Sacred Spaces: Bathroom Makeover, Kitchen Touchup
Part of making my home into a “sacred space” has been putting my personality into the walls, floors, ceilings, with my latest inspiration room being a small bathroom makeover with a touchup in the kitchen. The unusal feature I had not seen before was the use of PVC Backsplash tile bought from Home Depot.
The Bathroom Makeover
The small bathroom, also known as the “powder room,” Â is just off the kitchen and living room area. Â By tiny, I mean that I can stand in the center and put my palms flat agains
t any wall. Â In the makeover, I tore out the flooring and used leftover tile from the kitchen, painted the walls a cheery yellow to match the kitchen walls, and painted the aging vanity cabinet white. Â I replaced the slightly damaged mirror above the vanity, the light fixture, and the faucet. Â All this, I did over a period of time.
The biggest problem area was the wall facing the door. Â Previously, it had been partially covered in glass tiles to make the room look larger. Â Those had come down and the wall had been painted in primer but that was it. Â Since this bathroom is the most-used in the house, I wanted something that would make it “special.”Â I had seen PVC backsplash tile after I’d had ceramic tile put up in my kitchen (or else I might have considered this!). Â How would a wall of copper-colored tile would look, I wondered, since copper was an accent color in the kitchen.
I purchased 11 PVC tiles (around $225 total), knowing I would have some leftovers and we put them up in an afternoon. Â The job would have been finished then had we not found that one of the walls was a little slanted so that one side of the rectangle looked off. Â To remedy that, we added a white wood frame, which gave the wall a more polished look.
I added a decorative picture to the adjacent wall to highlight the copper colors and a bamboo plant in a copper-colored pot. Â The bathroom makeover consistently gets a”wow” expression from guests, mainly because of the copper wall.
And a Kitchen Touchup
When I was done with the bathroom makeover, I had 2 tiles left over. Â No big deal. I’d Â find a use for them. Â I stored them in the garage.
Shortly thereafter, my dishwasher died and had to be replaced. Â The new one was delivered and installed with a green protective skin on the front. Â The skin matched my kitchen tile so well that I wasn’t in a hurry to remove it. Â That was one of the months I was working 80-hour weeks and I felt pretty fortunate to have time to turn the dishwasher on, let alone remove the protective skin and fancy up the kitchen a bit.
Over a month had passed when the protective skin got scuffed. Â Didn’t look so cute anymore! Â When I peeled it off, I discovered that the store had delivered the wrong color dishwasher and it clashed with everything in the kitchen. Â So….guess what was in the garage?
I covered the dishwasher with 1 tile and a piece of another, using an adhesive rather than nails (of course). Â Easy, quick, looks great, and blends with the rest of the kitchen. Â The dishwasher went from eyesore to accent piece in an hour or two.