I’m sitting here at my kitchen table, looking at the patio and pool area while a summer storm blows over us. It’s a gorgeous mixture of greens from the grass, trees and patio plants and blues ranging from the aqua of the pool to the crisp blue of the sky and contrasted by the white puffy clouds. And I think to myself, who cares what your guest bathroom looks like? I sure don’t!
But then just last week my daughter took her friend upstairs to hang out and I could hear her friend say “Wow! I love your bathroom up here. It’s so pretty!” and I think okay, so once it’s no longer gorgeous outside, the inside needs to be looking happy and pretty.
This bathroom was boring builder beige with zero personality for about 9 years. I would love to tell you that it didn’t matter because no one ever used it. But that’s not the case since we basically run a family/friends hotel during the year (we live 20 minutes from Disney). Sadly, our guests got the plain bathroom all of those years.
Big company fail.
Time to make it pretty.
The sink base cabinet got the first bit of attention when I painted it in ASCP Graphite and sealed it with the lacquer finish. It has held up beautifully and was worth the 30 minutes it took to complete. (Don’t you wish every home project just took 30 minutes??)
The original bathroom faucet was fine. It did it’s job. Never leaked a day in it’s life. But <yawn> it was blah.
So when Moen graciously offered a sink faucet from Home Depot to jazz up my bathroom, I was giddy! I love how this piece is more like a sculpture than a plain old faucet. It has old world charm with clean lines. It also Microban which equals fewer germs with out more work from me! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
The frame around the mirror is not attached yet because I can’t decide if I like it or not. Once I attach it, I had better love it. So that might be a decision that I put off for another 9 years, if I know myself at all.
This bathroom didn’t have a towel rack, so guests were just supposed to throw their wet towels over the shower curtain rod. Or leave them in a pile on the floor like we do at hotels. Or just stand there and hold them all day long.
None of those were good options.
I had a piece of salvaged architectural trim that I picked up at a flea market last fall for about $5. I cut it down to size and attached metal coat hooks. I sealed the whole thing (metal and wood) with Thompson’s water seal just for safe keeping.
I think this might be one of my all-favorite projects around the house. It screams farmhouse to me. Which is one of my all-time favorite words.
Well, there you have it! A little tour of our spiffed up bathroom! Nothing crazy or fancy, just a few touches here and there to make it a little happier to look at once our summer views are gone (i.e. my patio plants finally die).
But for today, I’ll sit and enjoy the view.
Are you doing any spiffing up around your house this summer? Or are you just relaxing and taking in the views?
** Moen supplied the faucet free of charge for a review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. A link to product information is included for your convenience.