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Deciding on a Mirror

Me and my first world problems.  I swear, you guys.  No really, I’m swearing.  I did my best to have a great plan (laid out here) and sadly, I’ve had nothing but stumbles and delays.  Sigh.

Like I said, don’t feel sorry for me… I’m decorating a new bathroom, pooooooorrrr little ol me.

You must be thinking, gf, you still don’t have a freaking mirror in that bathroom.  And the answer to that is, “No, no I don’t.”  I really wanted to get the drawers in so that I could see what everything would look like with the wood grain of the vanity and brass of the lights and faucet.  Needless to say, I’ve had my fun with the drawers – more on that to come later.  (I’m so much fun, aren’t I?!  Insert You – “YAY!  She’s going to talk about the drawers!!  Whoooo!!  I cannot wait!!”)

Anyhoo.

I totally thought that in my stash of mirrors I’d find the perfect candidate.  I mean, cummon, this chick has a plethora of options.  Surely one would work.  Well…. let’s see what you think.  Here are the 4 that I actually photographed.

This one above I think is the only option I would consider.  I feel like the shape is interesting and the scale works, though hung higher, obviously.  However, there are some problems here… the frame needs some tlc and the mirror itself should either be more antiqued or changed out for a new one since there are 3-4 spots on it.  Changing out the mirror could cost a pretty penny with those curves.  Hmmm…..

This round mirror was originally the mirror I thought I would go with.  I do like it… I think…. I just don’t love it, you know?  Maybe it’s because the frame is so narrow?

Ahhhh!  That red tone is hurting my eyes!!

I really hate this one.  I thought maybe I could just paint it or give a tortoise shell treatment (I say this as if I’m Picasso or something), but no, no, NO.  Yuck.

Basically unless you all tell me how much you love option 1 or 2, then I need to get out there and hunt for another mirror.  I need to be real careful since I don’t want to put unnecessary holes into that fabulous wallpaper.  Wink.  At least there’s something I like!  HA!

Randomly I spotted these… okay, not randomly at. all.  I was sitting here, trying not to yell “Stop jumping on the sofa” for the millionth time and decided to look at mirrors.  Sanity check.  Do not slap children.  Check.  Do not curse at children.  Check, check.

Breathe in, breathe out.  I’m still good.

Oh ya.  Mirrors.

This has all the makings of something I could pick.  Might just put that in the cart…

Hot damn, this one is pretty amazing!!  A sun in the trees!  Uh oh wallet.

Just measured cause I figured, F it, and it DOESN’T FIT!!  Whaaaaa-mublance.  I’m so annoyed, now.  Kids are being so loud and the perfect mirror won’t work.  Why world?!?!

Wait.  What about this one?

Another neat option…Me and my fickle heart.

Nawwwww.  I’m still mad about the first round mirror.  I highly doubt the brass colors would work together but ssstttiiiillllll!

What am I going to do?!?!?!?

European Light Fixtures

Hi!

My adventures in powder bath land continue, dear friends.  I take two steps forward, one step back.

‘Cause opposites attract.  You know!!

Annnyyywwaayyss, the most recent hair pulling problem in the bath has been the Maison Arlus sconces.  Wait.  Didn’t I already have an issue with these?!  Actually, I did!  The base situation in this post, which I was able to fix with some new brass parts from Grand Brass.  My latest problem was the actual amount of light that these suckers produced.  My tiny brain had not even fathomed this is a possible issue.  Sometimes, I can’t even.

Here I snapped a pic without any adjustments.

It’s extremely dark!  And since these are the only lights in the room, this shiz was just not going to work.  I figured that an easy solution would be to change out the bulb for something LED, that’s low voltage but much brighter.  You guys, I embarked on a wild light bulb goose chase!  I had no idea how difficult it would be to find the correct sized bulb.

The issue is that the lights were made in France.  And the size of the bulb, E14 is not sold in any of the stores around me!  Grrr!  I was actually thinking that I would have to (SOB!) sell my beloved sconces.  But then a solution emerged – From Amazon, no less!  A BULB CONVERTER!

An idea I was floating around (amongst 100 others) was trying to rewire them myself… Which lead me to check out lighting parts… Which then lead me to a converter.  Phew.  It’s the journey, right?

These little suckers cost less than $8 and they will convert your Euro sized bulb into a candelabra size.  So utterly amazing.  That allowed me all the options and I was able to find a nice bright bulb that would fit into the narrow glass sconce.

You simply screw on the adapter and then screw your bulb in.  So easy.  So satisfying.

Here’s the same shot, no enhancements, with the new bulbs and glass shades on.

Let there be light!!  Ahhhh, I can finally see where the toilet is.

Progress is being made, albeit VERY slowly.  Summer is seriously kicking my butt.  At least all the wallpaper is up, toilet and sink are in and now I have LIGHTS!!  Whoo!!  Next up is fixing the drawers on the vanity (can you see that cray plumbing in there?!).  The debate is whether I try to salvage any drawer space or glue/screw them in place?  The bottom works great for TP and extra towels… hmmm.  The lazy side of me just wants. to. be. done.  What say you?

Well, that’s it for now!

 

Progress in the Powder Room

Hi y’all!

Since we last chatted I’ve been able to put in a few pretty minutes (hours, but who’s counting?) into the powder room.  My goal was to have a functioning toilet by my sisters shower (which is a mere 3 days away) and it’s still up in the air as to whether that will happen.

Wait, let’s back up a little.

You and I both know that the moulding had to go in, as well as, (dramatic music) the WALLPAPER!!  And you know what?!  I almost got both of those done.

Last week I picked out a day where I could literally hang wallpaper to my hearts content.  I figured that 3-4 hours should do the trick… ha… haha….hahaha.  Oh, naiveté.  I worked on the darn wallpaper from 9:30am until 4 and guess what?  I didn’t finish.  Here’s the wall that’s left – I’m seriously only about 3 panels from success.  (That’s what she said.)

The problem was that when I unrolled my last wallpaper roll, I realized that is was defective!!  There were sections with zero blue color and towards the middle there was just a black line going through the rest of the roll.  No part of the effing roll was usable.  Of course, I contacted Wallpaper Direct and they were extremely nice and helpful, but told me that it would take about 12 days to get another roll.

Hey, what’s another 12 days in the longest project ever?  Amiright?!

But check out that moulding!  Baby looks good!!  And I even spray painted the toilet pipe coming out of the wall.  (Of which I don’t have a photo of.  Aren’t I just lovely?)  An easy and very aesthetic improvement.  It’s the little things!

You may have noticed that the door is still a yellowish white and that’s because I’ve put off painting it.  Y’see I’m VERY scared to paint any of the trim/doors in the house because they were done professionally 10+ years ago with oil based paint.  As you probably know, oil is much more durable but it starts to yellow over time from sun exposure.  It’s also a PAIN to paint over – like sanding and priming and general UNFUNNESS.  I happened to find this GREAT option at Home Depot, which is an alkyd paint that is water-based, but looks and works like an oil-based paint.  It dries very hard and so pretty.  To paint my trim I would just need a light sanding and no primer!!  I bought a gallon of the stuff thinking that I would just go through the whole house and paint the moulding one room at a time – but that’s A. SCARY and B. my husband didn’t like my idea in a way that made it sound like an insane person had hatched it.  Usually I don’t listen to him AT ALL, ’cause boredom, but well, maybe he’s onto something…then again, Danger is my middle name.

Wouldn’t light gray doors look kinda beautiful?  That’s the idea swirling… instead of white.  I go white trim, and the softest shade of gray for the doors only.  Hmmmm….

So that’s where I’m at!

Just waiting for Gadot Wallpaper.