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Monday, August 10, 2015

Some Changes Are Easy & Some Are Not

Ok, I am still struggling with this hall bathroom.  How can one simple little bathroom be such a pain.  First off, the first coat of white didn't cover the gold color that was on the walls, so I needed to do a second coat.  Off to the store for a gallon of paint (which by the way is really expensive anymore).  I bought the same white that I have been using in the rest of the house - SW Reliable White. Painted it the second time and it looked pink, even changing the light bulbs it was pink.  Not a good thing, so back to find a different color.  This time we matched the white to the white background color of the black and white fabric I wanted to use.  Another day of painting and the room was a yellow/green color.  Not pretty.  Back for the next go around to the paint store.  I took a piece of molding that I had and had them match the color.  Now my room is white, but boy is it white.  (really, really white). Actually it is really a nice white, I am just not use to such a white room.  Now this is 4 days of painting this bathroom 4 times.  Ughhh!!!!!!

Oh, to backtrack a minute.  Remember I wanted to use this stencil in here on one wall - -

I did a sample since my walls are so heavily textured and this is what it looks like 

 not going to work at all, so no stencil.   We have what is called a "knock down" finish on our walls that the builder always uses,  so this is not a good thing to try and stencil over.

You can see the texture on the left side of this picture here.  My dabs of black that I did in the closet for a "dot-dash" look worked fine since it is such a random thing.  A regular all over pattern just isn't going to work.

With that all said, back to the issue at hand.  I have been looking at tons of different fabric combinations and I can't seem to get a handle on anything.  The black and white doesn't look white, it looks sort of yellow/green in here.

The brown and white fabric does show up as white, just not necessarily my favorite.  The gold that I had in here works, and so does the black and white check laying on the tub, I just don't think either is what I am wanting to go with.

The antique gold frame on the floor looks muddy on the wall, the shiny gold like the frame laying on the counter looks better.  This art isn't staying, I am just testing finishes.  

Ok, I couldn't tell anything with so many distractions and such a mess, so I cleaned everything up and sewed a few quick seams on this Ikat fabric that I had. This could work, but again what in the world do I do about art for the walls and is this stunning or just so-so.  I thought I wanted to go with brown and white or black and white, but neither one looks right.

 I do like the white crystal tassel that I found in my stash.

I still havn't found a mirror I really like at a price I am willing to pay, so for now I put the old one back up.  Ok, just not a wow factor.  The mirror's only saving grace is the outside of the frame is walnut that matches my newly stained vanity.



I think I need to get a grip and regroup.  This is not rocket science and definitely will not affect world peace, so surely I can figure this thing out.

I am open to any and all suggestions - Help a girl out.
I am open to repainting again - guys, give me a clue - anything but blue or grey and I will be good to go.  
I WANT A SIMPLE BLACK AND WHITE BATHROOM WITH GOLD ACCENTS - HOW DO I GET THAT?

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33 comments:

  1. Oh I am sorry my friend. I have been in your shoes and it truly is no fun. I am thinking that one of the reasons the room is a bit "Off" is that the Ikat fabric is a bit to modern to pair with your pastoral artwork. If you would like to keep this artwork in the bath I often suggest to clients to pick one of the secondary or even tertiary colors that appear in a painting as your wall color. It really make the artwork pop and feel cohesive. I'm thinking one of the soft greens. Perhaps then, after you've painted AGAIN, your preferred fabric will work. Hang in there. It's going to be great.

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  2. I agree with comment above. You will get there! What if you paint the mirror frame black to tie together the cabinet and shower curtain and then it's not fighting against the white wall? What do I know I have 4 shades of greige on my kitchen island! good luck! You are closer to the finish than you realize! laura

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  3. I feel your pain .....lol! Been where you're at many times, things just not looking exactly like I had planned. I would try bringing some of that black to the floor with a rug. Good luck and I know the finished room will look gorgeous....hugs...

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  4. Love the fabric you used with those tassels. It is going to be gorgeous when you are done.

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  5. I am eager to see what you do. I plan on having a black and white bathroom in a couple of years. I don't think my old computer likes your blog. I have been having trouble seeing it lately. I takes so long to load.

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    1. I am so sorry to hear about the loading time. Someone else told me they had a hard time on Safari, but it loads really fast on Chrome or Internet Explorer. Thanks for hanging in there.

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  6. Marty, I understand what you are going through and I am sorry it has been so rough. First, the idea of a black floor mat is good in theory, but Bestie D has one in her newly remodeled bathroom and she tells me it is next to impossible to keep clean. Perhaps a white floor mat would work. Also, I think if you are going for a classic look with a contemporary vibe that you should use art in black frames. The frames would tie in better with the fabric and look great against the nice white walls. I would keep the white paint. I think it makes the room look nice and large (AND clean). Finally, I would get a black framed mirror. These are just some of my ideas. I hope it helps.
    Best of luck,
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

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  7. Marty, with your white walls and walnut cabinet, I think a nice nubby linen, burlap or even drop cloth material would look nice. There are a lot of hard surfaces in bathrooms, I think the more "natural" textures you can add, the better. And if you do decide to paint again, wait for SW 30 or 40% off sale -- They've been having a lot of them this summer! :D We are all our own worse critic -- I'm sure if we walked into your bathroom, we'd all think it was just lovely! Take care!

