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Goodbye Ivy

July 20, 2011

The time has come to say goodbye to the Ivy.

I have to admit I love the ivy covering the front of our house {so much that I named this blog after it}. That’s not the ivy were talking about today, not the blog either.

This ivy is the paper-glued-so-strongly-to-the-wall-i-want-to-pull-my-hair-out Ivy. It just had to go. Peace out, Ivy!

This is our upstairs bathroom, directly across from our master bedroom and next to our guest bedroom with a small balcony overlooking our backyard in between. Like everything else we looked at in the house – the initial glance was a bit striking – not exactly the relaxing spa oasis I was looking for, but it has good bones. {If you are catching on, that’s our excuse for every room that looks a little crazy}

It has a large window, tall curved ceilings, white tile floor and a Jacuzzi bathtub. Although I do have to admit, I can’t remember the last time I took a bath. I think I might have been a toddler? There is just something about it that seems gross to me and I would rather just take a shower. Is anyone else like that? I am going to try to enjoy it…I’m thinking a glass of wine and a good book will help.

Why hello again gold knobs. I see you brought along a bright gold, 5-bulb light fixture with you.

Here is our plan for this bathroom and what we’ve done so far:

remove wallpaper

prime & paint walls

replace light fixture

replace toilet

replace toilet paper holder / towel bar & hooks

update cabinet knobs

repaint door & trim white

replace sink & faucet

This wallpaper was TOUGH! We’ve done a few rooms already, so we had it down to a science, but this particular room was different. It took a lot of time, a lot of Miller Lite patience, and elbow grease.

We started with a scouring tool to break up the paper, and then applied DIFF gel and water. We soaked that puppy. We quickly realized the our first mistake was the scouring tool. These particular walls are soft and smooth and got all scratched up from the tool. Bad idea!

We went back to the basics, a whole lotta’ soaking, sponging, scraping, repeat. Because of the dents and scrape marks we left in the walls, we decided to use a textured primer to cover them up. This was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone working with smooth walls. We covered the walls and ceiling with the white primer, which is a basic primer with sand-like texture mixed into it.

As you can see, replacing the tub is not on our to-do list. At least for now. Because it’s a jacuzzi tub, our ultimate decision was that a good shower curtain, covering up the green, was a better option than replacing the tub. At first I hated it, given the overwhelming green situation, but I have to admit, it’s growing on me. That green color was actually my inspiration for the wall color and the overall vintage inspired look for the room. There is a mint green tile border around the tub that’s not going anywhere, so instead of fighting with it, I added it to my color palette and chose a light mint green color for the walls.

We painted two coats of Behr “Shimmer”, purchased a solid white, waffle-weave shower curtain on clearance at Kohls for $10 {score!} and a new light fixture on sale at Home Depot. The light was actually meant to face down, we attached it and decided to flip it up to highlight the tall angled ceilings.

Enter lighting hiccup… {hey, we’re doing this all ourselves {with help from friends & family!} and are newbies to it all, learning along the way!}

After all the paint was dried, the lights were working, life was good – we put the mirror back up, and BAM! The base of the new light hung down lower than the mirror, so we couldn’t screw it back into the wall. For the sake of it being just a mirror, it’s still functioning and is just leaning against the base of the light. I have thoughts to add a more decorative mirror in it’s place over time and paint it a coral color.

And now this post officially takes a turn for the worse, after all, we are all mature adults here, right?

We received a very “crappy” housewarming gift from Nick’s Sister & Bro In-Law…a new toilet!! It’s amazing the things that excite you after you are homeowners!. They took us to Home Depot, let us pick out a toilet and even installed it for us! Thank You!! In an effort to use less water (and we were just intrigued by the idea in general) we picked out the Glacier Bay 2-Piece High-Efficiency Dual-Flush toilet which has two separate flushing functions. One for liquid, one for solids and uses more or less water. In order to not confuse our guests (and once again, to amuse ourselves) we came up with this saying…

As far as future bathroom projects, here is what’s left on our list, which will come in time and when we find good deals!

replace toilet paper holder / towel bar & hooks

update cabinet knobs

repaint door & trim white

replace sink & faucet

I will leave you with some images that are inspiration for the final room!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2011 1:58 pm

    I am dying laughing because in our first house we had almost the exact same wallpaper…in our kitchen!!! And it sounds like it was adhered the same way too (it took my SIL & I about one week to get it off working every night after work). Love the new look and the inspiration photos too.

    • July 20, 2011 9:29 pm

      Hahaha Heather! I can’t even imagine an entire kitchen of that stuff – what were they thinking?!

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