Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Freshening up the Master Bath

Here's a project I've been picking away at all summer. Our master bathroom was nice before. Our house is not too old so nothing was terribly outdated or even worn out.

But I had been hating all the orangey oak cabinets in this place.

You may recall I painted our kitchen island to break up some of that oak expanse. Then I decided i would use the same chocolate brown on the bathroom cabinetry. My next complaint about the room was the boring paint color.

I am usually pretty happy with earthy tones, but I had always wanted a bathroom with a fresh, spa-like feel to it. Plus, one of my daughters had gotten into nail polish one day and when it spilled she wiped some of the excess on the walls. (She then proceeded to cover the spill on the floor with toilet paper and walk away. Like that's going to go unnoticed. But that's another story.)

So the walls needed a fresh coat of paint. I liked the shower curtain I had purchased and took the rest of the room colors from it.

I have also always wanted beadboard wainscoting in my bathroom, so that was top on my list of improvements. After a recent trip to Nova Scotia I decided to take the whole room in a beachy direction.



Let's talk accessories.

This painting over the toilet is one i did in high school. I always liked it so it got a spot in the room. I need to build a frame for it.

The beach sign i made from a driftwood board i found on the beach in Nova Scotia.

Everything in the apothecary jar was found in Nova Scotia.

The driftwood stick- also from NS.

On the back of the toilet is a bowl of NS seashells and a pile of drifted wood pieces awaiting hanging---if i can figure how to hang them.

The sparkly glass knobs are from Hobby Lobby,
The pulls are from Walmart (a package of 4 for $9),

The glass knob towel hooks are from Home Depot.

I have some photos i took in NS that I was going to print, frame, and hang in the room. Will that be too much going on? I'm thinking so. I'm also wondering if i should do a little distressing on the cabinets? That would make them a little more beachy and less formal, I'm thinking. I'm not sure yet if I'll replace the doors with white ones, or if I'll paint them white. I'm thinking I would add some molding to them if we just keep them.



Jenn-Lee at Moments said...

Wow. Molly this is a fantastic master bath makeover. I love the theme you went with. The cabinets look totally different. I LOVE the knobs and pulls. What makes it even more special is the artwork and accessories are personal. Can't beat that! shells and wood from a vacation and a painting from HS, cool! Great job!! I am loving your blog posts here.Keep them coming! Also, you should email this link to BetterAfter blog. :):)

Erin said...

it looks FANTASTIC Molly! coincidentally, i painted my bathroom walls a very similar color. i just wish my master bath was as big and nice as yours!! said...

wow! great job had to make quick mention of it over at
Keep up the great work!

S said...

Hi Molly, just came over from Shanty2chic. Nicely done. Can I make a suggestion? Try putting a frame/molding around your mirror. I've seen this done and it totally makes it stand out. looking forward to other great things!

Molly said...

Thanks, S! Actually, a frame for the mirror is definitely planned, I just haven't figured out how I'm going to go about it. And in the meantime other projects have taken over my time. But I definitely agree that it really needs it!