Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and a Final Reveal!

Happy Thanksgiving Week Friends!

Well, this second bath has been complete weeks ago
but I've been so busy,
 going in  many directions,
this now
 has been my first opportunity to share  as promised.

This is a longer post with a few painting secrets revealed too.
 I will thank you in advance for the visit.
If you want to just look at the pics.
That's great too.
I love having you here either way!

Little by little
we have updated and changed every room
in my
Rose Garden Cottage.
I can say after 20 years, it's nice to be done
but knowing myself, I may find something else in time~ maybe!!

Looking down the second floor hall leading to  two bedrooms
which share this new updated bathroom.

I keep this hallway very neutral in shades of white.
It keeps it looking larger and open to the rooms.

Sorry for the glare of light.
This bathroom gets a lot of natural
light from the half moon window
above the shower.

This view is looking from the shower into the room
In the hallway, those two stairs, are a walk up to lots of attic storage.
This is where the Christmas and all seasonal decor live!!

As you can see, I've stayed with neutrals in this bath too
as I've done all around the house giving me the opportunity to
just add color changes for the seasons.

As we look around, you will see a few Christmas decorations.
As I put the room back together, I decided to add a few pretties.

Starting with the shower upgrade.
Here I used subway tile in a bone color with the same color grout.
The floor of the shower
 is also subway tiles 
but in a 3" x 3" size with a matte finish for a non slip floor.

 The door with the robe leads to the water closet.

The glass doors are seamless with hardware done in rubbed oil bronze.
The door swings both ways for entry to the shower.

The shampoo box  and accent around the shower are tiled in glass with neutrals tones. 

To the shower I added a teak bench for essentials.

On the wall next to the shower,
I designed this wall shelf from pieces I had in my stash.
With the help of my talented hubby,
we added wood pieces to the shelf,
the crown hooks found at a little French shop in town
and I stenciled the design in burnt umber to complete.

While shopping at one of my favorite 
shops, I found this sweet mason jar
and filled it with neutral tooth brushes.

For the cabinet,
we kept what we had because it was in mint condition.
 I just can't see taking out something that can be upgraded
just by a coat of paint.
So I did paint these a few years ago in a light ivory and added a light tone on tone stencil.
I did however find the hardware drawer pulls to change out
reflect the glass tile perfectly.
These were found at Hobby Lobby half off.


The paint for the cabinet and all furniture I paint
is flat interior wall and house paint.
I don't use chalk paint as I find the performance of flat with primer paint
to work best. Followed by a coat of satin water based varnish to complete.
I'm not a fan of the wax finish either!!!
There I told you my secret.
 Sorry chalk paint furniture painters.
I think you either love it or not!
I do love chalk paint for base coating small items for my shop,
but NOT on furniture!!

It has to be a FLAT finish paint though to adhere properly with a little prep of sanding.
Primer added flat paint works best!!!!!
Semigloss will only scratch off and chip!!

I use Folk Art, Waverly or Deco Art Chalk paints when I do use them.
They are reasonably priced.
However, I have never found any that cover in one coat like they say!
Everyone has their favorites and what works best for them.
I've been painting 35 years and 
these are just a few of mine that I found to work without fail!!

Sorry to get off track~ 
now back to the reveal.


The floor is marble tile called  "Creamfill" with shades of all the neutrals in the room.

The sinks are rectangular with a curved front.
The counter is marble called "Emperador Light"
and is the darker tone of the floor.
Here you can see, I also used the glass tile
from the shower as the back splash
and rubbed oil bronze fixtures.

Our  tile installer is the best and he did an amazing job on every area in both bathrooms.

I searched high and low for just the right mirrors.
Then I finally found this pretty style at Kirklands.
Hobby Lobby had the one I really wanted at first
but my local shop only had one
 and other HL locations out of town
had none.
I guess it's a popular pick at the moment.

For the lights, I found a style I liked and then spray painted them 
the color of the mirror frames.
By the way the wall color is called
"Winter Wheat" semi gloss for bathrooms and it really gives the neutrals a pop.

This is the water closet and the cabinets here are painted the same
as the counter sink cabinet.

Also inside the water closet 
" La Toilet"
 and looking out into the room.
Here I painted an old Rachel Ashwell Cabinet
 I found at Target many years ago.
To the wall above it I added an old drawer painted for a wall shelf.

To the large wall across from the sink,
I added a painting I did a few years ago.

This sweet birdie towel just spoke to me with the colors for this room.

Light pink with the neutrals for now,
just seem to work.
But you know I'll change this out. Yes, you know I will!!
I thinking very pale aqua for spring?????

So we went from this~~~~

To this!! 

I have to say,
Having a great contractor makes all the difference
in doing a big project like this.
We worked many projects in our home
 with a very talented construction company in my area
and my contractor is the best.
He and his crew worked
two bathrooms at the same time
and it was a seamless transition to completion.
For privacy sake,
 I will not post the name and phone number here of the company,
but if you live in the area 
and want more info
for the company I always work with, 
contact me and I will be glad to share it.


I'll be back with decor to share from around the cottage for Christmas
 in the weeks ahead
Texas is blog hoppin again sharing
a tour
hosted by

My day is December 5th and I'll have a list of all participates to visit too.

In the meantime,
I still have a sale going on in my shop through Thanksgiving Day!

See you next week!
Happy Thanksgiving filled with many blessings!

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