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Monday, February 23, 2009

Imagine...design...create...

Inspiration Darling.... image is everything...



I had originally decided to do a total makeover of the stores bathroom before I even purchased the business. Then last winter, before Christmas, I had a plan and was finally ready to go, Ha!...3 months later....well, in the grand scheme of things, I guess 3 more months wasn't too bad.


When I first purchased the store, the bath was head-to-toe light blue, flat paint. An old Menard's cheap mirror, and a piece of white fencing that was leaning into the cut-out wall that was used to store the extra fans that we drag out in the summer. Not pretty. I vowed to take care of this mess and soon. Those of you who have started their own business - are laughing right now - because there are way to many other things to tend to first. I did get time one morning and touched up two walls... that is how the room sat for another year...yikes! Then last November I was inspired...it came to me... all I needed was time to get creative... here are some pictures of what I came up with. Keep in mind the room is really small so it was hard to get good pics.



Before: my first touch up = flower with green polka dots all over the wall(the first summer I owned the place) remember I was busy and preoccupied.





and brown and tan and white polka dots... but notice the light blue background color





After: as of Monday
first things first, take down the old mirror, wash the walls and ceiling and then paint. I wanted the walls to look old and discolored.

next, paint the light fixtures to match the new metal mirror and hang a linen curtain for drama...

a piece of burlap to hold back one side of the curtain...then start ripping wallpaper.

again, ripped up wallpaper...Paris advertisements


a little man-made water stain... or what I thought looked like a water stain?? Going for the aged look

add a Paris beauty on my other door...

...and then for my original inspiration... the Paris street scenes






Behind the long part of the curtain is the cut out that is storage for the few unsightly fans that we use in the summer. It was hideous before... now it is made to look like the shower is hidden behind the curtain.




too fun



does it give the used and abused look ?


These pictures are where the thoughts began and the whole room was envisioned in my mind. The original pictures are vintage water color Paris street scenes. I found the whole portfolio at an occasional sale out in Buffalo. I wanted to preserve the originals so I copied them in black and white and wha-la.

Some finishing touches...this cabinet was in bad shape...nothing that a little paint and extra antiquing gel wouldn't help. The silver pieces and soap are for sale...if you don't mind them being displayed in the loo.


The piece of wallpaper with the vintage chairs are one of my favorite finds...too fun. Again, the room is small so it was hard to get pictures. You are just going to have to stop in if you want to experience the new Pottin' Co. restroom... aller aux toilette.

3 comments:

delighted heart said...

LOVE IT! It is too stikin cute! (No pun intended!) You are a master mind! Hope the weather is starting to warm up for ya'll!
Patti

kath@retromantic antiques said...

So clever. I love it all. kath

time-worn interiors said...

OMG, it is fabulous! What a great idea for concrete block walls. (guess thats what they are) I like how you hung the brown curtain, gives them room some elegance.
Theresa