I don’t know why, but I typically don’t take lots of before photos,
+ believe me, there have been really horrific ones, like this,
in our main bathroom downstairs:
The befores make the after photos so much more dramatic!
Wow — viva la difference, am I right?
Earlier this week, I forced myself to grab the camera
+ head upstairs for some epic before AND during photo ops.
Let’s start with the bathroom’s tub + shower surround,
which are already finished + are actually afters.
I chose white subway tiles because they are classic + timeless.
My design for the window surround turned out well, I thought, modestly:
I’ve already shared the Sherwin-Williams paint we chose:
Unusual Gray (at the bottom) for the walls,
with Contented (third from top) at 50%, for the ceiling.
Very neutral! Very pretty!
But as often happens in a room’s during stage, it’s kind of a blah!
What does it need?
I’m not sure, but here’s a start.
These IKEA cabinets in white contrast nicely
with the darker-than-I-thought-they’d-be Unusual Gray walls:
I’ve already shared my love for the tall cabinet’s black legs.
They, combined with the black in our floor tiles,
mean I need to repeat more black, for continuity purposes.
How about a black metal mirror for above the vanity?
I’ve chosen this one, because it’s modern yet rustic at the same time.
Another disclaimer: this was $90-something from Target,
but they’re out of it online,
+ you’ll have to search for it in their stores.
We are going to Target right now, so stay tuned!
Trips to 2 different Target stores ensued,
+ we ended up buying this one, which was $35-ish!
Have you shopped for mirrors lately? That’s a great price!
Now it’s time for G.O. to hang the bathroom door.
Here’s what that looks like, about midway though:
He sez that all this wood stuff is called door casing,
+ it’s taking longer than I’d hoped.
I have to remember that he is a perfectionist, so I shan’t ask him to work faster.
HA! Most of the time, I don’t!
Here you can see where the finished woodwork will be positioned:
Here’s a wider view, looking to the hallway + bath.
What’s up with that embossed-looking wainscoting — you’re wondering?
Here’s a close up:
It was surely very beautiful when the house was built,
but right now, parts of it are in rough shape.
Speaking of being in rough shape, notice our beautiful-but-sad staircase
+ how the wainscoting extends down those stairs!
Back to our upstairs. Right now, my goal is to find an even grayer gray/green.
I want something more neutral for the upstairs woodwork,
but I don’t want just gray; we’ve got that downstairs.
As always, I shall head to Pinterest first + see what others have chosen.