I recently completed a bathroom redo that has been a long time coming. When we bought our house about seven years ago, the existing bathroom had been recently remodeled with a new shower and granite counter top. It wasn’t completely offensive, but as I lived with it for years and years, I began to hate the wallpaper. It had some french words on it that you could barely read and it really started to drive me crazy. Here is the picture that is still on Zillow.
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It’s pretty golden and the ceiling had popcorn on it like all of our ceilings. So, when I had my handy painter working on the guest room around the corner, I had him remove the wallpaper and scrape and paint the ceiling white. I didn’t know what I wanted on the walls, so I just had him leave them bare. Then of course, I analyzed and test painted and over thought the whole thing for about a year. Here is what it looked like for that year and honestly it bothered me less than it did before.
After all that time of thinking about what I was going to do, I ended up grabbing a can of paint I already had in the garage and painting the walls. It was Alpaca by Sherwin Williams, a very soft gray. I also used it upstairs in my playroom area. As you can see, the walls had never been painted before and I had painted some pretty dark colors on the wall. I did use a little primer before I painted, but I didn’t prime the whole bathroom. I took down the long towel rack on the wall and the little on by the sink. I filled those holes in with putty and then sanded them down. I also filled in a few other spots on the walls with putty and sanded. I ended up just doing one coat of paint and I thought it looked great. I know my painter would probably tell me I should have gone for two coats, but I think it’s fine.
As you can see in the pictures above, my cabinets were white. The granite is somewhat brownish with dark gray specks. Since I went with such a light colored wall, I decided to do a really dark cabinet. I loved it. I think it really grounds the vanity area and makes it more of a feature. It compliments the granite and adds great contrast to the tile.
Here is how I did the cabinets. I first determined that the existing paint was water based paint and therefore I could use chalk paint on the cabinets. I did paint the inside of a door first just to be sure. I have heard terrible stories about paint peeling off, so I wanted to be sure. Before I painted the rest, I sanded down the shine on the outside of the cabinets with a little sandpaper. Not a major sanding, just enough to get rid of the shine.
I had never worked with chalk paint before and it is a little different than painting with latex paint. It does not feel as smooth when you are applying it with your brush. I guess that is the chalk texture. Your brush just doesn’t slide as easily. It’s not difficult, just a different sensation. I painted two coats on the cabinets and then decided I would use that sandpaper to do a little distressing around the edges. Once I thought they looked good, I wiped them down to remove all the dust. The chalk paint that I used required a sealer. I used a flat sealer so I didn’t loose that chalky look. I did two coats of sealer. I had a little help from my daughter on this one.
I took down the sconces that I hated and replaced them with some outdoor sconces that had a little more farmhouse style. This really wasn’t all that difficult, but I did learn what not to do on the first one.
I painted the mirror with the same chalk paint I used on the cabinets and then added a light layer of Rub-N-Buff with a rough paint brush.
I used the same Rub-N-Buff on the knobs. I just used my finger to apply it to the knobs.
I hung ledge shelves I found at Target and added some towels I also found at Target that I thought tied all the colors together. The color of the shelves also tied in the color of the tile.
Finally I added a little fun to this bathroom with targets and a rubber band gun. Yep, that’s right – a rubber band gun. The kids and I painted some targets on a few burlap canvases I had sitting in my office waiting for inspiration to strike. We also added a large bowl of rubber bands so you never run out of ammo. I did paint a large canvas with chalk paint and draw targets on it and it is hanging on the wall, but I have a great idea for a printable target that I will post soon. The gun and rubber bands you can find at www.elasticprecision.com.
On the targets we just drew circles and painted.
Here it is. I love it now. I think it is so fun and I love the rubber band gun.