Thanks for the advice on my pattern – the consensus seemed to be no contrasting panel, so I’m trying the high neckline without contrast. I can always cut a contrasting panel if I change my mind! I started it last night, and so far (knock on wood!) it’s going well.
Our bathroom has long been a work in progress. When we moved in it was apparent that the previous owners had cared about having a nice shower, and not much else, thus this sink and light fixture:
The light fixture was homemade, probably from the remnants of the homemade trim:
Yes, that is a 2×4, glued to a quarter round and a piece of tiny trim. They also didn’t believe in priming, as you can see from the bubbled and peeling paint. I repainted it (using primer this time!) and it’s better. It’s still not great, because it’s very hard to clean in the gap, but I don’t have the cash at the moment for what I wanted (tile or wainscotting.)
Here is the color it was most recently:
The entire bathroom, including the door and door trim was painted pale flat yellow when we moved in. I painted the door white, and the rest a pale blue (Martha Stewart for Valspar, discontinued.) I never loved the paint color – it looked ok in sunlight, but dingy at night, and it didn’t match the purplish undertones in the stone shower. It also developed steam marks almost immediately – the kind where it looks like the walls are weeping. They were impossible to wash off, so I knew I needed to repaint in a paint specifically for bathrooms.
Here is the result:
This color is Iron Mountain from Benjamin Moore, the same color I used in my hallway. I like Iron Mountain because it’s somewhere several colors at once – both an almost charcoal, a taupe brown, and a plum. It’s also nice and dark, which I like better than bright colors for a bathroom. I used Aura Bath and Spa paint, which is supposed to keep off some of the weeping (steam marks on the walls) that I had with the cheaper paint. We will see – I’ve banished all towels from the bathroom and plan to shower with the door open from now on. We don’t have an exhaust fan, and with this being a second floor (out of 3) bathroom, we can’t really install one. I thought of having one installed out the wall, but I want to see if I can solve the problem another way first. I’ll try opening the window as well after a shower – that’s the reason why it’s up to code, because if you have a bathroom you aren’t required to have a fan.
All the bathroom rugs now seem to be made of memory foam, and I don’t like them. We had a set of those, and they were impossible to keep clean and nice looking. These rugs are nice and soft, and without a rubber backing they can go through the wash.
I need something for the walls, so the room isn’t finished, but I feel much better about it now. On to the sewing room! I managed to pawn the bed off on one of my friends, so now I can get started.