Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Painting the Bathroom and Entryway -- a waytoolong project

We have had plans for the outdated wallpaper in our house since before it was our house. It was not a priority, and that's why it's been two years. But this summer I got the redecorating itch. My Tracy said once, "you kids really like to paint huh?" He was right, I guess. It's not so much the work I like but the finished product. And I was really tired of the mauve seashells in my bathroom. REALLY tired.

The entry wallpaper wasn't TOO awful....

...until I accidentally (on purpose) hung our Christmas cards on it with double-sided tape.

So, first step: what's the best way to remove the wallpaper? Don't. Paint over it with oil-based primer. Stink! That was an all-day project that involved ridding the house of children. I think that was around May.

Here's a tidbit of information for you to file away. Oil-based paint does not come off of human skin. Or ceramic tile. Or solid-surface countertops. Still looking for a solution to the last two, but thankfully the human body regenerates skin in a timely fashion, so the paint wore off my hands (and a few places on my legs and ankles) in about 5 days. I'm not even kidding.

Step Two: determine if it's possible to just paint over the primed wallpaper without showing the imperfections in the wall or paper. It wasn't.

Step Three: Retexture the walls. No small feat. But with lots of painting professionals and experienced DIY-ers in my circle of acquaintance, I gathered the knowledge and tools necessary. For free, thanks to two generous neighbors! This was mid-July..

I do realize that this is a picture of a blank white wall. Hopefully you can see the texture in the photo.

The kids thought it was funny that mommy was standing on the countertop.

And finally, step 4: Paint! We went with "Willow Tree", a grayish green that goes well in both spaces.

In one small stroke of insanity, we let the kids paint for a few minutes. They had fun, and didn't make too big a mess. Carly did NOT like getting paint on her hands, just like her mama!

The finished Entryway:

And, the Bathroom!

The countertops, cabinets, and fixtures will eventually change as well, if we stay in this house long enough.

I tried to get a good picture of the view from the master bedroom, since it's all open. It's hard to get the lighting right to take a picture of an open doorway! But here it is:

I still need to rehang the art and frames on the walls, but you can see the difference a little work (ok, it was a LOT of work) makes! We just finished this last Saturday, the 21st of August.


Shelly said...

Looks great!! Mineral Spirit (paint thinner) takes oil based paint off of human skin and surfaces. Something I've learned over the years of our remodeling projects :)

The Gentry's said...

That looks great, Lexi! It's amazing what paint can do:)

Strange family said...

looks good!

Jill said...

Looks great!

Melanie from The Pigg Pen said...

Looks great! I like the color a lot. To get the paint of the countertops and tiles, maybe try a Mr. Clean magic eraser? I'm always amazed at what that thing can do. Just a thought.

SisterOne said...

Love, love, LOVE the color! AND the texture! Looks super!