Last week I gleefully announced that my next post (this post) would be the final post and reveal of the bathroom makeover. Oh boy, rookie mistake.
I should have known. I had a minor setback with the vanity paint color, which caused a ripple effect elsewhere and I ran out of time. But BUT I did make good progress overall and have some stuff to share here (phew!).
The next big step after getting the wallpaper up was getting the vanity painted. I sanded, wiped down and primed both the cabinet frame and the door and drawer fronts. This part was all innocent and easy.
My work station was the kitchen… the only open space in the house. I use the plastic triangle things to paint the sides of the cabinet doors. They work perfectly. I also go with 4″ foam rollers instead of a brush or textured roller to help me get the smoothest finish possible.
So yea, the priming stage went off without a hitch.
Now, let’s talk paint color. This is where things went off the rails.
I knew I wanted the vanity to be siblings in color to the office wall’s next door but I didn’t want them to be the same exact color. It seemed too expected, too repetitive and would be a missed opportunity to further create that layered look.
So I, thinking I was just the geniuses of all geniuses, set out to create my own paint color, using white and the office wall color (Farrow & Ball Downpipe) as my base. I bought an empty paint can from Home Depot and started mixing the two, with the goal being a few shades lighter than the office. After a couple of tries, I thought I had hit the nail on the head and started painting.
Yea no. It’s a pretty blue gray, but too light for the bathroom. The bathroom needed the vanity to provide that point of contrast and the ostriches on the walls needed a deeper color to relate to. This sounds like a well-thought out explanation but at the time it was, “Welp this sucks because that just looks strange.”
So, I threw my hands up and slapped on the same exact color as the office’s walls.
It was the right choice all along. Aaron walked in a few seconds after I took this picture and said, “It still looks different than the office walls… the lighting is different in here I think.” And he was so right. I forgot to factor in the fact that these are two separate rooms with very different lighting sources… of course the color would look different! Oy. Lesson learned for next time.
Important to note: I probably should not have painted the darker color the same weekend. I should have waited a week or so to let those initial coats cure. It’s going to take forever for the vanity to harden up now with 6 coats of paint. Don’t do what I did…
Let’s talk shower curtain. I am a big fan of floor-to-ceiling shower curtains. I like how they look and I love the thrill of hunting for a 91″+ shower curtain. I have used tablecloths, sheets, painters cloths in the past (decent, longer options don’t exist for less than $100 and buying the fabric to DIY can be just as pricey). This particular “shower curtain” is a twin sheet from the clearance section at West Elm. Twin sheets are 66″ x 107″ (can vary slightly by brand). 66″ is a perfect width for my standard shower stall. I hemmed the length to 91″ with hem tape. I used the finished seam at the bottom and my hem-taped side on top with the clips. (Oh, and I do use a liner. It’s an Extra Long clear liner from Bed Bath & Beyond.)
The fitted sheet from the sheet set won’t go to complete waste. I needed a twin sheet for the daybed anyways. I might use the pillowcases for drawer liners. We will see!
I also added some shelves and a picture frame to the toilet corner. I’ll take a wider shot when I have my better camera, but for now, here’s one of the picture frame above the john.
(If you look closely, you can see me in a Blink-182 concert tee and gingham pajama pants. Hehe.)
The quote is written by me. It was meant to fill the empty frame until I found some art but I like it as is! And the quote is one that holds special meaning to Aaron and I. It’s on acid-free paper with decent ink so it should hold up for quite some time.
So, what’s left?
- Re-install the cabinet doors and drawer
- Spray paint the toilet paper holder and re-attach it to the cabinet
- Figure out the medicine cabinet situation. New? Refinish the old? Bring in some brass? Keep going with the oil-rubbed bronze theme? Oval? Rectangle?
- Change out the chrome toilet handle for an oil-rubbed bronze version
- Find brass cabinet hardware. The hardware I previously bought is recessed and after painting this cabinet all weekend, I really don’t feel like chopping into it to install hardware
- Find a decent over-the-door towel rack
- Finish wallpapering above the shower stall (I ran out, so I’m waiting on a new roll to arrive)
- Swap the brass door hinges for oil-rubbed bronze versions
And that’s it! For those who were following the progress on Instagram and Facebook over the last few days, I have loved getting your comments and likes. It’s been keeping me motivated! So thank you so much! I will keep doing that… it’s fun.