While remodels and renovations are time (and budget) consuming, a simple refresh can be a quick and easy weekend project. By refresh, we’re talking about what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make on walls and doors. Consider re purposing a few items that are collecting dust elsewhere and use them as new decorations. The resident that is the proud owner of this half bath used vintage blue Mason jars, previously table centerpieces at her wedding. Surely you’ve got something sitting around that could use a new life! A bathroom refresh could run you as little as $250, a small price to pay for a seemingly brand new space, right?
Of course, a key component that gives new strength to a previously unattractive room is…. lighting! Existing vanity lights aren’t generally up to par when it comes the ideal vanity light. Often casting a yellow glow through their old glass shades, they weren’t exactly meant for bathroom lighting originally.
The look of a new pendant light contributes to the renewal of any space. The light hanging within this half bath bears a strong resemblance to the Mini Emblem Pendant, a mid-century style ceiling lamp. Shown on the right in Trans Blue, it brings together a rustic deep bowl shade with the stacked neck for an eye catching, beehive look. Incorporating a fresh ceiling light into small spaces is especially important since there isn’t much else to notice. Popular styles like the Mini Emblem Pendant, and many other tiny barn lights, have a larger counterpart with each if you were thinking about using them elsewhere. Design schemes ranging from rustic farmhouse to modern loft have all utilized our Mini Barn Lights before – indoors and out. The unique looks you can create with each are virtually endless.
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It’s time for a refreshing change from the usual repurposed wood and warehouse lamps today. Rustic style lighting encompasses more than you probably think; it’s not all about a vintage porcelain gooseneck or even high bay fluorescent lights found in horse stables.
This small half bath featured in Better Homes and Gardens features many qualities of a contemporary, yet rustic farmhouse bath. Creamy beige walls paired with bead board wainscoting keep the room light and helps it to appear more spacious. Hexagonal tiles below add a bit of vintage charm seen in older authentic farmhouses. A pop of color is provided with the bright apple green vase, letting it become the ideal finishing touch to an otherwise neutral powder room.
Let’s focus on the vanity area: a built in medicine cabinet houses the mirror along with a plethora of various toiletries. Since the pedestal sink doesn’t offer the storage of an under sink model, the hidden shelving in the medicine cabinet is essential. Another necessity is a towel holder – a similar one can be found with our 9” Polished Chrome Towel Ring, constructed from solid brass for durable, long lasting quality.
However, none of this will do any good – functionally or aesthetically – without the proper lighting. Adjustable vintage lamps like the Lynnwood Wall Sconce seem to be designed for vanity areas. Because the neck is jointed, the shade can be moved around in order eliminate shadows cast upon your face while you or your guests are getting ready to start the day. Another bonus about the Lynnwood Sconce? It is available with a solid brass shade for a traditional look or a milk glass shade if you wish to have a softer, brighter look. The elegance and simplicity of this vintage sconce may make you want to incorporate it throughout your home, and we can’t blame you! It makes the best bedside reading lamp or task light for your home office.
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