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Blue Bathroom Take 2

Posted: August 31st, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

First of all, thank you to all of you that gave me your suggestions on what to do in Smurfville, although I think some of you might have had some money slipped under the table by my husband to say such nice things about the color. 

After the last couple days, I really should apply to work at a paint store. That is how good I have gotten at mixing colors. I have created my own little mixing area in the laundry room. I have gotten a little spoiled testing my color out until it is just perfect but I think I have an finally found an alternative to the Smurfville color.

A couple of you suggested to put up beadboard and I definitely agree that it would have helped to tone down the color but we already have beadboard in the other bathrooms and we just weren’t looking for a project, if you know what I mean. So my alternative was to tone it down. I had some white and some gray (thanks to Glidden’s free paint) and with a little testing and a lot of mixing – I have compared it to Sherwin-Williams “Online.”

Thanks also to Amanda who gave me a tip about a Benjamin Moore color, “Quiet Moments.” My creation actually turned out very similar to the color but a little more blue and less sea green. 

Here are the two samples together if you are ever needing inspiration:

dsc01697(SW - Online is the strip on the right, 3rd one down and BM - Quiet Moments is on the left, 2nd one down.)

So here is a quick summary of all the transformations of the guest bath

1. When we moved in…”A Dark Dungeon”

bathroom before


2. Basic tan redo

bathroom after


3. An effort for color - “Smurfville”



4. And finally -  I’m back “Online!”





And I also decided to paint the black trim, white to soften it up.




With some wall accessories (50% off this week at Hobby Lobby) and some spa like rocks in to cover the drain, I think the room is finally complete and more importantly we are happy with the color. David even called it blue the other day!! 

So not only did the “Smurfville” paint go from trash to treasure but I also wanted to show off my (very little and quite boring) item that I had tried all week to find something big that was “Road Kill” ready for Beckie’s big Road Kill Rescue Party today but this is all I got!

It was my sister in law’s little basket that was left over from our garage sale.


It was going to the trash but I saved it thinking I was going to use it this summer to hold napkins and utencils for an evening dinner on the deck but that didn’t really happen, so with some spray paint and an old rose ball, it found a nice resting spot on top of the cabinet. 




And now that I’ve done color - who knows how crazy I’ll get with new rooms…yeah right. Who am I kidding?! 

♥ Katie

Oh remember this fabric from Ballard’s Backroom?


…the reveal is coming soon!!


{RoadKill Rescue @ Infarrantly Creative}

{Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch}

{Southern Hospitality Thrifty Treasures}


17 Comments on “Blue Bathroom Take 2”

  1. 1 Ashley said at 5:07 am on August 31st, 2009:

    Wow, the new color looks fabulous!

  2. 2 Beckie said at 5:14 am on August 31st, 2009:

    I love your sweet little basket and I am so proud of you not to give up on color! I love it. It looks very clean and classic. Ok I am a nerd and realize that is the name of your blog but I seriously came up with that on my own. Thanks for linking up!

  3. 3 rachel said at 8:31 am on August 31st, 2009:

    i liked the blue but the grey is much better! i’m painting my bathroom grey too but just haven’t settled on the right shade yet. very nice :)

  4. 4 Tamara said at 9:29 am on August 31st, 2009:

    They say the biggest form of flatterly is imitation. (I think that is how the saying goes..) Anyway, I think I am going to but the spa rocks today! I love that idea!!!!! Everything looks perfect! But I would not expect less! haha

  5. 5 Tamara said at 9:30 am on August 31st, 2009:

    shoot I mean BUY the spa rocks!!!

  6. 6 June said at 9:40 am on August 31st, 2009:

    Oh I love the new color! It’s very soothing and spa like!

  7. 7 Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said at 12:34 pm on August 31st, 2009:

    Blues are so hard to get right. I’ve been through that before too. It looks really pretty.

  8. 8 susan said at 1:40 pm on August 31st, 2009:

    Love the new color–You got it right! I am saving your blue suggestions!

  9. 9 Cheri Peoples said at 1:48 pm on August 31st, 2009:

    It looks so good. I love the color you chose.

    I hope you’ll come by for a visit.
    Cheri Its So Very Cheri

  10. 10 Heidi Farmer said at 2:07 pm on August 31st, 2009:

    The new bathroom looks great! I did like the old blue, but this does look a little more polished for a guest bath. Great finishing touches too!

  11. 11 Suzy said at 3:56 pm on August 31st, 2009:

    The 4th is so pretty, I really like the roses.

  12. 12 Lisa~ said at 7:05 pm on August 31st, 2009:

    Love it!

  13. 13 Marie said at 11:11 am on September 1st, 2009:

    Hello Katie - I’m late making my rounds! What a fabulous bathroom make-over. Love it. I painted my bathroom cabs black and I’m so happy with the look. Your basket turned out so cool! Great job.


  14. 14 Wendy said at 4:40 pm on September 1st, 2009:

    That looks really nice!

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  16. 16 Lindsey O. said at 1:23 pm on September 11th, 2009:

    Whoa cute idea on the rocks to cover the drain! I love it!

  17. 17 Kolein said at 8:12 am on September 12th, 2009:

    Why are the rocks in the sink? I love the way they look. Do you keep them there or was it just for photo effect?

    I love the re-do’s! I’m inspired!

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