This post has been a long time coming. I painted the bathroom many months ago in the sweltering heat in a bathroom with no windows (and I did not want to keep the door open since I was using a regular type paint (not no-VOC like i usually do). I chose Behr bright white paint with primer in it since the original color from the old owners was icky cranberry red and I did not want to paint a bunch of coats.
I am not a rich color person. I prefer brighter, cooler colors. I decided on white because of the tiny size of the bathroom and I just like the feeling of fresh and clean in the bathroom.
Here are some before (and during) photos:
Talk about dark, huh? ugh!
So I made some changes. First as I mentioned, paint-white paint. As you can see below, I am a messy painter. And guess what? Some (most) of this paint was scraped up from the floor of our garage. Yup, I dropped the whole gallon of paint on the garage floor. The floor and my car still have white paint on them to prove it! I am not one to waste, so I scraped up as much as I could and put it back in the can. The upside? I did not have to stir it.
Next I made these awesome map towel holders. This was the impetus for the whole change. I saw Martha make these on her TV show (before she went to the Hallmark channel which we don't have! bummer!). They are maps decoupaged onto painted wooden plaques from Michael's.
I chose places we have been this year. I got the maps free at AAA! The hooks are from the Home Depot for about $4.00 each. The plaques were about a dollar and the paint I already had.
I finally got around to making this towel holder for the one near the sink. I had another map one there on a rectangle plaque, but I wasn't feeling it, so I decoupaged on fabric (remember this post?). I first decoupaged it on some card stock and then onto the painted plaque.
The center piece of the room is this large USA map on a bulletin board. I covered it with fabric (an old bed sheet) and pinned a Dollar Store US map on it (I cut off the white boarder first).
I bought map pins from the office supply store, but they did not have the colors I wanted, so I spray painted the red ones. I wanted at least two colors. The green ones are places we have been with our son and the white ones are places my husband and I have been together. Our son choose the color spray paint he wanted for the places he has been- lime green- a great choice!
This is the old mobile from our son's room when we replaced his with an owl mobile. It works great in here!
And lastly, I made this TP holder today. It has been in my mind for moooonths! For real! I'll post a tutorial later this week. We have absolutely NO storage in this tiny bathroom, so no place to store TP. Problem solved.
I love how it all turned out!
p.s. I painted the dog painting probably 10 years ago when I really wanted a dog, but could not have one in my apartment. I love white!
Sorry for the poor photo quality--photos taken at nighttime. I even opened the front door.
I wanted a little fall over our console so I collected some leaves around the neighborhood and even picked a grape leaf up from our farm and barn tour a few weeks ago. I pressed them in between the pages of the phone book and then used packaging tape to stick them to some twine. Does not get easier than that!
p.s. that gorgeous piece of art work is our son's first ever painting, done a few months ago. We used the cardboard from a desk calendar so it would not curl up when wet or move around when he was painting. It even gives it presence too, don't you think?
Today some friends and our kids went to a farm and barn tour and one of the stops had a kids' craft station. There were several cute crafts, but I thought this one takes the cake for simplicity and cuteness.
A pumpkin toilet paper cover!
See the TP hiding in there?
All it takes is approx 20" x 20" piece of Halloween or orange fabric, a brown (or green) pipe cleaner and a roll of TP. Center the TP on the fabric and start tucking the ends in the cardboard core of the TP. They used a piece of brown paper bag for the stem, but I just pulled up a corner of the fabric and used the brown pipe cleaner to top it off.
Now, I can't say I've ever been a fan of cutesy TP covers before, but I am making exception this Halloween. :)
I bought some wool at the etsy shop LicoriceTreefor the sheep/lamb costume I am making our son for his 2nd birthday and Halloween. Tobiah Mundi of LicoriceTree was so kind as to send me my very first felting needle.
I have been needle felting my little heart out in order to felt the sheep costume, but got kind of tired of it after the 3rd night. I read online that to felt such a large amount of wool I should have a special multi-needled tool. Oh well!).
This is 8 oz of wool, so it's taking quite a while. Not sure when I am supposed to stop, either! I pulled out the foam from a little couch my mom made our son for Christmas last year to use as the felting foam. I have no idea if this is frowned upon in the felting community, but you use what you have, right?
I decided that I could take a break from felting a seemingly endless stretch of wool and create little lamb friend instead.I have never done any type of felting before-wet or dry- but have been wanting to try it out. There are several good video demonstrations of felting out there. I just decided to wing it for this little lamb.
I used toothpicks that I colored with a permanent black pen for the legs and regular recycled felt (which was all I had, but worked fantastic!) for the eyes and nose.
It was really fun to make this little gal! Here she is rock climbing in our garden. I think I will use her as part of sheep party decor! If I were more ambitious I would make one for all the guests...maybe if I find some help that will become a reality.
It's been a bit busy around our house getting ready for our baby's 2nd birthday!! The theme this year is SHEEP! Our son used to call all sheep "bops." This is a combo of "sheep" and "baaaaa!" He can say sheep now, but he still is really attracted to them. Long before we decided to have a child I had cut out a photo of a sheep costume from Martha Stewart's 2004 Living magazine. I thought it was the cutest thing ever!
Since our son's birthday is in October, we can combine his Halloween costume with his birthday theme! Hip Hip Hooray!