Give a guest loo a makeover
About 5 months after we had bought the house and moved in, our first 'official' head to toe remodel took place. By then we were getting a better idea about money as new homeowners and realized we had a little wriggle room to do things to the house.
I have a thing with bathrooms. I am in them a lot (Pregnancy, potty training... you get it) and I just love a good lookin' bathroom. I think I got this obession from my grandma, who would often theme her bathrooms. Her egyptian bathroom always topped my list.
I knew exactly how I wanted my half bath to look and feel. It was going to look just like this inspiring place in Greece that always takes my breath away (and that I will someday visit):
GOOD TO KNOW
If you go into remodelling or redecorating a room with a theme, picture, style, or colour scheme in mind beforehand it will go A LOT smoother and most likely turn out just like you could have ever hoped for. Sketch it on paper, get some samples together, or you can just imagine it in your head, like me!
Paint the room before you put up the moulding.
I painted the blue before any construction was started. This way you won't have to tape things off. If you can, remove the toilet and sink before you install the moulding.
Apply No More Nails to the boards and then press it firmly againts the wall.
I never realized how much finishing there was. This is the one moment when I wished I could hire someone (but again, it is sooo worth it after it is done and you save hundreds!). It takes a lot of patience, a lot of time, and tons of detail work.
The sealing, sanding and painting can either make or break your project. Spend the extra time to do an extra detailed job so your work will turn out professional looking.
Fill in all corners and edges of the board with acrylic sealer . I found that using my finger to smooth it out made a cleaner finish.
Painting... oh the painting. Brush strokes and roller lines are a bad word for my husband, and a big pet peeve! I used a foam roller over the wall and board, a brush to fill in the grooves, then a foam roller over the brush strokes to smooth it over. I also used a small roller for the detailed boards.
I made sure to use a sheen paint because it was in the bathroom and that has worked out really great. Just wash off water spots and dirt and looks good as new.