Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bathroom Decorating in Progress

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The bathroom is painted (Behr Paint in Denim Blue, oops sorry I made a mistake in my original post...it's actually Bleached Denim) and it's been fun doing the finishing touches. I found the shelf above on clearance at Home Goods awhile ago. It was a much darker color than I wanted so I just spray painted it a creamy white. I still need to do a little antiquing on it to get rid of that flat spray painted look. That little oval on the top is just crying out for something but I'm not sure what. A monogram is the first thing I thought of but since I plan to go back to my maiden name soon and Lauren's last name will be different, I really don't want to do that. I wish I was good at painting I would paint a little seashell or something. Maybe I could decoupage a shell on there! Any other ideas?

I made the starfish picture above last night with just things I had around the house. An old frame, some old linens and a starfish. I really like it! Very beach cottage, don't ya think?
I bought the curtain awhile ago at a thrift store. It's a "Simply Shabby Chic" originally from Target. I think I paid $3.00 for it. I also made a skirt for the sink area last night using a white sheet that I had on hand and some ribbon. Very cheap inexpensive!
Tonight I need to paint the trim and also paint the mirror frame. I still need to either fix the chandelier I recently bought or find something else. Then it will be done!!! Now that I have color on the walls in there, I cannot believe I lived with a very plain beige bathroom for 5 years! I realized on Sunday after I finished painting it that it was our 5 year anniversary of living in this apartment! Time flies...Lauren was only in 5th grade when we moved in here and now she's in her second year of high school!

92 comments:

just a little bit shabby said...

Lovely, love the blue, how about gluing a small shell onto the oval and spray painting over it, too? Looks great!
Sandyt

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Morning Cindy.....what a nice look you are going to have in your bath...I love the fresh cottage beach look...so fresh and clean....gotta love Home Goods...the shelf is great....it's a surprise every time I go there.....
Hugs,
Mo ;-)

Carousel222 said...

That is the pretties color of blue. I love all your personal touches, especially the framed starfish. That was a very clever idea. Makes me want to redo my bathrooms.

Esther Sunday said...

L.O.V.E. I.T. I was thinking a shell (or shells) on the oval, or wee little glass or diamondy beads. Love the sheet idea! You go girl.

Glenda said...

You know they have those rub on's at Michaels they might have seashells too.

I like that shelf. It's a great color for the walls.

Ciao

Linda said...

Hi Cindy, the bath looks great!! Why did you decide to paint instead of using the blue toile wallpaper you had?? Linda

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Linda, I was just too chicken to attempt the wallpaper. I knew it would be a huge challenge for me to get it cut out around the toilet plumbing and the window, etc. I just decided to paint it. I may put the wallpaper in my kitchen. I think it will be much easier to do it in there.

Mrs Peeks Farmhouse said...

Wow! It looks fantastic. I love your finsihing touches. You have a gift at finding just the right item and make it look fabulous.
I like the idea of the monogram on the shelf. I think it would look great with the flowers. How about a double monogram like Ralph Lauren does?

Anonymous said...

Ever since you mentioned the toile wallpaper for your bathroom, I have been looking forward to seeing it hung up as I'm a toile fan. I can totally relate to your hesistation about wallpapering as I wallpapered my bathroom a few years ago (my first time ever wallpapering) and I just recently took it all down and painted instead because the seams were coming apart and I wanted a change. I ended up hanging a toile shower curtain!

Anyways, I absolutely LOVE the paint color that you used instead and how the white looks so crisp with it. Great job as always and I am looking forward to more updates!

Debbie V.

Bambi said...

So very,very pretty. You are so ingenious! Can't wait to see the complete reveal.

starsfault said...

We must be on the same wavelength... I just restyled m bath space, but mine is more linen and sparse, rather than shabby chic (which I love). Painting will have to wait for a month or two, but that's on the list also. your bath looks lovely, and when I was your sheld, I though of the french words "le bain", which means "the bath" right?

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Anonymous said...

Why don't you use the monogram of your first name instead of your last? I would love to see a picture of the complete bathroom. Every little thing looks great - I would just like a visual of the entire room. Great job!

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

Hi Cindy. I love the shade of blue you chose! It's perfect. ~Arleen

Melanie said...

Beautiful! Its very serene. I like your Crabtree & Evelyn things are displayed

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Absolutely beautiful, Cindy. Blue is just the best ever for a bath. You might find a decal at Micahel's that would fit perfectly into the oval. You are so creative I am sure you will come up with a great idea.

Thank you for sharing.

Charla

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Time flies when you are having fun!!...the bathroom is looking good!

Betty Jo said...

Everything is just gorgeous Cindy, as I knew it would be. Perhaps you could stencil a seashell in the oval of the shelf. Love the starfish in the frame. What did you do to the fabric behind the starfish? It looks like it has a finish on it of some sort from the photo. ♥

Faythe said...

