by laura janning

Bathroom transformation -That's Not A Lemon!

May 21, 2012

About 5 year ago I totally committed myself to my guest bath by applying a a wall treatment that gave it a "faux stone" look. Taping off each stone, applying  plaster, stippling  and painting= COMMITMENT. Back then I thought it was the best idea ever. I would walk by the bath thinking "how cool is that" and "I so love that". 
I even had my sister in law paint the topiary assuming that I would always like lemons!!
  Well, all those bath sentiments began to feel a little different a few years ago when I had the rest of the main floor painted in lighter shades I then faced my challenge on what to do and how to do it with  this bath. Since I was not about to scrape and sand down the walls back to a smooth finish, I thought I would paint the ceiling, but after a few strokes and several months of looking at this, I realized that wasn't the answer.
 Then it hit me again after I finished painting my office, that maybe I should approach the bath with a different color palette. And so I did, on the ceiling first,with Grey.
I began to feel those positive bath sentiments emerge again, so I mixed a combination of white and grey paint and color washed the stone.
I then applied the same grey color that is on the ceiling to all of the grout joints. This color combination actually looks more authentic and similar to limestone.
The niche where my  tree sat still has to be sanded down, but for now the old window does wonders to conceal and reminders of my "commitment" and my lemons.

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  1. Wow! That does look much lighter and a lot like limestone! Nice job and nice pictures too!

  2. WOW! I love the transformation. Beautiful!


  3. Love the new gray, how lovely. Hugs, Marty

  4. I love it! I am visiting from Thee Blog Hop and I am a new follower! I hope you will stop by http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ and do the same.


  5. Love this "new" look and it's good that you are so amenable to change. You did a great job!

  6. Brandy~GreyLaneHomeMay 21, 2012

    This is a wonderful change. Seriously looks like stone. Great job!

  7. Wow, Laura, I can so appreciate how beautiful it was a few years ago when we were all into that style! You did an amazing job bring it up to date!

  8. Wow! What a stunning bathroom. I love the style and everything about it. What an amazing job! xo

  9. Fantastic!!!!! loooove it!

  10. sooooo much better!!! lighter, brighter, and happier!

  11. Great solution! I think it looks wonderful!

  12. I hope stone - real or faux - never goes out of style, because if it does my whole house is in a world of deco hurt. I think your update turned out great.


  13. Wow...what a great idea! Wish I had seen your blog a few years back....I had done the same thing in our bath....a whole overgrown garden with broken columns, an arch window...the works. I sanded and sanded and said ugly words...finally I decided to live with a not so perfectly smooth wall and painted over it! lol I would have loved to have tried this first! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I had those exact bricks in my old house. Except I taped them off and painted instead of using plaster. I love your new take on them! And that wreath!

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  15. So I'm really impresse by your original time commitment and by your re-imagining of the space. The grey feels really fresh and bright, and I love how you covered up the lemon tree but know it's under there! I always think powder rooms are the place to explore, be fun and different, since you aren't in there long enough to get annoyed by anything!


  16. Hi Laura, I just found you through the Blog Hop at My Girlish Whims. I'm your newest follower. I've been checking out your site and look forward to seeing more of what you're up to. The redo of the bathroom was such a great choice!


  17. That looks amazing! You did a great job-I love it!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  18. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! Looks amazing!

  19. Oooh we are working on our powder room redo now, I love how yours turned out! Now following, here from Domestically Speaking :)


  20. fantastic redo!!! :) thanks for sharing with us! featuring this over at our FB page!!

  21. I'm discovering your blog today for the first time through the Uncommon Designs party. I just love this post and thought that you sure turned "lemons into lemonade"!:) What a great idea, and it turned out so beautiful.

  22. Oh, I can so relate!! My style changes constantly, so I feel like I'm always trying to "cover up a lemon tree", so to speak :)

    Anyway, I love love love your redo!! So much lighter and brighter! I'm sharing on FB and pinning right away!

  23. Wow, that's an amazing transformation! I like the look of the faux limestone, & agree that it looks much more authentic in that lighter look.

  24. This turned out amazing! The power of paint show us extraordinary once again! I had the same experience in my hallway, but I had to take off the wallpaper and prep the walls in order to make big stripes. Laura, I was wondering if you're interested in guest posting at my blog Stardust? I host a guest blogger every Friday, so shoot me an email. I know my readers would love this before and after!
    Love, Olga

  25. Wow, you're commitment to faux painting is amazing! it looks great!
    Thanks so much for linking up. Be sure to grab a a button or link back and keep checking our FB page for updates on weekly winners. :)


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