On the main floor of our home we have a tiny guest bath. I have tried to spruce it up many times, even going so far at to paint it Kelly green (yikes! that lasted less than 24 hours). I decided to go the opposite of bright. I went for a feeling of weathered, worn, dull and peaceful. Style influences vintage, industrial, farmhouse, and beach.
I painted the walls a light grey (Ralph Lauren Tudric Pewter interior eggshell paint – mixed and matched at Lowes)
I wanted to something on the ceiling. This was a small space with nothing interrupting the ceiling except a bathroom fan (which I later spray painted gray to blend in). About a year earlier I came across a lot of FREE wood (read about it HERE). I nabbed two small sheets of very weathered ply wood. I had enough square footage to cover the ceiling. My husband cut them into 5″ wide planks. We sanded down each edge lightly with a mouse sander, put small globs of Liquid Nails on the back, lined them up in a wood floor pattern and air stapled them to the ceiling.
I couldn’t believe how beautiful the ply wood looked when installed. It looked like thick boards but didn’t take up the head room in our 7′ tall bathroom. I countersunk any of the staples that were visible and the rest just blend in. All of the natural weathering of years exposed to rain and snow really brought out the grain.
The vanity that came with our house is a bit awkward. My husband has wanted to change it out since we moved in, I’ve been trying to work with it. Last year I added a few home made stencils to it. The Stock NO. is the zip code where we were married, No. 6 for six people in our family, and the contract no is J for Justin, A for Amanda, and our anniversary.
I liked the stenciling, but have always loved open shelving and the merchandising ability it gives me, even for my guest bathroom. I left the false drawer front and took off the door. When my husband was out of town I decided to tackle this one on my own. That means finding scrap shelving, cutting it to fit (even if it was not deep enough, it doesn’t matter anyway), Jerry rigging shelf supports with screws and (a woman’s best friend) a glue gun. Needless to say…YOU can do this, no husband required for this project. I used his table saw and an electric hacksaw…and I felt powerful! But, if you are buying a shelf at a home improvement store, I’d just have them cut it for you.
Here is my merchandising/storage for now. Extra toilet paper is hidden in the back of the drawer. In front of the t.p. are two of my souvenir sands in Ikea jars. Since I only buy white towels (I like to know they are clean, and bleaching makes it a sure thing) I took a pile of extras and folded them up neat and tidy. I used an extra metal janitorial bucket from an old nursery project to hold easy access toilet paper. Bar soaps are opened and placed in a metal basket giving off a yummy soapy smell. Stacked wash cloths tucked in a tall metal basket hide the unsightly but needed flush-able wipes.
Accessorizing with new mirror from Ikea, an old map print from Target, a leaf sculpture from Pier 1 and a magazine rack from Pottery Barn (all but the mirror were gathered from around my house). I love the finished look. It is a nice peaceful place to glance at every time I walk by.