About six weeks or so ago, I was getting stir-crazy with all the winter chills. So I turned to our PARA Blog Crew friends for inspiration. We collectively decided to challenge each other to perk up and get some paint out. So today, Sue and I are revealing what’s been keeping us busy for the past little while with the hopes that we can spread some Spring Fever to you too! (For those of you who were feeling Spring-y, please join us at the end of this post and show off some of your paint projects. And make sure you check out the Spring projects our other team members have created today – links at the end of the post.)
Mere’s Guest Bathroom Perked Up With Paint
Last week I showed you the first part of my Spring Fever project — my stencilled bathroom wall. Here’s the bathroom I was working with. As you can see, it was the perfect candidate for some perking up; it needed a big dose of Spring!
My biggest obstacles were a big black pipe in the center of the room, a green vanity that I don’t love, glass sliding shower doors and no budget. So if you remember a post that Sue wrote a few months back, she told us to either camouflage things we don’t like (and can’t replace), or embrace them. So I embraced them.
Paint was my biggest ally. PARA Paints supplied me with two main colours, Dancing Dolphins (P5212-14) and Gray Whale (P5212-24). I used Dancing Dolphins for all my trim and base coats, and the darker Gray Whale for my accent colour.
I painted wide stripes above the vanity to both draw the eye away from the vanity and add a focus to the wall. I kept all the same fixtures, but I used silver spray paint on the lights, the towel hooks and bars to have everything match.
Perhaps my greatest accomplishment was the new mirror frame. Sue & I costed out a custom frame, but it was not in the budget. So instead, I bought two lengths of baseboard, mitred the ends and created my own frame. It makes such a big difference from a builder basic mirror to something that looks a lot more finished. I painted the frame in PARA’s Dancing Dolphins. (I casually throw those details in, but man I was proud to have accomplished this on my own! The jig and mitre saw are my friends now.)
The next project was stencilling the back wall.
I needed to put up some shelves to hold towels and soaps, but I tried to leave it as plain as possible and let the stencil speak for itself.
The last, somewhat tedious project, was covering up the black drain pipe. I decided that a sisal rope would help me disguise the utilitarian look to it and keep the sorta beachy look I had going on. I wrapped, glued, wrapped and glued until I was done.
I am thrilled with how happy this room makes me now. It makes such a difference to add a little paint and a few small projects to change it from “meh” to “me”.
Sue’s Spring Mirror Refresh
I have to admit, I’ve been procrastinating on my next painting project. I’ve got the paint all ready to go for Regan’s room, but first I have to tackle this mess:
There was a double chair rail all around her bedroom, and it had to go. We all know the prep work is the most important part of any painting project, but it’s usually not the most fun part. And this is really not going to be fun to patch up (feel free to share your best wall repair tips).
However, my design plan for Regan’s room includes a mirror, and painting a mirror is a lot more fun and less time consuming than fixing walls. As luck would have it, I’ve somehow amassed a pretty good selection of surplus mirrors in my basement. I ended up doing a little switcheroo in order to get the right one for Regan’s room. The mirror in our master bathroom came with the house, and it always seemed a little too small to me. So, I went shopping in my basement, found a better option for the bathroom, and got to work making the old bathroom mirror work for Regan’s room.
The detail on this frame was just screaming for some glossy, girly paint, wouldn’t you agree?
I started with a coat of primer and followed with two coats of Gooseberry (Para PF-22).
Now all I have to do is tackle those walls! Here’s a sneak peek at where I’m heading with the colour palette.
The walls are going to be Weathered Silk (Para PF-9) and there will be some more luscious Gooseberry accents. In the meantime, at least there’s one less orphan mirror in my storage room!
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