Thanks to some Photoshop wizardry and a great shower curtain find, I think I’ve made a decision on the bathroom’s color scheme. I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats…. how exciting, right?
We’ll be painting the vanity (too lazy to strip it) so I had to choose a color for that. We’ll be doing the cheaper by-the-sheet beadboard due to budget constraints, so that also needs paint. And then of course the walls. And all this needs to match a shower curtain that we can afford and find two of (because of the clawfoot needing a curtain on both sides).
The color schemes:
I found a very pretty paisley print curtain at Kmart the other day – on sale even – so I brought two home. I forgot that Kmart carries the Martha Stewart Home line, which is actually adorable despite the nastiness of the Kmart store itself. The green is very similar to that used in our kitchen, and the warm rich hues would echo what’s going on downstairs color-wise.
That’s the curtain pattern on the top. Ignore the light fixtures, they’re just for placement because we haven’t chosen lights yet. Also ignore the somewhat shoddy Photoshop job… I only have so many hours in the day, and Christmas shopping is taking priority over color scheming this week!
The beige one feels the most homey and historic to me. We talked about painting the vanity black, but it ends up looking very contemporary in the mockups. I whipped up a few other options that I thought I’d share, since we’re really not dead-set on any one scheme right now. We welcome your thoughts and opinions!
Here’s a light green/white version:
Here’s a darker green with a black vanity and black mirror:
And last but not least, an airy blue with a totally different shower curtain from Pottery Barn. I’m feeling paisley right now, for some reason.
I’d like to use milk paint for the vanity; one of our readerws, Erin, suggested this and I’ve always wanted to try it. Before paint was available commercially, milk paint was made at home by resourceful DIY’ers just like us. In fact, you can even find recipes online for making your own. All of the recipes involve milk and lime, along with some form of pigment or dye. That’s a little rustic for me – I imagine it’d take some time to get things just right. Luckily, a few reputable companies sell their own versions online. Erin vouched for the product available at http://www.milkpaint.com.
I’ve seen milkpaint furniture in shops and boutiques. The finish is so velvety, and the hues makes everything feel old and authentic. It’s also not loaded with chemicals, so it won’t produce fumes that’ll drive you out of the room. You can mix/match and layer colors, so we could get a nice beige by adding a little something to white.
The only downside I can see to using milkpaint is 1) having to order it, and wait for it to get here and 2) having to prep the vanity with a good (somewhat expensive) bonding layer (because it won’t stick well to any coating other than clean wood). The closest dealer is about 2 hours away, but that is an option for getting it without shipping fees and extra waiting time.
Anyone want to throw in their opinions on our color schemes and/or the milk paint idea? Fire away!