Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Renter's Lament...

Ok, maybe a bit dramatic BUT....you'll see.  So I've told you about the fab 3 bedroom apartment we are moving into in THREE weeks! Its awesome and we'll love the space, especially a garage to store the golf clubs that are accumulating ya know?(who knows why the old set needs to be kept when you buy a new set???)  And, for the most part, its old fashioned but we are talking a bit of paint here and there, throw a rug down, add a window seat..ya know stuff that I can handle.  Except this....
































































Gotta say I'm at a loss with this one...can't get rid of those blue tiles right? Not sure the man will be up for painting tiles...its a little 'out there' for him I'd say...  Solutions...anyone??? A total reno is not possible or reasonable since we are renting, but just what do you do with a BLUE bathroom?  Goodness:( 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey krista this is Jess c. My quick advice would be to paint the bathroom a cream colour to match the tiles between the blue tiles. I would also paint the ceiling the cream colour making sure it's the kitchen and bath finish. Next- a fresh new set of cream towels and a new cream floor mat will make a big difference. You wantthe blue to be the accent colour not the dominant colour and since the blue is so strong yourain colour needs to be more calm...lastly a few black and white pictures and a vase with some yellow flowers will add a fresh splash of colour! Gooood luck! That's what I would do... If you can afford it and the landlord agrees the last thing is the floor.... A more neutral tile that is cheap ie home depot makes a big statement and you could likely do the whole floor for less than a hundred bucks!

Daniel said...

Rather than going the cream route, I would recommend going with a dark gray on the paintable wall and wrapping it around the ceiling. I'm thinking of a colour called Sparrow by Benjamin Moore- weve done it quite a bit in bathrooms and it is a really nice, soothing, rich-but-not-too-dark grey... but anything in that range would work I think. The idea woud be to pick up the blue in the tile while also making the stainless steel of the door look purposeful and matching the dark flecked blue of the countertop too. Then I would say bring in the cream in your towel set instead. My two cents!

Oh and by the way, you shouldn't need to buy a kitchen and bath paint so long as you buy a decent brand of paint ($35-45 or more a gallon at least as a rule). In the past 5 years most all paints have added enough mildew resistance and washability into even a simple eggshell finish, and the lessened sheen will look better if there are any imperfections in the wall :)

Anonymous said...

In a short response I agree other than the fact that we are suggesting that she paint the ceiling which is where most of the steam and moisture ends up in a bathroom. Kitchen and bath paint in home depots line of Behr paints (Behr was recently rated the number one brand among contractors) offers you the value of a more expensive brand but comparable brand
like benjamin Moore at a more affordable cost....:)

Kristi said...

I'd say either cover the tile with some kind of paneling like beadboard. I'm not really sure how that would work. Like, would moisture cause issues between the tile and paneling down the road? An even easier and cheaper fix would be do do your bathroom in a beach theme. Work with that blue. I would for sure paint that ugly door. :-) Growing up, our house had those same doors.

Anonymous said...

Hey did you the 120 days the law requires to move? Because if the reasons are Landlord wants space or demolition, you are required 120 days.

Krista @ Craving Some Creativity said...

Ya, they gave us 120 days, we are moving out early tho since August is busy:)

Love the ideas guys! I think this calls for a poll!

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