A Girl Can Do It!!!
One project truly does lead to another when you are able to start small and gain confidence in yourself along the way. My friend and neighbor, Marian Takushi, recently completed one bathroom remodel when she decided to take on another.
Check out her before and after for a little inspiration:
What the project included:
Existing counter top and cabinets were replaced with standard order black cabinets (available in a variety of finishes and sizes from Lowes and Home Depot and these are very reasonably priced from around $200-500); granite top was done at a steal from scrap pieces for around $350.
Existing builders grade mirror was removed to reveal about 3 layers of wall paper. Ordinarily, this could have been a nightmare. But instead of removal, Marian repeated the stucco finish on her wall by troweling stucco patch in the same stroke pattern as the rest of her bathroom and painted over it. New framed mirror is now in place.
Smartly, she re-used the existing light fixtures but repainted with Krylon’s hammered metal finish paint to give them a new look.
And this is a neat idea….instead of replacing her medicine cabinet which would have cost $200, she found a picture frame for around $20, placed hinges on it and mounted it to the existing recessed medicine cabinet box. Now she has a framed art medicine cabinet. Very cute and practical.
Now Marian has a chic and updated bath that took less than a week to finish! You can do it too!
Your little girl has outgrown the pink pony wallpaper border in her room. Or, maybe you have decided that the country mauve and blue roses in your bath has to go! Great news! Even better news? You may not have to go through the agony of removing the old stuff by completing just a few simple steps.
If you decided that Venetian Plaster (my part 1 of this series) http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/20/no-you-dont-have-to-remove-that-old-wallpaper-part-1/ isn’t for you, then I have another idea to cover your existing wallpaper . I love time savers and the first time I removed a room of old paper, was also my last after I discovered this process.
There are two important requirements to ensure success:
1) Check the quality of seams. If there are areas that are loose, you will need to glue them down or as I prefer, cut them with a sharp utility knife to get a nice edge. If there are bubbles, cut an x in the bubble and either glue it down or remove around the bubble.
2) If your unwanted paper has a heavy texture or pattern to it, it may show through your paint which means bad news, you may have to either remove the paper or plaster over. If the pattern is slight, you should be perfectly okay by doing the next steps.
Prepping the wallpaper for painting:
I can’t think of a task that would make me run faster from home improvement more than trying to remove old wallpaper. Yes, there are ways to do it, but with at least two alternatives that can save your sanity and tons of time, I ask why? I’m going to divide the two methods into two parts. Part 1 will be “Venetian Plaster”.
Venetian Plaster directly over wallpaper-Before and After
Venetian Plaster can be purchased in a variety of pre-mixed colors from Lowe’s; the tools they also sell for the product are useful. It is a wonderful product that gives you a warm custom look faux finish once it is done. The beauty of this product is that it is easier than you might think, it covers old wallpaper like a champ and the layers and depth of the finish is entirely within your control. Although slightly pricier than a gallon of paint (around $32) and coverage is half of what a typical gallon would cover, think of it as “time saved” for the investment. I used about 1 and 3/4 gallons for a dining room that is approximately 140 square feet.
Here are the basic steps before covering any wallpaper: