Saturday, May 18, 2013

Beachy Bathroom Mini Makeover and the Human Drive to Decorate!

Hello! I don't know what makes people the way they are.. do what they do, love what they love. Some people get their enjoyment from music.. some people can't live without running... some people love their books. Then there is me and evidently, quite a few others out in the creative 'blogland', that can't live without decorating. What is it that drives me to paint, rearrange, sew and just generally have a need to change things up?  We'll never know what drives people, just that they do what they have to do! 
So here's my story !
 It all started with this painting.

I went to an estate sale a few months ago for the artist  Richard Keyes. A local artist and somewhat known, he passed away last year. I went to the estate sale and picked up a few of his works for a reasonable price. I couldn't believe the behavior of some of the buyers, they were grabbing up things like crazy. It felt like some weird reality show, like Storage Wars or American Pickers on steroids.  Anyways, I put one of the unframed paintings in the bathroom. This painting is of the Big Sur coast in California.. a beautiful rendering of a place I love. The original oil painting was like a breath of fresh air, like a window to the outdoors in this little windowless bathroom.

Then, I had to do it.
 I had to make that bathroom feel lighter and brighter and happier without major renovations. The bathroom was feeling heavy.. brown tile and brownish  walls that I had hand done with Venetian Plaster years ago. Not wanting to redo everything, I liked the bones, I set out to make the bathroom feel beachy and fresh.
     Step One-Shopping! Always the fun and easy part, before the messy reality of pulling off what my little brain was imagining. First stop, of course, Home Goods! I wanted a new rug and found this. I like to start out with the piece that has a more limited selection and match things to that. Paint can be matched to anything.. rugs come as they are.

Then I found some inexpensive blue towels at Walmart. I wanted color  and these towels don't have to be great. This bathroom is mostly used as a guest bath.
Next stop in my shopping adventure--Hobby Lobby. I found the last beach themed hook in the whole store, this seahorse was a dollar. Perfect!
I picked up paint swatches at Home Depot and decided on Jazz Blue in one of their 8oz sample jars. It went nicely with the blues in the coastal painting.

Now I was ready for the projects. I painted the previously brown shelf, white and I also painted that little 'Peace' candle holder with leftover turquoise spray paint. A thriftshop elephant got put to use holding seashells, it was the perfect color.

I used the seahorse hook and a piece of fence board I had saved and made a towel holder/decorative plaque. I wanted to bring the blue around the room with the vibrant towels.

I made a frame for the oil painting out of scrap lumber from the 'depot'. Check their scrap pile when you have little projects. The wood was 51 cents.... yep, cheap. The wide frame acts as a narrow shelf for this sea village scene on a copper plate made in Chile, as well as collected shells.

As for the shower curtain, it had a nylon liner, so I just took off the beige and brown curtain, leaving a simple, crisp white curtain.
I used the bold, pretty blue paint and painted the sink vanity. One thing about the sample size paint, it only comes in flat, so I had to put a coat of satin Polyurethane on, also.
     I love the blue! I used it to paint a finial too and put that on top   of the toilet tank. 


Then I had to make a decision about the gold framed mirror.

 Using my decorating logic,(dangerous at times), I convinced myself it was 'only paint' and I could always redo it.. I painted the mirror white with blue trim. The jazzy blue was a little too loud under the light fixture, so  I toned it down with a wash of watered down white paint.

 Well, what do you think? I really like all the changes! Even though it still has the basic walls and tile colors, the new colors and accessories really make it feel beachy and refreshing. 
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  1. Good Evening Cindy, When the decorating bug strikes, there is nothing else you can do, but allow that creative urge to follow it's path!
    I love that your creative urge came from a beautiful painting and I also love the patchwork style rug.
    It is interesting to see people when there is a bargain to be had..... it show's a side of us which we do not normally see. I love a bargain, but I would rather walk away than be aggressive.
    I have loved my visit. Enjoy your weekend.
    Best Wishes

    1. Daphne, I know what you mean about walking away rather than being aggressive. Not much is worth a fight! Thanks for your encouragement on my creative endeavors! Best of everything, Cindy​

  2. Your bathroom redo reminds me of an Ermas Bombeck column. The gist is, she buys a new cheap pillow, which makes the sofa look dingy, so a new sofa is in order, but now look at the carpet . . .

    You started with a painting and now look at where you are with your bath. Looks great!

  3. I sure miss Erma Bombeck! Her wit was always right on!

  4. Great job! Looks fun.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. Your painting looks great, and I especially love what you did with the seahorse hook on the painted board, so cute!

    1. Jenna, I'm thinking of making more of those. It was really easy and inexpensive!
      Thanks for stopping by! Cindy

  6. Your bathroom looks great! I love that seahorse towel hanger! I also love the rug, and I noticed a little blue elephant. I collect elephants. :-) Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

    1. I featured your bathroom makeover at this week's Submarine Sunday link party!

      Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party #34

  7. I love that you put fine art in your bath. The colors look great. I love the color on your cabinet! Your rug is fantastic, too. I think you did a great job. Thanks so much for linking-up to My Happy List!


  8. Wowsers, that's a great transformation. Love the blue cabinet and towels, especially. Great job! Susan

  9. Wonderful makeover! I love that color blue and the painting is a beautiful inspiration piece!
    Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF!


  10. Great job! Love the rug! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday Link Party!!
    Amy @

  11. Ooooh, love the beachy decorating. The rug is brilliant! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  12. I love everything about the ocean and you've done an amazing job in this bathroom! I love it!

  13. The beach is one of my favorite places on earth. Love what you've done to your bathroom.

  14. I love the changes! It really doesn't take a lot to make it look and feel fresh and new! I like the beachy theme too! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share! Hope to see you again soon! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  15. Wow, this is marvelous. One could imagine themselves on a resort in this bathroom. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  16. It's now a room with a view Cindy. The room transformation is lovely. Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

  17. Looks Great! You are a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Featuring your fabulous makeover. Thanks so much for linking up at the Wildly Original link party.

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!


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