Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's Time

We feel fortunate in our 1920's house that we had a half bath downstairs.
For many didn't - originally.
Nor did ours

What was a closet in the dining room
And the space for the "ice box" in the back hall
Became, in the 40's a small
(emphasis on small)

I've always felt that if you want to do something
creative that either a half bath or bathroom is the perfect room
to do "creative" decorating.

And 10 years or so ago we did --
in that downstairs half bath
which is about 4 foot square!

We painted the wainscotting black
And papered the upper portion with a monkey print wallpaper with black background.

And I liked how it turned out.
We even had an artificial tree with monkey ornaments in the bath at Christmas!

But it finally got "to me" -- the black and the dark.
No window either so there was only artificial light
Which, actually, made it seem dark.

I originally found some beige damask wallpaper
Picking out one of the beiges to paint the wainscoating.
But I wasn't sure I wanted to paper again.
It is a 4 x 4 foot space, after all 
And the ladder goes in there all wonky.

Then, I decided I would paint.
The whole space the same color
Semi-gloss for the beadboard
Satin for the wall above.

I decided on a blue
A light blue

And one Thursday, after everything came out
(with the exception of the comode and sink)
I started . . .
Pulling the wallpaper
And painting
the ceiling a warm white
And the beadboard and walls a soft light blue

Plainer definitely
But clean, fresh, and the 4 x 4 room seems so big!!!!

And on the walls
The same pictures we had in there before . . . 

A Venice etching on the right
And two engravings that we bought in England on the left.

Above the sink two old bookplates
which we've had "forever".

I like the "new" bath.
It seems fresh and clean and bigger!

I am still amazed when I go in that room as to how "big" it now feels!

I'm making some other "light and bright" changes to Linderhof this summer
So comeback and see my other projects.
Next up -- my dressing room!

It is Monday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday


Pat said...

Amazing transformation, dear friend!!!
The difference is like night~and~day!!!
You know I'll be back to see you updates to the dressing room, soon!!!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Looks nice. Seems like smaller spaces take more work because you're squished in there while trying to transform the space. Thought the same thing with our bathroom remodels.

Pondside said...

The blue works perfectly. What a big difference!

Bernideen said...

Yes - times have changed and I think you will love "lighter"!


This is amazing Martha! What a difference..boy, you did a great job with this bathroom! The blue is perfect! I made your Bible study cake and it came out fabulous. Thanks again for the récipe. I have it posted right now and mentioned you, of course! Have a nice week.

Southerncook said...

Love the new makeover.


MarmePurl said...

I love the hanging artwork on the door. May I borrow that idea?

Entertaining Women said...

I changed our powder bath to blue, also. I think that you and I just live well with blue. Lovely transformation. Cherry Kay

Canadian Chickadee said...

Looks wonderfull -- much more spacious and inviting. Good job! xoxox

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So pretty, love the color!!!