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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Girls, I need your decoration tips urgently

Hi girls,
I am always sharing with you my makeovers, tutorials, new goodies and TS shopping, but, I need your decoration expertise today. As you know, we moved recently to this house and it needs lots of changes. Not HUGE changes but some necessary and nice changes. We made some like... wall to wall carpets, some light fixtures, wall paint ( some areas are pending), door hardware, pay to cut and remove trees from the yard , flowers... they are not huge changes but some are "expensive makeovers". Currently,  I am a stay at home mom, what means only one check paid the bills ($$$$).  This house is more larger than the previous one and we need more furniture to fill the house (it is almost a double of my last house).  This is the reason that I started making wood pieces for my home instead of buying larger pieces to decor it or found items in the TS to make my own redos.  Now, with Christmas around the corner, you know what I am saying $$$$$$ for Santa and my kids birthdays in a the next month, I need changes without spends lots of money.
Well, all of you enter in this point,  I had a big challenge for your amazing and creative minds. I want that my bathrooms looks warm and beautiful.   Yes, I need HELP with my bathrooms, I hate how they looks now.  We moved in the summer and since that, I was thinking how change them and save money, now I have 3 ( 2FB and 1HB).  First,  I hate the ugly light fixtures, I don't like the large mirrors and I am not sure what I make with the vanities. When we moved here, they had wall paper, I removed them and the walls are antique white ( they looks like sterile areas).   The only thing that I am sure is that they need color, but I am not sure what or where needs color....walls or vanity, or both. Please, help me on this, I need ideas urgently... I want that my new home will be complete and  ready for Christmas.

These are some pictures of them the day that we bought the house... Look how ugly and dirty they looks ( not my baby, only the bath. My baby is so cute and beautiful, he is making his own bath inspection) LOL.

This house was foreclosure and we spend more than 3 weekends to clean up, inside, outside and removing wall papers in all places but the house itself had a great potential. I will share the pictures before and after very soon.  But now, I need your marvelous ideas. Please, share them with me.

 Bye, bye and see you soon, Evelyn



  1. I have seen where some people make a wooden frame around the mirror to soften it a bit. You could also take the big mirror down and put up smaller ones. I love the big counter space. We have a small bathroom for 5 of us with very little counter space. I can so see yours full of all sorts of prims. Painting the cupboards would prim it up also. Our bathroom is a darker tan color and I love it. I have black accents with it but it goes with anything you put with it. Good luck. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

  2. Paint ( of your choice ) new mirror in a cabinet and change of hardware on vanities. If the bathrooms have windows buy some prim curtains or blinds and prim valence. Vist GW or TS if you find a valence that you like tea or coffee dye it. Make a shelf with a towel bar on it and hang a prim towel:)

  3. I would do two easy fixes, one is get rid of that big mirror;)
    We went to the home store and watched for sales and I got a large carved one to replace ours. Then you can also find prim cabinets for the small one or change the fixtures to prim it up. For the toilet area you can get a prim over the toilet shelf or a wall one and put a prim topper on the toilet or a nice prim, long square box. A few prim wall hangings, shelfs or peg racks is an easy fix too. I hit the thrifts, consignments and sale aisles for house items.


  4. Well, here is what I would do...just suggestions if it were my bathrooms.

    *First I would frame in the mirror with 1x4 boards. You simply adhere them then to the mirror with liquid nail....and yes, it does hold!

    *Then I would paint out the vanity. I would do a barn red (by apple barrel) with a black undercoat, then topped with Dark Walnut Stain by Mimwax. Then coat it with 2-3 coats of waterbased varnish because it is around lots of moisture.

    *I would also do the mirror frame in that same color.

    *Next, I would address the ugly mirrored medicine cabinet. If you don't feel you need it...remove it!...frame it in (with scrap wood you have since this is a little area) and make shelves and use it to display more of your prim pretties! If you need it...then remove the mirror door and do a wooden door.

    *Take down the bright silver towel bar.

    *Add lots of fabric like towels, shower curtain, etc. for coziness.

    *For lighting....I would have to see what you have...cuz you can sometimes work with the lighting you have just by changing the finish with texture spray paint.

    *Definately rugs!...even if you head out to the local lowes and buy the cheapest linolum and flip it over and paint a simple floor cloth on it. Believe me, this is very easy to do!....YOu can just use a stencil for designing them.

    *Also, keep the walls light in color (I am not saying hospital room white...hehehehehhe)...and add color every where else since baths tend to be small anyways and making them dark really makes them appear smaller!


  5. Well Evelyn there isn't much I can offer after reading Char's suggestions. Well other than hiring her to come and do your bathrooms for you. She gave you some wonderful advice.

