Sorry for the delay in writing this post everyone! I’ve been a bit busier than usual with my day job. If you read my Mastering Your Side Hustle post, you know I have quite a few things going on, but my primary job is doing admin work. We’ve been much busier lately, so instead of doing my usual working on admin tasks Tuesday and Thursday I’ve been doing a lot of stuff every day of the week!
After taking a little day-long break and getting caught up, my blogging will continue as normal with posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This Friday is actually going to be the first post in my Adulting series that I mentioned in my March Updates and April Goals post, so make sure to check it out later this week! I’m also planing on starting a Hobbies series, so for any of you who are looking for a new hobby, look no further!
But let’s get to the post!
When I catch that spring cleaning bug, I catch it bad. Like “Let’s repaint our entire bathroom!” bad. So this past weekend, that’s exactly what we did! While I still have a few things to finish up, here’s how our little home improvement project went!
Friday morning I woke up a different person. I managed to turn into the spring cleaning fairy overnight, and proceeded to clean the entire house all day. Even my poor dogs kept out of my way!
When I finally reached our bathroom, I decided I would re-arrange some shelves and whatnot. Once everything was down, I couldn’t handle seeing all the patched holes. We’ve hated the paint since we moved in, so I thought “Hey, it’s a small room. We got this.”. And so our weekend project began.
Here’s the before, but after everything was taken down. Please ignore the hot-mess that was my bathroom!
These pictures really don’t do the horrible paint color justice. The weird greenish-blue reminded me of something you would find in a hospital – meant to be calming, but reminded you of something gross. So I wanted something completely different – bright, clean, and (most importantly) not green. I went shopping for some art pieces to put in the new bathroom before getting paint samples. This gave me an idea of what colors I would need to look at. I saw these beauties at my local Home Goods and thought they would be perfect in the new bathroom!
I also picked up some new mirrors to replace the giant builder’s-grade one we had along with a few random bathroom accessories. After that quick shopping trip, I went to the home improvement store to pick my samples and rushed home to put up some paint!
Mistake #1? Only picking up two samples! I grabbed a light blue and a cool gray, and I was so sure I would love one of them. Turns out I hated both. One was too close to white, and the other looked more like a lavender. So back to the store I went. This time I came back with just a few more….
We narrowed it down to two colors, and used the sample jars to paint larger sections of the wall to get a better idea of what the final result would be.
Finally, paint swatch in hand, I went back to the store the next morning and picked up our paint. We went with Sherwin Williams Sweet Salt Air (HGSW1337) for the walls. We also decided to re-paint our cabinets and trim/moulding as it was a creamy off-white instead of a true white. Who know there were so many shades of white?! Anyway, when I finally got home, I started all the edging while my fiancé later got the roller out to actually paint. He can’t paint edges cleanly, hence why I got stuck with that job!
And just as an FYI, painting around and behind toilets is incredibly annoying. Thankfully I found this trash bag hack, so I just got paint all over me instead of the toilet! We also used a trash bag as a paint tray liner, so we wouldn’t have to constantly wash the tray out. Plus it made clean-up super easy!
But finally the first coat was on, so we celebrated with tequila shots! It was also pretty funny to see how much paint we had everywhere, including my hair (thanks to painting around that toilet I mentioned earlier).
The weather was horrendous that night so the dogs ended up with us, which didn’t make up for a good night’s sleep. We tried (and failed) to wake up early, but slept in instead.
I finally managed to wake up and get all the taping done, and we ended up finishing the rest of the painting that afternoon! If you plan on painting soon, I would highly recommend Frog Tape painter’s tape – that stuff is seriously amazing. I didn’t have any paint bleed underneath the tape, and it came off super clean!
But waiting for paint to dry isn’t very exciting, and we were anxious to start getting everything back into place! Even our dogs were getting antsy about not being allowed in the bathroom!
These last few days we finished all the touching up and finally got everything back in! Now our bathroom looks so fresh and clean! I mentioned earlier that I still have a few little details to finish, but it’s basically done. Just look at the difference!
And here’s the final result! While I’m super happy with how it turned out, I don’t think I’ll be painting again for a while!
Have you repainted recently or do you have any questions about our project?
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