Funny how one little bit of fabric can turn into the catalyst for a whole room makeover, huh? I fell in love with a clearance shower curtain ($19) at the Victorian Trading Company's outlet store. I figured that if I had no where to hang it, I could always use the fabric in projects. ( I wish I'd bought two, so I had the other to cut up!!)
Plus, I've been wanting an ALL WHITE room. I figured the bathroom would be the place to do it, and was ready to give the white on white look a try.
But the curtain seemed a bit too white, almost blue, it was so white. I dipped it in a watered down bowl of tan Rit Dye, gambling on the outcome, I knew it wasn't all natural fiber and the colors could be all over the place from the different fabrics the curtain was made up of.
And boy, was I right! But I love it!! There are shades of white, cream and tan and the white is a bit warmer than the glaring, pure white that it was before. The gamble paid off.
The iron pieces hanging above the curtain were dark, and I dry brushed white and cream over those, then hung an antique French netting panel that was a gift from my BFF, Beth. For no reason! She just saw it and knew I'd love it, and of course I do.
Here is a before shot of the room, I really liked it just fine and it had been photographed for Romantic Country by my pal, Diane Guthrie. But the room had looked this way for years and I wanted a change just for change's sake, not because I didn't like it.
Here are the old curtains. I really did like them and still do. I've moved them into the studio for now.
Honestly, I drool buckets over photos of all white rooms. I want one really bad. But it just isn't in me to do it. I start warming up the colors and going cream/ beige/tan.
I graduated the colors up from blue, to metallic gold, then tan and cream to the white at the very top. (I chose these colors because the cans were what happened to be in my closet at the time).
The faux finish is subtle. I blended it all together with the cream color. Then I painted the cabinet, but I might leave the little table dark. What do you think? A bit of contrast here and there is nice.
My plan was to paint the furniture and walls all white. But you can see, the vanity is lighter, but not white. In the photo it looks similar the jewelry armoire I painted years ago, but when you are in the room, they look very different and unique.
If you want, I can do a "how to" on the technique for the vanity.
I think I need to re-paper the roses on my Grandma Downey's floor lamp/towel hanger to a lighter color too. The bright roses stand out a bit too much now.
I might cover the center panel of the vanity door with a pretty paper too.
The poor dogs were just glad when I was done. They had to be locked up to keep their little paws out of the paint. I don't want little painty footprints all over my house. When I used to paint furniture, I'd work outside and would zip through a lot of pieces a day, not being all that careful while doing it, since I was in the garage. But one day, the barn cat walked through some spilled primer and jumped up into the open door of the van that I'd just unloaded. We had kitty cat foot prints all over the van seats forever, because I use a good primer!
Inside, I'm more careful and I paint without a drop cloth, since I've been painting forever, I know how to be tidy when I want to be. But I paint barefoot just in case. That way if some paint does drop, you know when you step in it, and it doesn't get tracked around the room on the bottom of a shoe.
I'm still not sure if the room is done. While trying to be light as I could, I might have gone too sublte on the faux finish... I might need some warmer tan rubbed over it to tie in the color of the tiles. But for now, I'm done.
$19 for the curtain, 20 something for the white paint ( I use Behr, its always the BEST for the price), and about 8 hours of work, and I have a whole new look. Its a drastic change, even if it wasn't what I'd planned on it being.
A can of paint can make a big impact.
I think I like it.