Bath reno update

Countdown to Healthy Heart Weekend!!  Don’t forget to sign up. We can always use more participants so help spread the word!



I am in praline recovery mode today. Ooof!  I need the Healthy Heart Weekend!

The bathroom is coming along nicely. I spent the week prepping the walls since I couldn’t move forward without the flooring. There were the drywall replacements to make, plus giving a skim coat of drywall compound and smoothing it out. Lots of sanding and dust making.  Probably one of my least favorite jobs because it is never ending with all the little nicks and marks. You could work on it forever, really.

I had some trouble deciding on paint colors to go with my gold.  Martha Stewart had some coordinating colors, but they weren’t really speaking to me, plus her paint is really expensive.  Guess the name Martha Stewart adds $15 to the cost of a gallon of paint?  I needs me some of that power.

Anyway, I went with my gold paint swatch over to the Glidden section and found 2 colors.  I needed the upper wall and ceiling paint, then the below the chair rail paint.  There is going to be a white chair rail and white trim around the door and windows, so I didn’t want the upper color to be white – plus I had to paint it anyway because of wall damage. I taped off the mirror.  Here are the before paint walls.


You can just see the line in the corners where I cut in the new color. Klassy light fixture, too, right?


Below the chair rail is a color called Whispering Wheat.  Above the chair rail is Creamy Buttermilk.

wheat  buttermilk

Two coats of paint.  The line is uneven because there will be a chair rail and I didn’t have to be precise. Hooray for sloppy paint job!


I wish the lighting was a bit better.


I hate to think of how many shots of this toilet has now been on the blog!  Here is a note to any rehabber. If you take the tank off to paint and then put it back on, it is very important that you tell your spouse if you don’t have the tank bolted in place.  I didn’t tell John because he was out at poker and came back very late after I went to bed and the tank came loose and got water on the floor.  Ooops! Embarrassed

Now the blue color of the tile is *really* apparent.


White Frost, my ass.  I will give huge kudos to Rustoleum, though.  I got a refund check from them on Saturday for both kits.  That was very fast! So – good on them and I do recommend the transformations. Just don’t get Blue White Frost. Now I need to get another 2 kits of plain old white and do that this weekend.

Then the Froth metallic paint will be the stripes. I did a test board to try out the stripes and see if I liked the gold.


P2100020 This is really hard to capture with the camera. It’s a very subtle look and exactly what I was looking for! It all depends on how the light hits it, too.


Now I need to get the stripes done. You have to wait at least 24 hours for the base coat to really dry so you don’t pull it up when you tape off for the stripes.  Plus I have to work and all that.  I also got a call today that my flooring came in early!  Woot!  I am going to have this bathroom done in a week (fingers crossed big time here). Maybe not with a shower curtain yet, but that is the easiest thing to install – just hard to find.

I can’t wait because I am really tired of using the downstairs for tooth brushing and drying my hair. It’s getting old.

Be Sociable, Share!

10 thoughts on “Bath reno update

  1. debby

    I’m still laughing about your praline comment.

    Okay, I have to admit, I got a little confused in the middle there about the whole rehab/paint/railing/trim talk. I understand Shelley’s techy knit talk a lot better! But I’m SURE it will be very pretty!
    debby´s last blog post ..One Recipe, Three Ways

    1. Lori Post author

      It will probably make more sense when it is finished, but where our wall is slanted, there will be a chair rail (wood trim) that goes all along the bathroom at that level, under the mirror, etc. Then below that the wall color will be gold striped with the darker color as the bad. It breaks up the room a little, but it helps out with that awkward wall with the slanted ceiling. Plus it looks so cool! I got some stripes done late last night and I am doing a happy dance 😀

  2. Fran

    You’re making progress fast, it’s looking better and better every time.
    Funny how soon something different can be annoying right? I remember when we did the bathroom that I couldn’t wait till it was done. We had the bad luck that while working on it R. hurted his back and couldn’t do anything for over a week. More waiting 🙂
    Fran´s last blog post ..Tuesday February 5, 2013: Yeah, no more pain!

    1. Lori Post author

      I am at that point now. All the big finishing items are here now, the floors, the vanity. Once the floors go in, then stuff will move right along. Or at least that is the plan – which can always go awry!

  3. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    You are so brave to attempt paint stripes – but I love the paint colors. They look really similar to the palate we used for our family room and kitchen – love them.

    Poor John – nothing like the toilet falling apart on you. 😉

    Can’t wait to see the end result – this is amazing!
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..A Fun Follow-Up

  4. Tami@nutmegnotebook

    Wow Lori this is looking great. I really like the wall paint choices. The stripes are going to be fun. You are so brave!

    Yes it is blue for sure, there is no way that is white! Sounds like they had good customer service so glad for you. Bummer that you have to redo it!

    LOL at your recovery from pralines!
    Tami@nutmegnotebook´s last blog post ..Black Bean Dip & Green Chili Hummus

Comments are closed.