Prepping Guest Bath for Makeover

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Why is it taking me so long to finish posting about our bathroom makeover?!?  I mean seriously, it took a week to complete and over 8 months to post!  Wow, crazy.  Anyways, when I last left you hanging 2 weeks ago on my guest bath updates, I had a bad case of “claw hand” and was slowly cutting away the remnants of wall paper along the molding and bead-board.  After hours of tedious work, the wall paper was completely gone and we were left with a few gouge lines and cut marks along the trim.

Ready to caulk

I grabbed a bottle of white paint-able caulking and went to work filling in all the gaps and crevices.  Being a novice with most things home improvement I was not really sure what I was doing, but overall it was a pretty easy and fast process, although messy.

Caulking the guest bath bead board

I would squeeze out a line of caulk and then using a paper towel or my bare finger I would smooth it out and wipe off any excess goop.

Re-caulking the bathroom wainscoating

And the finished product looks so amazing.  I can’t believe what a difference some caulking can make!

Beautiful new caulk line on wainscoating

I also walked around with some spackling paste and filled in any other small holes along the walls.  Crisp, clean and ready to be painted!

Clean bathroom walls ready for some fresh paint

Well, almost ready to be painted at least.  While the caulking and small spackle spots dried, I went to tackle the larger patch job that needed to happen above the sink.  You may remember the bar light with exposed light bulbs that ran along the wall.  Upon removing it , we discovered that we were left with a couple big holes.  Bummer.

Bathroom re-do in progress

I knew these holes were not going to be as easy to fix, but it was too late to turn back now.  So off to Home Depot again we went.

Patching holes to paint walls

We found this wall patch kit and decided to give it a try, along with our spackle and a sanding square.

Hole patching tools

The first step was to cut a square patch of the plaster mesh large enough to cover each hole and then some to make sure it have coverage to attach to the wall.

Hole patching in the guest bathroom

Next I laid the patch on the wall with the hole in the middle.  It is slightly sticky so it stayed in place while I grabbed my water bottle.

Patching holes before painting

Now it was time to mist the entire patch to wet the built in plaster.  Using my hand I rubbed the entire surface gently to activate and adhere.

Patching the guest bath wall

Once it was blended in, it was time to add the spackle.  Here is where the problem started.

Hole patching in the guest bath

We have textured walls and no matter how hard I tried, I could not mimic the texture pattern with free handing it.  I should have stopped and gone back to get a texturing kit or something, but I decided I could wing it.

Patching holes from removed light fixture

Once dry, I opted to try sanding down the whole area, hoping it might blend a bit better.  While that did help a little, it is quite noticeable that the texture is missing in the area of those two patches.  Oh well, you live and learn right?  And with the new light fixture over the top it will be less noticeable…hopefully.

Patching holes before painting- remember to sand it!

On to painting…..

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