My mother is restoring her 1860 home in Augusta, Maine. She’s struggling over the bathroom. “The tiles are all wrong. I hate my bathroom, ” she says. The thing is, there’s dust all over them, the walls aren’t painted yet, and only the shower is installed. In other words, “Hold on Sally!” Wait! I got that wrong, didn’t I? I mess up like that. You should know. It’s going to happen again. How about “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater?” Another Gramma quote. She had plenty of good ones.
Anyway, I manage to calm my mother down through Skype. Yay for Skype! I show her some color swatches from Benjamin Moore fan decks, take a few pictures of my powder room from my iPhone, since she asks, and it suddenly dawns on me that I can consult over Skype. It really helped my Mom!
Here’s what the powder room looked like right BEFORE we moved in.
Not bad. I like the wainscoating, but the room is dull. For the record, I did not pick this Builder Beige. Clearly, a builder chose it.
Here’s what the powder room looks like today:
Small spaces like a powder room can manage darker, more saturated color. The wall paint is “Mohegan Sage” from Benjamin Moore. All the trim and wainscoating is “Linen White, also from Ben Moore. It’s a little creamier and more sophisticated than the bright white those builders use.
Here’s a look at the wall, molding and ceiling.
Okay, a little hard to see the hand painted floral design on the shades, but this is the only light source in an otherwise dark room. The Builder Beige is still on the ceiling. I like the warmth of it up there. I also replaced the faucet (from Lowe’s).
I found a flea market basket for that essential bathroom reading and spotted this cozy, hand-knotted oval rug at a garage sale and grabbed it for $5. Looks like I need more hand soap. It’s that foamy Method soap from Target. The kids actually use it.