So the trouble with cold, wet weather is that I tend to stay in the house much more and find myself imagining what it would look like with different paint and a little imagination. That is a dangerous combination. At least for me it is. This time, my bathroom fell victim to my cabin fever. This is the before....
Several years ago when I first moved in to this house, I put up a wallpaper that clearly was not meant for the bathroom. Each time we would take a shower, the steam would rise and the corners of it would peel a little further down the wall until I couldn't take it anymore. So I tore the paper down and unfortunately some of the sheet rock mud with it. Leaving my walls a huge patchy mess that needed to be re skinned. I don't know why today was the day, but I ran to the garage, grabbed some joint compound and went crazy. As you can see, I have become fully committed to this bathroom refresh.
I chose to paint the walls a nice relaxing grey. I have used many grey paints before and have always been left with a purple hue which wore on my last nerve. But I finally figured out the secret to finding the perfect "true" grey. Make sure the paint has a green base to it. NOT BLUE. This particular color is Ralph Lauren's "Camino Grey" and it is a texture paint, suede. (Which I have learned to love because it hides 95% of the flaws left on the wall from a novice sheet rock mudder). The suede technique is super easy. It is nothing more than a base coat (and not even a great one at that) and then layer two consists of nothing but criss-cross motions all over the wall in an uneven pattern. The more uneven, the better.
I framed in my window
And this is what it looks like before the trim got touched up and painted.
I know it's a total mess, don't judge me, I am not "cleanly creative."
So, it's not just enough for me to paint and call it good. Oh no. I always seem to have to find a reason to use my nail gun and air compressor. So, after a lot of thought and browsing through some great craft websites for inspiration, I came across one that I have totally fell in love with called the HOUSE OF SMITHS and I took one of her ideas and made it work for me.
This is over my bathtub surround. She used a vinyl pattern that she cut on her silhouette. I started to paint this harlequin pattern, but then decided that was not a brilliant idea and did something that is so unconventional. I used paper and modge-podged it to the wall. Oh, How I love the modge-podge.
With the exception of the missing white towels, which are still being laundered, I think the end result was quite fantastic and quite crafty. Don't you?