Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Powder Room Update


When we moved into this house 5 years ago, one of the very (many) first things we did was change all of the sinks in the bathrooms.  For some reason there were rust holes around the all the sink holes, that had been patched up but still looked awful. 

We also 'splurged' and updated the light fixtures and a couple of the counter tops.

I wish I had the before-before of powder room to show you the loveliness that we had.


WARNING: Do not spray paint in small non ventilated rooms!
This is a picture from around Christmas, when I decided to spray paint directly unto the cabinet.  Not a smart move!  I nearly passed out from the fumes! And the smell lasted for a few days weeks in the house, since there is no window in that bathroom. Yes, it's been like that since Christmas, don't judge!



I'm not sure if you can tell but the door handles (which were removed the day we moved in 5 years ago) were smack dab in the middle of the bottom cabinets and were u-g-l-y!! I replaced the drawer handle with some I had brought from something from our last house.  I only had two which was perfect.



Like I said we replaced the counter tops.  This one in particular is faux black granite (I don't know what it is called) We bought it off the shelf at Home Depot.  As you can see it is not as wide as the old counter and back splash.  The walls are painted with a textured Ralph Lauren paint... I think it's a suede technique that they used on it.  I can't find this paint and I haven't got a clue how to remove it other than sanding.  Hubby likes the colour and suede look, so I've left it alone, but what do I do about those patches??!?

So I finally got around to painting the cabinet and patching those bottom cabinet holes.
 (and getting rid of the spray paint patch).

Here it is now...





I love the new black colour!

So any ideas of what I can do about those patches on either side of backsplash?

Next I need to frame out that mirror. 

I've seen it done in a bunch of places in bloggy land and I think know I can do it too!

On a sad note... my parents left today.  They are spending the next couple of days at my sister's house who lives a few hours away from me.  I won't see them again for another year or so.




Here they are on the rocks in front of my house with the grandkids, taken this morning. Although we have been doing this long distance thing for the past 12 years, it doesn't get easier, especially now that they are older and facing some health problems.  I will miss them.  And I will miss them not being around for creating memories with the kids.  And I will miss my mom's cooking and dad's handiness. 

I wish them a safe trip back to Portugal!

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8 comments:

LoriD said...

The cabinet looks great! I would just try to colour-match the paint (chip out a little piece where it won't be seen, like on the toilet side of the cabinet and take it to HD to match)and don't worry about the sueding technique (although you could probably dry-brush it and get a similar effect). You wouldn't need much paint - one of those little tester cans would probably be enough.

I hope your parents have a good trip back to Portugal!

Pamela said...

Looks great! I know how hard it is to see parents go. We live half way across the country from both sets of rents. Mine we see once maybe twice a year. The Hubster's we see probably 5 times a year since they like to travel. I love having them around and am always sad to see them go.

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Melissa Miller said...

Bette it really looks great. The countertops are stunning! :)

momstheword said...

The new color is awesome, I love it! I agree with that other poster, just buy matching paint and paint over it. No one will likely notice the difference.

If you want a suede effect, I would try and google it and see if someone has done it before with paint. Maybe you could paint over tissue paper or a brown paper bag to get a similar effect, I don't know.

I'm sure it will be beautiful, whatever you choose to do.

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Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I wish I could say I didn't laugh when I read about the spray painting in the bathroom, but I did! I know EXACTLY what you experienced, because it happened to me about two years ago. YIKES! But it turned out beautifully in the end. Great job!

RACKS and Mooby said...

Looks great! Love the black cabinet -- and the granite! Wish we could have replaced our sinks with granite, but not in the budget. As the other ladies have said, I'd try the color matching too.

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Wonderful job! The cabinet looks great and the faux granite looks really nice! In regard to the areas that need touch up, it has been my expereince that it is nearly impossible to "touch-up" suede paint finishes without being obvious. In my old house I had to re-do a whole wall where I tried to touch up... I hope you are more successful. :)

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