Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Year Updates | Part 1 | Powder Room

Well — we've officially owned the house on Norton Road for just over a year! I of course wish we were "done"... we're not ... but we have a lot less to do on the house than we used to :) And don't people say you're never really done anyway?!

It's been forever since I blogged — although not for lack of things going on, really. We had a big push to finish up a few loose ends when we had two sets of houseguests a few weeks back – one set fell through, but it was still a good forced "goal" to make some headway. Love it when that happens.

I'll show those updates over a few posts:


Our powder room started out like this:

This is one of my favorite "before" photos b/c the house was
sold with the bathroom just like this - air freshener included!

We debated over what to do in here forever (ok, well you already know, for a year). Originally I hadtohave this shiny silver wall tile from a bathroom I found on Houzz, below:

Photo of a powder room we liked (minus the floor)

So much so, that we built the rest of our powder room to match that one:

Our very "original" bathroom!
This is where I'd left it for a couple of months, waiting on the wall tile...
I looked for weeks and weeks and weeks on end to find that shiny wall tile, till I finally found it... and THEN realized that just to tile that one small wall, it was going to be about 3k. 

So that was out.

Well kind of, I still wanted it. Until I finally waited so long – wanting it – that I got completely over tile in that bathroom altogether! I realized it was really tile-heavy in the kitchen already, and then we do already have a slate tile floor in the powder room, so there was a lot going on. I wanted simpler. But still wanted a little color somehow so it wasn't boring.

I found (and purchased) this wallpaper on a whim from fab.com.

Did I say simple? It wasn't at all! This idea came to a peaceful ending when the guy installed it incorrectly. We didn't have enough paper left for him to re-do the job. It was not.meant.to.be.

My friend Margaret, an interior designer designer, then suggested a tinted mirror for that wall: "green or blue" to tie into the art in my surrounding area.

I'd never even heard of such a thing. Nor has anyone else apparently.

I called oh-maybe 15 places locally. Looked around for a good 5-6 nights online.
Dead ends.
So I started thinking that I should go a different way with the mirror.

And that's when I discovered the world of drop-dead beautiful mirrors:

Wall mirror in extra-light glass with degrading silver shading. Fiction by Suite NY.

Standing mirror in smoked glass. Upper and lower parts are smoked. Center section has a special mirroring effect cause by lamp place on the backside. Red cord to switch light on and off. Diva by Jean-Marie Massaud, Suite NY.

I Massi Specchi wall mirror by Claudio Silvestrin. LED backlighting. SUITE NY.
The sizes on those mirrors did not work with the parameters I'd set up in the powder room already with the vanity and the lighting. It's a good thing, because not one of those three were remotely in the realm of a reasonable price. (That being said, I have to have one of these mirrors one day! Aren't they works of art in themselves?)

Back to the tinted mirror... I called a place in Charlotte that someone else had recommended, Accent Glass on South, and they gave the same answer as everyone else: "We have bronze tinted mirror only." Well, I had blue or green in mind but went over there anyway to look at the bronze as I'd about given up at this point.

When I got there, the guy helping me recalled having a single piece of scrap green mirror in the back. It had been there for years, because, who wants green mirror?


And the best part: $86! I almost died.

A week later, $86 green mirror installed by Mike.
You can see it here off the kitchen with the door open.
Not for everyone, but love how it turned out...for us. 

 Parts 2+ to come...

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