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Sea Urchins

Hi!

I am in between holidays and client projects, so onward to finishing my own powder bath.  This powder room is also my little laundry room and serves as the constant washing station for kiddos hands - it's teeny tiny!  Just because it's small, doesn't mean it cannot be stylish, right?  At a mere 5'2 that's my motto.

The  cabinet is staying since I recently (finally) dedicated time to find a new vanity top for my existing sink cabinet-notice I didn't call it a vanity-it just is too small to even call it that. This ugly-soon-to-be pretty cabinet will have to stay because there is some very creative plumbing cut through the cabinet base that I just don't have the desire (or budget) to redirect, IF it were even an option.  The line runs out to the front porch spigot, which from my observation was added as an afterthought, thus cutting through the cabinet?  Anyway, the cabinet can get a makeover, the laminate top and crystal teardrop fixture will not.  I have had the new faucet for about a year now, and the floor was tiled with new ceramic tile and the trim painted white.   I have also had the new grasscloth for some time with plans for this room.  

Powder baths are one of those rooms that call for more creativity in my opinion-especially if it needs to deter from a washer and dryer.  Go for the wallpaper, the artwork, the bold choices. These rooms are usually so small it takes just a little committment in order to deliver an abundance of uniqueness.  Also, it's the room your guests are sure to see and enjoy!  

I LOVE grasscloth wallpaper, however they are not recommended for rooms without ample circulation, high humidity areas (those with baths and showers that are small) or high traffic areas.  Grasscloth, cannot be repaired, only covered, so bare that in mind.  It's is commonly paired with waisncoting, and looks wonderfully warm and inviting as well as practical for the lower half of bathrooms (near les toilettes).   The paper I have is not a high contrast horizontal grasscloth but a very soft, fine textured grass that is smooth to the touch.  My room is tiny, so I just want some warm texture and to transition well from the living room.   I used it over my fireplace and plan to use it here in my powder room above a horizontal "v-groove" beadboard in white.  The grasscloth also matches exactly the curtains that replaced the doors that were once hiding the washer and dryer.  I prefer it over two giant white doors dominating the room, curtains just seem more elegant to me for this room.  Perhaps all my visits to France has influenced me here.  Besides,  I grew tired of fighting the door to access my washers soap dispenser, so off in came (in about a week of buying the home).  Enjoy the inspiring path to my vision for this room.  I have my fingers crossed it all works out.  I would be lying if I didn't say I ws a little nervous abou tmy sea Urchins sticking to the mirror.  Oh well, it could make for a very entertaining blog entry, right?

 

Resources:

Cabinet door overlay: Fretworks Design, LLC

Another great overlay resource: MyOverlays

Sea Urchins- Seashell World

The best resource I have found on Grasscloth wallpaper

Sherwin Williams "Opaline" 

Alpha Stoneworks - thanks Kirsten! You are a dream to work with.  

 

The vanity area to be renovated.
I played around with some various templates to add to the cabinet door front.  I think this one is too busy.
The vanity area to be renovated. I played around with some various templates to add to the cabinet door front. I think this one is too busy.
This one by Fretworks Designs LLC (see resource), is just right.
This little $35 change and a few coats of white paint will completely change the look.
This one by Fretworks Designs LLC (see resource), is just right. This little $35 change and a few coats of white paint will completely change the look.
A major score, thanks Kirsten at Alpha Stoneworks!   This photos doesn t do this piece of Calcutta marble justice.  A swish of gorgeous green/grey with golden veining make some serious magic.  I cannot wait!
A major score, thanks Kirsten at Alpha Stoneworks! This photos doesn't do this piece of Calcutta marble justice. A swish of gorgeous green/grey with golden veining make some serious magic. I cannot wait!
The Agnes mirror from Madegoods has been on my  someday  list for ever, and was recently featured in Coastal Livings Dream Home decorated by one of my favorite Designers, Erika Powell of Urban Grace.  Ms. Agnes costs about $2,000 and some change.  I think I will make one instead.
The Agnes mirror from Madegoods has been on my "someday" list for ever, and was recently featured in Coastal Livings Dream Home decorated by one of my favorite Designers, Erika Powell of Urban Grace. Ms. Agnes costs about $2,000 and some change. I think I will make one instead.
Here s her close up taken by a guest of the Coastal Living Dream Home Tour.
Here's her close up taken by a guest of the Coastal Living Dream Home Tour.
Yummy!  Design by Urban Grace Interiors.
Yummy! Design by Urban Grace Interiors.
I ordered about 120 of these little guys (they came pink), taped the inside holes, caulked the holes and painted each one. This photo was taken before I got to the caulking stage.  

I am also going with this softer pale greyish green  (SW Opaline) rather than the bright turquoise featured in the design home.  See resources for the shells-not ONE came broken.  Unbelievable.
I ordered about 120 of these little guys (they came pink), taped the inside holes, caulked the holes and painted each one. This photo was taken before I got to the caulking stage. I am also going with this softer pale greyish green (SW Opaline) rather than the bright turquoise featured in the design home. See resources for the shells-not ONE came broken. Unbelievable.
Coat one complete.  My wrist is a little sore.
Coat one complete. My wrist is a little sore.
And add a little grasscloth...
And add a little grasscloth...
Perdy perdy....
Perdy perdy....
Add a little v-groove beadboard on the hortz in white...(I m whistling..)
Add a little v-groove beadboard on the hortz in white...(I'm whistling..)
Et Voila.  C est magnifique, n est pas?  Coming soon...
Et Voila. C'est magnifique, n'est pas? Coming soon...

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