Our Half Bath Transformation

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Just nine days ago, Brian was wondering what the bathroom floor looks like under the lovely linoleum tile squares that the prior owner put down.  I said, peel the edge of one up and let’s see if there’s hardwood underneath.  There was, so he pulled up the rest.  Despite major effort and internet searching, we could not get the sticky linoleum glue residue off of the hardwood so we ran to a home improvement store with a huge list to completely redo the bath.

We assumed that the wallpaper had been attached to bare drywall because that’s how the previous homeowners/builders rolled.  We were correct.  After researching options and talking to a few wallpaper manufacturers, we decided to prime the wallpaper with oil based primer and then paint over it.  The color is ‘nautical gray’, a nice neutral.  Since we were painting over wallpaper, we opted for both crown molding and wainscoting.  The flooring is a laminate.   The mirror is an antique I purchased around 35 years ago.

I’m still amazed this went from gutting to completion in just nine days, by us (did I mention my husband is a genius?).  I still need to add the fun decorative touches.  We had planned to redo the bath this year, just didn’t know it would happen this soon!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracy
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 07:41:12

    It looks awesome! Nice job you two!


  2. Jennifer
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 11:03:02

    Wow! I think you both must be geniuses!! And that mirror is GORGEOUS!!!


  3. Lora
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 12:10:13

    You guys did an awesome job! It looks elegant and soothing. Congrats!


  4. Bonnie
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 15:48:34

    It looks great. I’m glad you were able to figure out those trouble spots.


  5. Lorraine
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 17:38:04



  6. Jen'sFriend Diane
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 13:32:08

    A little elbow grease, a little ingenuity & there you go! Most excellent


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