Before & After: "Silo Vibes" No Longer

Before & After: "Silo Vibes" No Longer

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Nora Taylor
Dec 3, 2015
(Image credit: Submitted by Kay)

Greg and I are in our third plus year of bringing back the charm of a Dutch colonial foreclosure. It's taken so long because it's mostly been just the two of us. I obsessively plotted and planned while Greg, the perfectionist, made it all happen. After the second year or so, if our friends and family asked when we'd be moving in, I would always answer, "never" — but we did!

(Image credit: Submitted by Kay)

One of our favorite rooms is the half bath that we created by borrowing space from the original bathroom and a hallway. The resulting small, square room with 10 foot ceilings was giving off an unfortunate silo vibe. My solution was for Greg to install paneling, using lightweight faux wood molding from Home Depot. I plotted this out on grid paper, which Greg transferred to the wall with masking tape. Each carefully measured and cut piece of molding was then glued to the wall and held in place with more of that masking tape. Next, everything was attached with brad nails.

Even though our new powder room has no windows, I opted to go medium-dark with the paint color: Flagstone, from Pittsburgh Paints. The light marble hexagon tiles and white vanity add brightness to the room, as do a couple of mirrors — one very pretty vintage one that we took from a dresser we had.

We hung a small, chippy blue shelf (found on etsy), on which I propped an old photo of a 3-year-old me in a bathtub. I might hang some of my vintage ironstone plates on the walls, but so far, less is winning over more.

Thank you, Kay! You can see more of Kay's project on her blog RedBird Vintage Home.

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