The Bathroom

The day was productive and the bathroom is done, for now, minus a few details.  If you remember, this is where we started:

Peach walls, dirty white ceiling, miss matched light bulbs, the silver/blue net shower curtain left for us by the previous owner, gross caulk, and who knows what all over the tiles.

Well, after 2 days of scraping, painting,  and cleaning. And then a day of slacking off, I was able to finish it up today.

I picked up an inexpensive shower curtain and rings, a few new towels, and a fluffy rug at Target.  I didn’t want to spend a lot since, well, the kids use this bathroom too and things will get dirty.

Here is the vanity. Not much changed here except the matching light bulbs, the turquoise soap dispenser and toothbrush holder.  I keep forgetting that we need to pick up a new thingy (technical term) to go into the toilet paper holder so the toilet paper doesn’t have to sit on the counter.  I also want to bring some orange over to this side of the room.

Oops, you can see one of the unfinished sides of the painting.  Yes, I only finished enough sides of the canvas so that it looks done from the door.  You caught me.  But technically, only a problem if you are climbing out of the shower.

Speaking of the painting, it’s mostly done (as you can see from above).

I had a lot of fun doodling the details.

I’m happy with the way it turned out.  It adds a great pop of color in the bathroom.  And I think it turned out much better than Captain America would have.

Now I know I promised you the before and after of the chairs from the shed.  I did finish one today, but I forgot to take pictures of it.  Tomorrow, I promise, unless I forget again. Which is very possible.

Here’s the short list for this room (in no particular order):

  • fix the caulk around the bathtub  done
  • paint the ceiling  done
  • remove the gunk off the tiles around the top of the room  done
  • paint the walls (which now includes touching up the ceiling)  done
  • refinish the medicine cabinet
  • clean the grout
  • get matching lightbulbs  done
  • get a shower curtain  done
  • get accessories and art  done
  • replace the drawer handles
  • re-caulk around the base of the bathtub
  • new to us light
  • new to us mirror
  • new to us vanity
  • possibly new floor tile, one day
  • figure out if we need to have the tub reglazed or if there is a cleaning product that will get rid of the white grime in the tub
  • buy a new thingy for the toilet paper holder

So that’s where we are for now.


Bathroom Projects: Lazy Day

Today wasn’t as productive as I had hoped.  You would think being woken up at 5 AM would leave lots of time to get things done.  However, it just doesn’t seem to work that way for me.

I didn’t get anything done in the bathroom, but I did work on something for the bathroom.  I knew when the room was done it would need some extra color.  Keeping with my frugalness I decided to paint a picture for the room.  I started with a large canvas that I originally planned on painting for Ben’s room.

If you look carefully you can see the beginnings of a Captain America painting.  I only got as far as doing the pencil outlines when he decided that he wanted Power Rangers, not Avengers.

Using this picture as inspiration:


I sketched it out and started painting.  I used sample paints that we had gotten for other rooms of the house, craft paint that I had, and paint pens that I had used on this project.  Spent the morning sitting on my bed, watching Battlestar Galactica, and doodled.  This is how far I got on it today:

It’s a lot of fun to work on.  I’m hoping to finish it off sometime this weekend.  It shouldn’t take too much longer.  There is only the green flower left to doodle.

I also spent some time working on a before and after project that I will share tomorrow.  Remember these chairs?

I decided to try fixing one up myself.  I chose the one in the back with the green junk all over the wood.  I figured I couldn’t really screw it up any more then it was.  So far so good.

Here’s to a more productive day tomorrow.

Painting of a Falcon

Our middle son loves Star Wars (he takes after dad).  He wants his whole room to be Star Wars.  I wanted to paint a picture for him, like I did for Sarah’s room.  In our searches I found something that I thought that I could recreate.  This print of the Millennium Falcon from Nerdyboyfriend was simple enough for me to recreate and would add lots of color.

I started with a 2×2 piece of plywood that I bought at Home Depot.  I sanded it and spray painted it a soft yellow.  The grain of the wood shows through since I didn’t prime it, but I’m ok with that.  I think it adds something.

I blew up the image as large as I could get it on my computer screen.  I help my paper up to the computer screen, used it like a light box, and gently traced the image with pencil.  Since I just use a laptop, it was only big enough to trace it on to a pice of copy paper.  I used marker and traced over the pencil lines to make it darker.

I knew I wanted the image to be bigger so I taped 4 pieces of copy paper together to create a large piece of paper.  I taped the first traced image to the window (now using the window as the light box) and traced about a 1/2″ around it on the bigger piece of paper.  Then I free handed the details, retraced it with marker and cut it out.

I put the cut out template on the wood and traced around it.

I painted the area inside the pencil lines with a white primer and then painted it with white craft paint.

I drew the details in by hand.  Looking back I realized that I could have skipped the second tracing and just traced it bigger right onto the wood.  I used paint pens to draw the details and to touch up the white areas.

For the words I decided to just use vinyl stickers that you can buy at the hardware store.  I knew I would drive myself crazy trying to get a crisp, sharp line.  The letters are black in a white rectangle and I didn’t want the white rectangle.  So I trimmed around them with scissors.

Normally to get a straight line I would have measured up from the bottom of the board in several spots, drawn a line across and touched up the line with extra paint.  However since I spray painted the wood, touching up the line would be really hard to do.  So, instead I placed 2 lines of painters tape, one even with the bottom and one just on top, to create my straight line.

I stuck the stickers along that line, painted the edges black and called it done.

We haven’t hung it up yet.  We are waiting for a few other things to arrive before we hang it up.  I might go back and add more bright yellow.  The spray paint is much softer than I would have liked.  Maybe I’ll even trim down the board to make the image more size appropriate for the canvas.  Or, maybe I’ll just leave it alone since Ethen likes it the way it is.

Things I learned:

  • I should have gone bigger with the image
  • I should have gone brighter with the paint.
  • Don’t use a primer that is shellac based.  It’s great to create a crackle finish, if that’s what you are going for.
  • Be careful what type of paint you use.  The paint I used dried plasticky and sticky and I had a really hard time keeping it clean while I was painting other areas.  Dust, hair, lint, and fuzz kept getting stuck in it.
  • Don’t be impatient.  This is going to be a reoccurring lesson for me.
  • Again, go bigger.