Thursday, April 24, 2014

Night Scape

I have been MIA lately and I wish I had a great reason for it but I don't. As I was thinking of excuses of why I haven't written a blog post in the last month, I just kept picturing the inconsiderate, unforgiving, Texas hater, Nice policeman that gave Devin a second ticket for not having an updated Oklahoma license and registration. When Devin tried explaining himself ('We just moved here', 'we're busy', 'Please forgive me for my sins') the cop responded with 'All I hear are bad excuses,' and wrote the ticket. Ouch.

I promise I'll do better. On my last 2 posts, I mentioned that I'd share what our half bath looks like now, so I'm here to deliver. This bathroom was by far the most painful and time consuming room in the house (besides the kitchen cabinets of course). Who knew such a tiny room could pack such a big punch? Maybe that's why I waited so long to write a blog post....I didn't want to revisit the pain. We'll get to the details but first I need to share a few BEFORE pictures:

The wallpaper was golf themed. It even came with a golf course border.. Augusta, St. Andrews and the whole gang were there.

In the kitchen we textured right over the wallpaper, but I figured we'd try removing it here since this was such a small room. That was a horribly bad idea.

We started out using a steamer, trying to peel off the top layer of the wallpaper. It was coming off in huge strips so I was feeling really good about the situation.

And then we got to the backing.

 We tried every technique in the book to get this stuff off the walls. Steamer, water, sponge, fabric softener, beer (just kidding), and the list goes on. It was coming off in teeny tiny little strips.
We found that a trowel worked best scraping it off, after we soaked it with a sponge. Every now and then, we'd get lucky removing a larger strip but that was few and far between.

 The backing took us days to remove. This turned into one of those projects where we would work for a few hours, get tired and irritated, and then start all over again the next day. When the torture was finally over and we got to the bare walls, we removed brass light fixture so that we could get it out of the way before texturing and also replace it with a new little gem we found at Lowe's.

Texturing was pretty easy in this room since I mastered the process in the kitchen. My biggest hurdle was doing it in the dark (remember...since we just took the light out). Picture me with a trowel in my right hand and the flashlight shining on my iphone in my left hand. I'm pretty coordinated. I basically followed the same texturing steps that we took in the kitchen, minus having to fill in wallpaper seams since we were obviously working with bare walls.

We waited about 24 hours to let that dry and were ready for paint.

I was debating for a while on paint colors in here. My initial thought was something neutral. I taped some color swatches of greys and tans on the wall and they just weren't tickling my fancy. Rooms like this are perfect candidates for fun pops of color since they're so small and won't overwhelm you. This room connects to the light blue laundry room however, so I didn't want to go crazy making our house look like skittles. (Taste the rainbow.) So my next idea was to try a slightly darker shade of blue in the same family as the laundry room. It would still provide color but it would blend well with the existing colors. I grabbed a bunch of swatches, picked the best blue and off to Lowe's I went.

Here's where it went wrong. The color I chose was Valspar Aqua Dance which was the middle color on the color swatch. The Lowe's guy thought I pointed at the the darkest color on the color swatch (It's called Night Scape in case your curious. Yes, it's as dark as it sounds.) We got home not realizing the color mistake and I started painting away. For about 2 hours. Let me remind you again of the light situation in the bathroom= zero light= I had no idea it was the wrong color even after I started painting. Devin walked in to check out my progress and immediately noticed how dark it was. At that point, I was already too tired of this tiny bathroom taking so long, and too invested in the two hours of painting I had already done, so we just went with it.

 I used Valspar's virtual painter to give a visual. Here's what we originally chose: Aqua Dance

And here's what we got: Night Scape

We actually don't mind Night Scape, it's just not what we chose. I don't tend to select colors that dark on my own so it kind of pushed my painting envelope a bit. I was fine with the color for a few hours but started resenting it after maybe the third or fourth coat of paint. Maybe that's why I don't choose dark colors. But we prevailed and finally finished the room.

We also painted all the brass fixtures and mirror silver with our buddy, Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint in Satin Nickel.
Shout out to Leigh for the adorbs monogrammed Pottery Barn towels that she gave us for a wedding gift.

Don't you love our new light fixture?? It's quite the improvement from what we had before.

We had a little Night Scape left so we painted the oak coat hanger in the laundry room to tie in the colors even more

I found this PRECIOUS rug at Tar-Jay. And that was AFTER I picked the colors. It almost looks like I planned the laundry/bath colors around the rug. Can I say SCORE?!!

While we are done with the walls, we can't call the room done quite yet. Here's what we still have in the queue:
  • Get rid of the seashell sink. We've been eyeing something like THIS at Lowe's that we'll probably replace it with. It's small scale and super cheap.
  • Replace the tile. That's a longer term goal but ideally we'd like to have hardwoods or laminate flooring throughout most of the house.
  • Add crown molding. This should be decently easy considering this room is so small and is a perfect rectangle.
  • Replace the mirror. We spray painted it as a temporary fix. I love this one and this one and this one but it'll all depend on how it looks with our new vanity.

So that's it! Our Night Scape bathroom. I'd take Night Scape over an Augusta Golf bathroom any day. 

Now I can't WAIT to show you some of the furniture we've purchased. That's up next.

Adios Amigos!

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