Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bathroom Upgrade: Part 1

It was high time that we made the decision to paint our main bathroom an updated color. I've been hesitant because like the patio chairs we were gifted, our the room is perfectly acceptable. With a Koehler toilet and pedestal sink, a jetted tub, custom tile work in the shower/tub area and good quality marble flooring, the space isn't too shabby. I really shouldn't complain. But it's pink. Yes, pink. And gray. And sponge painted. I can totally deal with the gray, being an on trend neutral, but pink? Sponge painted? I just can't get down with that.

Actually, I've been getting down with it for quite some time. We've lived here for a couple years now, and it's really not that bad. It's pretty enough, but like animal prints and stirrup pants, pink's just not my thang. So I took the plunge. By plunge, I mean I simply chose a coordinating gray paint that would provide a simple and inexpensive upgrade. The problem is, we aren't ready to change the flooring or shower tile, both of which contain a combination of pink and gray. For one thing, it could be an expensive modification. For another, I'd like to tackle the job myself, and I need to do some major research before diving in. Finally, we're not certain we'll remain in this house forever, so we're trying to complete projects that will be the most cost effective.

Long story short, I started the upgrade today. Here's what our main bathroom looked like before I started prepping:

See? It's not so bad. I really think painting the walls a light gray will go a long way, though. I also plan to replace the faux vine arrangement thingy to the left of the mirror with some DIY artwork or another, different, thingy. I'm also getting rid of the three frosted glass shelves on the wall opposite the sink. I'm considering a towel bar, but I'm not sure I can committ to having the right towels clean and display worthy all the time. I'll definitely fill the space with something (maybe some more DIY artwork).

Below is a close-up of the floors. It's really dominated by gray, but there's quite a bit of pink veining throughout. Can anyone offer any ideas on downplaying the color combination without having to change the flooring? A larger rug is the obvious choice, but I'm not sure what style to go with. Plus, I'd love to add a new color to the mix, but I just can't put my finger on the one that would coordinate. Any suggestions?

Here's a close-up of the wall in all of its sponge-painted glory. The gray I chose is just about the same shade of gray you see there.

Today, I removed the fixtures (except the lighting), cleaned the walls and molding and spackled the holes that were left. Here's where I'm at now:

When I removed the mirror, I found this. Exciting!

I'll keep plugging away for the next couple days. Before I can crack open that paint can, I have to prime. Ugh. These projects are really trying my patience.

Like I said, any suggestions on adding a new color into the mix (or any other suggestions) are certainly welcome.

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  1. Ooooh, I'm excited to see what you do! I love that you're playing up the gray with paint and making those great fixtures take center stage. The pink in the marble is what it is, so I think either stick totally to gray and white to downplay it or embrace it a little (I'm picturing super pale pink peonies in a simple vase). Have fun!

    1. Thanks for the suggestions. I think you're right on both accounts. If I stick to gray and white, I just can't picture the overall style. I think I do want to downplay the pink. Not because I don't think I could do something really nice, but because I feel like I've been "living with it" for too long. Hmmm...

  2. The prep work definitely stinks, but its worth it. I think painting the walls gray is a great way to play up the positive aspects of the tile. Good luck with the painting!

    1. You're right...The prep work is DEFINITELY worth it! It's 9:46 p.m. right now, but I'm going to start painting right now!

      Your dresser makeover looks great!

  3. You are so much more patient than I am! I don't mind the tiles (I mean, that is a huge commitment to replace them), but the walls AND the tiles? Too much for me! I am excited to see the changes you make. Is the bathroom dark at all? Will painting it a light gray make it feel small? I love gray, but you know that already!

    Julia from itsalwaysruetten.blogspot.com

    1. The bathroom isn't dark at all. The only thing that darkens it up is the shower curtain that blocks most of the natural light from coming in. It actually looks really bright and clean with the lighter gray walls. I'm almost done with the update. I'll be back this week sometime with a post. :)


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