One Room Challenge Week 3: Guest Bathroom Update

I’ve joined the One Room Challenge to update our Guest Bathroom and we are on week three of six weeks to complete a room, which I will share DIY updates along the way, saving the big reveal for week six! #oneroomchallenge

THE PROGRESS

Well as you can see, my to do list is as long as they come and I am on a short timeline to complete it all in a matter of weeks. 

  1. declutter & deep clean
  2. remove all wall fixtures & cabinet doors
  3. paint walls
  4. paint baseboards
  5. paint & seal vanity cabinet
  6. degloss, sand, and prime floor
  7. paint, stencil & seal floor
  8. install mirror
  9. install lighting
  10. install new hardware
  11. hang shower curtain
  12. install towel hooks & style shelves
  13. style counter

In case you missed it here are week 1 and week 2, and here is the inspiration for the bathroom update. Navy and mixed metals all the way! 

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BEFORE

As a reminder, here is the before photo. It’s not horrible, it’s just basic and BORING!

  

 

UPDATES

It is really starting to come together. The vanity is painted, sealed and dry. The walls have fresh paint and fixtures are ready to go. If you have been following along on Instagram, I put up a poll for you to vote on whether I should wallpaper behind the open shelving. You decided overwhelmingly that I SHOULD wallpaper so I added that project to the list. 

I posted a few different wallpaper samples and left it up to you to choose. I chose the most popular, but I am saving the photos for the final reveal!! (I will post the choices below and you can guess which one won!)

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By now the floor should be primed and baseboards touched up, but I haven’t started. I do non profit and accounting work by day which has been keeping me busy.

I am hoping to start on the floor priming and stenciling today and tomorrow. I know it will be the most time consuming part of this project, so I am budgeting my time accordingly.

In case you missed my Instagram posts about it, I chose the Cutting Edge Nola Stencil for the floor. It is a really thick, great quality stencil and came with full instructions and tips for using the stencil. I cannot wait for the floors to be finished. They are going to blow the room out of the water!

TIPS FOR STENCILING VINYL 

In preparation for my vinyl stenciling, I’ll leave you with some DIY tips to help you out. 

  • Clean floors with TSP (wear gloves and goggles). Wipe after with water on a microfiber cloth. 
  • Lightly sand vinyl floors and wipe again with damp microfiber cloth. Dry floors.
  • Prime with Sherwin Williams Floor and Porch primer. This was highly recommended to me for making sure the floors stay durable and don’t chip, bubble or peel. It is around $27 a can, but definitely worth the price. 
  • Stencil with General Finishes milk paint and a firm 5″ roller. I have done a ton of painting and General Finishes Milk Paint does a fantastic job with coverage and not showing brushstrokes or amateur painting mistakes. It is really forgiving. I just adore it. You can also now get it on Amazon which is awesome! (Disclosure* This is an Affiliate Link, but it won’t cost you more!)
  • Seal with Minwax Polycrylic Finish which can also be purchased at Sherwin Williams. I talked with the paint guys and discussed as well as tried samples of the Polycrylic (water based) and Polyurethane sealers and because the Polyurethane has a slight amber tint we agreed it was best to go with the Polycrylic because it is completely clear. With a few coats, it should hold up just as well. 
  • Have the proper supplies: large rolling tray for priming with liner, Handy Pro Pail and liner for the stencil paint color. To help out my super ambitious One Room Challenge, HANDy Paint was kind enough to gift me painting supplies- paint pail, liners, rolling tray, handy tray and liners. A HUGE shout out to HANDY PAINT for the swag– Thanks!! They loaded me up with all I will need to complete this project and I must say I am ecstatic. Clean up will be a breeze. And we all know I struggle with the clean up part.  (here’s a photo I snapped of my super helpful little with her paint pail!)
  • Do thin layers and wait for them to dry. Stenciling will inherently have a stenciled look- not completely filled in, a hand painted appearance. Use a little bit of paint at a time. Go back for more layers after it dries. Touch up any bleeding with your primer.
  • Use a dense firm roller instead of a fluffy roller. The firmer the less it will hold paint, meaning it won’t bleed and take forever to dry. Again, thin layers are best. 
  • To move along quicker, buy two identical stencils and work on every other block, painting yourself out of the room.

 

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Come back next Wednesday for a progress post and more stenciling tips. This week I’m going to finish painting and patching holes in the wall from previous fixtures. Check out my Instagram Stories to see updates and some DIY tips along the way!

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DIY Guest Bathroom Reno!- One Room Challenge Week 2

I’ve joined the One Room Challenge to update our Guest Bathroom and we are on week two of six weeks to complete a room, which I will share DIY updates along the way, saving the big reveal for week six!

THE PROGRESS

Well as you can see, my to do list is as long as they come and I am on a short timeline to complete it all in a matter of weeks.

