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?

fireplace numero dos

I wanted to get a good amount of projects done over this long weekend and we sure did. We worked on the mailbox, vegetable garden, decor and lighting but what I didn’t do was paint the big wall o’ brick in the den. Instead I avoided it and moved onto our other fireplace in the living room.

I’ve got to tell a little back story of the fireplace and built-ins because I think the previous owner would be excited. The shelving you see in the photo below are antique display cases from a beauty salon (early 1900s) and the mantel is also antique although I don’t know where it’s from. The lady’s husband told me she just found those pieces and built out the entire fireplace herself! Maybe she had help but from the looks of her elaborate greenhouse, I’d like to believe she did it alone. Super impressive.

I do appreciate the backstory but I thought the look needed an upgrade. A little paint perhaps?

I decided to paint the surrounding wall of the fireplace as well as the back of the shelving to give the fireplace and all my glassware a little boost.

I had a can of gray/blue paint so I went for it… at three o’clock this afternoon. I had a strong desire to get just oooone last project in!

The sun was setting so it’s tough to see the gray behind the shelves but with a little help from my sister I got this baby done in just a few hours.

I love the contrast of the crisp white and gray. I already feel like the gray has always been there. It just fits so well!

Do you see that big rock on the fireplace? I found it on a trip to a rock quarry in NJ when I was in middle school. I flew with it on the plane back home to FL. BTW it’s SUPER heavy. Ha. I may or may not still have a rock collection somewhere in this house.

Back to the main topic. You can see a similar gray in the carpet. Matchy but not too matchy.

My things would get lost in our house before when there wasn’t any personality but now they shine – one of my paintings, a bell from my grandma’s collection, sand dollars fossils from Lily Lake (FL), and a tiny brown elephant I got from the grab bag one Christmas in NJ.

It’s starting to feel more like home. Well, specifically it looks like the home of a single person! I need to get Al’s tchotchkes out of hiding. 🙂

Did you tackle any projects this weekend? Or did you soak up some sun instead? It was a beautiful weekend!