basement bathroom: done!

Last weekend Keith went to Erie and I went to Home Depot. Twice.

He had invited me along but I decided I would stay home and hang out with Daisy and get a bit done around the house. My plan, initially, was to finish up the trim in the hallway/entryway since after that I can start on the dining room! But at the last minute, I decided I would be a good wife and paint Keith’s bathroom instead. Plus I’d get that instant gratification of starting and finishing one room instead of just repainting stupid white trim.

Keith’s bathroom is in the basement and was previously a pale yellow-beige color. It was pretty ugly. Couple with no natural light, it just looked grimey. It was on my list to paint eventually, but since literally no one uses it but Keith…it wasn’t very high on the list. I thought about asking Keith what color he wanted it, but I didn’t want to ruin the surpise of painting it, so I just went with white.

Since it’s a bathroom, and a tiny one at that, I went to Home Depot on Saturday and grabbed a quart of Behr Ultra in Snow Fall (that’s the white I’ve used throughout the house and I didn’t feel like picking another one).

I was JUST barely able to finish one coat with the entire quart. I felt like such an idiot since 1 quart is $15 and 1 gallon is ~$30, but in my defense, the wall is covered in some sort of burlap that has been painted over and all those little divots really sucked up the paint and I did not expect that. Also the room is very oddly shaped, there is a little nook for the toilet and another for the tub and the i-beam in the ceiling…had the bathroom been a regular box, I think I would have been okay. But I wasn’t. So I went back to Home Depot and bought a gallon.

I wasn’t able to get to the second coat until Sunday morning. I started painting at 10am and Keith was due back at noon, so it was a race against the clock but I did manage to finish!

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Before: This was before we bought thehouse, that seat cover/painting/flowers were not ours. You also can’t see the dark green carpet that was in there before I ruined it (when our pipes broke).

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After: So! much! better!

I was really lazy and used the same satin paint for the walls/ceiling/trim. Who cares. I haven’t had a chance to paint the door yet. Maybe I’ll go out on a limb and paint it a fun color. But Keith’s shower curtain is brown and green and I hate both of those colors, so who knows.

I really wish I had painted the room when everything was all torn out during our plumbing fiasco, it would have made paining around all those stupid corners so much easier. The bathtub is old and stained and should be replaced eventually (hence no picture) so this bathroom’s probably got another makeover in it’s future…that’s why I didn’t think too long about the color.

And! I wish the stupid contractors who finished the bathroom after our plumbing disaster had NOT used silicone caulk between the sink and wall. I get why they did but it is not paintable so there is a stupid halo of yellow-beige paint around it so I’ll need to remove it, paint and then recaulk, but I was not ready to do that.

I also removed a towel rack that was on the other side of the sink and so placed that if you hung a towel there it would have gone IN the sink and so it was of no use to Keith, but it pulled up the stupid burlap making it sort of ripped/bubbled, not even sure how to remedy that. I could cut it out and then patch it, but it will be a smooth patch on a textured wall.

WHO DECIDED BURLAP-ED WALLS LOOKED GOOD?

trucking right along…

Happy 2013! I had the 1st and took the 2nd off of work and I did what any good little DIYer does and painted!

After giving my hand a rest from the last living room project, I was dying to start painting the trim.  And die I did.

You see, my living room has dental molding. And while it is lovely to look at, it is NOT lovely to paint.  I had to go in between each tooth (I’m pretending that’s what those are called…why else is it called dental molding?) with the paintbrush. And as soon as I moved on, paint would drip out from between the teeth (this is getting weird) and I would have to go back and swipe again. Repeat times a million. I was making such slow progress I almost gave up.

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The problem was I was getting too much paint in there, but if I didn’t have enough paint on the brush it wouldn’t go in. And then I had a stroke of genius.

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Enter the plastic craft brush. With stiff, coarse bristles, it couldn’t hold that much paint (meaning less drips), but was small enough that I could get it between the teeth.

It was a lot quicker going once I started using that little guy. It still was not even remotely quick though. It’s a huge room and there is ~78 feet (?) of molding. It took me 5 hours to do all of the top trim. And while it was already starting to look SO MUCH BETTER, it kind of sucked that it took that long. I had a little paint left so I did half of the one built-in as well.

half and half

The next day was my birthday, but I was not letting that stop me. My mother-in-law offered to come help and that made it go a lot quicker. We still only got one coat of white on everything, but at least we got it on everything!

mid-painting

Oh, did I mention my saint of a mother in law stayed and painted while Keith and I went out to dinner? This was all that was left when we got back. One ugly door, which was quickly whipped into shape. This is where we are now.

white!

loving my builtins soooo much more now that they are not yellow-ish.

whiteeeee! makes me feel so clean!

whiteeeeee! the mantle is going light grey.

