It's finally here! Phase #1 reveal! I'm going to keep this post short and sweet, with lots of pics to scroll through, because well.. let's get real, that's mostly why we read blogs, for the pretty pics! - Am I right?!
My husband knocked my vision out of the park, which he always does. But I was nervous about this specifically because the only vision I had were the walls. I knew I wanted this bathroom to be super bright and white. Everything else just fell into place.
Let's start with the obvious, THE WALLS! Below are some before and afters. The materials we used:
1/8 inch 4ftx8ft sheet plywood
1x4 pine wood boards
1x6 pine wood boards
Ge brand paintable caulking
3/4 inch 18 gauge brad nails
1 1/2 inch 18 gauge brad nails
We've made the mistake in the past of not using sheet plywood and instead using stucco to smooth out the texture on the walls. NOT recommended if you want to keep you sanity. He Nailed in the sheet plywood, cutting holes for the outlets and switches. He added 1x6 pine boards as our trim and base boards, and used the 1x4 pine boards for the batten. Spacing every 12' between and adjusting here and there for light switches. THIS takes the longest, measure 291862378 times and cut once.
He secured with a nail gun, filled in the nail holes, sanded them and we had to caulk where all of the wood meets for a seamless finish. By the way, we live in an almost 100 yr old Craftsman, so none of the walls are even, there was lots of filling - if you do too, don't get discouraged. Put on some good music or a podcast and handle it! Then, WE PAINT! I decided on Benjamin Moore - Steam
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And with the magic of blogging - it turned into THIS:
Can we please talk about this lighting?! I teamed up with Hinkley Lighting and I couldn't have chosen a better company to do so with. They are incredibly helpful, as I went back and forth a few times, because - hello?! I am a woman after all and it had to be just right. And just right it is. I chose the Congress fixture, it has a detail bubble glass with cosmetic bolts on the side, that really finishes off the look. The bubbles catch the light and it twinkles, which I love! I had my husband put it on a dimmer - eventually the whole house will be on them - because who doesn't like a little mood ambience in the 'loo?
Phase #2 will be of course shared. We will be reconfiguring some things like the shower and eventually add a free standing tub. But for now, I'm loving this new look, and I hope you are too!
xx, Rachel Rae