Half-Bath, Part Five: Finished! (Enough)

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Half Bath | The Wilson BuzzOh, SNAP! Lookie there – look who’s working on the bathroom again! That’s right! Its finished! (enough for now) After I finished the last chunk of stencil, it was only a matter of hanging up a few things… PICTURES:

Half Bath | The Wilson BuzzMr. T and Smithy put in the mirror. I’ve learned that Mr. T is one of those “measure once and drill seven holes in the wall” kind of people… Mind boggling. He had to move the mirror holder thingies once, and it’s slightly not straight. But I love him! I’m just slightly more concerned about that bed frame now… ;)

Anyway, after that went up I just had a few things to hang up and we were done! (enough for now)

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Here is my list again:

But it is legit done enough to make me very, very happy. 8}

NOW ON TO THE BEDROOM! Oh, I can check off another item on that list as well!!


Half-Bath, Part Four: Please No More Painting…

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It is for real embarrassing how long this remodel is taking. I’M ALMOST DONE, I SWEAR. We are having a Halloween party on November 1 and my goal is to be. done. in time for that. At the very least be done enough that the sink is back in place! So on my day off yesterday I got (semi) serious about getting it finished. I also posted this status on Facebook:

If you ever think “Hm, I may want to paint a stencil on the walls of my house.” Call me. I’ll come over and slap you and say “NO! Bad <your name>! You do NOT want to do this! It will be hard and frustrating and look terrible and you’ll curse the day you started down that road!”

Things got a little better after that. Mainly because I stopped caring. And Mr. T reminded me that he is going to go back in with a paintbrush and do all the little touch-ups where the stencil didn’t line up perfectly. I thought I had finished at least two of the walls last night, only to discover when I reviewed the pictures today that I actually missed a chunk above the light. I was all hopping all over the place with the stencil – there is NO method to my madness and I may never do another stencil as long as I live. Don’t quote me on that.

Anywho, here are some pictures:

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I also decided to take the pressure off of Mr. T on designing stencils of picture frames. Partially because I am so. over. stencils. But mainly because he has been swamped with stuff and it makes him cranky. ;) He is designing all the artwork for a comic book, creating the cover for someone’s novel, making two proton packs for Halloween, AND still has to finish my anniversary present from August! He did finally show me what he’s doing and it’s pretty freaking awesome. I can’t wait for it to be finished. 8} Anyway, all that to say we went to Goodwill and loaded up on some cheap frames for me to paint:

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Sorry, I just had to include a close-up of that one. IT HAS GIRAFFES ON IT. I was super excited when I spotted it. We have some more that I need to paint off-white. Hopefully I can crank that out this evening, or sometime this weekend. Then I need to get them hung up! I bought velcro strips to go on the back of the, so they aren’t as easy to knock off the wall – we were afraid that if we hung them up with nails that people would bump them trying to draw inside. I also bought some paint pens so I can doodle on some games. Speaking of…what games should we include? So far I’ve been thinking:

Do you have any other suggestions?

Oh, and here is this last image. We bought mini shelves, and I’m going to put chalk on them. So exciting. I was originally going to paint it white or off-white, but had leftover chalkboard paint from stenciling (probably should have finished that bit above the light, eh?) and decided to paint the shelves instead.

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I should have made a checklist for this project! I enjoy crossing things off of checklists…

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Half Bath, Part 3: Stenciling

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My name is Sarah Wilson and I am a failure at home renovations. I started stenciling on August 3. Just a few days after my last post (Part 2 up there). I was drinking White Russians and using a paint brush. I don’t recommend doing either when you’re trying to stencil. The paintbrush made it very tedious and the White Russians made my attention span not so great.

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And then….it sat there. I didn’t even peel the stencil off the wall for several days. >.< Exactly two months later, on October 3, I started painting again. Don’t ever hire me to do work in your home.

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This time I had a stencil roller from Hobby Lobby. I cannot recommend stencil rollers enough. In about half the time I did 3x as much stencil. MAGICAL. I was also sober, so that may have helped. 8}

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We still have a long way to go with this, though. I suggest NOT stenciling on tiny walls with lots of protrusions. For the record. Going over the outlet was a NIGHTMARE. The lamp is going to be a formidable foe, I can already tell. Then I’ll have the water bits for the sink AND the light switches. Oy, vey. Thankfully, I’m married to an artist! 8} I’m going to make Mr. T go in with a brush (like for art, not walls) and touch up anywhere the stencil didn’t line up perfectly or I smudged or couldn’t get close enough to use the stencil.

Oh, and we have new art for the wall! It took a couple months, but another artist submitted something to the gallery that I liked. And this time Mr. T did, too! It’s also three pieces, but they’re much smaller and painted on blocks of wood. They’re pretty awesome, but we’ll have to take them down when my parents come over. >.< You’ll see what I mean when I post a picture. YES I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES OF THEM.

I can’t wait for this room to be finished! I’m so happy. 8D 8D 8D

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Half-Bath, Part 2: Paint, Paint, and more Paint

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Sorry for the lack of updates on the bathroom. It’s because we’re the slowest remodelers ever. My first post about this was on the 14th and here we are, two weeks later and the room is maybe halfway done. All we’re doing is painting! Heaven help us if we ever get into demo remodels… Anyway, here are some pictures:


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color palette, sorry the black is on black, but you know what black looks like

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removed hardware/spackled
There were FOUR anchors for the screws holding the tp on the wall. I tried to pull them out and the drywall started bowing. PAINTED OVER.

