I realized I owed you all (You, the readers of this crazy little blog!) the rest of the powder room after the TREES. (See that post here.)
By the way, I still love the trees.
I know they are a bit much for some, but hey – it’s our bathroom right? Moving on. Here’s a few ideas and changes I came up with while updating the powder.
#1: The mirror had to go. It was the original that the builder put in. I thought about making a frame for it but truthfully, I just wanted to buy a beautiful new one. (Is that so wrong? I can’t DIY it all right?!) My mom helped me find this beauty for about $30 bucks at HomeGoods. Doesn’t get better than that! I would have spent that much fixing up the old one.
And the old one will probably get repurposed a bigglion times, so that’s ok too! (See it in my Easter mantel post here.)
#2: New and cheap art: I had a very cool discovery at Michael’s this past week – these little doohickeys (otherwise known as decorative hangers on clearance for $1.79).
I really had struggled with what additional piece of art I should put on the wall. When I saw the doohickey, I realized what I wanted to do. Tada! Here’s my $3 art:
The material is a fabric square – they were on sale at Jo Anne’s for $1 a piece! Can’t beat that. (Quilting section) The frame is from a dollar store and the tree? Well, that’s a wood cut out from a craft store. I think it worked out great! I already had ribbon so I was good to go! Not bad for $3 huh? Lesson learned: Don’t ever give up, you’ll figure it out eventually!
#3: Baskets are good. I really like having a basket in the powder. If you don’t have a cabinet to store stuff, it’s an absolute must. I know people might be averse to looking at extra toilet paper. Personally, I’m averse to a guest (or family member) not being able to find another roll of toilet paper. Plus, I can keep extra towels folded up in there etc. Nuff said.
#4: Decorative touches: Many DIYers and crafters spend their time wrapping books to make them look old. Nothing wrong with that! But I say, if you already have old books – why wrap? I am crazy about the stacked look. Oh and, I always try to have a candle in the powder room. What guest wants to walk into a dark bathroom when they don’t know where the light switch is? I prefer faux candles for this. No flame, no worries – especially since I have kids coming in and out.
#5: A new way to hang towels. I really think bathroom towel rings and rods are expensive. The nicer ones can set you back a buck or two. My sister gave me these beautiful hooks years ago and I decided to use them for my towels in the powder. BUT, I wanted my towels to hang the “regular” way. You know – nicely folded. For a while I used ribbon…until I got these fancy new towels! (Love ‘em by the way!) Looky what I ended up using to make it look a little higher end –
Yes those are BANGLE BRACELETS. To be specific, KIDS’ bangle bracelets on clearance! I love the metal look and the fact I can still hang the towels the way I want! Just fold and put through. Hang them on the hook and arrange the way you want.
All in all, I think the purple powder room looks a little spiffier and is a little more welcoming.
What do you do in your powder room to keep it nice and friendly for your guests? I love new ideas! Comments welcome!