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Monday, October 6, 2014

A Very British Bathroom err Loo

In the upstairs of the Storybook Cottage I am planning on creating very happy and colorful rooms. This includes a small bathroom that has no natural light sources.

NPG x34852; Queen Elizabeth II

I would love to try my hand at hanging wallpaper. My first choice would be “Amrapali – Peony” by Designers Guild

Amrapali Wallpape

Or lovely “Dutch Painters” by Pip Studio

PiP Dutch Painters | Green Wallpaper | PiP Studio ©

To balance out all the floral I would hang some eclectic portraiture.

Queen Elizabeth by Andy Warhol, 1985

I think some brass hardware would be perfect.

gold faucet

Kingston Brass Heritage Polished Brass Sink Faucet

Charming little details


TP holder

Here is what we started with:

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The cabinet over the toilet needs to come down. The scale overwhelms the room and I’ve already bonked my head on it twice. You can also see the sliding glass shower doors chock full of mildew.

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All of the brass and silver hardware is circa 1980’s and has spots of rust.

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While the mirror was framed out, unfortunately it was a few sizes too small and attached with double stick tape.

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While I save my pennies for the big makeover I still wanted to do a few small “for the time being” updates that were simple and quick. First, the monkey wallpaper was removed. Next, we found a lovely lavender gray “oops” paint at Home Depot.

It’s already looking so much better for less than $10.

Stay tuned,



Trish said...

I've discovered your blog via the ORC. Your journey is so compelling - the Storybook house has awesome bones and I know you will make it wonderful. I can't wait to be along for the ride. :)

The paint is a huge improvement! Why not just rip out those moldy doors and put up a cool floral shower curtain? I'm sure you already thought of that! You could channel those awesome wallpapers in fabric. I love the direction you are going in this house. And....paint all of that wood throughout your home! I am all for it!!!!! Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls - and use oil if you can - it cleans up so much better.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just love your new home Laura!
The possibilities are jus many great rooms to work with.
And I know of course, you will make it fabulous!
Hugs friend,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I can't wait to see more. Love this bathroom with the pretty oops paint. Great color especially for the fashionista.

Linda said...

It's all going to look so charming and cute. : ) We only have 2 small bathrooms in our house and both have no natural light. I'm not quite as creative with the decorating, but somehow it all works.
Hope you have a great week.

Vel Criste said...

You have your work cut out for you Laura, but I'm imagining your gorgeous plan, and it will be wonderful!

Susan Freeman said...

I am planning on a guest room bath redo also. I have been thinking about wallpaper. Have not made up my mind yet. Can't wait to see what you decide!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm a big fan of wallpaper so you won't hear any complaints from me it you use it in the whole upstairs! I'm not, however, a fan of borders so I'm very glad the monkeys are gone.

Denise said...

Hi Laura, I like your idea of a British loo in your new home. :) I love the second image; the "Dutch Painters" wallpaper is gorgeous! I can't wait to see all the little touches you add to this room; you're always so creative. I haven't had a chance to visit much lately, but I am so thrilled for you and your family that you are in the Storybook Cottage. That one was definitely my favorite of the three houses. I'm looking forward to hearing all about your new adventure and seeing a bit of Texas through your eyes.

Have a wonderful week, my friend!

Big Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Market Decor said...

I read your blog often but I think this is the first time I've made a comment. Loving your inspiration for this bathroom! I adore wallpaper in small places - it can really make a small space feel more spacious and it just perks things right up in a big way! I have wallpapered so many rooms through the years, for myself and others - I even wallpapered a stairwell by myself - OMG, that was a job. This bathroom would be a pretty easy job. Get plenty of paper to allow for matching, get a really sharp straight blade, don't omit the 'booking' part, and get a god friend to help - its more fun that way! The walls look like a 'knockdown' treatment was used so its kind of bumpy - with a good quality and patterned paper it should work out fine. You could sand a bit to smooth it out - I would do a test strip and see what happens. Nothing transforms a space like wallpaper! Good Luck!

Maria Elena said...

I love your ideas for this project. I think the wallpaper will be gorgeous. Can't wait to see the reveal. Enjoy your new home! Maria

Auntie Em said...

I agree with Trish. Ditch the moldy doors.! Yuck!!! A shower curtain is so much prettier and easy to take down and throw in the washer with a bit of bleach to refresh it. Much more hygienic. Wall paper is not difficult. I have been wallpapering walls since I was a teen. Much like wrapping a present from the inside! lol
Make sure the pattern along the ceiling is straight. If there is a leaf or little blossom on the first row, make sure that little leaf or blossom isn't running as you add the rest of the strips. Be sure to start so the edge of the strip isn't the first thing you see when you walk into a room. Start from a distant corner and work your way toward the door so you don't see every edge. SHARP blades and scissors are a must! Don't push yourself to finish a room all in one go. Sit down, take a break and think about what you are doing. Hurrying or distractions will cause mistakes. I once wallpapered a wall while my mother was in the hospital and I was going to have company. Did it all upside down and had to tear it all off. Lesson learned!!! And if you are a beginner...never start out with plaid or striped paper. You are just asking for a nervous breakdown! lol
Have fun and can't wait to see your rooms as you get them done. So exciting!!! :)

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm with Trish and Auntie Em ~ use a shower curtain with a gorgeous pattern! I'm not a fan of wallpaper but it's not my house either ~ :) I think the deal with me is that I like to change things/colors often and a neutral background is best for that. I did wallpaper a bath in a duplex I had. I did a really good job but for a beginner, I chose the wrong paper! I chose stripes so I was baptized by fire.

Whatever you do, it will be gorgeous!