Friday, June 18

Decorating help and a giveaway!

The last time my son was out here for a visit, he said he thought maybe I should do something with the bathroom that is just off the kitchen. It's a little too white, a little too blah. He's right. I think it needs paint.......or should I do some wallpaper........or a border? Maybe there should be a frame or stenciled border around the mirror. All I know is it needs help.

Recently, I was contacted by a CSN rep to either offer a giveaway or do a review of a item for their BathroomVanities line of products. The "light bulb" went on and I thought......."aha! I'll offer a giveaway and readers can get their name in the drawing for a prize if they give me a tip for my own bathroom." So, I'll get help for my bathroom and you get a chance to win a $60 shopping spree just by visiting the Bathroom Vanities site at CSN . I looked through lots of the vanity accessories and such and thought about just picking an item to giveaway but then I thought.....the winner should be able to pick the prize that fits their bathroom. All you have to do for a chance to win is give me an idea for my "oh-to-white-bathroom". It's as simple as that.
Please make sure that you leave me a link to your blog or your e-mail address. Without one or the other, I won't be able to contact you and let you know if you are the winner. Anyone can enter.........bloggers or non-bloggers. The winner will receive a code that can used for your shopping spree. Please note.......most items include free shipping but if you choose an item that requires a shipping fee, then you will be responsible for that fee.

About a year ago, I was contacted by CSN with the opportunity to select a rug and all I had to do was write a review of the product. Just click here and you can see the rug I selected. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review their product because I had no rug for my entry. The one I chose gets compliments every time someone new visits. :-) I could have selected an item and done a review this time, too, but I'm going to let one of you have the prize. Just please give me some ideas for my bathroom! Comments will be accepted through noon, Friday, June 25 and winner will be notified by 6:00 p.m. that same day.

I can hardly wait to read your ideas!

Sandi

22 comments:

Debbie said...

This one's easy, Sandi! Get rid of everything in the photo that's not a fixture. The garbage can, the toilet paper, whatever that dull yellow thing on the wall is, etc., etc. You can keep the white walls. Make a quilt, larger than the thing on the wall is, from rainbow colors. Then buy the extras, like the tissues, garbage, towels, etc., from different colors of the rainbow. It'll look great!

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

Put a stencil or something around the mirror........color of course.

Nancy said...

I think you should add some depth with a shelf with a few things on it. I have the cutest shelf in my bathroom. A real find. It has lattice work underneath it and I stack hand towels in my bathroom colors on it.

In my powder room, I have a shelf that is reflected in the mirror. Double the pleasure!

Pat said...

I say go to the trouble of painting one half of the wall and put a chair rail and wallpaper on the other half. OR....wallpaper the top half and do a chair rail and beadboard on the lower half. Make your colors/patterns be such that you can put a small quilt on the wall...maybe even rotate seasonal minis done with wool felt! I do agree with your son....the white is overpowering there...looks very stark and sterile!!! I'd feel "COLD" if I used that bathroom.....LOL

pdudgeon said...

put in a white chair rail with white beadboard below it on all the walls.the level of the chair rail should be just above the level of the toilet tank. paint all walls and ceiling above the chair rail in a dramatic color. leave the woodwork white.
find a small white cupboard to house your toilet accessories, and put a small cube tissue box on top. clean everything off the toilet tank. either make or buy a new shower curtain to be the main focal point in your room, and accessorize with colored bath rugs.
install a towel rack above the toilet and hang pretty towels. change out the mirror for an oval one, and accessorize with a lighted ceiling fan.
Happy Makeover!

Sue H said...

Hi, Sandi: I agree with removing everything that isn't fastened down and starting fresh. I see your floor is dark -- brown? I would bring that dark up to the mirror with a wood picture frame type effect in dark brown. I would also have a small quilt instead of the picture, and some shelves to match the picture frame. You strike me as a pink kind of girl so I would do the paint in maybe a real pastel peach (looks good w/brown), and have richer peaches and aqua/turquoises for your accents. You could keep a beach theme with those colors. And I think there are some cute patterns around for a toilet paper holder that you could make out of fabric to either stand out or blend into the wall color. This will be fun to see what you decide to do with such a blank slate!

