I can’t express to you the time I spent on this bathroom. Much of the delay was due to poor timing and personal things going on, but this bathroom was put on the Earth to haunt me. I absolutely love this client, and she is so incredibly kind and flexible. This bathroom needed a complete overhaul. We decided to work with most of the pieces that were in the bathroom: the pre-existing toilet, vanity and tub. We wanted to keep this project in expensive. Here is what the bathroom looked like before:
There was a very outdated wall medicine cabinet, with the old 1980’s light fixture, which needed to be removed to bring this bathroom up to date. It was the first thing to come down!
As you can see there is wallpaper…. everywhere. This was both good and bad. The Vinyl layer of the wallpaper came off very easily HOWEVER, the paper underneath was adhered to the wall with superhuman powers. It was evident that they had used wheat paste, and the paper was put up 30 years ago….. needless to say the paper and glue would not budge. It required A LOT of products, scraping, and sanding. This prep work took up most of the time. Another problem I ran into was the border that was laid on top of the wallpaper. It was double duty at the top of the walls, and I had to be extremely careful not to ruin the edge that ran along the ceiling.
Once the walls could breathe they were patched, washed, and ready to go, paint went up! In order to pull in the grey tones of the toilet and tub, I chose Benjamin Moore “Timberwolf,” pictured below. It was important that we used the kitchen and bath brand of Benjamin Moore to reduce mildew build up on the walls.
Timber Wolf is a very popular color by Benjamin Moore, and works well with a variety of color tones. Since the baseboard looked quite old, I thought it was best to paint the baseboard the same color as the walls. This allowed it to have a facelift of its own and it also blended in with the wall, which made it less of an eyesore.
The vanity was in excellent shape, and its countertop worked well with all of the colors. I thought it would be best to paint the vanity to give it a new look. For this I used Annie Sloan chalk paint “Graphite.”
I actually HATE this image (above) because it is not a black. It actually has a lead pencil look to it. This image has it coming across as black. Here is what it looked liked once I painted it, used a sealant, and new hardware:
So there you have it. Issues aside, the bathroom came out great, and the client was happy!