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?

refreshing the fireplace

I took the following photo of our den when we were first house hunting. Notice the gold fireplace, brown brick, paneled brown walls, and wood grain (?) tiled brown floor. 1970 as I live and breathe.

We’ll be tackling this room project by project. Course it’ll probably be sporadic since I already went from the master bathroom window to the den but it’ll all get done in time! Shall we begin?

I decided to start on the easiest thing first which was the fireplace cover. I like gold in jewelry form but definitely not on my fireplace.

To keep the project ‘green’ I painted the existing cover instead of buying a brand new one. I used this paint from Lowe’s that withstands high heat. We have black fireplace accessories so that’s the color I went with to tie it all together.

To start I took the cover outside and detached the doors from the frame.

Then, per the instructions on the can, I sanded any rough spots with a fine sandpaper first.

I used this ugly blanket because I didn’t want to get the drop cloth, a material that is supposed to be used to catch paint drippings, dirty. My husband was confused and you probably are too.

The next step was cleaning off all the dirt and debris. I used my homemade all-purpose cleaner which worked fine.

I then started on the spray painting. After the first coat of paint, I had the great idea of putting some of those garden stones in the background of the next photo underneath the blanket to elevate the cover. It saved me some time since I was able to spray paint the sides as well as the front. I did the same thing with the doors using flower pots that I have yet to plant anything in.

I protected the glass on the doors with paper I had laying around and painter’s tape.

The front side of the doors were a little tricky because of the curved edges. I cut up small slivers of the tape and curved them along the gold.

I did two coats of paint and finished off the can. I think I’ll need to add one more coat to smooth out the look. It’s a little blotchy due to my spraying ability the windy conditions. Joking aside, it was a bit windy so I should have moved my project to the carport to help make the spay more consistent. Alas, I did not.

If you can tell from the next photo, the ‘black’ of the fireplace cover is much different than the ‘black’ of the fireplace accessories. I’m not sure if it’s because of the matte finish or what. When I head back to Lowe’s for another paint can I might see if there are any other options that would help with this issue. Maybe I need a glossier finish.

Next it’s on to all those brown elements. We’ve got a lot of painting to do!!

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Oh and this lady is still around! She’s still screaming up a storm when we leave the house but I THINK she’s getting better. She wags her tail once in a while and is getting used to us and our routine. Pretty darn cute.

That’s a cat bell collar she’s got on, it really helps to know where she is! Ha.

She decided that since none of the blankets were readily available, a pillow perch would have to do. Five minutes later she screamed because she wanted the Snuggie. I gave in to shut her up. 🙂

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Have you painted a fireplace before? What color did you use?? I’m thinking white for ours.