Our before and after bathroom redo
I’ve kind of been hiding.
There has been so much horrible, awful, no-good news these past few months, I’ve been slowly retreating into the cocoon of my regular, everyday life instead of jumping into the blogosphere to share my thoughts on current issues. It can get tiring being vocal. And honestly, I don’t have any solutions. I can’t solve all the world’s problems, as much as I would love to. There are times when I’m energized by standing up and speaking out, but sometimes I just want to hide out in my own world of mommy-ing and wifey-ing and sister-ing and friend-ing.
For my birthday, Superman gave me the day off and told me to go shopping with my sister for the day. I couldn’t wait to escape for awhile and just enjoy spending time with her.
I didn’t really have any pieces of clothing I was looking for, so I decided to pick up some fun decor for our house. I got some really cute things for our guest bathroom, but when I got home, I didn’t want to put the pretty decorations on the dingy, old walls.
Our house is nearly 40 years old, and still has the original wallpaper and paneling in the bathrooms (I know, first world problems):
I just couldn’t put the nice things I had bought on those walls. So I asked Superman if he would be ok with me painting it. I told him I would do it all myself, he didn’t have to do a thing.
Now, you have to know: I am not a DIY’er. I don’t do home projects. I have never had an eye for style or design. And I’ve never primed a wall in my life. But something in me was sparked, and I was in!
So, off to Lowe’s I went. I already kind of knew the type of color I was looking for. I didn’t even take a sample; I knew right away when I saw the paint swatch that “Schoolboy Blue” was the color for me!
I started priming the walls right away:
It was a lot of work. It took a full couple days for us to finish (Superman couldn’t help but jump in and assist me, especially with those hard-to-reach places), but boy, was it worth it! I was so happy with the results, and for a couple hundred bucks, totally addictive: now I’ve got the painting bug!
As you can see, we still have an old vanity. At some point, we will most likely replace it, but for now, in order to cut costs and keep things simple, I just painted them a nice crisp white and replaced the old handles with new knobs.
All the little touches are what made this project so fun! Like I said, I’ve never been a DIY’er, but it was so rewarding finishing this and seeing what a difference it makes in the look of our house.
I know there are a lot of other important, difficult things going on in the world, but what a pleasure it was to be able to take a breather from all of that for a brief few moments and enhance the beauty of our home!
Next up, our kitchen:
Stay tuned for the final results of this fun project!