Did I Ever Tell You My Bathroom Reminds Me of Molly Ringwald?

As you all may remember, I really wanted to redo the main floor bath and bring it up to the level of the other rooms on the main floor.  The main bath is definitely the “homely brown-haired girl” in a class of rather popular blond cheerleaders.  I am positive that just like in every 80’s movie starring Molly Ringwald, this room will emerge a beautiful swan from its ugly duckling stage.

Molly Ringwald = Main Bathroom

However, all good transformations need the “architect” or catalyst for change.  In Pretty in Pink, the prom was the catalyst that spurred Molly’s transformation.  Well for me, the spark is that I have a week off from class.  Great!  But, The Partner and I have a trip planned for Thursday – Sunday to Southern California.  Then I am right back to school come Monday afternoon.  Now add in the dilemma that I don’t get another extended break until Thanksgiving, but we have house guests potentially coming during that time frame.  So this week is only time I have available to complete the bathroom if I want it ready for our holiday guests.

Whew.  That was a mouthful.

So with all that said, I have spent the last 3.5 days working diligently on the bathroom.  Sunday afternoon, I made the rounds to the discount marts, antique shops and home improvement stores to get my supplies and accessories.  Monday, I taped and primed the walls.  Tuesday, I painted…and painted…and painted.  While painting isn’t my favorite thing, it is a cheap way to get maximum impact, but it is time-consuming.  Things got really bad today and I found myself having an out-of-body experience from pure boredom.  Fortunately, while I was drifting off to nothingness, I found a spot on the wall that I missed and that brought me right back to reality….seriously, it totally did.

I think the real issue with the bathroom is that I spent a better part of Tuesday painting it off-white…maybe the color of the foam on your latte.  It’s a great color but it is about two shades darker than the white that was previously on the wall.  All I kept thinking as I painted yet another coat of on the wall was “You are sick.  Seriously….you are painting an already white room, a darker shade of white.  Courtney, you need help.” And thus was the conversation I had with myself for the next three hours as I painted three walls and the ceiling “Latte Foam”.  And here is the kicker- Latte Foam”  isn’t even a color.  I made it up!  It is actually 2/3 tinted white primer and 1/3 Dutch Boy “Trenchcoat” both from previous projects.  Again, it’s a great color (and I may market it some day) but the idea I am painting a room a creamy shade of white is getting to me.  Thank goodness that I got to break up the monotony and paint my accent wall in the “Trenchcoat” by Dutch Boy.  It is a khaki with a reddish/ruddy undertone…..it was my second choice for the guest room, so I am happy to be able to use it in the bathroom.

Trench Coat Khaki by Dutch Boy

It is the perfect background for the chevron stencil I painted on Wednesday.  I waffled on whether the chevron will be too “loud” and clashing with the rest of the house.  My head said yes, but my gut said go for it.  So I slept on it and decided to move ahead full steam.  Now all I need to do is a bit of accessorizing and I think I am golden.

I hope to be able to debut the new bathroom in the coming days but until then I think I am going to pop in my Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club DVDs. 

Music Room Reveal

Since our roommate’s departure at the end of July, I have been working diligently trying to put my stamp on the rooms that use to be J’s sanctuary.  You all recently saw the transformation of the J’s bedroom into our guest room.  The next step was to make what was formerly J’s office/lounge into a music room.  Prior to the redesign, the room definitely had a mod 60’s-70’s feel to it due to J’s awesome velvet futon and hits of bright pop art on the white walls.  While cool as it may be, it wasn’t my particular taste, so when he moved out, he took 95% of his stuff and I started with a blank slate.  Here is what the room looked like when I started earlier this month.  It was a big white box with an electric piano and a leaning book tower (kindly donated by the departing roomie).

I had a few bumps in the road such as:

1) Waiting for months for the chair (aka the Grande Dame) to be upholstered

2) Major issues with blue painter’s tape while painting the wall design

3) Having to find a new seamstress when my friend Nancy had some unexpected surprises

However, I was not deterred….annoyed and irritated definitely, but not deterred.  So I am happy to present the redesigned music room.  It is the first room I have ever thought though completely by myself from top to bottom; buying furniture, picking fabrics and paint colors and selecting artwork.  It is the room that I envisioned and I am very proud of myself.  This room has given me the confidence to tackle other projects in the house and to give advice to friends and family.  So without further ado, here is the room……

View from doorway. Ottomon cubes from West Elm. Rug from Ikea.

The house is pretty close to where I want it to be at the moment minus some other projects I want to tackle, mainly redesigning the guest bathroom….I think a chevron paint treatment is on the menu for that room.  However, for now, I need to focus on school which starts on Sunday!  Scared and excited!