We host a big Christmas Party every year, and we REALLY wanted to have at least a working toilet and sink on the first floor by then. But before that could happen, we had to do some other fancy things – like wallpaper and crown moulding and a chandelier!
“But Amy. You don’t NEED those things to have a toilet and sink.”
You’re right. I do need them to be happy, but I don’t need them to be functional. But in this case, the “Pretty” had to come before the practical.
That’s why. If we did the practical first, we wouldn’t be able to fit the scaffolding in the room. So, we’d have to wait until after the party, take out the sink and toilet, and then do the scaffolding projects, and the re-install. This seemed like a worse idea than just staying up way too late for many nights in a row to get the tall work done.
Crown Moulding (from Architectural Depot). Simple, but has texture!
Layer three is the dark gray that I painted the clawfoot tub that will be in the room.
I painted the ceiling! Doug was impressed with my selfie-taking skills with this picture. Thank you, iPhone timer! I’m glad I took this, because I think every picture from here on out doesn’t have me in it, which might make you think I didn’t do any work but I DID I PROMISE.
I wanted paper in here, and was initially going to do something more geometric. I’m not a super-floral kind of gal. (Confession – I typed that sentence, and then stared at the screen for about 5 minutes thinking about the florals I’ve put in other rooms. So while I don’t think of myself as “flowery,” I probably need to admit I like floral patterns.)
Anyway, I wasn’t going to do floral. I was ALWAYS going to do yellow and gray. Then, when we unearthed the old wallpaper when demo-ing the room, we found this lovely, if you recall:
Yellow and gray flowers. Ancient. It just seemed RIGHT to put flowers back in. And I found this paper, and it was perfection.
It’s not a wallpaper border, but we’re treating it as such. When your ceilings are 11 feet tall, it can take a wide border. So we used a regular wallpaper, and just turned it on its side! Four pieces, one for each wall. It took less than one roll for the space.
After the wallpaper, we hung up some mouldings – none are wood, they’re all urethane, but after painting I treated them with marine varnish anyway – water or steam can’t get at them. We added a cap at the top of the shower, a crown, and a “picture rail,” which isn’t REAL picture rail but it looks like it.
Using the wallpaper on the side gave us only 4 seams, and then the edges are held down with the mouldings, so this paper should be very secure in a bathroom (by design). I didn’t have any hesitation about using wallpaper in a bathroom – this won’t be a primary shower, except when we might be restoring other rooms, so it won’t have steam or heat every day. I might have thought twice if it was a primary space (but let’s be real, I might have done it, anyway).
This picture is super grainy, but also going up are a simple pair of sconces to go over the future apothecary cabinet! I wasn’t lying when I said there was NO time for picture with the real camera when things were happening!
A couple of years ago, I saw a post on Craigslist about an antique lighting store / warehouse in Chicago that had a retiring owner who had 5 floors of lighting from Europe and America, and was liquidating everything. Intrigued, I sent my friend Jason, who is stationed in Chicago, to see if it was worth going to. He went, and facetimed me to show me what was there, and we rented a trailer and went. We came home with a TON of goodies to restore for the Madison Street Salvage – many were just shells, and almost everything needed a full restoration. A few pieces I knew I wouldn’t be able to part with because they were just perfection.
They were also very, very dirty. Look at this shade:
I have zero idea how old this might be, or who it might be made by. Ross? Any thoughts?
With the sconces (and Christmas Wrapping Paper covering the medicine cabinet hole because I keep my Christmas parties CLASSY, y’all).
The suggestion has been made to put a little brass engraved plate on the door, stating, “Here Be Dragons.” I’m on board with that, or an elaborate cross-stitch piece that tells all visitors they must notice the dragons in the chandelier because WHAT IF THEY DON’T SEE THEM. Surely, someone has an Etsy shop to fufill my needs.