Monday, 25 January 2016

Guest bathroom beautification – Let’s take a tour

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I can’t stop myself , I just can’t ignore empty white walls that are screaming out for colour! Exhibit D (I think we’re up to D now, or maybe it’s C) – the guest bathroom in our rental house. I had nothing to do with this before picture, it’s from the real estate listing for the house…

bathroom before

I mean seriously, could it be any more BLAH? As you can see, it’s a really oddly shaped room. With all the different angles, there are twelve walls. Yes, TWELVE WALLS in one small room. Crazy! Plus that annoying toilet to paint around. So I was really NOT happy after I finished painting two coats and realized that the bright green that I thougt would make the room bright and happy and fun really just made it glow. Like, a full-on neon green radioactive glow that made everything in the room look green and even the hallway had a green glow to it. It doesn’t look too bad in the pictures, but trust me, it was super-glowy green.


So, back to the drawing board. And this time, I went in the completely opposite direction – Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue.

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And wow, it was a huge difference! At first I wasn’t entirely sure that I should keep it. But after lots of positive feedback from my friends on Facebook, I decided to stick with it. My original thought was to go for a nautical theme with white and red accents. But everyone who commented on the picture I posted liked the bright green towel against the dark blue walls. I thought orange would go well with the green and blue. And, well, then all hell broke loose when I decided to make some bunting for a window treatment  (thank you Rita at The Lunenburg Makery for your guidance!) – orange, green, turquoise, purple….


Our landloard agreed to buy a new faucet, which is a big improvement from the old one :-) Faucet is from Canadian Tire, soap dispenser and flowers are from Walmart, and the blue bottle is from an antique shop in Mahone Bay.

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The glow-in-the-dark green makes a comeback in a smaller way – I used it to paint the white melamine shelving unit.

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I found the wood stump on the beach, and the green towel and basket are from Winners.

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I’m plant-sitting this guy for a friend :-) The planter is from the Dollar Store.


The driftwood wreath was made by my friend Kim at Wavewood Designs. I love how the weathered wood looks against the dark blue.


Kim also made this sailboat from a piece of an old lobster trap. The starfish and ceramic buoy are from Down Home Living in Lunenburg, my friend Donna gave me the bowl, the jar with the sea glass is from the Dollar Store, and I found the sea glass and snail shell on the beach. The wood shelf is from the same shop in Mahone Bay where I bought the blue glass bottle.


My dad’s girlfriend gave me this seahorse she bought for me in Florida. Or maybe it was Cuba. Well, wherever he’s from, he’s cute :-)


One end of the room… all those crazy angles!

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And the other end where most of the action is happening :-)

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It’s pretty bold, and you might love it or you might hate it. but either way, it’s a big improvement over the boring blah white, right? :-)


bathroom before



from bedroom

Next up – more garage build updates and another room makeover…

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Check out my other rental house makeovers (more coming soon!)

Master bathroom makeover

Master bedroom makeover

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  1. LOVE the dark blue - so gorgeous!! Great job Kelly!

    1. Thanks Anne! I kinda love it too :-) Like I mentioned in my post, I was a bit unsure about it at first, but I'm so happy I stuck with it :-)

  2. i love this color blue with the pops of greens. coastal but not too beachy. enjoy!

    1. Thanks! That's just what I was going for, a coastal vibe without being too themey :-)

  3. I wouldn't be brave enough to go dark blue, but I really like it. The pops of green are a great touch.