Matt is officially done taking college classes, which means he officially has time to take on some of his own house projects. His first project: fixing up the half bath. This bathroom is attached to his movie room, so it’s a priority for him. It’s also a room that needs A LOT of work:
In pictures it just looks messy, not awful- but trust me that it is awful. The yellow is SUPER bright (and that is coming from someone who painted a room glowing orange) and the bottom half is actually painted contact paper that is bubbled and peeling. Simply put, this room is a hot mess.
The room is a good size and stripped down it is a good space to work with, but as you can see some of the painted contact paper/wallpaper (whatever the heck it is) has just been peeled right off. The molding along the bottom of the floor was never even painted. The vanity is outdated.
First, he removed the chair rail that went around the room, hiding the seam between actual wall and wallpaper- all he had to do was pry it off. Then, as I did upstairs, Matt started by peeling off as much of the “whatever it is” before he went about using DIF and scraping it.
Unfortunately when he did start scraping, the drywall started coming off as well- no bueno. So we decided he should just prime as far down as he could and we would use bead board or wainscotting to just cover over what we can’t remove. While he was at it, he also put two coats of ceiling paint up.
Even just half done, the space already looks brighter and more open. Also, Matt later went back and painted the built in white.
Yesterday we went to Home Depot and got paint for the top half of the room (a nice shade of blue), and we plan to paint the bead board or wainscoting white.
So, still to do in here:
- paint the top half
- put up the bottom half (that’ll be a fun how-to post!)
- possibly paint the vanity and switch out the handles on it
- find a way to clean the sink
- add frosted contact paper to the window (like I did in the upstairs bath)
What do you think? Any tips? Have you updated a bathroom recently?