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.