Me – 1; Wallpaper – 0

This is the lovely basement bathroom before we bought the house.  The wallpaper in this room made you dizzy.  It was also separated and peeling up at some of the seams.  The vanity literally fell apart when you tried to open a drawer and was pretty gross so it wasn’t exactly enticing to see what those old drawers might hold.  The medicine cabinet was too small for the vanity and there were some pretty hideous globe track lights.  The overhead light shade also transported you back a few decades and there was an acrylic & brass towel rod.  The shower head looks and functions more like a garden hose than a shower head.  Luckily the floor tile was in good shape, the shower stall is clean & the toilet is a low flow model.

Before (from the real estate listing):

Here’s a close up of the wallpaper just so you can get the full dizzying effect.

To Do:

  • Rip down wallpaper
  • Paint walls & trim
  • Replace ceiling light
  • Replace vanity light
  • Replace vanity & faucet
  • Replace medicine cabinet with mirror
  • Add backsplash
  • New TP holder
  • Hang art

One day in April, I went down to the basement to exercise and got distracted by the bathroom wallpaper.  I found a seam that was separated in the wallpaper and pulled a little to see what would happen….who am I kidding…I just ripped it off.  It turns out that the wallpaper was just glued on at the seams and it pulled right off the wall in a huge sheet.  I also saw some potential water damage on the wall so I had to keep going.  Just HAD TO.

It turns out that the builder put the wallpaper up BEFORE the ceiling & trim were installed.  The walls were in pretty good shape except for the leftover stuck behind the trim and ceiling and the glue on the seams.  This still felt like a huge improvement/accomplishment.

We left the walls bare for a few months until we changed our plans on the basement and decided to go ahead and make it habitable now instead of in a few years.  In July, we called back in the pros (Greenwave Solutions) to finish the wallpaper & faux wood paneling removal in the main room (the wallpaper tied our score in there) & to paint the bathroom at the same time.   Kevin and I did the rest ourselves.  We found a vanity, vanity top, mirror combo at Home Depot that was a great deal and fit the space perfectly.  We installed the new vanity light and found that the ceiling light just needed a new glass shade to look updated.  I added the backsplash a few months later (October) with tiles leftover from the master bath renovation in the last house which looked great with the dark grey blue walls.  I added the Guinness art that was in the kitchen at the old house and also had some of the grey blue tones.

After:

Since I like to cross things off lists:

To Do

  • Rip down wallpaper
  • Paint walls & trim
  • Replace ceiling light
  • Replace vanity light
  • Replace vanity & faucet
  • Replace medicine cabinet with mirror
  • Add backsplash
  • New TP holder
  • Hang art

Only one thing left on that list!  This may be the only room that I can declare officially (almost) complete!  And here is the before & after shot for personal gratification:

One Response to “Me – 1; Wallpaper – 0”

  1. Samantha says:

    Wow, looks great!! 🙂

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