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first coat of white

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second coat of white – so pretty and clean…

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first coat of black
No pictures of second coat, but these are bad enough you can’t see the red coming through, I don’t think. If you can, just know we added a 2nd coat so it isn’t there now.


So, yeah…that’s where we are. Well, I’ve splotched on the off-white over the white, but those pictures look like crap, due to the lighting and lack of a decent camera. They’re also not easily accessible right now. So I guess you’re get TWO painting posts. At the rate we’re going, the next one will be go up around December. 8P

Mr. T started working on the stencils for the picture frames. I’m working up the courage to begin trying to stencil in the birch trees on the white area. We’re…I’d say halfway done with painting. We got a lot of surface area covered, but the details are going to be more tedious.

Oh, and that art? We just had our silent auction at the gallery (you should really come out to one sometime!) and I bid $75 on them, plus another $20 on a smaller piece of art from the same artist. She turned me down. I knew it would be a possibility, but it was worth a shot! The worst part about it was when Mr. T asked her how much she would be willing to take – open the floor up for some negotiation, you know? – and she said “I don’t know.”

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you don’t sell your art. Thank you, and have a good day. Hopefully there will be some cool stuff coming in this month that I can bid on.

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Half Bath, Part 1: The Idea Machine

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Oy! We bought this house waaaaaay back in September. 9 months! It could be our baby…

We’ve done nothing to it, except lower the value of it. For real. It’s in worse shape now than when we moved in. The carpet’s all stained from various animals and toddlers. 99% of our furniture was given to us, so it’s all junky and mis-matched. When one of our old roommates moved out, the walls in the stairwell got pretty dinged up.

I’ve been reading all these blogs by people who have freaking amazing design skills. I’ve finally come to realize that no, their houses aren’t always as magical as their pictures make them out to be. But you know what? At their worst, those houses would look better than our house at its best.

Mr. T and I haven’t ever really done the whole remodeling thing. He’s fairly handy with tools, we just don’t own any. And it takes him about a decade to finish a project. I, of course, am next to useless. I’ve painted walls, but that’s about it. I don’t sew, I don’t…carpent. I don’t design. I can barely dress myself. But! We’re going to start! Dressing ourselves, that is. And then maybe move on to some renovations.

We’re starting out small. Suuuuper small. Think half-bath small. PICTURE TIME:


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I’m a foot or two back from the door here. You can see they went for something more…adventurous…in the painting of this room. I’m not sure what you call that style, but they painted it with the darker color and then blotched on the lighter color. The painting above the toilet was done by Mr. T’s mom. We’ve only hung art up where nails were already in the walls. Or where Mr. T threw in a thumbtack. How long have we lived here now?

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Now I’m wedged in the corner where the trash can was. You see how the wall cuts in? We’re under the stairs here, so the ceiling is really bizarre, too. There isn’t a lot of room for anything other than the toilet, sink, and a trash can.

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Tried to get a picture of the light. People seem to do that. We’ll probably replace it with…something different?

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And here’s the super janky ceiling action. I don’t understand why this room was built this way. The walls  are uneven. The ceiling is even more uneven than the walls. I’ve never really paid any attention to ceilings, but it has gotten pretty popular to paint them at least. And you can’t do that with the weird speckley ceilings like what we have. I’m not sure how you change them? But that’s like…the lowest priority ever. We’ll be about 90 when we start changing ceilings around.


So that’s what our bathroom has looked like since we moved in. Lovely, isn’t it? Alright, so I have a Pinterest board. It doesn’t have that many pins in it, I swear! The first thing I ever saw that I wanted to do with our bathroom is this pin:

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I pretty much wanted to copy her bathroom exactly. I was thinking bright colors to make the smaller room brighter, and I loved the stencil and how she framed the mirror. Even the light is super cool. I even hunted the Web to find the stencil!

But then I saw this bathroom:

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The entire thing was done in chalkboard paint. And that is just super cool to me. SUPA COOL. Which, I mean, is exactly the opposite of what I was trying to do in the bathroom – make it brighter. It’s going to turn it into a cave. But! Here are my thoughts:

  1. We still do the birch stencil on the three walls surrounding the sink.
  2. We still frame the mirror.
  3. Instead of just blank black walls, I want to add picture frame outlines in white paint. I know I’ve seen this done before, but the closest I can find is this thing I pinned. Which, now that I think about it…having games and stuff in there would be fun, too. lol! We shall see…

I think adding enough white back into the room with the toilet, sink, trim, framed mirror, stencil, and random picture frame outlines on the walls will keep it from turning into a cave. Eventually the floors are going to be hardwood – when we finally get around to putting hardwood in downstairs. At least I think they will. Until then, maybe we can just get a nice rug?

The only other things I have in mind for this room are:

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I want to get this little guy up in there somewhere, maybe in a frame on the wall to the right of the sink.

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This is just too cute! We must recreate it!

Also, there are these paintings up in Mr. T’s gallery right now. Wait – you haven’t heard about Two-Tone Art Gallery?! It’s the newest and only art gallery in Murfreesboro, TN! We’re open 5:00-9:00 Thursday through Sunday. Except today. Those hours kick in tomorrow. 8}

Anyway, one of the artists has these three paintings up at the gallery right now that I just love. I really want to buy them to hang above the toilet. I’m going to say that I’m not revealing them right now because I want some mystery leading up to a big reveal of the finished space, but in reality…I just don’t have a picture of them. Don’t let anyone know, though. I’d rather be mysterious.

Even after all this, our house still isn’t going to win any awards. But we will have finally put some personalization into at least one room! Even if it is the tiniest room. :) You’ve got to start somewhere, right?!

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