Shannon Berrey

The Guest Bath: Part 1

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

So, I don't spend a lot of time working on my own casa. I have not found the time or energy
 to revamp. But, enough is enough as far as our guest bathroom is concerned...yuck..


The house was new when we bought it. But, all of the finishes were pretty much builder basics.
The 'tiles' were some sort of stick-on linoleum number. 
So let's examine: bad orangey cabinets, frameless piece of mirror, horrible off-centered
light, cheap hardware.

We started with the floors. I found some tile that I really liked at Overstock:

  Cute little penny rounds that I absolutely loved. 

But, I loved these from SomerTile {also at Overstock} just a little more. Because the linoleum 
floor was in good {level} shape, it acted as my subfloor. I tiled right on top. 

I like it a lot! 
{**tip--if you buy these from OS, buy more than you need because they package them poorly and
there is quite a bit of breakage}   

It's a fairly good sized bathroom with no architectural features at all. So we decided to fake some.

Using the shower height as a guide, I used semi-gloss White Dove to paint the bottom 3/4 of the walls.


 We are going for a wainscot effect. Not so believable quite yet, huh?

Using 1x3 pine, hubby ripped it down to a 1/2" on the table saw. {so it actually  is 2 1/2' x 1/2"} 
The existing trim around the door, window and floor was a little bit more than 1/2" so it allowed it all to
read as wainscoting. 

I primed all the pieces and then attached the horizontal top pieces 73" from the floor with a
pneumatic nail gun.   

Then we attached the vertical pieces 28" apart {this was the calculation that worked out well with 
our room size.}

Then I filled all the nail holes and caulked every edge. Then it all got several coats of paint. 

This left me with about 40" above the 'wainscotting'. This is where it got complicated.

I had 2 wallpapers that were in contention for the 'above wall' area. 
 The first was Schumachers Birds and Butterflies wallpaper:


 And the second was Vanuatu from Anthropologie:

But I wasn't willing to shell out the $600 for the 3 rolls it would take.  

Plan B: I remembered some fabric at Calico Corners that I had seen and liked online.
 I thought it could work really well as wallpaper.

I haven't tried this technique before, but I had always wanted to--wet the fabric with liquid starch
 and apply it like wallpaper.  
I placed the order and excitedly waited for it to arrive.

Only, when I saw it in person, the background was really yellowy-brown. More so in person than in
my pic. And it had an incredibly unflattering sheen to back to CC it went.
Sooo, we have now moved on to Plan C, which is the cheapest, but, the most time consuming.
It involves a bunch of these:

Hmmmm.......any guesses????

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Michele Myer commented on 09-Mar-2011 07:24 AM
What......leaving us hanging? (like a cliff hanger on a soap opra)uh, so far all I can say is that what ever you and your Hubby do, it is going to look great. I can not wait to see the next installment! Will be waiting patiently. P.S. Such Talent!
Rene commented on 09-Mar-2011 10:17 AM
Oh wow! The tile is gorgeous! I loved your wall paper choices too! Wish it wasn't so pricey. Can't wait to see you do your thing here.

Jenn F commented on 09-Mar-2011 12:11 PM
Wow!!! My fingers are cramping just thinking about the possibilities! I can't wait to see. It will no doubt be amazing and inspiring! Good luck!
{darlene} commented on 09-Mar-2011 02:08 PM
I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kristen davis commented on 09-Mar-2011 05:17 PM
woo hoo! when i saw those wallpaper patterns, i thought to myself that you should draw di'm so glad you are! i cannot waiiiiit to see!
Jenny commented on 09-Mar-2011 05:46 PM
I can't wait for more! I know it will be great. I was kind of hoping you would use the fabric because I want to know how it goes...have always wanted to try it. I'm looking forward to part 2!
angela | the painted house commented on 09-Mar-2011 08:59 PM
Lookin' good, Miss Can Do!!! ( And I love your sense of humor over the toilet in the "before".) I've had my eye on those tiles on Overstock, too. Now I can say I copied the best!!!

Go get yer Sharpie on!
shannon berrey commented on 09-Mar-2011 11:26 PM
Thanks for the encouragement folks! Kristen, I knew you would 'get' my plan immediately! Angela, we talked about it--I should have gone this route from the beginning and I would have been done long before now!!
courtneyoutloud commented on 10-Mar-2011 03:28 AM
Honestly, I just want like 10% of your artistic ability.....come to CA and do a master class!
Carole Patterson commented on 24-Mar-2011 01:34 PM
Shannon, I have meant to look you up on Facebook, and now I have found you. I love your guest bath and how it is coming along. I especially love the bird and butterfly wallpaper you were going to us. I am going to look and see if I can find a cheaper kind
with this type of design. In our house, since we back up to Brookberry Farms, we have a lot of bird houses and butterflies in our decore. Something like this would go beautifully in my MBR. We have the house for sale because we need to downsize again to something
smaller. If we don't sell it, we may stay where we are and just redo the MBB. I am on Facebook and would love to hear from you, but I know how busy you are. I keep up with you through your Mom. My e-mail address is above you. Love, Pats
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