modernizing old lighting

Another bathroom update! I’m on a roll and picking up speed.

The tiling in the guest bathroom is a design challenge to say the least. For this primary upgrade I knew I wasn’t going to rip it out or paint over it so I needed a different color in the room to play off of the yellow.

Last weekend when I was reorganizing the vanity a thought popped into my head so I texted my sister. My question for her was, What color do you wear with your barf yellow tank top? Turquoise right? And by barf yellow I didn’t mean it in a negative way! It’s a great shirt and she knows this. Anyways, I had remembered that she wore an outfit with those colors a couple weeks earlier. Jewel tone outfits are the coolest and I love them. Like, totally stylin’.

Inspiration is a funny thing, isn’t it? Sometimes you go days without a creative solution for something and other days it just comes to you out of no where.

So a jewel tone bathroom is what I’m working at now.

I didn’t want to add in a ton of new color since the yellow takes up 50% of the room already so I first painted the walls a crisp white. The white walls seemed to help calm the tile down a bit.

Now all I needed were accents, accents to compliment the barf jewel tone yellow.

The original lighting (1 light over the vanity and 1 on the ceiling near the shower) had awesome character so I decided to update them and add my color there.

I started by wiping down the pieces, taping off any electrical, and sanding down the rough spots.

I also prepped the pretty switch plates. I wanted to spray paint them white so they’d blend in with the new, white walls.

I may have jumped in excitement when I started spray painting with the turquoise. Happy color! I was still a bit afraid that my idea wasn’t going to work out but at least the color was pretty, ha.

The ceiling light turned out quite lovely although I still need to paint the little gold screws. Can I just tell you that I first lost the original screws so I had to buy new ones that turned out to be the wrong size. I then took those back and finally got the correct kind only to have one of my screws from the other light fly out of my hand and fall down deep into the depths of the A/C vent… and I was on my last screw before the lighting was to be complete. I think I yelled out, ‘You kidding me?!’. I’ll have to take a 4th trip to Lowe’s to get yet another screw. Silly.

You can also see from the photo below that we still need to paint the ceiling and the trim. All those areas are supposed to be white but after 30 years they sure aren’t anymore!

Here’s the turquoise light above the sink.

The glass texture is awesome.

And here are the white switch plates.

Next up I’ve got some art decisions and a vanity to paint.

It’s official -> I love interior design.

Do you have tons of bathroom tile? How did you work with it?

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2 comments on “modernizing old lighting

  1. Little Sis says:

    Nice. I’ve always thought it best to work with the tile that you have as long as possible – as you’ve done. Go funky, mix colors, make it work rather than re-doing the whole thing (which is a nasty and expensive job) and then discovering you don’t like that tile 5 years later (that’s how it would go for me, anyway). Love the turquoise.

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