Let me tell you a story.
I have a house in Paris.
The door of my little house opens onto a quiet street.
Around the corner an open-air market,
an old bookstore,
and a tiny bistro with a zinc bar.
I have a little house in Paris with a courtyard
where grinning lions spill water into a stone-gray trough.
I have a little house in Paris
with rooms leading into one another enfilade,
and ancient wooden floors that creak and complain when you walk on them.
Tall windows overlook the courtyard of my little house,
Tall windows where I will hang linen curtains that will float and dance with every breeze.
My house, my little house in Paris is in my mind. To journey to it I have but to close my eyes and I am turning the key on the big front door.
I took my thoughts of une petite maison, and put them in this room crying for a makeover.
I’ve peeled off the dated wallpaper design. Now to remove the next layer.
The Good Husband repaired the damaged walls, broken tiles and paints the walls.
I spray paint a shiny brass chandelier, rub a little white paint here and there to give it that old French look. Then drill holes to hang crystals.
I took a tacky, gold mirror created one fit for Madame Pompadour.
First I painted the mirror frame with gray primer. Normally I would use gray primer spray paint but the weather turned chilly and it was too cold to use spray cans in the garage.
Then I dry brushed white flat wall paint over the frame just catching the raised design.
The finished mirror! I collect these rococo mirrors at thrift shops, seldom paying more than a couple of dollars. This one is a particularly handsome one made by Bassett Furniture. It is well made with a mirror glass more than 1/4 inch thick. It will go over the sink. I plundered my collection of mirrors and painted several more in the same manner.
Here is how I made a very French looking towel rack.
I uploaded a vintage French advertising graphic from THE GRAPHIC FAIRY. I made a REVERSE copy of it and took it to my local Library. I used their toner based copier machine to make a copy. This is the copy you glue down. No other type will work. I cut away the excess paper from the design, then applied a thin layer of Modpodge glue over the PRINTED side of the paper. I pressed this into place on the board painted with latex flat wall paint. Left it to dry overnight. Then dampened the paper and GENTLY rubbed the paper away with the tips of my fingers.
I screwed on coat hooks that I gave a French finish the same as the chandelier. Voila!
My little French bathroom comes to life.
My French bathroom is complete.