- sanding uneven wall texture to even it out
- finishing a ceiling that was stuck up by remodelers years ago but never completed
- adjusting two light fixtures that were hanging all sideways
- scraping, patching, caulking, sealing, priming, and painting baseboards and door trim
- cleaning doors and walls before priming and painting
- sanding and smoothing out cabinet doors which had built-up stenciled paint all over them
- patching walls where decals were removed, which ripped huge holes in the paint underneath
- glitter. so much glitter. glitter everywhere.
First of all, this room is shaped really weirdly, and it's really hard to photograph!
This is a fairly decent representation of the new wall color, though, and shows part of what my roomie and I call The Poop Cave.
|Still Life w/ Ladder & Wonky Art, 2017|
The Poop Cave even has a window, so your neighbors can watch you poop! Okay, not really - the glass is frosted, and there's a giant tree right outside.
I've debated putting up a wee curtain here, but I think I'll cover the whole thing in hanging plants.
Art + towel rack = o_O
|Look, Nan: flip-flops!|
I'm not sure what to call the wall color. I mixed it using Sherwin Williams' "Tradewinds" and Behr's "Fresh Thyme Green." The result came out almost identical to SW's "Comfort Gray" (which is green!), except it's more on the minty side.
It's actually precisely the same color as Baskin Robbins' Daiquiri Ice sherbet/sorbet, which pleases me to an unusual degree.
Now for the BEFORE pictures!
As always, I forgot to take before pictures, so these are mid-project.
This is...purple as fuck. The previous painter mixed sand into the purple paint to create a sandy texture, and then went over the walls with gold glitter. The sand was a neat effect - I'd seen the idea on tv, and always wondered how it felt in real life.
You can also see the 1984 shell-sink molded vanity in a lovely shade of "was this beige once??" It's super yellowy, and as far as I can tell, it's supposed to be (no amount of cleaning/bleaching/ scrubbing/scraping has changed it).
I sanded every inch of these walls before cleaning and priming, to knock back some of the over-textured areas (I literally cut my elbow on the wall once, I'm not kidding) and balance them out a bit with the bare spots. I could have scraped the walls completely clean and re-textured them from scratch, but...nuh-uh. Do not want. So my entire life was covered in purple dust with gold glitter in it for like a week.
The Poop Cave cabinet doors had been stenciled with silver acrylic paint. It was a pretty effect, but the cabinets needed cleaning and repair, and updating. I sanded the doors smooth to knock down the edges of the stenciling, and just painted over it.
I also removed the knobs and patched the holes. Again - neat effect having them in the center of the doors, but it was way too high to reach comfortably.
This is what I mean by a weirdly-shaped bathroom. If I remember correctly, it was actually a huge rectangle, once - if you imagine away the closets and take the walls back into a more regular shape, and add a tub and separate shower. At one point, the room was remodeled, and the tub and shower were replaced with a single, HUGE, walk-in shower with a bench, and these two closets. It's actually a fantastic space to use, as odd as it seems. I love having a bathroom large enough to walk around in; and the closet duo means that we have a ridiculous amount of space in which to store various linens and craft stuff (the master bedroom is our craft room, just like at the old house).
The only thing I don't like is where the bathroom door and the Poop Cave doors meet up. That's just a recipe for smacking yourself in the face, that is. It may not be everybody's first choice, but, I took the door off the Poop Cave. It's safer, door-smacking-wise, and lets more light into the bathroom from the window during the day.
I love the way this color looks with both the silver fixtures and brushed-gold frames and accessories.
And the mirror, apparently, since I re-did this room like three weeks ago and still haven't wiped off that paint smear.
The floor tile (and shower tile) is a warm, yellow-beige, just like the vanity.
The only other consideration I bothered with in mixing the color was that it be something that coordinated with my roommate's gorgeous cotton shower curtain from World Market. We both love the way this works.
The only thing I don't have a pic of (because my phone just *cannot* for some reason) is the ceiling. Yeah, it's just white. But when this room was remodeled umpteen years ago, the ceiling was never finished. Not all the seams were taped, the joint between the ceiling boards and the wall boards wasn't sealed, and there were still grease-pen markings all over the ceiling from the workers who cut and installed it - arrows and measurements and such. The bathroom itself took me about three days, but one of those days was just the ceiling: cleaning, sealing, taping & floating, caulking, priming, painting. I used to get so MAD while I was taking a shower, looking up at those measurements. Now it's fresh and white and smooth. Ahhhh.
There are plenty more things, both done and yet to do. I'm hoping over the weekend that I can at least post about a couple of smaller projects I've been working on, if not have a new, huge one to show you (I have five days off, after all).
IN the meantime, happy holidays, if holidays are your thing.