Room: Ta-da the new, powder room (bathroom)!

What surprised me about this remodel is I came into it with a plan – and much of that plan was thrown out! It became important to be flexible and it’s one reason the room took longer then expected. Although the room wasn’t quite what I had originally imagined… it’s far better!

As we progressed, it became clear that some things weren’t going to work out. The cream color for the cabinets just didn’t look good with the bright blue of the walls; the bird paintings were too yellow and square for the vertical height of the wall (and were moved to the hallway outside the bathroom), the first, selected light fixture was going to be too dark for the light feeling of the room, and the dark mirror frame got changed to silver.

See the gallery of the new bathroom!

 

Thoughts on this room ~

For some time, I’ve felt that the height of the room (9 feet) needed to be featured. We did that with a speciality, pearl paint (Winter Blue Fox from Lowes) in a metallic silver for the ceiling, two patterns of crown moulding and a cabinet that reached all the way to the ceiling. Vertical artwork also draws your eye upwards.

Originally we had picked a stock vanity but I kept looking for a unique table that we could use instead. This became a big headache because the space was so small that most dressers (at 34-36″ were too wide) and end tables were too low. Persistence paid off when we found this table at an antiques mall in another city. Stripped, sanded, and redone in the grey to match the cabinet it is topped with Italian marble and a vessel sink.

For such a small room, it was expensive, time consuming and a pain in the neck. While I think it turned out lovely, I’ll be glad to work on some larger bathroom projects that don’t need as many changes.

Total remodel cost ($1400):

Wall finish– Lowes’ Venetian Plaster Aquamarina #67. Because we started with flat walls, one gallon did the job ($40).

Ceiling – Lowes Pearl paint (Blue Winter Fox) with crown moulding ($80).

Vanity ($120) – with marble top ($250), vessel sink ($125), and a new faucet ($150)

Overjohn cabinetextended height size with molding and wood, repainted, and new door pulls ($150).

Base Moulding – removed and replaced with larger molding ($20). Painted Chef White (from available paint)

Fixtures and extras – lighting fixture ($25), mirror ($60), towels and towel bar, toilet paper hanger, toilet bowl brush, trash can ($60).

ArtArtwork from Bed, Bath and Beyond (bought with $5 off coupons for $20 each small, $40 for the large) $120.

Toilet – The one chosen for the downstairs powder room is a space saver, quiet flush from Jacuzzi ($200).

This bathroom is now finished except for a few extra touches such as a towel bar and a soap dispenser — whew!!

Room: Daughter’s blue and chocolate modern bedroom

About 8 months ago, Daughter started talking about re-decorating her room again. Now age 12, her previous room incarnations hadn’t really pulled it all together and used colors, as well as furnishings, that she was not that keen on. Turns out she has the heart of a modern girl, not one into pink, flowers and frills!

Room: 11′ 3″ x 11′ 8″ (without room entry)

First we started by having her pick out the bed linens. These would be the INSPIRATION PIECE to plan the room off of. This duvet cover was bought from Bed, Bath and Beyond, and the duvet was bought on deep discount at J.C. Penny home store. Probably about $200 in all when you consider pillows and sheets too.

Wall Paint: The walls colors were originally a soft pastel pink. They got re-painted with semi-gloss interior with Valspars’ Betsy Ross House Blue (5002-8A) and American Traditions’ Chef White (7002-15), about 1 gallon of each. Chef White is also the color of the trim throughout the house so it made it easier to just paint trim as well as the wall.

I used semi-gloss paint as this girl is tough on her walls and I want to be able to clean them easily. Semi-gloss is more commonly used in high traffic areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

She wanted a feature wall (the blue wall the bed is against) something I usually don’t do but it turned out super cool so I may need to re-think that!

NOTE: it took a FULL WEEK for the paint smell (open windows and fan going) to really be gone. We did the painting when daughter was out of town with grandparents and are really glad we did.

Furniture:

Bed – the original four poster had been bought years ago and suffered a lot of damage. Two of the posts had been swung on by the daughter and splintered off. We chopped off the remaining posts and spray painted the frame Valspar Java Brown just to fade it away. Mattress was still good.

