I’m so excited to share my master bathroom reveal for Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge! I hesitated to join in, but I’m so glad I did. It’s been a rough road, I won’t lie, and this past week has been the toughest week of them all. A lot of blood, sweat and
tears beers (ok, wine),went into completing this project under the six week time schedule. But, I did it, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. My only regret is that I procrastinated finishing this space for such a long time – it finally feels like a tranquil master bathroom that I’ve been envisioning.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
I’m going to take you way back to when our master bathroom had wallpaper (the devil’s handiwork). I think this picture was taken before we moved in to the house nearly five years ago.
I have spoke of our “space age” shower before, and while it’s not my taste, it’s not in the plans to tear it out, so this is a “love the one you’re with” makeover. My goal is to distract the eye from the tile.
Last year, I had started the wallpaper removal process, but that’s where it ended. The walls were a hot mess, and I avoided them like the plague. Repairing damaged walls ranks right up there with a root canal, and you know how I feel about dental work. Sedate me and wake me up when it’s over.
Well, those days are over. Here is our master bathroom now – with a new lease on life.
|I just noticed that the bottom drawer in the vanity is crooked! Letting it go for right now because those drawers and that hardware were big swearing points for me.|
The wall color is Gray Wisp by Benjamin Moore. It’s almost a perfect match to Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage. I’ll admit, I had a last minute panic attack about the color. I had purchased the paint awhile ago, and when I went to paint the walls, the paint had turned to sludge
since I’m a dummy and left it in the garage over the winter. Since I had to buy new paint anyway, I almost changed the color. Thankfully, my friend Cyndy, at The Creativity Exchange, talked me down off the wall, and encouraged me to stay the course.
The lights were a big splurge for me, since I had a hard time finding anything locally that I really loved, that didn’t cost a fortune. Granted, they were about the same price as some fixtures that I saw in local lighting stores, I love the way they look, and they give off amazing light as well.
Did I mention that I installed them myself? Yes, indeed!
I love the pattern that the rug brings to the bathroom, and the fact that it hides the tile is a bonus. I scored this beauty at the Ballard Outlet that isn’t far from me, for a cool $65 on a 50% off sale. The mirrors are from the Grandin Road Outlet (right next to Ballard), and I purchased both of them for less than $250. I like the scalloped edges – they work with the other rounded edges in this space.
And then there’s the window – I decided to paint out the frame to reflect the color of the vanity, and keep your eye moving
away from the tile.
I know this photo seems pretty underwhelming, but let me remind you of where it began.
This is the best outcome I’ve had with wallpaper removal, even if it was a grueling process. I will have to share my steps with you once I unwind. I essentially ended up skim coating the walls to fix the damage, but they really turned out nicely. It makes all of that work worthwhile.
A few things that I knew about myself were reinforced in this process:
- I am an epic procrastinator, and also a serious under-estimator (I always think things will get done faster than the time it actually takes). I am pretty sure that I’m one of the last of the participants to finish this task.
- I am not made for one of those design challenge shows – I would crack under the pressure, and I would break out with stress zits, which would not make for pretty television.
- I think I’m developing man hands from all of my power tool usage.
- I get projects done when the deadlines are imposed by someone else, other than me.
- The rest of my house is a total train wreck due to my laser focus on the master bathroom.
- When I get frustrated, I swear. A lot. And drink wine. And eat chocolate.