Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cottage French Washroom

 This is my heavenly washroom.
Powder blue and cream cabinets with glaze and crackle
 and fancy molding and a heck of a ceiling.
 A tromp l'oeil tin ceiling wallpaper gives this little 
laundry bath room a big dose of style.
I bought this online at D.Marie Wallpapers on eBay.
It has a clover or quatrefoil and lattice design.
 It was pre-pasted and I did it in sections and then fit it together. 
 The grid lines hide the joints and it ended up being really easy!
A vintage looking baby chandelier in iron and crystal
 from Lowes gives it added glamour at a great price ($65)!
I cut a pine shelf to fit behind the washer and dryer
 to hold garden accessories for the potting shed look I wanted.
Combination laundry and bathrooms are usually not that "pretty".
I wanted "pretty" as this is our first floor bathroom used by guests.
.My window treatment is a Mombasa mosquito tent I cut to pieces on impulse after 
the pair of cream matelasse panels I created were too stiff and formal for the space.
White wood blinds are underneath for privacy.
The styrofoam molding on top of the cabinets was
 added to mimic a Habersham cabinet style I fell in love with.
It instantly transformed this room.
The sink vanity got the same paint treatment,
 and someday I plan to add a marble countertop with bronze fixtures.
                           I replaced the wall light fixture with a simple bronze farmhouse number, and
added an ornate mirror and a simple bronze robe hook for a hand towel.
A small shelf  holds some eye candy.
Behind the door are hooks for hanging clothes that need to air dry.
So my french cottage garden style washroom is now a reality!
What would a project be without a few before pictures...
 Maple cabinets without the completed molding have been like this for 5 years!
I am officially on record as preferring painted cabinets.
There was an 8" gap behind the washer/dryer that I planned to hide with a shelf.
Basic, boring and blah.
Look at those horrible light fixtures. Ugh.
I added a cutesy valance and it looked even worse.
Interestingly, I never painted the walls~they weren't the problem.
So...I painted the cabs first with Elmers glue to make them crackle,
then  "cream in my coffee" Valspar signature paint, 
loved how it looked...
then I glazed them with Valspar antique glaze,
and hated them..... 
 So I added the pale blue paint on the raised panels.
Then I fell madly in love with them!
I am no painter, if I can do this, anyone can.
I just remember Miss Mustard Seed saying:
" at some point in the project it always looks horrid before it looks good".
Now the molding is about to get painted and the shelf 
will hide the cutout for water access and the gap.
Then came the new  lights, the ceiling treatment, and the wispy curtain...
Ten thousand times nicer!
Voila!
I couldn't be happier with my washroom.
It feels like it belongs in our home now.
The best part is,
Mr. Maison Decor loves it as much as I do!
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64 comments:

Rachel Noelle said...

It turned out so beautiful Amy!;) I LOVE it~ Hugs,Rachel

Frenach Farmhouse 425

Simply Me said...

Hi There, It looks amazing... I put anouther picture on my blog of sadi's room...It really is an old armoire..

Thank you so much

BonjourRomance said...

It looks fabulous, the blue on the cabinets really makes it pop! The ceiling adds a luxe look.
Now it wil be a treat to do laundry.
Enjoy,
Mimi

CIELO said...

Oh wow hard to believe that awesome ceiling is made out of wallpaper... Wonderful! I'd have to hire you to help me with wallpapering our guess room... haven't done it yet! ;)

Cielo

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely amazing Amy!!! It looks GORGEOUS!! I love it- your wallpaper ceiling is diving as is the crown moulding!! :)

Victoria said...

Beautiful! I'd be doing laundry everyday:)

Janet said...

Wow, it truly looks amazing and beautiful! Congrats!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

That's a fabulous transformation! Love the ceiling and the molding. But I have to say, using easy and ceiling wallpaper in the same sentence just doesn't seem right to me. I cannot imagine working overhead with wallpaper being anything but a nightmare!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

And yes, I love it. Didn't know you already had it posted. The wallpaper on the ceiling is my favorite part! So pretty!!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Hanging the wallpaper was not hard at all. It really was easy because I cut it into 30" lengths at the grid marks. You cannot see the joints because of the pattern. I was dreading it, until I decided upon this "method"! Just make sure you size your wall or ceiling before you paper, then the paper slides around easily into place.

