(If you are a contractor, or someone who is "handy" in any way, you will laugh because it's really not that big of a job. I just don't have any DIY skills and I'm such a newbie... so small things like painting trim and mudding dry wall are very intimidating).
Let's rewind to about 6 months ago. Remember when I gave my "before" tour of the doll house?
Well, I thought I'd refresh your memory and show you a few pictures of what this bathroom used to look like.
Ugly gray trim.
Ugly gray ceiling.
Ugly black ceiling fan (you can see a tiny glimpse of it in the photo above).
You can't tell in these photos, but the walls are covered with a texturized wallpaper (I'm kicking myself for not taking a closer picture).
However, I do have a picture of the "wallpaper take-down."
*Shudder* it was horrible!
To get the wallpaper down, I used this method.
After removing all the wallpaper, I wiped down the walls with a wet washrag (to remove any excess glue/adhesive).
Once all the wallpaper was off, I stopped....and I lived this way for months. MONTHS.
Why, you ask? Well I was sceered! I didn't know how to texture dry wall. I didn't think I could do it by myself. I asked several friends to help...a couple of them agreed and I was very happy! but life happened and they never found the time. So I was stuck.
Shortly after Thanksgiving, I volunteered to host my office Christmas party. That was just the incentive I needed to get that bathroom tackled!
I decided to texturize the walls (by hand) using a trowel. Of course, I watched several YouTube videos to prepare.
To my surprise, texturizing the drywall was the easiest step! Can you believe that? It took me a little more than an hour to do the entire bathroom!
The next step was choosing paint. I wanted a cool color, something soothing.
Because of my cream tile, I knew I would need to paint the trim a cream color to match (even though I desperately wanted it to be white, I just couldn't talk myself into painting or replacing the tile). So when I found this picture of a cream vanity and gorgeous wall color (is it blue? or gray? or turquoise?), I knew that I wanted it to be my inspiration room.
I found a color almost identical to my inspiration room at Sherwin Williams called Oyster Bay.
Check out that textured wall! Beauti-ful!
After I got the trim and walls painted, I focused on replacing the ugly black fan.
Terrible picture but I really wanted you to see how ugly that fan was!
I fell in love with the Bellora Chandelier from Pottery Barn.
Of course, the $349 price tag was
a little a lot over of my budget for the bathroom!
Would you believe me if I told you that I found an identical chandelier locally for only $117? I rushed over and grabbed it like it was Black Friday at Target!
If you are in the Tulsa area, check out Garbe's!
I decided that electrical projects were beyond my scope of work and enlisted my stepdad to help me hang it.
I couldn't be more happy with how it all turned out!
I love the wall color. LOVE it!
and the cabinets look really good with the cream tile!
I still need to decorate. I'd love to get some candles for the bathtub ledge. I'm undecided on whether or not to replace the pedestal sink with a vanity. I have no idea what to put on the walls...
But I'm not going to worry about all that right now... I want to live with it for a little while before making any additions.
It feels so fresh, much better than the awful wallpaper and gray trim!
I smile every time I walk by. I feel so accomplished. I did this! By myself! (insert Destiny's Child "Independent Women" song here!)
I'll have a few more house updates on the blog tomorrow!
I hope to see you there!