Headboard – (above photo) Came out a bit more expensive then I wanted… Daughter has great taste but also champagne taste! She picked the most expensive, upholstery fabric in the store (Interior Fabrics), thankfully it was on sale, 40 percent off, for a total of $50 and I have to admit looks fantastic! Upholstery fabric is much wider fabric that that which is sold on bolts so this also saves money on “wide” projects.

Foam was another $50 and with wood for the frame, came out to be about $125.

Side Table – this yellow, Cosco kitchen cart ($40 on CL) is metal and in great condition. I again, lucked out because we snatched it up (literally) from the junk store while another person was looking at it! Me bad…

The side table was a great find and it switched the accent color from pink (not my daughter’s favorite) to yellow which I think makes the room a bit more cutting edge.

Dresser – The chest of drawers ($40 on CL) were originally stained brown but had been sanded before I bought them. It actually took me some time to find a chest of drawers that had a modern feel to them. This one has clean lines, no additional molding, bowed drawer fronts and flared sides. The only drawback was that the drawers cannot be removed so painting was more time consuming then I had planned.

I painted the frame of the chest Valspar Swiss Chocolate 3010-10 semi-gloss, and the drawers were spray painted with Valspar’s Mediterranean Blue. The unit also needed a new back (it had been splintered). The hardware (picked by daughter) was the most expensive part of this, coming in at $60 for a total of  about $120.

Glass Computer Desk – from CL at $50.  I really lucked out finding this piece for this price!

Anything the eye “sees through” can help make a room seem bigger. Also I love the modern feel to it.

Desk Chair – bought from a 1950’s Retro store for $40. We will be recovering it in the very near future. This price was a bit high for me but I knew the daughter was going to want a comfy lounge chair vs. a streamlined modern office desk chair (my preference) and I was right!

Bookshelves – were made by hubby years ago and will be repainted next week in the colors of brown, white and blue. I’ll post an updated pic when done.

Windows: The heavy 6′ long, 2″ white, faux wood blind was hard to move up and down being that it spanned 6′. They also got horribly dusty and were hard to clean.

I switched these out for white cellular blinds that have no cord and go up and down with a touch. 35″ in length, from Bed Bath and Beyond $35 each.

This window faces west and gets a lot of late afternoon sun so two, brown thermal window panels with a block grid of icey-blue lines of color were bought from Target ($25 each).

The wooden curtain rod pole was one sale from Lowes at $18. It was black, so I spraypainted it Valspar Java Brown to match the room.

Altogether the window treatments were expensive – about a total of $160-$180. However, I’ve already found that her room is staying cooler throughout the day if the blinds are down and the curtains pulled.

Accesories:

Lamps – Lighting for this room was always a problem. She had too few lights and not the right lamps for tasks such as reading, desk work and night light. This was another bigger then expected investment but the result was so cool and functional I don’t regret it.

This brown, desk lamp was from Pier One ($50). The original Pier One shade I didn’t like so we switched it to another lamp and bought a replacement shade from Target ($20).

The round, brown ball lamp with shade (see photo of dresser) was bought on sale from Lowes ($17). The clear, stacking ball lamp (see photo of yellow table) with separate shade was bought from Target, $38 total.

Storage boxes – Another purchase from Target at $10 per box. Daughter loves sorting and containers for her collection.

Desk Accessories – in yellow, bought from Target from the kitchen (plastic glasses) and bath areas (storage container with lid).

Magnet and Cork Boards – 4 from Target $20 each.

Brown Rug – Craigslist $5

Brown Chair– Craigslist $5

Brown Armchair Bed Pillow – Bed Bath and Beyond $20. This was purchased because she loves to read in bed and this should save wear and tear on the headboard.

Still to be done: new carpet and adding more yellow accessories.

Room Views:

Desk Wall (North)

Bookshelf and window wall (West)

Bed wall and closet door (South)

Dresser wall (East)

Personally, when I watch HGTV’s Decorating Cents, it blows my mind that they can do a room for $500… I simply don’t believe it! Whoever, bought paint for $12 a gallon and then had enough to do an entire room with it!? Even a small room like this will take at least 1.5 gallons of paint.

This room ended up being far more costly then I had planned, however, it has such good bones now it should last her well into her teen years with minor changes.