A few weekends ago, the hubs and I were feeling a little crafty, so we decided to whip up a weekend-bathroom project we’d been talking about (and neglecting) for a while. Our intentions were to tone down those bright blue walls, but still keep it fun. Originally inspired by this LA salon bathroom (because nothing screams “home” like a salon powder room, ‘mIright?), I started with the mirror.
Because we wanted to spend a minimal amount of money on the teeny room, we used our existing mirror and gussied it up with some decorative tacks from our local fabric store. 2 packs of 24 tacks cost us just 4 bones, and I was able to space them out just so to use every last one of ’em. A simple dot with my Sharpie marked the spot, and I hammered them into place.
To make sure everything was in pristine condition, we spackled the seams in all 4 corners and sanded them down to a smooth finish. But on to my favorite part (and of course the most gratifying). Scott and I fell in love with Martha’s poppy blends of yellow, and after staring at swatches long enough to make our eyes blur, we happily settled on a high gloss Egg Yolk. Yum. Some blue tape and foam brushes got the job done (after a quick coat of spray primer), and any unwanted paint was scraped away by a razor.
The results? We couldn’t be more smitten. I may have squealed (a bit loudly) as Scott awkwardly tried to hang the finished project on our existing anchors. And he may have shushed me and asked for an extra hand. But in the end, even he couldn’t hide his excitement. Of course, in a manly manner. While I danced the happy dance.
The decorative tacks give just enough oomph to keep things interesting, while the sunny yellow finish steals the show (of course). The glossy finish makes clean up a breeze, holding up to bathroom-strength clorox cleaners or just a simple damp cloth. Brushing our teeth has never been more fun.
And for the observant readers in the blogosphere, you’ll notice that we painted more than just the mirror. The walls and photo frames got a fresh, shiny coat too. But why spill all the beans right now? More to come.