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  8. Marty, I agree with parts of the above suggestions. I think the shower curtain is lovely. I would use a black framed mirror, hang some art with black frames, and the large white mats with small b/w pictures in them, then use bright color accessories. I like the idea of the white rug too. ???? You will make it stunning. You always do!! Good luck!

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  9. Boy can I relate, Marty. We decided to update my teenage daughter's room this weekend. We painted white over a very pale, baby pink. It still took three coats!! Ugh. We are not up to the accessorizing stage yet, but I can sympathize. I love how you taped the fabric to the wall, I do that, too. I am so visual, I need to see it all together. You have such an elegant sense of style, when it's right, you'll know. I wish you luck on your journey and can't wait to see the result!!

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  10. Oh Marty, I have a small bathroom with similar issues. I love the ikat fabric you have hanging up right now. I noticed the pattern has a cream or soft gold in it - it's faint in the picture but I see it. I wonder if painting the walls that color would pull it all together a little more. I saw that you aren't keeping the artwork but if you want to use a gold type frame maybe it would go more easily with that color rather than white. Can't wait to see what you do.

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  11. Hang in there, Marty...we can all understand what you're going through! I have also painted rooms multiple times trying to get just the right shade of paint. Ok, so here is what I see...I really like the paint color, and I also like the gold fabric because it pulls the floor in (also liking the current rug.) And I think the mirror and darker art actually bring a nice warmth to the room. How about painting the light fixture black? And maybe add some more art using black frames. Good luck!!

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  12. Oh, poor Marty! I've been where you are and it can be so frustrating! I know you'll figure it all out - just look at your gorgeous home. Sleep on it and you'll have the answer. Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. the ikat is my favorite in there, i like that you can bring out the gold with it, and it seems to work with your flooring. it provides a bit more warmth than the one with just black and white in it. a rug with cream, or white, or gold. as far as for the walls, i think you can do gold or black frames. or black frames with some foil art?

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  14. You sound like me, Marty. I just redid my bathroom from the tub up, well, almost done. Our house is about 60 years old and the tub is original. We talked about replacing it, but we like the big tub and the new ones are much smaller inside. So, I bit the bullet and repainted my tub. It was a lot of work, but it looks great! So then on to walls, floor, vanity and lights. I'm replacing the floor. That is next, I didn't want to do it until all the painting was done. I painted my vanity and mirror white and my walls are a pale blue with brown accessories. I have a pop of orange in some flowers and a small ginger jar. Well, my light fixture was the problem. It was brass (I know you are going with the brass now, isn't that funny?) and I wanted brushed nickel. Long story short I couldn't find a light fixture I liked so I painted the one I had satin nickel. It is just what I was looking for. I also had a hard time finding fabric for my window valance and shower curtain. Hobby Lobby had just what I was looking for. I started this project in May and I'm not done yet! What I'm trying to say is that you will find what you want, sometimes it just takes a little while to get it right. I know it can be frustrating, but when you find that perfect fabric or painting or mirror you will know it! My suggestion on the walls might be to go with a pale grey, almost white so let your fabric and gold accents shine. What do you think?

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  15. So sorry Marty! I was going through the same thing in our master (still sort of am). I agree with the black frames and keeping the white walls. I would suggest going back and really evaluating what you love about other rooms in your home. It may be that the direction you are trying to head, at the core, is just not you. I know I stumble and struggle when I try to do something "different". I'm always happiest in the kind of space that makes me happy. Just a thought. You always do such a beautiful job that I am sure it is going to be fantastic when finished. Good luck!

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  16. Marty,
    Oh, my g o o d n e s s!!!
    What a time you've had with your paint, dear friend!!!
    Marty, I see a light at the end of the tunnel. . .
    that mirror with your deeper stained vanity is gorgeous!!!
    You have a "Timeless Classic Traditional Style" dear friend. . .
    the fabrics I see are leaning more towards the contemporary.
    Check through your stash of fabrics. . .I'm sure something will be there!!!
    It's not time to "toss in the towel", just yet!!!
    I'll be checking back, soon!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  17. Oh Marty, I feel your pain! I go through that EVERY single time I try something! It always comes out in the end, so I know yours will too!