  1. declutter & deep clean
  2. remove all wall fixtures & cabinet doors
  3. paint walls
  4. paint baseboards
  5. paint & seal vanity cabinet
  6. degloss, sand, and prime floor
  7. paint, stencil & seal floor
  8. install mirror
  9. install lighting
  10. install new hardware
  11. hang shower curtain
  12. install towel hooks & style shelves
  13. style counter

In case you missed it last week, here is the inspiration for the bathroom update. I am on a white and navy trend so I will be styling it accordingly. To save money, I am doing as many of the upgrades myself and for the few tasks I’ve never done, I will call in the help of one of the dad’s (both my dad and F-I-L were builders/contractors).

I will try to video/tutorial all of the bits and pieces so that after the reveal, I can post the how-to’s for you.

Guest Bathroom Update! Gold & Navy Bathroom Update - One Room Challenge from StampinFool.com

BEFORE

As a reminder, here is the before photo. BORING!

UPDATES

This week I checked off some of the cleaning and painting. Everything was prepped, cleaned, sanded and ready for paint. First coats have gone on. My helper had a little run in with the cabinet, but luckily we cleaned it up quite easily.

The shelving area is painted and I’m using it to hold supplies until I put the shelves back together and store the actual towels and guest bath toiletries.

Even though it is an awkward space it actually makes for great storage.

The second coat on the cabinets is dry and today I’ll put on a third coat and seal them. I’ll add hardware and put the doors back on.

I’m thrilled with the deep color. It’s the perfect navy for this bathroom.

PAINTING TIPS

I really love using General Finishes Milk Paint for furniture. For the vanity, I was going for Navy Blue. The General Finishes paint goes on really smooth, dries quickly and holds up well. It can be hard to find a smooth paint on wood. A lot of times the grain will show as texture in a negative way.

As far as DIY’ing goes, General Finishes is the way to go. You can brush, roll, or spray the paint on.

Also, to help out my super ambitious One Room Challenge, HANDy Paint was kind enough to gift me painting supplies- paint pail, liners, rolling tray, handy tray and liners. A HUGE shout out to HANDY PAINT for the swag– Thanks!! They loaded me up with all I will need to complete this project and I must say I am ecstatic. Clean up will be a breeze. And we all know I struggle with the clean up part.

Alright, on to my painting tips:

  1. Tape. Tape off the floor and walls. In these photos I haven’t yet taped, but before getting close to the walls and floor, I taped with Scotch Blue Painters Tape.
  2. Arm yourself with good supplies. See below.
  3. Wooster Brush. Best. Can’t beat it. I have a 2″ and a 3″ angled brush.
  4. Handy Paint Pail with liners. Not only the perfect size for DIY projects, the clear liners make it easy to custom mix color and be able to see the color. And even better, they added a magnet to the inside top to hold the brush. GENIUS.
  5. Thin, even coats of paint. Paint in the same direction with long strokes. Don’t worry if it looks like it doesn’t fully cover. By the third coat it should have full coverage with no problems.
  6. Smooth out any blobs and drips right away.

Come back next Wednesday for a progress post. This week I’m going to finish painting and caulking and hopefully hang some of the fixtures. Check out my Instagram Stories to see updates and some DIY tips along the way!

Check out progress from featured designers below, and don’t miss out on the guest participants!

The Guest Bathroom is Getting an Update!- One Room Challenge Week 1- The Before and The Plan

Hello, Hello. I am at it again. Last month I added a faux marble finish to the fire place surround and this month I’ve decided to join the One Room Challenge. I’ll have six weeks to complete a room, which I will share DIY updates along the way, saving the big reveal for week six!

If you found me through ORC, welcome! I’m April and for the past year, I’ve been feverishly redecorating our colonial style house in Williamsburg, VA. After changing decor and trying out new things, I found that I really enjoy simple modern and scandinavian inspiration. Monochromatic makes me feel calm and orderly. I also enjoy purging things from the house regularly. 

I’m always down to the wire, so why no put on the pressure and get this thing started.

THE BEFORE

Welcome to the guest bathroom. Well, it is actually the upstairs hall bathroom, which my little one uses. It is also connected to the guest room, but we never have guests because the guest room is full of both my husband and I’s DIY crap.

The room isn’t that bad. A few years ago I blogged about painting the honey oak cabinets light blue and changing out the shower curtain. It is still a pretty basic builder guest bathroom with the original mirror, fixtures and not a lot of wow.

THE PLAN

The challenge is that the guest bathroom has two doors and a window, leaving little to no wall space for practical use. Where do you hang a towel? Toilet paper? Nope. I will be solving those issues with the update and knocking the design portion out of the park using mixed metals and navy.

