December 21, 2010

Turnaround Tuesday: Michaela from Michaela Noelle

Hello, to all the sweet readers of Honey and the Moon!  Carly is so adorable and is such a wonderful blogger. I've so enjoyed getting to know her over the past month or so!  I'm thrilled I'm able to share my bathroom on her fun series, Turnaround Tuesdays.

We've lived in our ranch style house for about 10 years now and have done work in every other part of our home, except for the bathroom.  That is, until this past spring, when I finally had enough of the flowered wallpaper!  What took us so long, you ask?  Fear.  Fear that the wallpaper wouldn't come down easily and fear we'd have to hire someone to come fix the walls after we tried to do it ourselves.  Well, my friends, wallpaper is hard to get down, but we sure did it {my mom and I}.  

Here are some before pictures:

Horribly embarrassing, I know.  So we started the adventure in removing the wallpaper.  At first, the process was slow, because we didn't know what we were doing. I spent 6 hours and got about a third of the wallpaper on that back toilet wall off.  Then we regrouped, got educated- thank you internet- and came back with a plan.  

Here's what we learned:
  • Score the living heck out of the walls with that round scorer you can find at Home Depot.  I went around 3-4 times the entire bathroom scoring.  It took a long time, but helped so much because that way, the water can penetrate through the little holes
  • Mix hot water and laundry detergent or dish soap together in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the walls 3-4 times, waiting 10 minutes between each round.  This will ensure that the water solution is getting through the holes and lifting the glue.
  • Start at a corner and just peel back the edge, ripping slowly and pulling at a diagonal.

Afterward, we sanded the walls down to remove any imperfections.  We had a lot few, because when we first started we were using metal scrapers.  Oops! So after 2 days of removing wallpaper and sanding, then we primed (2 coats) and painted (2 coats).  

Here are the results:

I made these vases out of old clear bottles I found in the recycle bin.  
I did puff paint designs on them, then spray painted the outsides white.  
To find out more, go here (:

This painting was found at Z-Gallerie and was the inspiration for the whole space.  
We drew the wall color and everything from this piece of art. 

We found our accessories at Pier1 Imports

I picked up four small canvases and painted them as wall art for behind the door {okay I may have used stencils}.  Then we hung these fun towel hooks underneath the canvases.

There ya have it, folks!  Our newly finished bathroom.  Every time I walk in to the bathroom, I like it even more and also can't believe it ever had that busy wallpaper.

Thanks for having me, Carly!  Merry Christmas to you and all your readers (:

Isn't that such a fantastic change? I seriously wish I had some of Michaela's wallpaper tips whenever I was taking down wallpaper in our old dining room.

Thanks to Michaela for stopping by, and if you haven't checked out her wonderful blog, please be sure you do!

Psst-Tomorrow I'll be posting more master bedroom redo details like I promised. I know they're a little later than I said they would be, but you'll still come back and check, right??


Michaela said...

Thanks for letting me share, girl!

Jennifer said...

Huge upgrade! love it!

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Leah said...

What a change! The room is much warmer!


Nick Raymon said...

Ohh Wow..
Thats so much beautiful.. i have never thought of pasting a wallpaper in a bathroom but after i found this blog i changed my mind i'll also do the same as u have done...
its looking stunningly awesome...
Good choice...
And thanks for sharing this..
Toronto Painter

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