• New Bathroom Paint and Yet Another Plan…

    by  • May 31, 2012 • House Projects & Updates

    Ohhh it was maybe two months ago (or was it 3?) that destruction actually began in our bathroom…

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    But life kept happening & things moved at a slower pace than we hoped. A few surprises popped up along the way that changed the game plan…like the fact that underneath many layers of linoleum, plywood, & tar paper, we found HARDWOOD FLOORS!

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    We loved the idea of restoring the original floor, so we decided to go for it. Now, before you think I’m an idiot for using hardwood flooring in a bathroom, which is prone to drips, splashes, and humidity, let me just say that I did some research & found that it’s not so crazy of an idea after all! More on that later. So we were able to return our original white octagon & dot ceramic tile & some supplies (and pocket a wee bit of money). I was ECSTATIC to have rustic, rich hardwood floors in the mix, but it did bring its own share of issues, one of them being the colors in the original plan.

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    Now with brown toned floors instead of bright white ones, it seemed to me like all of the colors in the room would be medium-toned & felt like we lost all of the contrast. I wasn’t willing to give up mint green, and there certainly was NO way I would be repainting the navy vanity after this headache, but I could spare the gray walls for some bright white ones (even though we recently painted them that color last fall).

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    I primed the walls first with some Kilz, which I never do, but I thought it might help to seal the walls better, since there seemed to be a hint of wallpaper paste leftover that condensed on the walls during showers. I’m pleased to report that it worked wonders 🙂 Yay for no more weird brown water spots!

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    We painted the entire bathroom white, and then repainted it…white. The first one was just off-the-shelf “White” by Valspar, which I thought would be best because I wanted the most normal white there was to pair with our even brighter “Ultra White” trim. Well, I hated it. It seemed like it had purpley-gray undertones, and completely clashed with our slightly off-white subway tile for the shower. So the second white I went with was Valspar’s Du Jour. You can see it here with our sample floor color underneath, trim color, and subway tile to the right –

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    This, I loved. It was not at all a cold white like the first one -it makes the bathroom seem fresh, brighter, and bigger!

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    The ceiling got a new coat too, and I was surprised at how much better it made the popcorn texture look. Not that I would ever really choose that texture if I had a choice…but a bright white popcorn ceiling is certainly an improvement over a poorly painted dingy white popcorn ceiling with splotches of beige scattered throughout. If this was our forever home, I would love to cover all of our ceilings with white painted wood panels for rustic/cottagey charm. But a fresh coat of white will definitely do for now! I also spray painted the rusted chrome fan white too, hoping that it would help it to blend in a little.

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    While we were at it, we replaced the ancient light switch –

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    Look at the craziness lurking behind this switch. I actually came very close to being electrocuted & that scared me enough to teach me a lesson! Don’t worry, I won’t do it again 😀

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    I never would have thought that a light switch could make me so happy…but it does 🙂

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    I think it’s interesting to see how a design plan changes as you go to adjust to reality & new ideas & surprises along the way. This plan has definitely changed a lot, from the very first idea with green glass tile and a vintage dresser-turned-vanity –

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    To our second plan, adjusting for the tile & vanity we found that fit in our budget –

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    And then realizing that the industrial vanity would look better navy blue

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    And finally (I hope!), changing the plan to white walls to accommodate our “new” wood floors –

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    I am so glad that things played out the way that they did, because I am SO much happier with this “final” plan than my original idea. I’m dying to show you our FINISHED floors!…but I’m saving it for my next post 🙂

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