Cindy said...

It's BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE the ceiling and the molding! I love it all. You must be so delighted with how it all came together. The wispy curtains are are such a nice airy touch. I really like the way the dark curtain rod picks up the dark on the little chandy. It's crazy pretty now!

Cindy

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Oh Amy...I LOVE IT! The ceiling just makes it wonderful! Clever idea and seems so easy to do! Of course, my neck is always bothering me so maybe not, but in theory it seems a perfect way to make a faux tin ceiling. I love the mombasa mosquito net for window treatment!~Hugs, Patti

Mary Ellen said...

I LOVE your washroom!! I used some smaller scale ceiling textured wallpaper in a bedroom and my breakfast nook and love it but THIS is gorgeous!!

I panicked the first time I used it as I was using long sheets clear across the width of the room. Can you tell how small of sections you used? Duh- why hadn't I thought of that! I might just have to try and find some of the for the front guest room I am working on now!!

This is just beautiful! would you mind me sharing a picture or 2 and link on my blog?

bee blessed
mary

Passionate for White said...

W-O-W! Love it all!

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

LOOOOVe it. It's amazing Amy!!

janette@ The2Seasons said...

Cutest laundry room I have ever seen.

Bridget @ The Rehab Boutique said...

Amy!!!! It looks so awesome! I love it, what a transformation! Love the cabinets, the ceiling, all of it!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It turned out wonderful! LOVE that ceiling wallpaper!!

Pamela said...

Very lovely Amy!! I too prefer painted cabinets over wood!

classic • casual • home said...

I can't believe what a great deal the chandelier was! And mosquito netting?? Genius.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love how it turned out. I really love the ceiling. And I especially like the curtains. That molding transformed the cabinets. A great makeover!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Amy, Just so beautiful. Ethereal! I love the ceiling! This is such an inspiration! My washroom could use a good coat of paint and a dose of style!
Thanks for inspiring me!
Yvonne

Cozy Home Scenes said...

It's just wonderful! I love the cabinet color. I too have dated cabinets that color and am dying to take a paintbrush to them, but so far not everyone in the family agrees on the painted look. Maybe someday. Everything in your space is just perfect though.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Amy, OM Goodness! This washroom is absolutely fabulous!! The ceiling and moulding make this room. I love the paint treatment on the cabinets too. Beautiful!
Hugs,
Sherry
ps: I hope you will share this at my party starting Wednesday night.

Crystal said...

The transformation is A-Mazing!!! The colors, lighting, ceiling, and especially the moulding.....oh la la!!!!

Mariaelena said...

FABULOUS!!!!!!....You must have had a great time hanging the wallpaper on the ceiling...lol...it is all so beautiful!!!
xo Mariaelena

Regina said...

Truly beautiful! Love it.
Happy spring.

Regina

Divine Theatre said...

I found you on Kim's blog and I am so glad I did!
I am your newest follower! LOvely blog!

~Andie

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Amy,

It turned out beautifully! LOVING that ceiling! Must visit your wallpaper source.

Hugs,
Judy

Allison said...

That really is beautiful! The ceiling looks amazing and I love the soft blue you painted your cabinets. A gorgeous makeover.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Incredible transformation. I love the ceiling and the blue panels!!! Did you do a wash over the blue paint? ~~sherry~~

Ticking and Toile said...

Wow!! Totally fabulous!! Love the blue panels...it's just amazing!!!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Awe - what a sweet ceiling! loving what you are doing in this room! xoox, Tracie

Destiny said...

WOW! I'm coming to YOUR house to do my laundry haha! It looks amazing! Great job! Love the ceiling and thanks for the info on the little chandelier - I've been looking for one that size and what a great price that one is! :)

Susan Hemann said...

Great bathroom. I am in the middle of doing my guest bathroom. I have a washer and dryer in there too, although they are hidden behind doors. It looks a mess right now as I've taken down a border print and the ugly wood and glass medicine cabinet. Thinking about getting rid of the doors to the laundry area and putting up curtains instead. Nervous!!

