This is a picture, below, of our downstairs guest bathroom:
It’s a small room, but it has high ceilings; it’s where we hang photos of our friends and family along with interesting old things we find in antique stores. We like to have an entertaining bathroom for our captive audience! But I had this idea on how to take it one step further.
That’s my great-great grandmother in the round frame; above it is Joe with all his best friends, and below it is a thank-you-for-dinner note from Peter Mayle (who wrote one of my favorite books, A Year in Provence, and came to our house for dinner once!! Of course I had to frame his note!!). I thought this narrow wall between the window and the bathroom door might be perfect for a real picture wall.
So I pulled out some favorite old photos of us with our friends and families (and kitties) . . .
And on a sheet of foam core, using a metal ruler as a guide, I cut around each photo with a sharp exacto knife (it needs to be really sharp so if you do this, plan on changing the blade often). I make three shallow cuts, first through the paper, then the foam, and the last through the bottom paper (rather than trying to go through the whole piece in one cut). I protected the table top by turning my blotter calendar upside down and using the heavy cardboard back as a cutting surface.
I put down newspaper to protect the table cloth, and then sprayed acid-free photo-mount on the back of each photo and, as carefully as I could, attached it to the foam core.
So now the photos are more substantial and will stand out from the wall a bit.
Wonderful memories for us . . . there’s me when I first started painting; us at Joe’s 40th birthday luau; Joe out sailing when he weighed one pound; John with his girls when they were babies; my best friends forever singing on the porch of my old studio (♫You don’t own me, don’t say I can’t go with other boys . . . ♪); Joe and I when we first met; Margot’s children where she painted them in elf and Santa outfits. To the back of each foam core photo, I attached a sticky double-sided foam mounting square . . . so I could hook the photos to the wall. The mounting squares are removable — just in case this turned out to be a terrible idea!
At the top, I hung up the Friends embroidery I did when I was around twenty-two that’s been in every bathroom of my life . . . Then I started sticking my photos to the wall, one at a time, years of wonderful memories and our favorite people. Sooner or later everyone passes through here and now they will find themselves on our wall!
There is only one “seat” in this room (unless you’re Jack, our kitten, who can find extra seats anywhere!), and it’s directly across from the picture wall. We do have other bathrooms in the house in case people go in and don’t come out! (BTW, a very long time ago this bathroom, which is at the far back of the house, in a corner off the pantry, was called, according to papers that came with the house, a “three holer.” Bathrooms were much more festive in those days!!) Hope you like this project . . . it would work well in a kitchen too, very fun to have wherever your friends gather. Another way to show them how much they mean to you! ♥