En El Baño

After the painting is complete (full pics up soon), we will be taking charge of the bathroom on the first floor.  When we first moved in, it was the only bathroom in the house that was completely functional despite it’s lack of visual appeal.  Once our other 2 bathrooms were serviceable, meaning both the showers and both the toilets worked, we finally took it upon ourselves to get down to business (pun intended) in the downstairs baño.  It’s the bathroom people use when we have guests over so I’d like it to be nice. I don’t want my friends and family wondering if they should get a tetanus booster after leaving my house. Right now it’s kind of rough in there.

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Delicious faux marbling!

In a fit of productivity, my sister went crazy on the wallpaper.  It was a 40 year old, grimy floral print that just needed to go. The reoccuring issue with this house is that no one thought to put primer under the wallpaper.  They just stuck it right on the drywall. The adhesive bonded the wallpaper to the paper front of the drywall so when the wallpaper came down so did the front of the drywall. MAJOR PROBLEM. We had a few choices:

  1. Replace the drywall
  2. Hire someone to skim coat the walls
  3. Attempt refinishing the walls ourselves

We went ahead and have been refinishing the walls ourselves.  Please note this is not something you should try without doing a lot of research before.  I am going to be completely honest and tell you that I was way too impatient not to do this my way.  We picked up some DAP spackle that specifically says not to use it for skim coating. Once again, I’m incredibly independent/foolhardy. My sister spackled and sanded, then covered the walls with bonding primer.  Then she repeated those steps. I’m going to repeat them tonight to finish it off. The walls are definitely improved.  She did a great job of fixing the difference in thickness between the areas where the wallpaper ripped the drywall and the rest of the wall.

The walls are nearly completely smooth.  I think they just need one more once over.

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A particularly rough area

In preparation of having a bathroom I can be proud of, I also painted the gold mirror frame to freshen it up. What color? You shall see.

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Our Bathroom Redo Checklist

  • Paint mirror frame
  • Paint cabinet
  • Buy new hardware
  • Install new faucet
  • Patch walls
  • Paint walls
  • Replace toilet seat
  • Tile floor
  • Create/buy bathroom art

After painting the mirror frame, I also painted the cabinet with some paint we had left over from the basement (Bone Folder by Martha Stewart) and sealed it for wipeability.  The cabinet was a dark brown and it wasn’t working for me. I like bathrooms to be light and fun.  I know you saw the sink. It’s hard to miss. I don’t think it’s in the budget to replace it right now and I’m not sure about using countertop paint on it so it’s staying – for now. I also bought some new hardware for the cabinets.  I could not take the weird distressed brass/gold thing going on in there so brushed nickel it is!  My aunt is going to show me the tiling ropes so hopefully we can pull this bathroom into modern times together.

Do you have any major projects on your agenda? Think I can tackle this?

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Butt Hurt

You’ve all been sitting on pins and needles waiting to find out what paint color we settled on in this post, right?  Da-da-da-da! Dusky Blue aka the one on the left.

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We thought the other color, Heavenly Blue, was too baby-blue-in-your-face. We wanted something toned down, and relaxing.  When the paint dried it kind of took us by surprise because it was much brighter than we had anticipated.  It makes me feel pretty good about dodging the Heavenly Blue bullet because that would have been offensively bright. The cool part of it is that the nice blue makes the white trim and the dark wood doors POP.

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We bought the big 5 gallon bucket because we are painting the biggest areas of our house. I did not anticipate it being such a mess. Obviously we missed something.

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We still need to paint the stairwell and the upstairs hallway (scary tall ladders, ahoy!), but after that the next step is to organize and hang all of our pictures and art to make it feel like a homey home. I simply can’t wait. Maybe if I’m really lucky, I’ll have new floors by the summer. Oh, and about the title. If you are ever painting and need to use a stool or chair, alternate which leg you use to stand up on it. It’s a great gluteal workout, but I accidently only used the same leg again and again. Obviously I didn’t notice until the next day. No pain, no gain.

Are you working on any major changes in your home?

Great Minds

…treat windows alike.  Last night on a last minute trip to the bookstore for my sister, I scooped up the long awaited Young House Love book. I thought I might get it for Christmas, but alas I had to buy it for myself.  #bigbaby

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I’ve been perusing it all morning and what did I see?  A tip to hang curtains just like I posted here!  Say what? I nearly died. It feels good to know that I did at least one thing right trying to update this crazy townhouse.

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I can’t wait to spend my (admittedly ample) free time at work reading it. You can expect some YHL inspired projects to come. Do you read Young House Love?

Busy Bee

I wasn’t doing a ton of posting over Christmas and New Years but that doesn’t mean I was lounging around eating cookies and letting my house turn into a disaster. Ok well it was a disaster, but I still accomplished something. I got my sew on. I haven’t done any real sewing for about 4 years to I was a little rusty but as soon as I saw this sweet fabric on Etsy from SewFreshFabrics, I knew I had to do something with it.

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I made these little throw pillow covers for the living room because I was starting to get the feeling that our house was losing it’s fun factor.  Solution: I made these to punch things up without blowing my budget.

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Cost Breakdown:

Fabric – $10 + shipping
Stuffing – Free. One has another throw pillow inside and one is a pillow that we weren’t using in my room cut to size.
Piping – $14 after a 40% off coupon at Joann’s (from their Android app).

Total: About $25

For two fresh, custom throw pillows, that’s not too shabby.  I wish my craftsmanship was a little better, but overall I’m happy with the result. We needed an update!

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Taking Stock.

While I was pulling out my Christmas decorations this year, I realized that we have two new additions to our little family. Last year around this time, there were only four of us living en mi casa.  Me, my man, and our two roomies.  Three days before Christmas, we adopted Loki and over the summer we adopted (or took in) my sister. I pulled out our Christmas stockings and knew that it was time to craft a few new ones. Before I get into it, “craft” is a word I’m using liberally. You’ll see.

I went to Target and picked up two more of these $1 stockings they have. 

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I whipped out my Gold Glitter Puffy Paint from last year. (I’m shocked I found it too)

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I gave it a little test run to make sure it wasn’t gummed up with any sparkly debris.

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Then I carefully penned their names on the cuff just like the others.

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The original four are scribed with our nicknames mostly because I thought it would be more fun that way. And it is. Hence the Becca Boo. Mine says Kuh-tee. This project was just something festive that we could do without breaking the bank.  Obviously, you could do a lot more or differently depending on your taste and skill level.  Maybe next year I’ll break out a new design? At $1 per stocking, that’s not a big deal.

What holiday DIY projects have you tackled/want to tackle?