Powder Room Progress

Work on the powder room mini makeover has begun, even with a 3 day trip to the cottage for Thanksgiving thrown in. Here's a quick update on what I've been up to:

Removed the ornate mirror, and tried hanging the great portal mirror I grabbed at Value Village during the blogger thrift store tour. The mirror is AMAZING, and looks so good with the black wall color.

However... it is just too small for the space. Even with the convex shape of the mirror, it is just not big enough. Sad face.

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You may also notice another item in that photo. While out on the motorcycle one day, El Granto and I spied a couple of wooden ladders and some old signs on the side of the road. I jumped off and scooped up all the signs we liked, then we sped home, dropped off the moto, and El Granto walked back and lugged one of the large 8' tall wooded ladders home. It's in absolutely fantastic shape, and can double as a decor piece and a functional ladder. (It's a tool hiding in plain sight!) We propped it up in the empty corner of the powder room. I really like the height it gives to the small room. Maybe it will stay there, maybe not, but for now I am loving the wood tones against the black and white.

When I was in Denmark and Sweden this spring, I went on a bit of an art print binge, and during that time I picked up the full set of Warhol quote posters from Moderna Museet in Malmo, Sweden. They are nice big prints (70cm x 100cm or close to 27 1/2" x 40") and I thought one or two from the series would look great in the bathroom. We have 12' ceilings in there, so they should be able to hold the big art prints without feeling claustrophobic. Now all I needed were frames. Of course, there is really only one place to get good quality frames that large (we're talking three and a half feet tall!) for a good price. Like the prints themselves, my frame source was also Swedish. Can you guess where that is?

I hopped on the subway last night, and trekked out to Ikea Etobicoke, and picked up two large 70cmx100cm Ribba frames in black.

While at Ikea, I did a good amount of perusing. They have upped their game with their new store displays. It was looking good! There were also a few new great items in store, that are not listed online yet. I could do a whole post on it, but here is one of my instagrams from last night:

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Alas I was not shopping for new armchairs or rugs (but hey, that faux fireplace would look great in my house!) I needed to source some bathroom items. I was hoping to pickup this Molger mirror (in birch):

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But after seeing it in store the frame was much too deep for my space. It would get in the way of the faucet and and light fixture. Boo.

I saw this fab beauty, but it was like $120 (sorry no exact price as its not on Ikea's site.) and thats more than I wanted to spend for the mirror for this project. Although I think two of them would be fab for my upstairs bathroom reno!

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I ended up going with this simple square beveled mirror, and I may try my hand this weekend at a simple shadowbox frame for it. We'll see.

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I also left the store with a great toilet brush (no really!) This black svartsjon one for $8. Also, the 10 year old trapped in me, thinks svartsjon is a funny name for a toilet brush. Cause its got "jon" and "svarts" which I'm sure is how they must say farts in Swedish. Right? ;)

Then I went and carried everything home on the shuttle bus and the subway.

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And no, that was not the most awkward nor heavy item I've carried home from Ikea on the Subway.

I can't wait to get home from work tonight and start framing the posters. I want to see them on the wall!

I am still however on the hunt for a light, a small shelf, towel & tp holders, trash can, and accessories. I also added to my wish list a set of antique taps, which I have my eye out for (aka stalking craigslist and eBay).

If you guys see any taps like these (for cheap) let me know!

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Thanks!

 

 

3 Responses

  1. Ikea seriously has upped their game with the store displays. Kes & I went in with a list of everything we needed and STILL spent like 2+ hours walking through & fawning over stuff. I'm writing a post about it as well, lol! And that mirror is the Stockholm Collection mirror. I'm absolutely in love with it (along with nearly everything else in that collection, haha!) Can't wait to see how the bathroom comes together!
  2. JC
    Antique brass taps are usually not too hard to find on eBay. Often they also show up in chrome, but the chrome can be stripped off (they are always brass underneath). They can be taken apart fairly easily to replace worn washers.
    • That is what I'm hoping for! I checked out our local ReStore this weekend without avail, so I think eBay will be my best option. Great point with the washers!

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