Here is the inspiration for the guest bathroom. I LOVE black, gold and silver so using all of them sparingly is definitely a must. And while I am on a navy kick, painting the kitchen cabinets navy would be too bold of a statement so the bathroom is the perfect place to add a sophisticated touch to a currently 90’s looking bathroom.

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Sources:

Vanity Paint in Coastal  |  Floor Stencil: Cutting Edge Nola  |  Mirror  | Lighting  |  Pulls  |  Shelf  |  Plant  |  Baskets  |  Curtain  |

TO DO

  1. declutter & deep clean
  2. remove all wall fixtures & cabinet doors
  3. paint walls
  4. paint baseboards
  5. paint & seal vanity cabinet
  6. degloss, sand, and prime floor
  7. paint, stencil & seal floor
  8. install mirror
  9. install lighting
  10. install new hardware
  11. hang shower curtain
  12. install towel hooks & style shelves
  13. style counter

I can’t wait to share more with you as I finalize the finishes and pull the whole look together!

Come back next Thursday for a progress post. I’m going to start taking down all of the current fixtures, shelves and curtains. Check out my Instagram Stories to see the progress and some DIY tips along the way!

Check out progress from featured designers below, and don’t miss out on the guest participants!

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DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace Update

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

Welcome to the August Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. This month I chose to recreate a DIY Faux Marble Fireplace by updating our slate fireplace with faux marble contact paper. Keep reading & make sure you check out some of the other projects linked at the bottom of this post. I challenge you to DO one of the pins you’ve pinned lately! Make Pinterest count. #pinterestchallenge

A few months ago I started searching “marble contact paper” on Pinterest for ideas of how to use it. It is all the rage right now in the DIY decorating world. Decorators are putting it on everything from cabinet faces to lining pantry shelves to nightstand drawer accents. It has popped up everywhere and I wanted on this bandwagon NOW!

We have a gas fireplace, that we never use, might I add. It has a black slate hearth and border with white craftsman-ish trim. I ordered this Marble Contact Paper and plastic scraper from Amazon {affiliate link, don’t worry you won’t be charged extra} to install the faux marble. The contact paper is very shiny and thick. I was expecting it to be like shelf liner, but it is much thicker like Silhouette vinyl and durable. As for the scraper, I use them for everything- cleaning pans, scraping kid food off floor, and in this project {DIY Table Makeover with General Finishes Paint} I used the scraper to prep our kitchen table for painting.

Here is the before photo:

It was a pretty simple update. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Measure the slate fireplace surround. Measure the width across the top and the length of each of the slate pieces.
  2. Cut contact paper to size leaving a 1/4″ to 1/2″ extra buffer.
  3. Apply top contact paper first. Start in one corner and work your way across the top piece. Use the scraper to push the paper against the trim. (There is a small gap between our trim and slate, so I pushed the contact paper into the gap and tucked it under the trim).
  4. Smooth out any bubbles with your hand and press firmly to adhere the faux marble contact paper.
  5. With a razor blade or X-acto knife, trim the excess contact paper. Start by trimming the top right over the existing lines of the slate. Trim out the corners.
  6. Lastly, stick the blade into the very top of the vertical piece and carefully drag the blade down the entire length of the fireplace, resting the side of the blade on the existing slate as a guide. This creates a precise line, but does not leave any paper over or underlapping. (This seems wordy- better description: As if you are cutting wrapping paper, stick in the scissors and just slide them to the top instead of chomping with them. In this case, work from top to bottom).
  7. After cutting to size and applying all three pieces of contact paper, give the whole thing another good press to seal and tuck in any last corners and cut any excess off the bottom.

IN PROGRESS CLOSE UP

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AFTER

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What do you think of this DIY version of a Faux Marble Fireplace update? It turned out great. It brightens the room up and will look even better after I paint the surrounding wall bright white.

It has been installed for a little over a month now and has handled little kid beatings like a champ. The baby likes to rub her little fingers over the seams and she has yet to pull it off so it’s a win in my book.

Below I will link the supplies again and the other Blogs to check out for inspiration for your next project.

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Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Alexandra – Eye Love Knots
Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey • Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Kristie – Teadoodles
Beverly – Across the Boulevard • Katrin – Kreativ K
Debra – Shoppe No. 5
Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Emily – Domestic Deadline • April – Stampin Fool
Chelsea – Making Manzanita • 
Julie – Sum of their Stories • T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet
Michelle – Our Crafty Mom • Lisa – Blogghetti
Marie – The Inspiration Vault • Kelley – Simply Inspired Meals
Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz • Shirley – Intelligent Domestications
Habiba – Craftify My Love • Marci – Stone Cottage Adventures
Kenyatta – My Design Rules • Kelli – The Olympic Nest
Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Terri – Our Good Life
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen


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