Kitchen And Bath
First Aid For the Bathroom
If you’ve ever wanted to douse an outdated bathroom in gasoline
and toss in a lighted match, believe me, you’re not alone. But
there’s an easier solution. It won’t cure grimy grout or
replace the avocado green toilet, but it will help to give your
bathroom enough of a face lift to make you feel that there’s
life in the old room yet.
The decorating gurus always begin with a fresh coat of paint.
Nothing will revive a tired room quicker. But don’t discount the
small touches that can be accomplished with only a few dollars and
a modest investment of time. For example, you can give bathroom
cabinets a whole new look with just a change of hardware.
The décor accessories you choose should be in colors that make
you happy so that every time you walk into the room, you get
enjoyment from looking at them. Naturally, you will also want them
to co-ordinate nicely with wall colorings and permanent fixtures.
Avoid a cluttered look by limiting the number of things you keep
on your countertops and shelves to a minimum. This is especially
important if your bathroom is a small one.
Dollar stores get in a variety of attractive spring candles
seasonally. Some are almost too lovely to burn, which is
just fine when all you want are great-looking accents.
- “carved” pillar candle, $1.00
- butterfly tea light candles, package of 4 for $1.00
- floating flower candles, package of 4 for $1.00
- oval plate, $1.00
It’s easy to add a bit of greenery to an empty corner. All you
need is a large terra cotta pot ($1.00), a piece of floral foam
($1.00) and the plastic plant of your choice. Here, we’ve used
three sprays of long green foliage ($1.00 per spray) and let it
hang down from a top shelf. Make sure you weigh the pot down with
something heavy like a bag of river rocks, so that a slight tug on
the plant doesn’t bring it crashing down.
Art, as with anything else, is all a matter of individual taste
but, believe it or not, you can find some acceptable pictures for
$1.00. This floral piece mimics the oil canvas art that’s so
Thinking outside the bird feeder, we’ve used this small metal
one to add a bit of whimsy to the bathroom and make bath cubes
easily accessible. $1.00
- small floral arrangement, $1.00
- wooden “Towel”, $1.00
- baskets, $1.00 each
- embroidered fingertip towels, $1.00 each
With a twenty-dollar bill, hope in your heart and the spirit of
adventure, you can restore some of your bathroom’s former
comfort and add immeasurably to your own well- being.
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