Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Teeny-Tiny bathroom makeover: the walls

After Dad had removed all the unwanted elements from Teeny-Tiny's bathroom, I prepped the room to paint it. I took the doors off the vanity, took the towel bar and toilet paper holder down and taped off the door frame and tub. Then I primed everything using the same no-VOC  primer that I had used in the baby's room. 
 I decided to paint the bathroom the same color grey as the bedroom for two reasons. First, I liked the idea of continuity between the two spaces, since they are adjoining. Second, I had plenty leftover from painting the room and using the same color (aka saving money) was quite appealing. 
 Before painting, I did some light sanding where the light fixture and mirror used to hang. I didn't want the outline of either to be seen through the paint, so I sanded to make the transition unnoticeable. 
 Another decision that we made was to add wainscoting to the bottom half of the wall. Whomever installed the sink previously had cut a huge chunk out of the wall because the vanity top was too long. Since the wall are textured, patching the hole would have been very noticeable. The next best option was to cover it up. Plus, for such a small space, the bead board  would add a little interest at a low price. 
 My dad used liquid nails and his compressor to affix the paneling to the wall. It took him about an hour to hang all the boards in the small space. When he got to the point of the room that housed the mirrored medicine cabinet, he asked me what my plans were for it. Not being a big fan of mirrored cabinets, I had a vague idea of covering it with a picture and frame. However, Dad suggested pulling the whole thing out and building recessed shelves in the opening- a much better option in my book!
 So, out came the medicine cabinet and up went the wainscoting!
 After my dad finished the wall, I filled in any nail holes with spackle and then sanded everything down.  Then I painted the paneling with the same white paint also used in the bedroom.   Aaand, that's your bathroom update for now! 

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