Painting the Guest Bathroom Green

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I’m back with another edition of the slowest blog post series ever seen.  Once the wall paper was removed and the holes patched, it was time to start painting.  For this room I decided on Glidden Hazy Sage color matched in Behr interior Semi-gloss paint with primer.

Choosing paint colors- try lots of samples

I wanted the guest bath to have a calming, spa feel to it.  My inspiration came from this room from Better Homes & Garden.  I love the calm green walls, dark cabinets and open shelving.  Peaceful and clean.

Guest Bath Inspiration 2

So I grabbed a sample can of Hazy Sage and put a spot on the wall to see how it looked .  This is one of the few rooms in our house where a second sample was not necessary.  I immediately knew this was the color I was looking for.

Guest bath medicine cabinet before

On with the painting…I love this color!

Painting our guest bath sage green

Once all the edges were cut in, it was time to tackle the cabinets next. I’ll back back soon with an update on how they turned out!  Anyone else tackling a bathroom facelift recently?

Painting bathroom cabinets for an upgraded look


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…..


Guest Bath Update: Removing Wall Paper

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This post is long overdue.  One of the first things we accomplished after moving into our new house was to update the guest bathroom.  Being that Alex uses this as his bathroom (yes we have separate bathrooms and it is fabulous), I wanted to find a soothing look to match his style and work for guests.  First things first, in order to paint we had to remove the wall paper.  Here are a couple before pictures, of the sink area with medicine cabinet…

Guest Bath Vanity Before

The toilet cubby….

Guest Bath Toliet Before

And another angle from the door.

Guest Bath Room Before

We decided to use the same method of using fabric softener mixed with water to remove wallpaper in this room.  Step one in this method is to remove the top layer of the wall paper.

How to remove wall paper with fabric softener

Once the top layer is all removed, we started the harder part of spraying with our water & fabric softener mixture and peeling the glued on under layer off the walls.

Guest Bathroom Makeover in Progress

Finally, the blank walls came shiny through, with one little problem…

Wall paper free walls using fabric softener

It appears that the wall paper was in place before the crown moulding and wainscoting were installed.

Stubborn wall paper

Those pesky wall paper remnants were not going down without a fight.

Stubborn wall paper to remove

So on to the most tedious step, using a box cutter to slowly work my way around the room and cut out those last scraps of wall paper.  Many hand cramps and a stiff neck later, the wall paper will finally say goodbye.

Using a razor blade to remove edges of wall paper stuck under trim