Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bathroom make over -part 1

How can it be the middle of October already?
Well what have I been up to lately, besides recuperating from post viral/chronic fatigue, having friends stay, catching up with others after hibernating most of the winter? Continuing the mission of doing up the bathroom of course!

This shower curtain has been my inspiration for a vintage beach cottage bathroom.
It has bright colours and vintage beach huts.
I purchased it several years ago on sale and later some towels to match its colours.

Then one day I came across a pair of old wooden oars and thought about how to incorporate them in the decor with a functional purpose....towel rack - bit too long, do I want the cut them? No.... then one rainy day I said to my husband, "We could hang one off that beam and it could double as an airing rack to dry clothes on hangers during inclement weather." "What about all the moisture?" he replied. "We can put the oil coloumn heater on and the exhaust fan," I countered. Soon after he added a pedestal fan to stir the warm air around and voila the clothes were dry!

The next project was to paint the 'useful' cupboard, I purchased second hand one day, stored in a shed and then cleaned and declared to be the bathroom cupboard when we moved to this current house a few years back. It sat in the end of the family room next to the bathroom for a few years as I wanted it painted before moving it into a sometimes moist and damp environment. We were both too busy or too tired to ever get around to it. So one day recently I suggested that the long weekend would be a good time to tackle it and my husband agreed. The doors aren't finnished yet, perhaps this weekend.

The towel rack, (wooden quilt rack) with everyday towels, now in situ.

A little clutter on the vintage porcelain sink that has cream paint peeling off (house paint my husband thinks, that lifted off when I filled the sink with hot water one day. For now it can stay shabby, chippy and not so chic.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tea Mug Tuesday

Today I am showing you one of my everyday Maxwell Williams Tea Mugs. The pattern on this one is called 'Rosebery' and I have teamed it up with a tea plate from my set of Queen Anne 'Princess Rose' Tea set.
The first photo shows where I keep my bone china tea mugs, together with some of my tea tins that hold loose leaf varieties such as Australian Madura Earl Grey, Bushells Australian Breakfast Tea, Dilmah extra strength variety and Tetley tea. You can also see a small pot for one (holds one and a half mugs) in the centre of the set.