The mantle and the doorway will both be light grey. The entryway is to the right and it will also be light grey. I will eventually paint the shelves inside that closet white and the backs blue to mimic the built-ins, but I didn’t want to bother with those yet.

I should have done a better job with getting the same angles in pictures, but here’s a rough journey of the stages of the living room wall.

stages

And a quick fireplace look from before/after trim.

fireplaceI plan on painting the brass of the fireplace, but I have to finish everything else first. I am sooo close to being done and sooooo excited. It will actually look like a living room soon! Especially since I got a couch! (More on that later.)

getting closer….

I spent the weekend in D.C. visiting my friend, Elyse, so I took today off figuring I’d probably be wiped out. And I was, but after sleeping in and then taking a nap, I got to work doing some laundry which lead to FINALLY unpacking the boxes in the 3rd bedroom. I had a big closet in my last bathroom, so those boxes were full of bathroom things that did not fit in my new, closet-less bathroom. There is a closet in the upstairs hallway for that type of thing, so three months later, I put them where they belong.  I also finally took a few more pictures of the bathroom in it’s almost-finished state.

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My boring, white shower curtain. Since I did not measure the width of my shower, the outer shower curtain is about 8 inches too wide, making it all bunch up. I took the last panel and folded it behind though and you can’t really tell. I also snagged those shower hooks from Keith’s bathroom, since they were nicer than the plastic ones they left upstairs. And then, since I didn’t measure again, my inner shower curtain is probably a foot too narrow. I don’t really love how the curtain hangs, but thanks to that lovely arch, I can’t do a thing about it. I also can’t move the shower curtain up, because the ceiling slopes inside (and outside) the shower. Haha, oh well. I still kind of want to replace the curtain rod with something silver, but I have stopped caring so much. I also found a roll of white caulk tape in the basement. So maybe they were planning on replacing the lovely orange? One day I’ll rip it off and replace it. I think it will make all the difference.

bathroom door

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, the door is blue. I had seen a picture on pinterest with a two-tone door/door jamb and loved it. I think it would work better if I reversed the colors, but what’s done is done. It probably needs another coat. I had thought of scrapping the whole idea and just painting it white, but then my little birdies wouldn’t be so noticeable. That’s a hand towel on there, my bath towels are dark red and don’t match the room at all. Which is a total first world problem, but they were cheap enough (Target) that I don’t feel too guilty buying some different ones to match my bathroom better.

bathroom

I really, really want to put some white floating shelves above the toilet. I need the storage and I think they would look really sharp, but that’s something I need Keith’s help with. And I am also slightly intimidated by our plaster walls.  One day!

Two weekends ago I also finally painted the trim in the bedroom. It was already white, so it didn’t make a huge difference, but the most exciting difference was the door.

door before and after

Goodbye, disgusting, streaky, beige…hello white!

The door used to look soooo gross up against the white trim/ceiling. Now it’s the hallway that looks gross. The hallway will eventually be a light grey. I’m not sure if I will paint those closet doors out there white or grey, but they are on notice.

I also changed the sheets and put on a new duvet cover. I bought it at Ikea thinking it was sheets and didn’t realize until I got it home. You can see the old one in the bottom left corner above. It was white/grey stripes and although I love grey, it was more of a greige and it bugged me.

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I am pretty in love with the new, accidental one. My favorite part of moving into a new apartment used to be picking up a new duvet cover. So maybe it was a subconscious decision to buy the new one. It has matching pillow cases, but I think I prefer the hot pink ones.

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I also might have figured out what to do with the three nails above the bed. Since we have plaster walls, I didn’t want to rip them out and have to fill the holes, so I came across these three little frames that I’ve had for years and thought they might work. Ignore that the bed is totally off-center, it is way too heavy for me to move. Also ignore the contents of the frames (two Vespas and an upside-down picture of me and my dad) and the fact that they are very much not straight, but I still think it might work!  I was thinking of putting a floating shelf above the bed too since I think whatever goes up there has to be very clean and simple to not compete with the headboard. I think those little frames will work for the time being, hiding the nails until I either can put up a shelf or do something else. Now I just need something small and simple to put in them.

