Remember in September when I decided to surprise Matthew and have two of our bathrooms remodeled?
Well the downstairs, half bath has stayed in a very unfinished state since then.
But I can explain… sort of. It started with the fact that I didn’t pick out paint before doing the remodel. Had I picked out the paint, I think we would be in a different state. As in, we would have a finished bathroom.
I mean, this is what it was.
And this is what it is now.
Beautiful tile. Amazing fixtures generously provided by Moen.
Beadboard (that needs to be painted). A new sink and new doors for the vanity (also needs to be painted – again).
So we are just talking paint. But paint is hard.
I knew I wanted to paint the bathroom grey, but I needed to pick a grey for the vanity first. I bought Annie Sloan chalk paint to paint the vanity and mirror. And then I painted, but it was a bad decision.
Lesson: never use Annie Sloan in a bathroom with kids.
Within 2 weeks of waxing it all, there were spots everything. Kid toothpaste and chapstick and who knows what else. (See the marks all over the drawers?)
By this time though I was in the thick of the survey for my book, Matthew was on book deadline and the holidays commenced. After the holidays I started working 7 days a month for three months (full-time job + book writing = no days off).
The thought of starting over, figuring out a different paint or varnish, etc. was overwhelming.
And 6 months later, the cabinets are worse.
So here we are, the end of April and I still have a stark white bathroom staring at me. I’m knee deep in book edits, but I can’t ignore it any longer. I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about my house, which I attribute to receiving my friend The Nester’s new book The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful.
After reading more than half of it in one sitting last Friday night, I woke up Saturday morning and created a gallery wall in our living room. I then worked on it some more Sunday afternoon. It inspired me to really embrace my home where it is, but also go ahead and make nail holes, paint, experiment and make it US.
So this week I am all about the bathroom. I know it won’t take that long to paint. I just need to pick out that darn grey paint!
This weekend I am getting it done. Buying the paint, painting and making it beautiful.
The hardest part is done.
In their place are beautiful Moen fixtures and perfect white tile. I know that this bathroom is going to be fantastic. I just need to paint it.
I promise I will show you the finished bath next month.
In the mean time, will you tell me about an unfinished project in your house? Or recommend some good grey paint colors? Or just leave some words of encouragement? Because seriously, I need it all.