Monday, July 25, 2011

room tour - ensuite (finished finally!)

"just finish it slowly....one thing at a time...."
that was our motto with the ensuite.  that is our motto with our house.  i'd love to have just moved in, and had a crazy few months of reno's and be done, but our schedules and our wallets didn't allow for that!  
we moved in, did a new kitchen, new hardwood, and pretty much painted all the walls....then slowly over the past 4 yrs we've done things as we could afford them.  tests my patience for sure!  however, the bonus, is that you get to live in your house for a while, get to know it, see what you like.....your mind changes, and eventually you settle on a scheme that has evolved from something you may have originally imagined. so, while it takes longer, it's a far more organic process.

this past weekend, we trimmed our the big boring builder mirror and hung a new light, finally completing the room!  we didn't wait until we could afford to do the whole room.....we just did one little thing at a time.  paint.  time passes.....  chip out tile.  time passes..... install new floor tile.  time passes....
you get the idea.  

i guess that's why i'm so happy this room is done.  it's small, but it took us 4 yrs to get here!

here's a reminder of what we started with:


and now.....sigh!


better right?!



i'm not a huge fan of the giant builder mirror, but couldn't argue it's practicality, so to give it a bit more personality and 'shrink' it a bit, i added some leftover baseboard, which we painted a pretty blue



just glued the 4 trim pieces onto the mirror using "no more nails"




sea fan i bought in florida, brought home, spayed it white and pinned it into a shadow box from ikea


knobs - $6 - anthropologie



used inexpensive, in stock white tiles and only a little bit of more expensive glass tiles (leftover from my kitchen) as decorative trim to create a look that's a little more interesting 


created some artwork, using a piece of mdf, which i slathered with drywall mud and painted with some artist's acrylics....i think it mimics an oil painting










but, yeah i'm pretty proud of the transformation considering how small the budget was for this room!
floor tile - approx. $60 - discontinued product, clearance priced
shower surround, sink and tub backsplash - white tile - in different sizes - varied from 35 cents - $1 each
marble vanity tiles - approx $65
paint color - benjamin moore - silver satin
hanging light fixture - $100
sink - $139
faucet - $149
knobs - $6 each
light fixture above mirror - $47



phew....glad it's done! :)