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 Rodr�guez de Silva Vel�zquez.� 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.