Cindy your bathroom looks great..

I was wondering if you could use your little shell molds that you used for your cupcake, only using polymer clay..maybe make a little cluster of some sort

Suzie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Cindy! What about cutting out a little piece of your toile wallpaper and decopaging it onto the oval?

Terri and Bob said...

That's why I love coming here... it proves a home can be beautiful without being expensive. And I do mean BEAUTIFUL!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Betty Jo, It's a piece (actually 2 pieces) of vintage embroidered linen. If you click on the photo to enlarge it you can see more detail.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Your bathroom looks lovely Cindy! Great job as always!

sashagirl said...

Your bath is so fresh and pretty! I know what you mean about the wall paper! My first thought about the oval on your shelf was to glue a pretty brooch there, but not sure what kind since it's a beach theme? You will think of something, you are the queen of beautiful decorating!!!

Suzie said...

Cindy,
I love that color SO much!!
(Behr Paint in Denim Blue) I wrote it down.
Thank you!!
Suzie

sharla*** said...

I love the bathroom.
Maybe a sand dollar or a shell in the oval with a bit of vintage clear glitter for a sparkle (not sure what that stuff is called)

MimiG said...

Where do you find all of your starfish? You've got talent, girl.
The bath is looking great!
MimiG

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Mimi, I buy the starfish. I think I got those at HomeGoods last summer. I think I've only seen a couple starfish wash up at the beach and I've lived in California my whole life!

Molly said...

Love it!

txbriarrose said...

I love love love what you did! You seem to be able to see things for what they can be. Many of us would have passed up the shelf when it wasn't the "right color". I see someone else suggested gluing a small shell...that was going to be my suggestion too...but I was thinking you could glue a little sand at the bottom of the oval and then glue a starfish or silver dollar shell on it. I think of both of those as wishing pieces. Debra

KarenB said...

How about a sillouette of Lauren in the oval?

Karin said...

I love the color! You're so good at picking colors. Decoupaging a shell is a great idea ~ or you could decoupage some blue toile to match the pretty bottles ~ or a tiny mirror... I know you'll think of something special. The shelf and framed star look great!

Sandra said...

Cindy, as always, your site is inspiring. I've got nearly the same color in my bathroom (with beadboard on the lower portion) and it just screams to me everytime I go in there that it wants to be "beachy." Guess I can find a way to make it Shabby Chic Beachy. Thanks.

Tanya said...

Your bathroom is looking great! The artwork that you made is beautiful. It's those little details that bring it all together!

ceekay said...

Cindy, I think the monogram would be nice but what about a little mosaic? It sure would take much and you could mix the blue and the white. Just a thought!

Marilyn said...

The bathroom looks fabulous. I love the little shelf and how you have customized it, "My Romantic Home" Style!

The first thing I thought of for the top oval, was a small mirror perhaps "framed" with small crystals, or pearls. I think something shine-y and light catching would be nice in the oval.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Your bathroom is looking beautiful!
Nantucket Briar is my favorite C&E fragrance.
How about a vintage image on the little oval? Like an old romantic~style beach scene from a postcard, etc. Might be hard to find one in just the right colors though. The other commenters have lovely ideas as well.
:)
~Becca~

janice said...

oh what a great color!! I need to redo my bathroom and was wondering what color to do, now i know, love it!!

Rochelle said...

Wow, what a difference a "pop" of color makes! It's going to be beautiful when it is finished....I hope you are going to post pictures of the final product! :)

marty39 said...

Oh it all looks so pretty. I love the little shelf and all the wonderful things you have displayed on it and the starfish picture is gorgeous. What a great job. It is just lovely. Hugs, Marty

debi @ life in my studio said...

Oh, your bathroom is beautiful! I love your wall color...and that shelf is gorgeous.
Everything is so pretty, I'd want to be in there all the time!

desiree said...

Looks Great Cindy! I really love the color and the starfish in the frame. Makes me want to head to the coast!

mirta said...

Hola Cindy,tienes el estilo que adoro,esos tonos pasteles...el blanco...las rosas,y ese aire romantico por doquier,me agrada muchisimo!!!
besos dede Argentina,MIRTA

Sandra said...

Very pretty! I love the color on the wall, the Home Goods shelf, etc.
You have great talent!
Sandra

Anonymous said...

Cindy, Your blog is lovely and I read it every day. I've noticed lately, however, that you have so many ads on the sidebars and for the last few days, even pop-ups! Just was wondering if anyone else has commented on the pop ups?

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Sorry about the pop ups. I don't think they will be running those very long. If it becomes a problem I can opt out of those ads.

kathi said...

What a pretty bathroom! I love that little shelf too. How did you attach the ribbon to the curtain? Did you sew it on or use stitch witchery or something?