Funkytime said...

what a transformation, you did incredible work!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Love, Love Love it! Amazing job!

Terry said...

Everyone is gonna love this room!

elmwoodcats said...

Interesting how all parts come together giving it an inviting old-world feel. Love the blue..what shade is it?

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Hi elmwood! The blue color is Ben Moore heaven on earth, lightened up with a bit of water....

Miss Mustard Seed said...

The ceiling and cabinets are fantastic! Well done, Amy!

Comeca Jones said...

So bathrooms can be sweet! Great job.

Sharon Wengel said...

How did I miss this ? It looks wonderful ! Love it !

Jacqueline said...

Amy, the cream and blue are just the perfect touch. That is exactly what I was talking about even though I couldn't find exactly the right pictures. The ceiling is fabulous too and I agree, the floaty curtains are perfect. This should make doing laundry a little more pleasurable!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I absolutely love it! Everything! Tell me more about the Elmer's Glue for crackling. :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Absolutely brillant and beautiful!!

Susan said...

Oh my goodness. What a huge difference! That ceiling "tile" paper was the best. I really thought it was the real thing til you said it was wallpaper. Brilliant! Susan

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Amy, that ceiling is amazing. I can't believe that is wallpaper. Great job on the whole transformation. Thanks for joining WUW.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Amy,
WOW....this makeover is sooooo PRETTY...love all your ideas!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Shelia said...

Hi Amy! I love it! Oh, this is just the most romantic looking wash room I've ever seen! Love the soft colors and everything you've done. The little chandy just puts the finishing touch on it.
Great job.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

What an AMAZING transformation... you knocked this one out of the park. I absolutely love the finish you did on the cabinetry and moulding. And how fabulous is that ceiling wallpaper?!! Everything works beautifully together. Well done, sister. :)

A Cottage Muse said...

Wow...so happy I stopped by...this looks beautiful!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Amy...

My friend, your bath/laundry turned out frenchy FABULOUS!!! I love all the details that you added...the new french blue cabinets...that gorgeous moulding...and the wallpapered ceiling is beautiful! A stunning and extrodinary transformation, my friend! I just love the soft feel of your new room...you did GOOD!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!

Warmest spring wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Rene said...

Your laundry is stunning! The Lowe's light fixture looks very high end - not like Lowes at all.

Nan said...

Love it! Amazing how 'off' the sink & counter look with the new paint job & decor. I'll get to mine someday....low on the priority list right now as we have the whole house to do! Nice to find your site! Enjoy!

CreatingCottage said...

I love to see the transformations. Thanks so much for sharing. What a wonderful job!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I have been impressed with your talent since I first "met" you but now I am officially Super Impressed! This is the most beautiful laundry/powder bath combo I've ever seen! Love your attention to detail. The crown molding, the ceiling, the paint treatment and the airy curtains! Oh, and can't forget that precious chandelier! 65$? Where can I put one?

janet said...

Dear Amy,

What a lovely room! Well done and I would love doing laundry if that were mine.

Loved the before and after shots.

Janet xox
http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Amy, I can't believe I missed this post!! Your laundry/washroom makeover is just amazing! I love it all.. and I love the colours you picked. Thanks for sharing where you purchased the wallpaper from, I absoludtely love it.. I am thinking where I could use some.. lol! That moulding just added to the look and can't believe it's made from styrofoam. What a pretty space you have created and looking forward to your 'mancave' makeover! take care, Maryann

Pamela said...

Wow! What a transformation! You did a great job!!

Regina at Fauxology said...

Love the transformation! It all came together with your fantastic eye and way with design.

Donna D said...

Love it! Where do you find styrofoam molding? Everything turned out gorgeous!

Suzie said...

LOVE it.. Its very French Country to me.. and now I would love to do the ceiling wallpaper !!

summersoul said...

Wow! I just found your blog and am really impressed with what you did with your washroom. And i am glad you said that sometimes projects look worse before they look better. I just painted my girls' bed and had a few moments of "omg what have I done?" But they turned out well in the end.'
MC

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