FINALLY!!!! I have pics of our powder room that we tried to knock out in one weekend. Here is what we were originally working with….
Note a few things..the overly scrolly wallpaper, the drapery panel (with more scrolls) used as a shower curtain, the torch style sconces. YUCK! Here’s how it looks now….
As you can see we didn’t drastically change it since we’re on serious budget mode still. But what we did do is tone down the busy-ness of the room and make it a little more soothing. 
We replaced the torch scones with Restoration Hardware Bistro Sconces in oil rubbed bronze. I found them for a steal on Ebay! Score! The mirror actually is not the one that was there when we moved in. The original mirror was a rectangular shape..again..with scrolls and doo-dads all over it. We had this one that we had used in a bedroom and decided it would work for now. Eventually I think I’d like to also get the Bistro Pivot Mirror from RH. 
We also changed out the rug and curtain to a some nice new ones from RH. The towels are from Home Goods and the paint is BM Grant Beige.  
But the room isn’t done folks! Oh no, not at all. Although the vanity doesn’t look so fussy and old lady like anymore, its just not our style at all.  I’m considering finding an old dresser and dropping a sink into it, or a pedestal type sink…. What would you do?? What do you think the room still needs?

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September 11, 2009

Guest/Baby bath remodel

by Shelly

We just moved to our new big, wonderful new home a short 6 weeks ago, but of course the “we’ll eventually do that” bathroom ended up being one of the first large projects we decided to knock out. What facilitated our decision to conquer the bathroom was two things: 1) our 2 year old would have NOTHING to do with baths in that room for her and 2) our dearest German friends were coming mid-September for a two week visit to the states. So we decided to do a “small” redo on the room…yeah right!!

Actually, I should admit that I was asked by my hubby to just take off the wallpaper, so we could paint the room. Unfortunately, I can’t locate the pic before I painstakingly scrapped off all the wonderfulness that was our Tommy Bahama palm tree explosion. But it was very early 1990′s with LOTS of palm trees and complete with not just one wallpaper border over the actual main wallpaper, but TWO! UGH UGH UGH!

                           So here is the lovely bath after the paper came down. Awesome huh? Looks like a lot of apartment bathrooms I’ve had in the past!
Well once the paper came down the other half and I decided to just go full speed ahead. So here we are just three days before our friends are due to arrive and we still have nothing, but the tub in place. Long story short, we went with a handyman that was VERY lazy and then got “sick” Tuesday and well, we haven’t seen him since. So, I contacted some other installers and first thing this am, I have two guys here to lay the shower and floor tile. Tomorrow morning the new vanity is being installed, as well as the vanity marble. Here are are the fabulous details going into our vintage inspired bath….
Restoration Hardware Framed Inset Medicine Cabinet
Grohe “Seabury” 8″ Widespread Faucet

Grohe “Seabury” Tub/Shower Faucet

Pottery Barn Mercer Double Sconce in Satin Nickle
  PB Mercer Bath Fixtures

1″ Unglazed Hexagon Floor Tile

Ann Sacks 3 x 6 subway tile for shower walls
Kohler Devonshire Soaking Tub

Kohler Devonshire Undermount Sinks
We’re hoping and praying that the new guys can knock this bathroom out by Tuesday! Please cross your fingers and toes for us. I would so love this to be all ready for our amazing friends and their baby!!!  Stay tuned for after pics.