So, in the last year I have tackled the living room, the dining room and the kitchen. Next, was the main bathroom and hallway.
Prior to painting, the hallway was a dark area. The tired paintwork was creamy yellow, punctuated by ugly, hollow-core, mission brown doors, with ugly pale-brown-grey carpet (we have to keep/work with it for now).
I chose to keep the colour schemes very visually tied together for the whole house. I have filled the house with the same shade of Haymes Paint white, Modesty White. I allowed only colour in long walls in the home. But I wanted to have the same white on the ceiling, floor, door, walls, to keep it simple, united and bright.
This was especially pertinent in the hallway: it leads off the dining area into the bathroom and bedrooms. I remember after the second topcoat of Modesty White, I felt so clean, so fresh, so new just walking down the hallway!
The hallway looks sooooo much crisper with the fresh white paint. White trimwork in gloss… and fresh ceiling paint. It still looked tired for a long time, until I tackled the doors with gloss white too. Same amount of natural light, but the little we get bounces around the space so much better.
Still need to get a new pendant light for the hallway!
The bathroom zone
On one side of the hallway are the bedrooms and on the other is the bathroom area. Or more accurately, the bathroom zone. I call it the zone because it feels like an “open bathroom”… There is no main door to this space, just delineated by a 5×9 feet tiled area off the carpeted hallway. Two doors lead into the toilet and the bath/shower; at the far wall of this tiled area is the very dated bathroom sink.
How I long to replace the flooring. I’d love to one day rip up all the flooring in the house and replace with wooden floorboards. Lacquered black. Or ebonised. Replace the tiles in the bathroom area with white/pale grey marble tile flooring. Put a main door to this space. All kinds of improvements.
I’m not a fan of the entire bathroom and one day it will get re-done (pending moving again!) but for now I have to content myself with pearls on the proverbial pig.
The red swatches are testers. Haymes Paint’s Tom’s Run and Red Glow. This time I wanted to go bold. Too often, we make decisions to play on the safe side. I knew that bold colours on all the walls would be very confronting, but it’s just paint. Not wallpaper or anything too expensive. If I didn’t like it, I knew I could repaint.
Not just red, but lipstick pink-red. Haymes Paint’s Tom’s Run. For this area, I wanted to go super bold. I had in my mind bold pink-reds, brass/copper, mirrors, glass, with a rich grained vanity sink unit.
That mirror had to go. It was one of the things that made everything look puny, tired and unloved. I could have found a beautiful frame for it, but it wasn’t doing the wall justice. I knew it had to be a full-width mirror, but I didn’t want to just paste more mirror onto the wall.
Sometimes glamour is added when furniture and furnishing details go the extra mile. I searched on Gumtree and ebay for the right mirror for months and then one day, I found it. A wall mirror from Freedom Furniture. Bought on Gumtree by someone who was renovating her already-recently-renovated home. This mirror is beautiful, with a rustic frame and beveled pieces of mirror. The effect is stunning. Even makes the sconce light better!
Yes. I chose to go with a vintage etched mirror that I already had instead of getting large new artwork!
I still desperately want to get a new vanity sink unit. I have always wanted to repurpose a vintage sideboard, dresser or table, like one of these:
The hunt continues for a vanity unit. It’s been hard because the space for it is very specific. It has to be something that fits perfectly AND masks the scars of removal of the current vanity unit.
The towel racks and rails were from IKEA. I got other Mr Brother In Law Plumber to come by one evening to fix my towel rails and hang the mirror… which isn’t easy, since drilling into Villaboard® takes… experience.
The bath/shower room
The tired cornflower blue paint work was peeling in areas and there were cheap glittered dragonflies here and there… Which would have been pretty had they chosen a contrasting colour in paint, like white.
The previous paint job was rather slipshod. And the damp was getting in to the Villaboard®. The seam where the sheets meet was bending and showing through:
Prior to painting, we had to fix this. Mr Brother In Law Builder came one weekend to apply mesh, plaster and sand it back.
Since I am the only painter in this very long, large, 5-bedroom house, I reserved the right to get the ceilings painted by a master painter. I think I read someplace that the muscles God gave to men are more suited to painting ceilings. I find that to be true. It wasn’t very cheap but it’s worth it. The finish is beautiful and I did not give myself arm-hernia, reconstructive arm or neck surgery.
In the bathrooms, I asked for semi-gloss on the ceilings in the same shade of Modesty White, Haymes Paint. Since I was going to paint the entire bathrooms in the same white, Mr Master Painter offered to do them (I have two bathrooms) at no charge! Sweet! All I had to do was paint the trimwork and door in the same gloss.
A bathroom that was once stunningly dated with bad paintwork and tacky 90s glitter butterfly stick-ons is now transformed.
Lots of white.
I wanted ornamentation in this small room to be minimal and let the white shine. I dread hanging artwork in bathrooms where you can expect steam and moisture to kill art. I didn’t want to fill the room with tchotkes. But I did want a beautiful pop of colour in the all-white space–bar the awful smoky glass shower screen and the pale blue tilework.
About a year ago, I scored this vintage wrought iron shelf unit from Mr Husband’s Aunt. It was in very bad shape, needed paintwork and was rusted in many parts.
I got it sandblasted. And then spraypainted it in a beautiful shade of copper.
I actually wanted to display miniature ferns in copper and brass pots, but this room gets dismal amount of light and I didn’t want water to destroy the copper paint.
So I decided to display my colourful enameled lassi stainless steel cups instead. I am very happy with it!
The below-paint is pictured above.
This got the lipstick red treatment too. It was a simple update for now.
I just hung up a book/magazine rack for as we all read in there. It is also a handy place to store extra rolls of toilet paper!
Behind the door is one of my favourite V&A prints. (They were released as wrapping paper in 2009 and I spotted one at the local gift store–should have bought more rolls!) Framed in a simple black frame from IKEA, it breaks up the sea of red in the small itty bitty space. And because the colours are so contrasted, it works really well.
That’s the bathroom zone as it stands.
In my big-money big-picture, I’d like to:
- Breakdown the walls in this bathroom zone to unify the space
- Take all the tilework out
- Rip out the bath–we’re not bath people
- Rip out the shower
- Tile the entire space with marble
- Install a tiled bench in the shower
- Install an inset shelving unit (tiled) for toiletries
- Install a new swinging, frameless glass screen as a shower area
- Replace toilet with a white, NEW unit
I still like these beautiful bathrooms that I posted about back in 2008 (because it seems rather affordable).
One day. But for now, this is the evolution of the Bathroom Zone. After painting, I actually like being in this space. Previously I’d spend as little time as possible in here. Still more to do, but work never stops!
*All paint used is Related