Not the Good Scissors said...

The bathroom is beautiful. Where do you get your energy? I know you work full-time. Do you sleep :) You go girl!

Amber said...

Cindy, it looks wonderful! The color you picked is perfect. Rich but also soothing and pretty. I was also thinking that a small shell would be perfect inside that little disc at the top of your shelf! And the ribbon detailing on the sink skirt is so crisp and pretty. I love it! Can't wait to see a photo of the whole bathroom!

Brenda said...

Maybe perch a little shell up on the arch??? I don't know. But you'll come up with something great. That blue shade is just divine. Makes me want to close my eyes and rest.
Brenda

Pamela said...

Go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and check out the rub on appliques. I think you'll find something that will work for yourself. The bathroom is lovely.

Becky said...

Hi Cindy,
wow your bathroom looks amazing.
I love the color choice and what you did with the showercurtain and the ribbon.
I wonder if you could modgepodge a picture of something you like on the little oval. But as good as you are with everything else why wouldn't a brilliant artist be in your blood as well. Just go for it as my friend Jane would say. She is an artist and she says that if you don't like it you just paint over it until you do.
Hugs
Becky

Michelle said...

What a lovely shade of blue! I can really see how those cosmetic boxes influenced your choices for the bathroom and it truly IS romantic.

For the oval on your shelf, what about a simple fleur-de-lis? It's elegant, timeless and romantic.

(I don't have time to read all of the comments, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that somebody else suggested this as well!!!)

Blessings,

Michelle

~ Jill ~ said...

I really like your bathroom!! Very pretty!!! The starfish picture is ADORABLE!!! LOVE IT! :)

Kathleen Grace said...

It looks beautiful Cindy! What about a rub on from the scrapbook section for the oval on the shelf? You might find a seashell image or something else you would love. The seashell picture is pure genius!

Anonymous said...

I have to say you inspire me day after day! You are so talented and creative! Love the bathroom!
Ivy

Alison Gibbs said...

Cindy it is looking fabulous
Alison

Marianna said...

The sink curtain is lovely. Everything looks so nice!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Awesome re-do Cindy! Is this the downstairs bath that you were going to wallpaper? ♥ Diane

Joanne Kennedy said...

Very pretty. You could look at the rubber stamps and stamp a shell or something on there. I like the idea of taking some of the wall paper you wanted to use and putting it there.

I'm sure whatever you decide will be very pretty.

Hugs,
Joanne

P.S. I have never seen a pop up on your blog.

French-Kissed said...

It is looking so good ~ what a wonderful shade of blue and the crisp white against it looks so fresh. Since you already have some shells going on, I like the ideas that mix it up a bit, suggesting a toile insert or a fleur-de-lis in the oval. If you go with the f-d-l, maybe you could use the blue wall color to paint the symbol. Or if you go with your idea of the monogram {using "C" as one reader suggested}, maybe you could paint the oval the blue wall color and do the monogram in white with some gray edging. Or paint the oval blue and paint a white cameo face in the oval. Decisions, decisions...whatever you decide it will be just beautiful!

Chatelaine said...

Lovely bathroom Cindy. I see you were inspired by the Nantucket Briar scent from Crabtree and Evelyn. Love that packaging! And the scent is fabulous too.

Your wall color is fantastic. I have a similar color in my bedroom. I thought it was a bit dark but with white accents I think it will look great. It's still a work in progress.

Melinda said...

Oh Cindy...I cannot wait to see the finished bathroom!!! So excited....its gorgeous so far!!
Seeya soon,'
Melinda

jennifer said...

sooooo dreamy!

Anonymous said...

I love that color of blue. You've gotten some excellent ideas for what to do with the shelf. I'm sure you'll find something perfect.

~elaine~

Natasha said...

that denim is very pretty. Have you thought about maybe a pretty print you like and decopage it on there ??

Question have you ever been to the flea market on Berryessa Rd in SanJose? I have never been but I am going to go there tomorrow...It has been a long time since I have hit the yard sales etc.. so I am going to stop at this one... I will remeber to bring my camera and post some pictures.

I am hoping to find a few peices of furniture bookcases etc....

As alway love reading your blog and that you are in my area makes it better casue I can always go to the places you recomend :)
Natasha

Really Rainey said...

Hi Cindy! It looks amazing so far... Really pretty blue too. I love it SO much! You will have to stop over to my blog to see the Grandkids playroom. I put up a teaser too on my Sunday post. Can't wait to see yours all together! Whoo hoo!

~Really Rainey~

Olive Rue said...

I love it! And I love what you did with the Starfish. My hubby and I picked up a few of these on our honeymoon last year and now I know what I'm going to do with one of them. :-)

tam said...

