Back in November, I mentioned that we were working on a home renovation project before my parents arrived for Thanksgiving. A few people have asked how that project turned out, so I feel it is probably time to confess. We are not finished!
Are you ready for a little progress report?
Downstairs, we have a small powder room which we completely gutted almost as soon as we moved in. I have some bad cell phone “before” pictures I will share when it’s time to do the full reveal, but to sum up, we started out with terracotta orange + lots of 80′s details. The goal:
- new floors - done!
- new toilet - done!
- paint and/or wallpaper - in progress
- new vanity + faucets - decisions made, waiting to be installed
- new light fixture – purchased, waiting to be installed
- new mirror – TBD
- new accessories (towel rack, toilet paper holder, etc.) - TBD
Before Thanksgiving, we managed to get the hardwood floors laid and the new toilet installed, and then our progress halted. The room has been mostly functional, but not terribly glamorous. We have to send our guests to the nearby kitchen or laundry room to wash their hands.
All told, this tiny room will take us about 4 months to complete. I am oddly fine with that. We had some projects we had to tend to in between, plus the holidays and travel. Right now, we are only able to work on the house on weekends, and I think it is really important to enjoy a little down-time, too.
So where are we headed?
I created a little mood board to show some of the design choices we have made. This room is really small and visible off of the main hallway in our house, so we wanted something bold on the walls. Our first preference might have been wallpaper, but our walls are very textured, and we knew that wallpaper would be a challenge. It might even require skim-coating the walls first, and if we’re going to go to all that trouble + expense, we want the wallpaper to be really important.
Instead, we are going with an accent wall of painted chevrons. We chalked + taped the pattern out yesterday, and so far, we’re pretty excited about it. We are trying out a new painting technique. We’ll let you know how it goes.
The mood board above is really just the silvery-gray backdrop of the room. Eventually, we will bring in some kind of accent color through artwork and accessories. We are leaning towards blues and greens, but we’ll see.
It’s fun to see it all coming together (even if it’s only virtually). All that shopping for accessories and fixtures can take a long time, but I think being happy with the end result is really what it’s all about.
What about you? Any re-decorating projects in the works?