Sunday, April 26, 2009

Little Space , Big Payoff

A spring-fresh palette and clever storage solutions work wonders for this formerly cramped bath.

White On
Chosen for its light, open feel, white paint covers the upper half of the walls throughout the room. The white also meshes well with existing features, such as the window shutters, that the homeowner wanted to keep. And now, when paired with white, the green tile feels restful and serene rather than dated.

1 Mounting a shelf above the door is a clever way to utilize unused space; it also raises the eye upward. The white beaded-board ceiling lends textural interest.
2 A rectangular mirror was placed horizontally to reflect the scope of the room. Reflective accents, such as mirrors, are an easy and inexpensive way to make a space seem bigger.
3 Beneath the sink, a simple skirt was created by sewing a white fabric shower curtain. It’s attached to the sink with self-fastening strips. An opening in the skirt’s center allows easy access to the concealed plumbing and toiletries.

Stacking Up
4 These wooden shelves and brackets were painted the same color as the walls, so they blend with the white background. Besides preserving the open feel, they offer the homeowner a place to display decorative pieces.
5 A new vanity light hangs slightly higher than the fixture it replaced, providing even more visual lift. The bright chrome finish complements the room’s overall scheme.

beaded-board paneling (#29469)
accent moulding (#161623)
construction adhesive (#185445)
4d finishing nails

shower curtain (Designables, white, #126548)
self-fastening strips (#20026)

walls, ceiling, and shelving (Valspar Ultra Premium, Bistro White 7006-4, semi-gloss)
accents (Valspar Signature Colors, Seaside Retreat, Secret Garden SR808, semi-gloss )
oil-based primer

3-light fixture (Delta, chrome, #226808)

3 shelf kits (24-inch, #61128; 36-inch, #61129)
beveled mirror (#239711)

*Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market.

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