Beautiful job on your bathroom Cindy! I think the painted sea shell would be a good idea. But since it is made of metal you could glue the shell or shells on a magnet and that way you can easily change it out? I am going to try to make over my bathroom too-soon as I finish up a few other projects-thanks for the inspiration-have a good rest of your week~Smiles~Tam!

Alicia said...

Monogram...I think if you go for the shell it ends up being too beachy...plus that way when you move it into another room...which I know you someday will :), it'll fit in just fine.
Yes I think a beautiful C would work...definitely in blue!!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Cindy - I just love your creativeness. I can't wait to see the finished bathroom. I had the same dilemma when I was a single mom. That's when I started collecting "B's" - my first initial and also that of my son. Thank goodness I remarried a "B" also. LOL

If you get a chance, stop by my blog and look at my moss-covered inital. Maybe you could cover a small "C" in beach sand, and then glue tiny little shells at one corner, etc. Also, look in the scrapbooking area. Martha Stewart has a great line and I use her scrapping products all the time for crafts, etc. Good luck - whatever you decide it will be beautiful!!!
Hugs, Barb
(ps - have not had any probs with pop-up ads either)

alicew said...

Gorgeous! Our bathroom is plain beige...the one room I haven't painted...but you are inspiring me ;)

Jen said...

In the oval, put a fancy "B"... Bains= bath in french :)

Michele said...

Oh Cindy!! I LOVE what you did in your bathroom!!! It's stunning!!! I so wish I could find a shelf like the one you found as I've been looking for something similar for almost two years now! Yours is perfect, adn I love how you decorated it!! Once again, your style is incredible!! GREAT job!!!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
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AgaB said...

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abeachcottage said...

hi cindy

it's gorgeous, love the denim blue,the white, the curtain and the starfish

a girl after my own heart!

sarah

kate said...

Beauty of a bathroom, its going great, love the towels, and bath cabinet!!!
kate

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Cindy! Just love the color and anything beachy is great with me!! How about a little piece of that pretty blue/white toile wallpaper you have until you can put a monogram?!(it will be easy to remove later too!) Even plain it is still fantastic! Love the picture you made too! Have a great week - Jeannette

Scribbler said...

Pretty bathroom! I am so inspired by what you did with the shell in the frame. I have two frames I painted beachy white, and they are still sitting on the worktable months later. I think I will make something with shells to put in them now. Thank you for the idea.

Scribbler

Mary Ruth said...

Love the fresh look you are giving it! I am a beach-type gal so I love anything with water colors and shells! Very nice mix of textures and subtle colors!

YSLGuy said...

I love the detail of the ribbon you did. I have this most amazing ribbon that Ive been holding onto forever trying to figure out what to do with it. You just gave me a great idea.

Kathy said...

LOVE IT!

My craft room and guest room are about the same color blue! It's SO soothing!

You continue to amaze me with your creativity!

Susie Homemaker said...

Hi Cindy...WOW! I love the color! How romantic! What about a small etched mirror?

Can't wait to see what you come up with...I know it will be fabulous!

Blessings,
Susie

debra said...

That's beautiful. I love the paint color.

Sew Sweet Studio said...

What a sweet little bathroom. Blue being one of my favorite colors, I am going to have to check out Behr "Denim Blue". My little bathroom is the favorite room in my house. I had such fun doing it as I can tell you did yours. It shows so much of you (as I have seen you here).
Keep showing us the great things you do. It inspires me so.
Beverly

Lee Laurie said...

Cindy, It is looking so beautiful! I love the color you chose. So peaceful. Didn't you use to have your monogram for My Romantic Home on the top of your blog a while back? That would be pretty monogramed on your shelf. You have given me the inspiration to tackle my guest bathroom. I want to get in there right now and start but I have to have the floor replaced first. I have already purchased the shower curtain and valance for the window. I'm so ready to get started now. Thanks!

Mary said...

How about a big C in the space on the shelf or check the stamps at your local craft store.
I just love the way your bath is coming along, very clever use of the ribbon on the curtain. I love the blue!

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Love it all! My aunt is now officially hooked on your blog as well :)

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Cindy! Your bathroom project is GORGEOUS! I have that very same Shabby Chic curtain in my bathroom too! Don't you love the soft feel of that dotted fabric and the way it drapes? I think you will soon be late for work everyday since it will be so hard to leave such a pretty bathroom! ~ xo Joy

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, your bathroom is looking lovely - I can't wait to see the finished look.

ElleX

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Wow, your bathroom is really looking beautiful so far! Can't wait to see the finished product.

My bathroom in my last house was blue. I wanted to paint my current bathroom blue also but my landlord wouldn't let me. Darn!

Kady

Taylen said...

I...love...the...color! That and the beachy items throughout are just wonderful! Beautiful design. Thumbs up indeed!

Dee said...

I have that sea star as well. Why I though it away without thinking. Each of them is all simple but together it just nice!!!