Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dr. Suess bathroom

 Our home was built in the 1960's. Insert all your visions of dark, yucky wood. Weird wallpapers. And just too many patterns in one spot. We had it all!  Now don't get me wrong. I love pattern almost more than anyone but green snowflakes on my kitchen counters and gold swirls on the bathroom counters was not really what I would call lovely.  So we have done what we can with our very tiny budget.
 This bathroom started out peach and frilly. So we just neaturalized it at first. We were young and didn't know what we liked yet so we went with beige walls and that was about all.  I have done most of the house with white walls and lots of color everywhere else so with this bathroom I was craving something fun!
Now please remember that we live in MN and it is the dead of winter. Not much light sometimes for photos. I didn't want to spend any money so I mixed paint I had and shopped the house. The color on the walls is a light yellow and the trim around the window is light blue with random green stripes and black dots. The door going out of this bathroom and the linen closet door are both light blue as well and have green trim.  I have become fearless in my color choices all because of one woman. Her name is Sara of Sara's Art House. http://www.sara-mincy.blogspot.com/  She has given me so many amazing ideas and inspiration through her blog. She has taught me to do what my family and I love and that everyone else will love it too!  I wish we were friends in real life, but alas we are not. She is my blog crush. Ok, enough about Sara. On to more of the bathroom. For it is so vast! 
                                                   our favorite thrift store "painting"

So here is where I needed to start shopping from the house. The shelf was given to me by my mama (thanks mama!). I think she bought it at a garage sale. The number 5 pot came from my favorite store Anthropologie. The number 5 plaque I bought at a little store in Buffalo. The candle stick is a find from the Goodwill all painted by yours truely.  And the glass container I found at Goodwill and put moss rocks in the bottom and made a little toadstool out of clay (i saw that idea on Etsy can't remember who. Sorry, whoever the fab artisit is!!)

regular bathroom shot
I also painted the cabinets light blue, with paint I had, to try and distract your eye from the gold swirly countertops. The cabinets have never had knobs but I am thinking if getting some fun ones from Anthro if I see them on sale.  The drawers were a copy from one of Sara Mincy's painting about brushing your teeth. I love her art, did I mention that?!


So not the best picture. But you get the idea. Thank you Sara for the wonderful inspiration! Well, that ends our little bathroom tour. It's a little Dr. Suess and a whole lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by!


7 comments:

sara's art house said...

Oh my dear! I feel famous!!!!! Thanks for the mention- and I am so glad that I could actually inspire someone to be brave and paint what they want. Your home is so happy and fun!!!!!

And the next time I go to MN, we will get together and shop- I heard there are soooo many creative places in Minneapolis- do live close to there? (I was in MN about 3 years ago b/c my husband had a business trip)

Little Mama said...

OMW!! We will so have to get together. We live in a suburb of Mpls. About 15 min away. You would love it there and in a little town called Buffalo, it's about 45 min. There is lots around. If you are ever here def. let us know. We would love to meet in real life!

Tausha Richards said...

I want a house to paint on!! I love everything in your home, Kel!!

gailsgarden said...

This is Sara's mom and I found you from...guess where! Did you know you can paint counter tops? We live in a '60s parsonage which had squiggly lines on the kitchen counter tops. I painted them with melamine paint. I have to touch them up occasionally, but they look so much better than they did. I also painted the kitchen floor. That looked great too, but is showing wear.

We lived in MN for years.....

Little Mama said...

Hi Gail! So glad you stopped by! I have heard that you can paint on counter tops. Never tried it. With 4 boys in this house I am not sure how it would hold up. But when I get braver I just may give it a try! Thanks for the idea! Love you blog too. Come visit us in chilly MN sometime! On second thought come in the summer, it's much nicer! :)

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