October 15, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
Since starting my little weekly feature, Moodboard Monday, three weeks ago, I have tackled a nautical boy’s room and my mother’s laundry/utility room. The catch is that the moodboard can only be completed with freebies, paint, and any items found on my local Craigslist.
You can imagine my excitement when my dear, style-savvy sister-in-law, Erin, also a rock star blogger (thedrumgoolefamily.wordpress.com), requested that I give her guest bathroom a makeover with my Moodboard Monday feature. You see, Erin recently re-imagined her townhouse’s main living area and gave it a boost of color and style.
The dominant colors used in Erin’s living room are green, navy blue, and teal blue. Her home, and especially her living room, is welcoming and fresh. Not the case with her guest bath, which is just off the entry and adjacent to Erin’s beautiful living room. Besides a little freshening up over the years, the guest bath hasn’t really been updated like the rest of Erin’s home. Here are a few images of the bathroom as it is today.
Taking my cues from the Erin I know, Erin’s living room makeover, and her well-appointed pins on Pinterest, this is what I came up with:
As you can see, I repeated a lot of the same colors, but used them in different intensities and patterns. Erin has a great appreciation for mid-century modern furniture and aesthetic. Although the guest bathroom is tiny, I decided to go over-the-top with both color and style in a glamorous 60’s way. I figured that the guest half bath off of the foyer was the place to have a little fun with pattern and style. Allow me to walk you through the moodboard.
Taking back the layers, I used a soft, light gray, Behr’s ‘Light French Gray’. I would suggest painting the entire guest bath, ceiling included, in this shade.
I would also suggest this stencil pattern, to be used on one wall of the guest half bath to provide interest and style. It definitely has a ‘wow’ factor. Also the curviness of the pattern would breakup the many hard angles of the rectangular room and the corners of vanity, door, shelving, etc…. I think that between Erin and I, we could diy this stencil pattern with just a printer, card stock, and a steady hand. No need to buy the stencil. Also, if this pattern is too busy, it could be simplified, or even replaced with a looser pattern that could be found online as a free printable.
The next element would be to either paint or replace the current vanity. Either way, I would suggest painting the vanity a fun, funky peacock blue like Behr’s ‘Peacock Tail’.
Here is an example of a dresser that has been painted in a bright blue to give you an idea:
Erin’s current vanity is in great condition, it just needs an update, so painting it is the perfect solution. Erin had requested a mid-century modern dresser (MCM) to be converted into a sink, but honestly most mcm dressers out there in the size Erin would need for this half bath are difficult to find. I did see quite a few on Craigslist, but they were quite costly and/or difficult to convert to a sink with ease and limited budget. Converting a dresser into a sink isn’t impossible, but several factors need to be considered. For Erin’s purposes, I thought it best to simply paint, as her vanity is fully functional as is. (Sorry Erin, I tried. I just couldn’t see spending a lot on beautiful furniture only to destroy it. We might have better luck at the Goodwill or a yard sale, in terms of price.)
To further update Erin’s vanity, we could add these inexpensive items: bathroom accessories and new lighting.
I would also paint the brass fixtures (including Erin’s current faucet) in Rustoleum’s ‘Aged Copper’ metallic spray paint. It isn’t the shiny brass, but still has a warm golden hue. Most of Erin’s hardware in her home is oil rubbed bronze (orb), but I think a slight variation in this guest bath could be fun. It could also be used to update the vanity’s drawer pulls.
The mirror above the vanity is a plain, rectangular mirror. We could have added a chunky wood frame, but wanted to mix up the shapes in the room. Erin requested a round mirror, so this is what I think would look great in the space. It is a round mirror, but has some dimension to it. It is also a nice metallic shade somewhere between the orb and the aged copper. I think it would help blend the different metallic finishes beautifully.
For additional color and comfort, I think this simple Ikea rug is the ticket.
And of course, we need some art work! These two prints caught my eye both for their color schemes and retro, mid-century feel.
A couple of wooden, floating shelves to mount above the toilet:
And of course, we need some accessories:
The above could be arranged on the shelves interspersed with the navy, canvas storage bins.
For the vanity countertop, I’d love to see a trio of these glass bowls with succulents. Although the guest bath doesn’t have a window, I think the bathroom may receive a fair amount of natural sunlight, as it is near the home’s entrance. If not, the plants could always be replaced with artificial plants or air ferns (remember those?).
And that is how I would jazz up Erin’s ho-hum half bath into a guest loo worth a look, or two.
Here is the budget breakdown:
- One gallon of Behr’s ‘Light French Gray’: $35
- One quart of Behr’s ‘Stone Fence’: $15
- One quart of Behr’s ‘Peacock Tail’: $15
- Rustoleum ‘Aged Copper’ spray paint: $9
- Bathroom fixtures and two sconces: $26
- Round mirror: $65
- Rug: $20
- Two pieces of artwork: $40 (@$20 each)
- Shelves: $14
- Navy, canvas storage bins: $15
- Figurines (quails, peacock, and crane): $55
- Clear, glass bowls for plants: $9 (@ $3 each)
- Succulents: $10 (guesstimate)
MOODBOARD BUDGET: $228
*Special note. As is with Craigslist, all of the above items may or may not be available and the amount paid could vary, as the prices represent ‘asking’ prices. Also, many of the items shown, for example the accessories, could probably be purchased for much less via a yard sale or Goodwill location. The point is to be resourceful and use your imagination. Be bold and deliberate with your choices and things will work out.
I hope you have enjoyed this recent exploration of another moodboard on Moodboard Monday. Who’s next? I’m ready for another challenge! Until next time…, happy Craigslisting.