We finally updated the Mamie pink bathroom enough so that I can show you some of it without bowing my head in shame. Yes, this is the same pink and acid green bathroom I had Sherry from Young House Love design around. I wanted–no, demanded–happy pink and yellow. Then I painted the bathroom and realized I love many things, but not pink and yellow together. Just in case you don’t feel like link hopping, here is the before:
And here is the after:
Since the pink and yellow didn’t look how I imagined, I decided to make all the changes Sherry suggested, just using the Modern Estancia look I plan to use throughout the house [re: masculine, rustic, dark, with a touch of die-hard Catholic grandma]. We are about 50% done. We still have to caulk everything, lay down baseboards, buy a special L-shaped curtain rod, a shower curtain, and cabinet knobs and pulls. (I have yet to find some I love, so I followed Nicole’s excellent suggestion and kept in place the originals until the right ones come along.) I was able to do everything for roughly $300. When you add in everything we have left to do, the total cost will be around $500.
The floor is Home Depot’s peel and stick floor tiles in a faux wood parquet pattern. They are a perfect match to the oak floors in the hallway and tolerate a ridiculous amount of splashing from the boys nicely. I painted the vanity a dark brown using my favorite Ralph Lauren paint. I can’t remember the color and the can doesn’t have a label (?!) but I think it was Galvanized. I would know it if I saw the chip, so if anyone wants the color, let me know. The walls are Cameo Pink, also by Ralph Lauren.
The paint and flooring were the cheapest part of the makeover. The most expensive items are boring things, like frames. Ordinary, not at all special, frames! What a bother. I used these simple Target frames in wood to frame prints from the Museo de Prado my mom bought The Mister and I nine years ago when she was at a conference in Spain. I didn’t like them at the time, but didn’t have the heart to get rid of them. Of course, now they work perfectly with everything and are proof that mothers always know best.
Part of the reason I couldn’t part with them is because of the way the museum decided to print them. They are a very thin canvas on top of a stiff burlap. A little tag details the title and artist.
On the left is Paisaje Nevado by Pieter “el Joven” Brueghel.
On the right is Las Meninas by Diego Rodríguez de Silva Velázquez. Quick side story–my mom had the “de” in her last name, too, which is typically what you would add as a young bride in the 60s to signify you now belong to your husband’s family. Like, you know, chattel or a pair of pillows from Pottery Barn. When they arrived in the U.S., the first thing my mom did was drop the “de” because, her words, “I am not a lamp.”
My favorite print to date, Neapolitan Abe by Justin Richel on etsy. I adore everything in his shop. His Big Wigs series must be new. I was just looking at his shop last month and had I seen these, I would own at least a few by now.
The pennant garland was a gift from Krista Knott in appreciation of the hard work Tristan and I put into The Bright Side Project. Can you believe that? Krista has never been featured on The BSP and only did it as a way to give back because she knows Tristan and I don’t make money on the project (yet–God?) and spend hours everyday trying to make it a positive and fun place to visit. Anyway, I love my garland. I’ve been looking for a place to put these up where I could admire them daily, and I think this is the perfect spot.
More of my mom. The toothbrush and toothpaste holder is actually an aluminum beer stein my parents received as a gift (it’s part of a set) when they got married. I used to fill those bad boys up with coke every summer as a kid. The frame was another gift from my mom that I had no idea what to do with but works perfectly here. Likewise, so is the chameleon silver vase from Mexico. Clearly, my mother’s entire gift giving career has been in preparation for this bathroom.
And that’s it. My Mamie pink bathroom, updated. Eventually we will do the remodel, but for now I am happy.
Oh, and because weeks (more like months) from now my mom will read this post, I will save her the trouble of a phone call and say, yes, mom, that silver is completely tarnished. Look! Here is a close up of my indignity:
Are you ready for this, Mom? I have no plans to polish the vase anytime soon. Scandal.