Home decor, Fast & Cheap!
We all know that one thing leads to another, and in decorating this is infinitely true! I have been thinking about updating our powder room for a long time…
Our house is 20+ years old…
It was fitted with these bright gold fixtures that were apparently the bomb back in 1989…I probably loved them at the time, but now they look dated
We’ve never figured out why there is a bath tub in the powder room anyway… Pretty odd seeing as the Master is the only bedroom on this level…we only have used the shower a couple of times when our bathroom was being redone…
So years ago I hung a shower rod and some drapery panels and just pretended it wasn’t there!
Short of ripping everything out, painting the walls and redoing the floor, my challenge was to update this powder room without expensive changes.
The floor is covered with gorgeous marble tiles, and I had to work with these warm tones. Eventually I will paint the walls but for now they will stay terra cotta. I am crazy about all the current bright geometric fabrics~ and I must admit have been chevron crazed lately…
pillows on the family room couch
and tray on the ottoman
and a table runner~ I love the bright energy of the chevron pattern!
I don’t want to go to crazy though, don’t want to tire of anything too fast. I found some fabrics that I loved but they were pricey…seasonal touches are one thing, and easily changed, but for the powder room I decided not to invest in fabric right now because my goal is to get the interiors of the main floor repainted this year…so this is a temporary re-do…just to keep me happy in the meantime. I looked at drapes and shower curtains and couldn’t find any that were close to what I wanted, and then I remembered I had this fabric!
I bought this several years ago on super clearance and used it once to drape a prep area for a party. I saved it figuring it would come in handy someday… I was drawn to the bright warm colors and fanciful stripes. I dug it out and measured, it was the perfect amount!
I used the old drapery panels as a pattern and recreated them in this fresh bright fabric. I stitched everything with a sewing machine.
In no time at all I had a bright new look. I am still debating if I want to put the cream sheer panel back in between the striped ones, but to keep it looking different from before, I opted to just use the stripes.
I still have to live with the gold fixtures, but the ones in the tub have disappeared behind the curtain and the gold mirror got a little update with paint
I simply brushed some cream color acrylic paint lightly over the gold with a fairly dry brush to insure the paint didn’t cover too thickly. I wanted the gold peaking through just a little.
It looks very similar to the popular shabby chic vintage pieces yet, it took minutes to create, rather than hours.
I changed out the accessories, brought in a birdcage full of moss balls and the man in the bathtub to hold soap
I changed the artwork around, this watercolor was in the hall and had just the right colors to match the stripes, and the frame is white and gold.
The delicate peach bath tub watercolor moved into the space in the powder room hall right outside the doorway.
Little changes, but it looks so much fresher and I know it’s cleaner without those old dusty drapes!
I can also tuck the bottom of the panels into the tub to “protect” them and keep things clean. Super Boy, my soon to be 5 year old grandson, uses this room often…
Considering I only spent a couple of hours and absolutely NO $$ on this little re-do, I am pretty happy for the moment!
I am thinking about putting a sign behind the curtain for nosey guests like, “I bet you thought there would be dead bugs in here!” or “What are you looking for?” Ha! You know people take a peak! They probably do find a dead bug or two…..!
I would love your suggestions, what would you do to update this bath? What color would you paint it? Would you keep the tub hidden? I seriously want your suggestions! Would you go with wallpaper in a bold print and plain panels for the tub? Do you think wallpaper is here to stay for a while? Help!!
the artwork are original watercolors from JMdesigns Gallery
all fabrics were purchased at Hobby Lobby
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the Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY
Between Naps on the Porch for METAMORPHIS MONDAY & TABLESCAPE THURSDAY
Stone Gable for ON THE MENU MONDAY and TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY
A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY
The Gunny Sack for TIME TO SPARKLE
Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA
Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY
Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH
Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY
Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY
The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY and ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY
No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY
the Answer is Chocolate for BFF OPEN HOUSE
The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP
Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS
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