Have you ever thought you did something that looked really cool and then years later said to yourself, “what was I thinking?” I am embarrassed, to say the least, to show you the before pictures of my sister’s powder room I did for her 11 years ago. It is for sure a “what was I thinking!” moment.
I want to say for the record, that this bathroom was done on pretty much a zero budget. It originally started out with all white walls, no personality what so ever. I had to be creative, so I did all the faux finish and stamping on the walls myself and had my brother-n-law add the bamboo molding and accessories for me.
Lots of green and fern stamping.
I made the curtains out of a shower curtain and used napkin ring holders as tie backs…what was I thinking!
I wasn’t really good at blending the corners of my rag roll faux finish so I came up with the idea of using bamboo in the corners to hide the imperfections…what was I thinking?
Thank goodness the quality of the picture is bad (never thought I would say that on my blog) I went all out and made the toilet area a tropical paradise. I glued plates on to rattan chargers for the artwork and finished it off with the pineapple hurricanes….what was I thinking?
I couldn’t take it any longer. Every time I went over to my sister’s house I cringed when I used this bathroom. So for her birthday in January, I told her I wanted to re-do her powder room as my gift to her. She was ecstatic, telling me I was such a sweet sister to do that. But in reality it was a selfish gift on my part, I couldn’t stand the thought of my name still being attached to this hideous bathroom. My repetition was on the line. Who was going to hire me after seeing that tropical over load mess of a room. Due to other things going on in her life and mine, I am just now re-doing her bathroom, but wow what a difference it is already.
It all started a couple of weeks ago when OneKingsLane had wallpaper on sale. I feel in love with this modern damask print (go figure) and I quickly made the decision it was going to be the new walls in the powder room.
My sister wanted me to do the bathroom in a dramatic style and I thought this fit the bill. I also ordered some grasscloth to go with it, because I felt that it might be over kill using this pattern on each and every wall.
I don’t know if it is a good thing or not, but my sister always gives me full rein when I do anything for her. She trusts my judgement (although after seeing her bathroom before I am baffled on why she does) I chose to use the grasscloth on the back of the toilet wall and continue on the side wall. I am not good at hanging wallpaper, so I hired a professional to install the wallpaper.
Wow, what a difference from the tropical overload that was there before!
Way more sophisticated don’t you think? It is not completed yet, still need to do a window treatment and have my brother-n-law install the new light fixture. But oh so much better than before. My sister now has my permission to use my name again as the designer of this bathroom.