Monday, January 30, 2012

Advice Wanted


I've decided to redo the guest bathroom before the wedding shower for our oldest son and his fiancée. The shower is March 17, less than 7 weeks away. I know we probably shouldn't take this project on at this time, and no one really cares what the bathroom looks like as long as it's clean, but we're doing it anyway. Let's just say that Hubby is not as excited about it  as I am. He knows I can be a little slow making decisions. That's why I need your help.

Our guest bath since the 1980's

We're hiring someone to put in the tub and tile, the countertop and sinks, and the floor. Hubby will do the plumbing and electrical work, and I'll paint.

I've picked white subway tile for the tub/shower, and I've chosen brushed nickel faucets, lighting, and hardware. The sinks will be white porcelain with a beige/brown granite counter.  The existing mirror will be trimmed and framed with dark stained wood. All the cabinets and molding will be white. 

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We have to remove wallpaper, so the walls will probably need some drywall work or at least some texture. I thought we could use beadboard on all the walls. First question: Should I extend the beadboard all the way to the ceiling or stop at chair rail height? 

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Now for the wall color. I was thinking about painting it a neutral beige and bringing in color with accessories. I'm leaning towards aqua towels and dark brown accessories. Question 2: Do you have a suggestion for the wall color? 

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I'm totally stumped on the floor. Last question: What should I use for the floor?

If you have any ideas, please leave a comment. Any suggestions on the walls and the flooring would be greatly appreciated!


6 comments:

  1. Sallie you are much braver than I am! I like the bead board all the way up the wall. For the floor I would go with tile but I have no idea on color! Best of luck to you and I hope you make your deadline.

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    1. Melinda, I guess if we don't make the deadline everyone will be using the master bathroom. We remodeled that one three years ago, so it still looks good. I'll keep everyone updated on my progress.

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  2. 1) We have bead board chair rail hight in our bathroom and it is very pretty. It makes the room feel bigger that it did before we had it.

    2)I think that a neutral paint color for the walls is good. We painted our bead board tan and the rest of the walls white in our bathroom and you can do so much with it. If you want to spice up your bathroom in a few years you can just change the color of your accents and you have a whole new look without getting out the paint cans.

    3)Have you ever seen Snapstone tiles? Again in our bathroom we have those. They go right over the existing floor (so it's a quicker process, too). They snap together and then you put put grout in the cracks. http://snapstone.com/ The only con to these are that they are pretty darn cold in the winter time and when you put your bare feet on then it sucks the body heat right out of you. Then in the summer it's still a bit cool and you sometimes feel the urge to just lay right down on it to take away some of that heat from your body. :)

    Happy remodeling!

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    1. Kati, thanks for your great ideas! The bathroom is small, so making it feel bigger would be a plus. I was thinking along the same lines as you when I decided on a neutral paint. Changing accessories is so much easier than painting. Thanks for telling me about Snapstone. I will definitely look into it. You've been a great help!

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  3. I'm with Kati, great ideas. I like the neutral colors too, becasue you can so much. Best of luck!!
    Jennifer

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  4. As an Interior Designer & considering what you inform us, I recommend you to paint all the walls in a soft color as acqua, white ceeling, change furniture handles for delicate porcelain or glass, nice and functional lighting and accesories playing with two colors acqua and coral, download Coral photos and make compositions to decorate the walls. I like it!! Good luck and patience!!

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