    I think you should start by picking out a shower curtain or window curtains that you just adore. Build around that for your colors. Definitely paint out the vanity cupboards if that is an option for you. Recently my sister in law painted her sink top in her bathroom. It looks fantastic.

    Good luck with whatever you choose to do and be sure and post pictures when you decide.


  6. I painted my bathroom in antique white and then painted the trim in a red and then used black accents. There is a picture of it on my blog. My mom has a big mirror like that and she had my dad make a frame out of old barn siding. It is darling. I can't wait to see your pictures of when its done, you've already got great suggestions, the hard part will be narrowing them down. Have fun!!!

  7. I would totally remove the big mirroe, relace with two smaller wooden framed ones, paint, and paint/distress vanity..use a procuct call stix fist..makes paint stick and not chip off from anything! No sanding needed!! Hand a wreath from outside shower door(suction cup holder thing). Just my thoughts :)

  8. Geeze...spell check me!! mirror, and replace sry!

  9. I would paint the walls a taupe color...which makes everything nice and cozy!!! I too would frame the mirror ( but i did find mine at Walmart on the clearance isle for $10.)
    I would replace all the towel holders, tp holder ect...they are inexpensive and make a big difference.
    I painted my cabinets white then with taupe walls you can pretty much decorate with any colors you want...Christmas...i use red...summer moss green...I love it. Dianntha

  10. I think the same way than AMY, there is not much to say after reading what CHAR suggested. I would be doing the same in regard to the cabinets, paint them in barn red in one bathroom and you can choosse a different color for the other bathroom , like black or pine green. The suggestion about the mirrors is totally correct, it will save you a lot of money and less work than to take out what you have, and yes it needs to be 1 x 4 in order to get a nice wide frame. For the light fixture that it can not be seen, try to see if a cornice can resolve the problem, if the lights are facing down you can make a cornice with a shelf, if the lights are facing up then dont make a shelf in the upper part, only the front and sides.
    I would be taking out the medicine cabinet and make by yourself something like a simple wood cabinet without mirror or you can use the black cupboard that you bouth in a TS some time ago, I think that you put that in your bedroom, I really can not remember but I think you put it there. Instead of the chrome tpwel bar. ,make one by yourself, also you can make a little wood cabinet for the toilet paper mathcing with the towel bar. ASHELYS PRIMITIVES has several good ideas about these wood pieces that you can make by yourself, I will be sending the pictures to your email. I also would be using braided rugs to add some color to the floor.
    In regard to the walls , I think that you can paint light vainilla, this color match with everything, and use a homespun fabric shower curtain , like sturbridge, maybe in barn red, matching with the braided rug repeating the color and some other colors that add warm. For now you can not do much about the top of the vanity because this will represent a lot of money and anyway for now there are ok, but I would be investing in changing the fixture of the sinks. Home depot has a model in a dark bronze that looks antique and rough. Over the toilet I would like a wall cabinet without doors , so you can display items. Anyway I will be sending to your email the pics of the furniture that I know that you can easily make not spending too much money in wood. Another idea that you can do about the walls it could be installing wainscot. Also a nice colonial border can add a nice touch. And dont forget to change the lid of the toilets for one that looks like wood, you can fint it in any hardware, also in Walmart.

  11. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comment! :) I truly appreciate it and hope you will stop by again!
    That bathroom has such wonderful potential! Warm colors, a warm throw rug! I bet you will make it beautiful! :)

  12. Well your top bathroom looks like our "main" bathroom right now. LOL We have 2 huge mirrors that line the length of the wall. Really do you need that much of a mirror?? We plan on taking those down. We have a large mirror in our master bedroom and I plan on trimming it out someday. Your bottom picture reminds me of our basement bathroom. Paint does wonders and if you paint that vanity, it will look like new!! We did that and even spray painted the hinges and knobs. I use car primer and rustoleum outdoor texture paint and that works wonders! I even used them on our outdated gold door knobs and it doesn't scratch or rub off. Good luck. I know outdated bathrooms are the pits. We plan on updated ours this winter!

  13. Great comments! If your mirror is glued to the wall, I would make a wooden frame for it.
    If you like bead board, there is a bead board wallpaper that you can paint. I've only seen pics on other blogs, but it looks great.
    You can spray paint the silver that surrounds the glass shower. There are some great hammered metals and metal colors by Rustoleum.
    You can put a shower curtain over the glass door, if you cannot remove it.
    The paint color: I always go down 2 -3 colors on the swatch, even in small rooms.
    Best of luck...I know the rooms will look great, and you don't have to spend much money. I love decorating and challenging myself to not spend much.

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  15. Girls, Thanks for share with me your amazing ideas. You give me a clear picture of how my baths can look if a make changes suggested in this post. As soon, I finished one I let you know. Thank you, thank you for take a moment and help me with this project. Bye and see you soon,Evelyn

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