Crispy said...

I'm awful, I think it looks just fine but then I'm a minimalist and don't have any knick knacks (I would have to dust them) and very little on my walls (because some day I want all the walls covered with quilts LOL).

Crispy

quiltingnana said...

As a couple of others suggested...remove the small things like bowl brush etc. Put them in a less conspicuous place. Then paint the walls a very light color (blue, green, maybe even lavender...whatever would tie into the room next to the powder room. Bring some excitement to the mirror either with a frame or perhaps a larger oval mirror. Add a shelf above the toilet with a great quilted wall hanging above it. On the shelf you could put a few items that would tie into the quilt...as long as it doesn't look too busy. For instance, if you are into modern art quilts, this might be the place for one. Good luck ...will be anxious to see your results.

Stormy Days said...

Beadboard on the bottom with a chair rail and paint above. Much larger picture or quilt above the toilet. Frame that mirror. I will still keep it neutral colors, but make the picture or quilt bright. Just touchs of color in that small bath will stand out beautifully.

Katrina said...

I think you should do some more color....doesn't have to be bright just more. I also think you could do something cute with the mirror.

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sorry I am not great with bathrooms

Needled Mom said...

I think you definitely need color. I would do it with paint, towels and accessories. Wallpaper is "out" now and there are so many wonderful painting techniques that are being used now.

Sandi said...

Wow! What awesome ideas!!! I sort of had an idea of what I want to do in the room and a couple of you suggested something similar. I'll post photos when I finish the room. :-)

Amber H. said...

*Removed my last comment, I messed up with my post, parts didn't make any sense*

I would actually keep the seashell shadowbox, and I would paint the walls in a shade of blue that is similar or matching the the blue in the two shells that form a heart.. I'd probably go with a medium to light blue. I kind of like the idea of a chair rail and beadboard, But if you do that I would paint it a crisp white.

I would either make a frame and put it around your mirror, or maybe buy a framed mirror in a different shape such as round or oval. You can probably find one in a fleamarket or even somewhere else, and I would paint it in a metallic color such as silver or gold, or just plain white.

I would also buy a towel ring and hang it above your sink, and slightly to the right, on the wall between the toilet and the sink.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

CSN sent me the same offer, but I was greedy and kept the canoe shelf for my sewing room! You're so much more generous! Great company to do business with though!

I have a bathroom almost exactly like yours, only the sink and toilet are switched. I'll email you a picture of how I decorated and accessorized it. Don't know if you're into painting and finishes and wallpaper border, but I love how mine turned out.

I like Debbie's idea of the rainbow colors and quilt too.

MGM

Diane H said...

You've got lovely fixtures to start with in your powder room, Sandi. I think it just needs a warm neutral paint colour on the walls. The mirror could be much larger with a white frame, a white shelf over the toilet to hold pretty jars and toiletries and a lovely large quilted wall hanging or picture on another wall and your all set.

TheaM said...

I would choose the 'emptiest' wall and cover it with a yummy wallpaper - then pull colors from the paper for the accessories, paint a shelf to match the accessories and make a frame for the mirror from a wallpaper border... but not from the kind with shaped edges, because they tend to curl up from a steamy bathroom!

Cris A said...

The first thing that came to my mind was a cool "chunky" mirror frame and possibly a dark vanity instead of the pedestal sink, that way you can keep the little stuff in there and out of view and either a larger piece of art above the toilt or a cabinet of some kind. Can't wait to see what you do with it :)

meeyeehere said...

OOh,a sky light would be so lovely and maybe some plants.I am very fond of skylights!

Debbie said...

I'd put a frame around that mirror. And put beadboard up along the bottom of the wall. Add a nice color to the top.

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

If you need to make changes...you have already listed then in your blog post...a little paint and a wood frame to match your wood work...althougth I don't see any thing wrong with it as it is. Trish

Kristy said...

Yes, you definitely need to make some changes. Put color on your walls, hide the garbage and toilet paper, and put some trim on your medicine cabinet (home improvement stores have many "fancy" baseboard pieces that you can cut and glue to the cabinet to make it look like an expensive mirror)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Paint the room and add one of your lovely wall hangings behind the stool and use it as the starting point for your decorating.

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