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  18. Oh gee...I have been in your shoes a time or two. it is NOT fun. I kindof agree with what someone said before...the fabric and white walls look contemporary. I love the ikat fabric though. I just put up some ikat linen drapes. I like white as an accent color but I cannot do white walls. Just me. I am stretching it to go with neutral walls in one bedroom. Ha. I guess you have to decide what you like the most...white paint, ikat pattern, artwork, etc. once you decide what you LOVE and want to keep in the bathroom then you can design around that. I am probably not being all that helpful. I know you will figure this out. You have great style! Sheila

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  19. I agree with the above comments, this is not a fun time for you!! What you have there is very contemporary and not what is in the rest of your home. And yes, you have to figure out what you really love and work around that. Now, wasn't that a big help??

    I really like the mirror as is and the vanity is wonderful with the new stain. I know you will work your magic in there!!

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  20. isn't is crazy that the smallest spaces are the most challenging. i have read the comments and it sounds like a few ideas might work. my only advice is to step away for a couple of days and then look at the space. looking through a fresh lens may be helpful.

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  21. I agree with Laura. Taking a few days away from it may help you move forward with a better idea of what you like. It takes me forever to figure out what I like... I was one who said I would never paint my walls gray....but now it's my favorite neutral. Looking forward to seeing your makeover come together. I know it'll be beautiful!

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  22. First a helpful tip from someone who has painted...and repainted...A LOT of rooms...it always helps to prime your walls before painting them a new color. Primer makes the new color look the way it is supposed to without the undertones of the old color showing through (and no matter what, you will always have to paint two coats of paint to get good even coverage even when the can says it only takes one coat)...did all of that make sense? Anyway, it will save you from having to paint a room four different colors to get the right results.

    Another thing I was thinking as to why you are not getting that WOW factor you want for your room is because I think the walls need a more dramatic color. I know more painting!! I would say paint the walls Kendall Charcoal by Ben Moore and then find a fabric that is predominantly white for the shower curtain. I have an almost black bathroom and it is my all time favorite room in the house. Every time I pass by it I smile. It's really not too dark and believe it or not it is very relaxing, soothing and calming. I also think your gold picture frames would pop more off the darker walls. Of course you would have to consider painting the vanity white for contrast against the dark walls...or if you don't want to do that, simply sand it down to raw wood and clear coat it to make it lighter and to give more contrast. That would be relatively easy (and it would still be natural, unpainted wood in case you would ever decide to stain it dark again.) Anyway, those are just my thoughts. I'm sure you will get it all figured out.

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    1. Oh, one more thing I forgot to mention. Try doing a google search of images black and white bathrooms. It might give you some fresh inspiration. I do that all the time when I am wanting to redo a room. It really helps. Oh and by the way all I have said are just ideas. I am not an expert and I have been in your shoes MANY times. You WILL get it all figured out!!

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    2. Sorry me again, I also like the suggestion of using a tanish wall color to go with the color in the ikat fabric. That would look great too.

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  23. You got this girl. You will get it to work. Sometimes it just takes a few tries. I think the mirror looks good but maybe if you did paint it black until you find just the right one that would help make the black and white in the room pop. Love the shower curtain and the bling tie back. Beautiful.
    Kris

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  24. Oh no, Marty, so sorry to hear about your painting fiasco!! I really love the white though. I know what you mean about it being WHITE white. It looks really clean and crisp in photos. I agree with the above advice to take a break from it for a few days. I say go with your gut on the shower curtain fabric!! It will be great!

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  25. so much want! I love the pattern!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  26. perhaps it's time to reconsider such a high contrast...or go with more of a warmer color...like Navy or Charcoal Grey or dark Teal with the white instead of black or brown. Your home always has such a warm feel to it and the bright white might be what's throwing you off. Taking a step back to consider other options is always a good way to go...stepping away for awhile lets you come back with "fresh eyes" and will help you make the decision - good luck! I can't wait to see what you choose.

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  27. Inch by inch is a cinch! I love the ikat fabric and those pulls on your vanity! What about wallpaper for the walls? I really like the affordable fawn prints that Dwellings by Devore posted about today. With the ikat it might look kind of bohemian and exciting (but I truly think could work, too). Good luck!

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  28. Marty, I can feel your pain! I can't tell you how many times I repainted a former kitchen. I love the Ikat shower curtain and maybe you could take this fabric to the paint store to match the white. Once you get the right paint color I think it will all come together when you add accessories.

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  29. Marty, I LOVE the white walls, but I think you probably painted again. (Did you?) I, too, am working on a bathroom in the same color scheme, and my best advice is to pick a large scale pattern for the shower curtain or stick to a simple hotel style that is white and has a black ribbon border- very hotel sleek. Also, stick to one type of gold finish. I think the mirror you have is great and could look fab painted a glossy black OR get some rub n' buff and do a gold leaf. I think the hardest part is picking a true white rather than a warm or cool white which will have pink or blue undertones. I'd maybe get your accessories together and cohesive and then tackle the paint color. You can do this! :)

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  30. I'm sorry you're having such a tough time with this room, but I got to tell you I think it is looking GREAT!

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