Living the Mom Life: Bathroom Makeover Part I

Anyway, I decided to bite the bullet and share my bathroom makeover.  Why, you ask?  Why not?  Ok, it’s full of hilarity and general foolishness that I hope to help you avoid.  Let’s get started. *(Disclaimer:  You may find foul language in this post such as crap, dangit, poopit, UUUUUGHHHH & my favorite, craaaaaaap!  I ask for your forgiveness in advance.  Thanks!)

The object of this project was this:  to match these two things by using an accent wall.

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As you can see,  I like lime green.
Next, here’s a little life lesson.  Don’t paint in white clothing.

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This is what I had on before I noticed I was being covered in little green dots:

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This is what I decided on after:

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And YEAH, I kept my earrings on!  Diva level is 24/7…(she says as you laugh at her Martha Washington looking satin bonnet)

1.  Always take before pics.  Why?  So you can see how well (or crappy-see?  We’re off to a rolling start with the bad words-your work turned out.)  The problem?  I didn’t take a before picture of the wall.  I don’t even know if I have a picture of my bathroom.  I’ll just say this-you didn’t miss anything.  Textured, cream boring walls.  Oh wait, here’s a snippet of before…

20150515_110756See how exciting?  Ok, I think you get the point…next!

2.  Always be sure to have PLENTY of wall color.  Why?  So you don’t have to change out of crazy looking clothes 20150515_111018 into normal looking clothes.  Let’s just say I had to make a trip because my 8 year old daughter thought this jar was finger paint (which she decorated the carpet, walls and other places we haven’t discovered yet) and had me running a little low.  Not only that, but she was nice enough to turn it to the front where it was all nice and clean

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so I wouldn’t be bothered with this circus (which would have raised a huge red flag) on the back:

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3.  Assume nothing (refer to pictures above).  Don’t think this is going to deter children:

20150515_102519As soon as I turned my back, there was a big green splotch of paint on a wall THAT I WASN’T GOING TO PAINT!  Let’s just say that there was a family discussion about it and move on to the next tip.  Oh yeah,

4.  Check everything.  Tape, stir sticks, paint pan, drop cloth, brushes, extra tubs for when you have little kid fits & walk away for 30 minutes.  You know, everything.  Why?  Because if you don’t, you’ll find stuff like this.

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What’s that, you ask?  It’s a tiny crack.  No big deal, right?  Until you turn it sideways and see it for the San Andreas fault it REALLY IS!!

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Seriously Walmart?  You had one job.  Sell non-broken stuff.  Jeez Louise!!!  But it’s ok.  I had some life skills to call on in this troubling hour.  So now enters the duck tape.  Fixes everything from cracks to car bumpers (seeing that always gives me a laugh riding down the highway.)  Ok, FOCUS!  I pull out the duck tape and get to work.

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You may think this was overkill, but my walls and floors and general level of sanity are at stake here, people!  All drama queenery aside, it worked.  I put on 2 layers on each side to make sure it didn’t seep through.  And true to duck tape’s reputation, it stuck and stayed and worked like a charm!  🙂

20150515_1026525.  Taping the walls.  Here’s where the really bad language starts.  Who thought textured walls were a good idea?  Seriously, it looks like a little kid went wild with toothpaste and left it to dry.  Then they painted over it.  Next house, no textured walls.  I’ll probably change my mind.  But right now, I’m not happy about them!!  Let me tell you, in hell there must be textured walls that you have to paint.  I mean it’s just ridiculous.  I taped thinking I was following all the rules, being a good Christian homeowner, just to be shown that I too could fall prey to the textured wall mockery.  I taped, retaped, smeared down, pushed down and guess what happened.  You know it!  It bled.20150515_130149  And not just a little bit.  Bled like a stuck pig doing jumping jacks.  Ok, not that bad.  But enough to make me think of putting a line of Elmer’s glue around the edges and throwing gold glitter on it!  I may have to get a squeegee and a q-tip to get those corners, y’all!

20150515_110339And who even came up with this part of the wall behind the door?  I ain’t painting that!

Once I pulled the tape off I was…disgusted.  Until I talked to my Mom.  She said she’d had the same issue.  She said to get one of those corner painting thingies.  Or, oooh oooh!  Google it, honey!  Let’s just say she got the side eye for all that helpful advice.  Anyway, I moved on to cleanup and was super careful not to track green paint down our lovely cream carpeted hallway.  I know my hubby’s glad about that.

Ok, here’s the last thing I learned.  Ready?

JUST PAY SOMEBODY FOR PETE’S SAKE!  It’s not worth it.  I was expecting this great feeling of accomplishment.  Well, it must’ve gotten lost in the mail cuz it never came!  But truth be told, I like my “sassy green” colored wall and I’m glad I at least gave it a shot.  Now on to other craziness…      20150515_110939            Up next (if I can gather the courage to relive it), how to patch a hole in the wall.  20150515_110700Mmmm hmmmm…..
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