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Monday
Mar172014

Master Bath

You guys.  I like being honest and open with you about "real life", but as I was reviewing pics for this post, I have decided there is such a thing (as far as pictures go) as too much honesty!  Let's just say that when I removed the wallpaper in the master bath, I found a significant amount of damage and mold.  If you desperately need to see this nastiness, email me and I will send you pics.  Otherwise, just trust me.  It was awful!

But now it is lovely!

And, because we all love a good before and after pic, here you go!

Ummmm, not sure what happened with the quality of that before photo, but I have very limited time this morning, so I am going to leave it. Please forgive me!

This project took me 10 days.  It probably only took about 15 hours, but when you spread that out in 30-90 minute increments, you come up with 10 days.  If you have a completely free weekend, you could definitely knock this out.

Again, I am not going to show you all the pics, but you will get an idea of what I was dealing with in the next pic.  Here are the steps I took to get the bathroom from "before" to "after".  1) Remove all wallpaper and glue (took three days). 2) Remove all mold and seal with Kilz primer (took two days). 3) Repair all holes in drywall (took two days). 4) Replace trim where it had rotted (took one day--it was the first time I had ever used my miter box to actually miter anything! I generally just use it as a chop saw.  I learned a lot, and I will be much faster next time!) 5) Paint ceiling and walls (took one day). 6) Cut, paint, and hang shelves (took one day).

Here are some pics of steps one through four. This is pretty gross--sorry!

This is step five.  Such a difference with just a couple coats of paint! I always say, "The quickest and cheapest way to transform a room is with a gallon of paint." This room is proof of that!

I have a bunch of pics of step six, because, to me, this was a huge part of the room, and it was practically free! I really wanted some thick, dark-stained, wood shelves over the toilet.  I figured I could make my own for about $25/shelf (that includes the brackets), but I am trying to complete the entire master bed/bath for under $500, and even though $75 for shelves is a pretty good deal, I decided to save my money, for things like drapes, etc.!, and just recycle some old shelves.

I had these shelves that I garbage picked from a neighbor last fall.  They are solid wood and they were the right depth.  All I needed to do was cut the length.

 

Since I wanted dark-stained shelves, I decided to paint them and give them a faux wood look.

For the first coat, I used a medium brown, and I just left if very streak-y.

For the second coat, I mixed light tan, dark brown, and a metallic bronze color.  I just brushed a little of one color on the board, dipped the same brush in the next color and brushed it on the board, etcetera, until I achieved the desired affect.  (You do have to be careful with this step, because you can end up mixing your colors too much, and then it will just look like a brown mess!) I like the way they turned out!

 

While my shelves were drying, I started thinking about how I would "style" my shelves, and since it was almost 50 degrees on this particular day, I gathered up some items and took them to the garge for a couple coats for spray paint.  Keep in mind, I have a very small budget, and I didn't want/need to purchase anything new for the shelves.  Here are a some of the things I knew I could use.

These little jars needed a good cleaning first!  They have been sitting (unused!) on a shelf for a few years!

My shelves were dry and ready to hang.  The only problem was, I apparently purchased a cheap brand of anchors, and they kept breaking!  I was so discouraged!  It had been TEN DAYS since I started the project, and I just wanted it to be done!  Unfortunately, I had no more time that day.  I only allowed myself 30 minutes to hang the shelves (because, I didn't anticipate the anchors breaking!), and after 30 minutes, I only had one shelf hung.  I took a pic and posted it on FB with an "almost done!" caption, and then I headed to the elementary school to teach a fine arts lesson for my son's class.  ***I do not know much about fine art, but our school, like many, has a Fine Arts Explorers program that is PHENOMENAL, and they just need parent volunteers to teach the lesson.  If you do not have a lot of time but still want to volunteer in your child's class, I HIGHLY recommend something like this!  I probably spent four hours total going over all the provided material and preparing the art project, and one hour teaching it.  The kids had a blast, and we all learned something new!  In case you're wondering, my lesson was on the artist Faith Ringgold, and we focused on her "story quilts". All that to say, I was so close to being finished with the project, but I was out of time for the day.  Off to school I went.

Here is where I left the project.

And when I came home after school with the kiddos, this is what I found!

Eeeeeeee!  My incredibly thoughtful husband went out on his lunch break and grabbed some better anchors and hung the shelves for me while I was gone! I love him!!! 

Here are some beauty shots.

I LOVE how this basket turned out!  

And how about these jars?!


The shelf brackets are from Hobby Lobby.  It's hard to tell in the pic, but I chose them because they were brown and they were the right size!

Here is the price breakdown for this project.

Paint: $93 (samples $18, ceiling paint/1 gallon $30, wall paint/1 gallon $45 {I only used a very small amount of paint in the bathroom, but since I am going to be using it in the other rooms, I'll just include it all now and keep a running total}) 

Drywall repair: $10 (I had everything on hand except one 4x4 patch for $4 and a fresh container of spackling at $6)

Shelves: $40 (The brackets were $6.99 each, but I was able to get three of them at 50% off, one at 40% off, and the other two at full price.  Long story--several trips to get these brackets! I paid $4 for a couple of bronze paints that I was low on, and another $4 for the can of spray paint.)

So that is $143 for the bathroom.  Ugh.  I am feeling less confident about my $500 budget, but I am going to try my best not to blow past it!

Next up is the weird, closet area.  This post is long enough, so I won't share pics today, but I will be starting that area tomorrow! 

For now, I will leave you with one more happy pic!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy the Son!!!

 

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