Thank you for all the support with our big announcement yesterday. Your energy and excitement for us is going to make this process so much easier. I’m sure of it. With that said, buckle up–it’s been pretty crazy over here since we decided last Friday we were taking the job and moving. We have a lot of unfinished rooms and projects. We have reassessed our list and nixed, altered and even added a few things. Maybe that’s a different post entirely, but obviously we needed to do something about our master bathroom before putting our home on the market. Because, this:
We have been planning, saving and dreaming about a bathroom overhaul and that’s just not gonna happen in this house. Ain’t nobody got time for that. But! We knew there were a few quick things we could do to improve the aesthetic drastically. There were some main problems: the builder-grade vanity, the light fixture, the flooring, and the stenciling. Oh, and the faux marble tub surround that isn’t our favorite but had to stay. Because it had to stay (no time. no time), we started brainstorming ways to make it look its best. It’s off-white, so having anything lighter on the walls only makes it look more yellow. That meant we needed to create contrast in the room so the off-whites/yellowing plastic would appear whiter. Dark walls (which thankfully the bathroom can handle due to a window) and a vanity painted a few shades darker than the surround did the trick.
I painted the vanity first, using Farrow & Ball’s Shaded White color matched at Sherwin Williams (they had the formula). It’s a perfect light greige that I’ll definitely remember for the future. I am quickly learning you can’t go wrong with Farrow & Ball colors. They are sophisticated and rich looking every time.
I also added cheap-o handles from Home Depot that really help the vanity shake off more of the builder grade look. When deciding on a wall color, I knew I wanted to stick in the blue family since painting our bedroom a really, really light blue (Farrow and Ball’s Skylight). I pulled out all my blue swatches I had from picking a base kitchen cabinet color and decided on Glidden Professional’s Mystery Sound. It’s a warm, muted, deep blue/green with gray undertones and it looks really nice from the bedroom. I think things like that are important. How paint colors look from one room to another–they should coordinate.
Glidden’s professional line (Master Touch) has a high sheen level. We actually went with eggshell which is more like a semi-gloss in other paint lines–perfect for bathrooms.
And now for a confession–suddenly the faux marble doesn’t bother me! At all. The sophisticated paint color and not stenciled roses really glam it up I think.
The floor is still making me twitch so that’s next on our list. And lighting. And dressing the window. Really, we could have should have done this so many months ago, even while waiting on a future big-time renovation. Lesson learned.