Sorry for the influx of house posts lately- that’s what’s taken over our lives as of late. Not that we ever had a set agenda on the blog anyway, but we try for a balance. We’ll get back to life as normal soon, I hope!
Very, very happy to report that both bathrooms (master and powder) are not only wallpaper-free but painted to boot! The method that I was using (described here) wound up working well- at least, good enough that I didn’t try a different way. And while I’m not jumping up and down to do it again, it wasn’t as bad as I expected. (I KNOW this is because our wallpaper was applied correctly and we only had one layer of the stuff. We were lucky.)
So to catch up- once I scraped off the remaining wallpaper (after hours and hours and hours and hours…), I washed the walls and then applied Kilz oil-based sealer/ primer. I used the odorless because there are no windows for circulation in either bathroom but it was far from odorless. This stuff wasn’t the easiest to put on- it was super thick and I couldn’t use a roller. Glad I only needed one coat.
Starting to look like a real room!
Two coats of paint on the ceiling (which had never been painted before- a recurring theme in this house…) and then it just came down to paint- I went with Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige color but had Behr color match it. (We’ve gone through 17 gallons of paint so far in this house… that adds up to A LOT so we’ve had to use a more wallet-friendly paint.)
It’s far from perfect, and I still have some touch ups to do, but it’s sooo much better than where we were a month ago.
One thing I learned between the master and the powder room was to take the time to sand down the drywall before priming it. I did this quickly in the master and took my time in the powder room and WOW did it make a difference. The walls in the powder room look much smoother- although for some reason, the primer gave a texture to it also. If the master bath really bothers me over time, I’ll probably go back to sand and repaint it. But it adds character, right…? (AKA I’m lazy.)
Just a reminder to what we were working with before:
Big improvement, no? Next up: painting that vanity, swapping out the faucet and light fixture (currently being done RIGHT NOW! pictures soon!), and rehang the mirror above the sink. Hoping the next time I update you on this room it will be pretty much complete!