the beginnings of something lovely

 

When I’m not painting in my studio, you can find me doing a bit of interior design from helping to pick paint colors, to finding a perfect piece of furniture, to redesigning rooms.  I had a gentle renovation in mind when I was working on this small bathroom recently.  I wanted to save what I could in an effort to keep the budget small and in check.  In this case the white tiles on the wall, the cast iron tub and toilet were all in great shape but needed a tiny bit of love.  I found a secret weapon in the Pumie Scouring Stick.  It is kind of like a magic wand for making tubs, porcelain, and ceramic tiles like new again. A little bit of elbow grease, water and the Pumie stick and I was able to breath new life into some of the bathroom fixtures.

 

floor love

 

The biggest change came in the way of a new floor. It was my main splurge in the room and also the anchor piece to the entire redesign.  I had found these wonderful tiles imported from Spain and used them as the jumping off point. I was looking for an updated but vintage feel in the bathroom that flowed with the rest of the house.  Once we put these tiles down – it was love at first sight (or second sight because I already had pinned them to my design board).

 

a gentle renovation

Once the floor was installed and the tub, wall tile and toilet were cleaned and polished. We painted the wall, installed some new sconces, hung a new shower curtain and reinstalled the previous vanity. Everything looks fresh and new but also feels as if its always been here.

 

mud room makeover

 

While I was on a roll, we cleaned up the mudroom and installed hardworking shiplap to the walls. We hung some vintage hooks for coats and hats and also cordoned off a piece of the space for out of site storage that is accessed by a rustic barn door.  The result is fresh and neat with a modern vintage vibe.

Now that this project is done – I’m back to my studio to paint.

(links to above items: pumie scouring stick, shower curtain, bee-hive sconces, antique stool, spanish tile, bathroom wall color, mudroom wall color, hooks, bench)

 

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