Pretty pleased with my few, minor tweaks! The living room is still next on the list. This weekend we have a wedding, but next weekend Keith is going out of town, so I will probably begin to tackle it then.

consistency is blue

Not much has been up with the house since I painted the bedroom. I still need to touch up the trim, but just haven’t felt like it. This weekend doesn’t look good either, because I have a paper due and we are going to a wedding. I’m in no rush though.

Even if I don’t spend my weekdays doing house-y things, I do spend them reading home improvement blogs, my favorite of which is Young House Love. They have a gorgeous home, seem really down to earth and aren’t afraid to get to work!

Another blog I really like is Teal and Lime. I found her blog from pinterest, her dining room must be pinned a million times. It was through her blog that I found my future dining room color.

She recently posted pictures of her guest bathroom, which she had painted in Martha Stewart – Enamelware.

source: tealandlime.com

I immediately fell in love with the color. It is so fresh and bright and clean. Even though I have already picked out (and purchased) the paint for most of the house I was trying to find a place I could use it. Maybe the powder room? Or one of the upstairs bedrooms? Too bad I already had my laundry room color because it would look great in there against the blue of the kitch…wait a second…

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behr - aqua breezeBehr- Aqua Breeze

martha stewart - enamelwareMartha Stewart – Enamelware

 

Yeaaaa, almost the same exact color I already have in my kitchen. At least I’m consistent!

*See the exposed light switches? They might still look like that. The switches are almond, I bought white ones to replace them and refuse to put the covers on until they are replaced. Because if we put the covers on without replacing them, they will never get replaced. Although it doesn’t look like they will ever get replaced this way either. Ha.

blue in the face

 This past weekend I painted the bedroom. It’s a pretty huge room (16×14) but I did luck out since it looks like the ceiling had been painted pretty recently so I got to skip that horrible step. It took me about 9 hours spread out over 3 days and that doesn’t even include the trim. That has to wait. The previous paint job was very sloppily done, I even found an earwig painted into the wall! Ugh. There was a bright spot though. While removing outlet covers, I found this:

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Oh hey, teeny heart wallpaper! I am very very thankful that they at least took that down. I’d take 23 earwigs on the wall before I’d want to rip down more wallpaper. Now for the fun stuff, here’s a reminder of what the room looked like when we first saw the house:

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master

Very, very beige. I’m not into beiges/taupes/off-whites in any form, though the previous owners LOVED them, in all shades, in all rooms. My preferred neutral is grey, so room by room, I am banishing the beige.

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This was the room after the first night. I felt like I was sleeping in a haunted house or squatting or something. See that white piece of wall/ceiling over the window on the right? I went back and forth for DAYS (even before I started painting) trying to decide if I wanted to leave it white and pretend it was ceiling or paint it blue and pretend it was wall. They had obviously pretended it was ceiling and it sort of drove me crazy. I thought it might look different when everything was blue so I left it momentarily and it drove me even more insane, so I painted over it the next day. I think it was the right choice.

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master bedroom

That hope chest was built by Keith’s grandfather and painted by his grandmother. (It has his initials and year of birth on it, I love it!)

Also don’t mind the dog toy holding open the door, Daisy won’t play with them so we need to use them for something.

I took the pictures at 7pm, so they are a little dark (but still pretty accurate) but I LOVE IT. The room feels so peaceful and calming. The color is Martha Stewart – Washed Denim, the actual paint is Behr Premium Plus Ultra (which all my paint is and I’ve been really happy with it, paint + primer in one rules). So far I am 3/3 for loving the paints I have picked out! Guess I have a knack for paint! 😉 It makes the doors/trim pop like the beige never could and I think it even makes the green carpet look not-so-green (which is a huge plus).

My one annoyance with the whole thing was that the Home Depot guy swore up and down that I would need two gallons of paint for the room and I just barely used one! I am either really good at painting or they are scam artists. Never again buying more than one gallon at a time since I now have two untouched gallons of paint (the kitchen and bedroom). They are distinct enough colors that I don’t really want to use them in other rooms, so now I don’t know what to do with them and have 70$ of paint just sitting there. Blah. So if anyone needs a gallon of Martha Stewart – Washed Denim or Behr – Embellished Blue, I’ll give you a discount!

We still need a bed and some other furniture and I can’t stop thinking that our nightstands need some chrome lamps, but the paint is a huge improvement.

I told myself that after I painted the bedroom, I HAD to get back to the living room and the wallpaper. So that’s my next project. Blah.