Bathroom Shelves

After adding a towel bar, hand towel bar and stuff, I realized I needed some sort of shelf (or two) for small storage in the Guest Bath. The Moen Align series didn’t have a shelf that matched the design of the towel accessories. I looked at other bathroom shelves but nothing caught my eye.

I decided to look at using a floating shelf or two but steel ones were a bit pricey. That was when I decided to look at vintage and either spray paint it silver or go completely funky and do a brilliant green. Enter Etsy (one of my favorite sites now) and I looked at a few mid-century shelves that looked pretty cool, but didn’t say “buy me now!” for one reason or another.

Then I saw an ad for these industrial shelves. They were probably office type shelves but were relatively small (less than a foot across) but they were interesting with the curled edge. They completely captured my attention because they were industrial looking and were different. So I ordered 2. When I got them, there were a few rust spots and scratches. They were also in the blah government gray color.

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(Yes, the bathroom isn’t completely painted yet and probably won’t be until I figure out whether or not I just want to repaint the vanity and just replace the top or not. I’m currently leaning towards repainting the vanity cabinet and doing a new sink and faucet—but that probably won’t happen until next year.)

It was a quick project that I started and finished in a few hours. I first used a wire brush to get some of the more rustier areas clean before priming the pieces.

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Then I used Brilliant Silver paint on them (top and bottom—at one point I thought about flipping the shelves over so the lip would be on the top instead of the bottom but changed my mind on that). The first time I sprayed the tops, I got a splattered pattern so went over it again with some primer and then added another coat of the silvery paint.

When they finally were dry (which doesn’t take long in this Texas heat), I installed them. This probably took the longest because I couldn’t use my drill to screw them down because of the way they’re made. The cool thing was I had my small level set on the shelf so I made sure it was perfectly level.

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I debated whether or not to use a bright green, to complement the towels but they only had the big cans of spray paint and it would have been a waste of money. That was why I opted for the silver.

It’s not the same finish as the brushed nickel like the towel accessories (which was what I had originally wanted, but I think it works. The fancy soap is sitting on a piece of tile—a cool sample I got when I was looking at re-tiling the guest bath with actual stone tile (I think this piece is soapstone).

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Spare Bathroom Update

Just a few updates:

I installed a new towel bar – it’s Moen’s Align series in Brushed Nickel. It was not an easy feat to install and I think I might have done it easier without using the paper template.

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I got a new shower curtain – Mid Century inspired and I think it looks pretty cool in the room. The shower rod and hardware is still oil rubbed bronze because I’m debating whether or not to get a curved rod or not.

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I removed the outdated medicine cabinet. It was too big for the room as well as outdated (in a bad way). The picture below was before I replaced the lighting.

Old lighting system

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Without the large medicine cabinet, I had to change out the lighting as well. The three glass pieces were heavy and weighed down the light bar. I didn’t want to buy a whole new light system again so I looked around for something I could build/create that was simple (not requiring a whole lot of wiring).

I found a blog of an idea that came from a local restaurant here in Austin

. The idea was simple, easy and the best thing was the parts could be changed around over and over. I quickly went to the store and bought some pieces.

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Then I went about in spray painting them in Brilliant Silver.

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I took down the old light, painted the wall and installed the lighting. I changed it around a few times and might still tweak it a little more.

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I love the idea of using different bulbs (LEDs of course) and I had to remind myself I didn’t have to create symmetry and it would still look cool.

I do have a medicine cabinet to replace the monstrosity (that I donated already to the Habitat store). It’s a vintage one made by Lawson and it’s currently being spray painted since it came from an old house.

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Spare Bath has a Paint Job!

I had been debating a color scheme for the spare bath for a while and decided I wanted to have a peacock bluish color. I found that color with Benjamin Moore’s Slate Teal after a week of looking at different swatches. (The color will also be in the spare bedroom either as an accent wall or all 4 walls—not sure just yet.)

The first coat went on yesterday afternoon and I quickly realized I would need two coats to get the color right but it was really hot in there so I decided I’ll continue the next day.

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The second coat worked wonders and the bathroom looks really good. I cut the paint along the ceiling line and went around the shower too.

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I don’t like the brown accessories I currently have but it’ll stay for the time being. Plus I need to figure out the tile around the tub first before I go with a curtain rod or door or ??.

First and foremost is my medicine cabinet which is WAY too big for the size of the room.

  (Of course, this was the pic before I changed out the lighting.)

I have one in mind right now that would work nicely in that room.

2014 Goals for the Rest of the House

Office

  • add hardwoods
  • refinish some retro cabinets to add to the wall for storage
  • find and refinish a desk

Spare Bath

  • figure out a color scheme
  • find a vanity

Master Bedroom

  • add hardwoods
  • add sliding barn door to bathroom
  • look for nightstands to refinsh
  • paint door for master closet and add mirror before hanging up, barn door style
  • (possibly) new door and fixture to bedroom

Spare Bedroom

  • find non-faux woodgrain closet doors to replace existing ones
  • convert from bifold doors to French door style
  • (possibly) hardwoods (they’ll be ordered for sure though)

House

  • decide on ‘future tile’
  • solarize more of my yard in my goal to xeriscaping it
  • organize my garage

That should keep me busy 🙂

 

Revamped Spare Bath Ceiling

I decided to repaint my spare bath ceiling from BM’s Ceiling White to a mixture of Dolphin (from my living room ceiling) and leftover Ceiling White.

Ever since I painted my vaulted ceiling an actual color, I wanted to do the same to some rooms. The spare bath was a good place to start because of the size and because it is a work in progress.

This was a pic after I had scraped the popcorn off last year.

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Here is the ceiling as I started to practice my paint cutting skills.

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About a half hour in:

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I still got some paint on the walls but it wasn’t bad. It took an hour and I might need to touch some spots up but it is pretty much done.

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Next room to get a new ceiling will be the dining room. It’ll be easier to paint it too since there is ventilation. I don’t mind touching up some spots on the wall but I don’t want to repaint the whole wall :).

Floor Tile

Floor tile

Right now, Emser Strands Olive is the top choice for floor tiles. I’m looking at 12’x24’ ones for that modern, cleaner look. 

I need to check the local Daltile showroom though just to eliminate their choices. Some of their stuff is made in Oklahoma so it would be nice to stay local. 

For the spare bath wall tile, I’ve got some ideas when I was at the Emser showroom yesterday but they’re natural stone and unless I can get them reclaimed, I really don’t want newly quarried stuff (trying to be as earth friendly as I can). I’ll check the re-Store to see what they have as well.

Ideally, I’d like to get rectangular tiles (like subway ones) but a more modern palette or texture just in keeping with the modern, yet retro look I like. 

Hello new light!

My lighting project

I took out the vanity light fixture in the spare bath. Then, I saw that there was no junction box like it was supposed to.

So, I decided to add it myself and was slightly deterred by my coworker that insisted I needed to call an electrician to do it. I mean, I can understand if it was to pull new wire but this was basically cutting a hole in the drywall and installing the box. I got the one with the tabs but the tabs fell as I was putting it on. I hate those things so I ended up getting another one that seems more secure – along with anchor screws for the fixture. The stuff they supply in the kits are weak.

It is up now and looks pretty cool – modern but a little retro at the same time. I still need to fix the wall around it which I’ll do when it comes time to paint.