Friday, January 8, 2010

Half Bath Redo

I thought that I'd share with you my downstairs 1/2 bath redo. I finished this right before Christmas. This is a "new" space we added on to the house when we remodeled. It was formerly the site of the old back porch that fell in on the old owner's wife!

The only thing I really did was repaint all the walls and paint the trim. I saw in November's Country Living magazine this paint color and loved it. It is Ralph Lauren in Mercer. The paint went on really nice and had a very good coverage. The color of the room was a Sage green that I had mixed myself (two mis-tinted cans of Mystic paint I bought in Chicago long ago). It was nice, but not what I was looking for. I had to do a lot of patching on the walls because for some reason there were many screwpops. I couldn't use the original paint color to repaint because there wasn't enough left.

Anyway, here is the finished product. This in the view looking into the bath.
The floors are travertine, like we have in the kitchen and master bath. I used frosted vinyl window cling from the Home Depot on the bottom of the window for privacy. Only need it for those occasions when someone else is in the back yard or hot tub. I hated covering the window because of the light and view. I think this was a good alternative.

Here's the sink. It was a Pegasus from Home Depot that I think is now discontinued. The faucet and light fixture were from the Expo and I got them on clearance when the store was closing. I bought a lot of stuff there. The mirror is from IKEA and about $20.
(Ignore that tape on the sink inlet!)

This is my collection of old children's school photos over the lav. I started collecting them a couple of years ago and recently added a few more. Just need one more! They are so cute. The first one on the left has all the kids in their Halloween costumes.

This is the corner opposite the toilet. There are two of these prints in here. They are from the same artist and have matching frames. My mom bought these for me.

The next photo is of one of my most treasured items. I bought this when I was still working in Chicago. It is a Chickering square grand piano made in 1855. I bought it through a piano broker and it came from Canada. It was quite a process to get it through customs because the keys are actual ivory. I love it and the history that goes with it. It was a beautiful tone. I have played piano since I was 5 and all through college. After having a family, it has sat neglected. This is going to change. I am going to start back at it.

I love all the light at my house. The old timers knew how to site a house to get the best light. Now if they could have only built straight walls and square rooms!


  1. Your bathroom turned out gorgeous. And your, love, love.

  2. beautiful bathroom, and the piano!! gorgeous. we live in an old house, too, so i know what you mean about square rooms. ;)

  3. Love your new bathroom! It turned out beautifully!

  4. I think one word will sum this up for me: JEALOUS!