BATHROOM UPDATE

March 16, 2021

Room: Master Bathroom
Budget: I’d rather be meditating (than working)
Time frame: March 5? – ?

I thought about painting the master bathroom for a long while. Who else out there has a bathroom that inspires DIY fantasies every time they enter it? I for sure wanted to gold leaf the wall behind the sink. A taupe that leans towards lavender was the re-occuring theme for the other walls. I was thinking eggshell paint, clay paint, or maybe plaster from American Clay in Rio Grande Pecan. (Maybe paint first, enjoy it for a few years and, if I still like the color, come back through with the more expensive and labor-intensive plaster later?)

One of my favorite wall colors is when you can’t decide whether it’s peach or cream. (Maybe that for the living room?)

The cheap faucet was dripping and corroded, so that needed to go. I replaced the silver cabinet and drawer pulls with brass ones.

[ images of the “before”]

I kept thinking about this girly Kate Spade light fixture for above the mirror. I really like it in silver, though, and the gold leaf on the wall would show through. That’s problematic.The gold version would look nicer on a gold leaf wall, and I like it, but again…I’m not crazy about the gold showing through the crystals. Also, I don’t need to be spending $900+ on a bathroom light. Details…

[image of the silver and gold lights]

Back to my ashram budget. I found a few inexpensive lights I liked at Lamps Plus, and quickly decided on this one for $160.

Somewhere along the line, I found this pair of earrings for project inspiration, so then I was thinking of a dusty lilac on the three walls (or is this just another taupe?).My grandmother painted this watercolor for my high school graduation, and it’s in the master bedroom. Prints of this painting and others are available here. There are countless colors in the painting that could be picked up in the bathroom. That reminds me…one of the ideas for the bathroom that came through was a warm, peachy terracotta clay plaster….like the pot you can just barely see in the bottom right corner of this painting.

Oh la la… This mirror. Wayfair $219

This one is good, too. Maybe this one in the guest bath. Wayfair $200

I tested …., …., and …. to seal the gold leaf. I decided on … because …

[images of the samples (with jewelry) and wall tests]

[down below…crystal bowl from not Wayfair]

And then, one day (a lot of days, actually)…it all came together.

[image of the reveal]

I got a fan deck for ECOS paint from Green Building Supply, and a sample of Bioshield Clay Paint in Beige Violet. I had some extra chunks of sheetrock lying around, so I tested the clay paint on one of them. It’s a very pretty color and nice texture, but it is very lavender. It makes a lovely background for photographing my jewelry. So that narrowed it down to ECOS eggshell paint in either Coconut Macaroon or Soufflé, leaning toward Soufflé. Samples are available for $9.95 each, so I and tested both colors next to the gold leaf. Progress!

New waste basket. Pottery Barn $60

I tested …., …., and …. to seal the gold leaf. I decided on … because …

[images of the samples (with jewelry) and wall tests]

[down below…crystal bowl from not Wayfair]

And then, one day (a lot of days, actually)…it all came together.

[image of the reveal]

While I was working on this project, I found these two fabulous makeovers that I love. Enjoy!