styling the half bath

There's a half bath on the main floor of the house.  It's quite basic with the same almond-colored laminate and dark-stained oak cabinetry that is in the rest of the house (well, was in the rest of the house until we painted over the kitchen and upstairs bath cabinets).

But with a base of Benjamin Moore Iceberg 2122-50 on the walls (same color that's in the library upstairs) and a slightly mod design drawn in gold on the walls, the space is finally come to life. 

We used a similar but simpler technique to create the gold motif, but the inspiration was the same as our Oak Park foyer design.   This time, we used a thinner point water-based gold paint marker (Sharpie brand) and a straight edge and level. 

Last weekend, I built the black frame for the Eux Autres poster and added the gold L-brackets to it for stability and for style. 

And yesterday, I bought this little cut paper folk art piece for 75 cents at a thrift store and painted gold over where the trim had been silver.

Oh, and those little figurines down in the corner next to the mirror?  Those were a gift from a friend who travelled to China and I've always loved them. 

And as the final touch (for now), I sewed a little cafe curtain for the window out of a pinky-red-orange and gold Koi print fabric.

This bathroom still has the same vinyl tile floor that I tore out of the kitchen and when I bought the tile for the kitchen and upstairs bathroom, I also bought enough to redo this bath's floor.  So tiling the floor in here is on the to-do list, but as a low priority since the vinyl is in decent shape and is more or less inoffensive in the scheme of things. 

And even the dated cabinet doesn't bother me much now that there are other colorful elements to distract the eye.  I have a feeling I'll be adding more color and punch to this space in the future as no room is ever done around here.

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