showing you the upper level (and I am currently redoing the bathroom on the lower level, which you can read about here).
The houses was actually built in two stages. The first stage was the living room, kitchen, bathroom upstairs and downstairs and the master bedroom (which was was actually two bedrooms.) Phase two of the plan was some of the portions in yellow below (combining the two bedrooms into one, adding the dining/multipurpose room and two bedrooms and a shared bath.)
The two rooms in the back are mirror images of each other. They each have a sink and in between them is a bathroom with a shared tub and toilet.
There used to be a glass curved window across the whole back (above each sink and the tub) which looked incredible! When we bought the house it had been replaced with high clerestory windows instead.
These spaces can be used as bedrooms or offices or anything really. When we had our master bedroom in the front, we used one side as a guest bedroom and the other side as my craft room. Then we moved our bedroom to one side and use the other side as a dressing room. Unfortunately it’s a hot mess, so you will only get to see the bedroom side today.
The bedroom is off of the dining room. You can read all about what we did to this room in this blog post. I have changed some things around since then.
Initially I had plants on the shelves, but they weren’t getting enough sun so I moved them to an area with more light. I decided to display my purses on them.
The art is an antique mall find (oh how I miss shopping for vintage). The chair was from the Clover Market, the bed is Article, the bedside tables and square pillows are HomeGoods finds, the round pillow and lady art are an Estate Sale finds, and the lamp is IKEA. The quilt at the end of the bed is for sale in my shop. Don’t worry, we don’t actually use it; it was just used to style this room!
The sink area we kept the same, and only painted the cabinets and got new knobs. I made that huge flower arrangement from plants in the yard. I used bleeding hearts, solomon’s seal, purple iris, hellebore leaves, and two plants that I’m not sure of the name.
We had this bathroom remodeled a few years ago. We wanted to save costs, so the right side of the room we left as is (except a new toilet). And the left side and floor are new.
I wanted to mimic the look of a full slab wall, at a fraction of the cost, so we used large 24″ square marble tiles.
We painted the build in cabinets and added new knobs. Those wooden closet doors are original. Aren’t they beautiful? The windows in this room are really unusual. You can see it on the drawing above, they jut into the room 90 degrees. Since they are at an angle you really can’t see into the house, but you can see out, which is cool. We can lay in bed and watch the wildlife outside this window. The foxes especially like to torment our dog Winnie.
The hanging lamp is an estate sale find, as is the art above the bed. I plan to reframe it one day into a smaller frame in a different color. I just remembered I have a whole blog post about it here.
I love those windows at the top to let in light from the dining room. This room is dark, so it’s hard to photograph and I hope I did it justice. One day perhaps a professional will photograph this room.
The design of this area really is so versatile. We like having our bedroom tucked back here, because it’s nice and quiet. Plus Dave can get ready in the other room without waking me up. When school is in session he wakes up at like 5am. Yikes.
It’s week two of the One Room Challenge! You can find my week one linked here. Last week I told you that I had six weeks to redo this room, but I found out it’s actually 8 weeks! Because I have extra time, I decided to add this space to the project. It’s our downstairs entrance that we use all of the time. I think that it just needs some fresh paint and new artwork. I really do love these Varga prints, but the frames are bent. You can’t tell in the photos, but they are both bent at the top. I’ll either re-frame them, or move them somewhere else. What are your thoughts on them?
The pocket door I painted alchemy several years ago, and I still love it. I’m excited to see it surrounded by more colors.
If I was going for a beach vibe, this painting would be perfect. Ha. It actually matches the before space perfectly. But I plan to paint over this (Sorry Dana, who ever you are that painted this!). I plan to paint colorful lines and shapes of some sort and will incorporate the painting of the walls on the canvas.
The window film will be replaced. I wish I could keep it clear, but this is a bathroom and what you see is the entrance, so that would be a really bad idea.
Paint chips and handles.
The counter tops, sink and flooring will stay. This goal of this redesign is to highlight the architecture of the room, and make it fun!
Be sure to check out all of the featured designers, and guest participants of the One Room Challenge. There is so much inspiration to find out there. And all we have is time right now, so click around and read lots of blog posts about design! Thanks to ORC and BHG for sponsoring this fun event.
I am participating in the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge! It’s a fun event where you post about a space that you are redecorating (or fully renovating) over a 6 week period. I already wanted to redecorate our powder room so the timing is perfect. And I really don’t need to do that much so it’ll be nice to have a reason to spread out the timing of this project.
Here are the before pictures.
I love the horizontal window in this room, but 1/3 of it was covered by this cabinet that was hiding a gas meter.
The week before COVID19 shut down our country, the gas company came to replace the gas line, move the meter to the outside as per code, and replace the main gas line by the street. The first two happened, and they could run the new line through the existing line without tearing up the entire drive way, hooray! However, they couldn’t replace the gas main line by the street, because it kept filling with water. They dug a GIGANTIC hole that took up a large part of the end of our driveway and yard and then haphazardly put it back together. It’s a bit of a bummer that the front of our yard is all torn up, but you know, GLOBAL PANDEMIC. It seems some of our neighbors are more upset about it than we are. We are hoping that one day they will finish the job.
The current situation in this bathroom really isn’t bad at all, but there are two main areas that I wanted to address. 1) The left corner had that counter cabinet that hid the gas meter. I am so pumped that they moved the meter to the outside so that we could get rid of the cabinet. It felt clunky and the window actually spans the entire wall, so it’ll also let in more light. A pipe is still there, but I plan to just paint it. And 2) the mirrors were hung high and I am short, so I could never see myself in the mirror unless I was on my tippy toes. I don’t often mind being short, but I really hate it when I can’t see myself in a bathroom mirror. This actually happens in restaurant bathrooms a lot (I’m looking at you Memphis Taproom!)
My color palette is below, along with my beer (lol). In case you didn’t know, you can call in and order to your local Sherwin-Williams and they will get it ready for you so you can just pick it up outside. The counter tops are staying and I picked up these handles at an Estate Sale without knowing where to put them and this room is perfect. One less thing to try and find and buy.
After I had picked the colors, I was looking through photos from our trip to New Orleans and realized that the colors are very much a part of the city. When I was there I kept thinking, I should design a room around this, and apparently I did without even realizing it.
I am very thankful that we got to go on a trip in January to one of our favorite cities before this pandemic, New Orleans.