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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Hallway Bathroom Transformation


Ok. I know I set you up with this big title, but...

This blog post, y'all.  It's gonna be a doozy.

This is the room that almost made me walk away from this house altogether.

Train. Wreck.

Just so you know.  Even though I didn't capture it in the pictures.  Even THE BACK OF THE DOOR has wallpaper.  So when the door is closed, you're in a big black ugly wallpaper box.  With a toilet.  And a shower.  

No. No. No.

This is the hallway bathroom.  And this house doesn't have a half bath for guests to use.  This is it.

This is also our roommate's primary bathroom.



The first thing that had to go was the wallpaper.  I started simple.  Non-committal. 

I covered the back of the door with white contact paper.


Isn't. That. AWESOME ?!?

Seriously.  I just let it sit like that for a month or two.  It was such a relief.  The roommate was happy.

And I know it doesn't match the trim.  But it just needed to be a door.  And it matches the front of the door almost.

Anyway.  Then I decided to step up my game.

With more wallpaper.  The more the better.

This was a good start.  A GOOD start.  This is also where I ran out of wallpaper.

Always order twice as much as you need, people.  Ok to get a test roll.  But then, go wild.  You can return it, sell it, use it for another project.  But Target had run out.

Luckily, Amazon did.  Lucky you. 

Oh, the wallpaper.  It was hard to put up at the beginning.  I was begging it to go straight, stretching it out at the overlap.  Until I realized I should overlap it quite a bit more so that there wasn't an edge of black underlying every panel.  Then it was easy.  

I used tutorial from Young House Love to figure out how to hang it, but I guess I didn't read it closely enough.  The wallpaper also has a brief video.  But really, just cover 1/3 of it with itself and then smooth it out really good and call it a day.  And buy extra.  A lot extra.

Oh, and this kit was also really helpful.


So then...while I was waiting for the wallpaper...I did a thing.


I decided that dated lighting ALSO had to go.  Remember, I'm a renter.  So I had to be SMART here.

Pinterest tutorial to the rescue!

Dogs Don't Eat Pizza and Bless 'er House had already solved this problem for me.  

Such kind clever people on Pinterest, y'all.

Boom - bought these Edison bulbs and these light covers.


In progress.


Oh, and then the wallpaper came!  And did I mention the medicine cabinets were also covered in the wallpaper.  Contact paper magic again!

That and some desperately needed storage really took this bathroom over the top.  Y'all, this cabinet may look pretty, but it was TERRIBLE to put together.  I got it from Wal-mart and I refuse to put the link up here.  You'll have to search for it.  I'm telling you.  Terrible to put together.

I originally bought it for our master bathroom, and put the storage shelf that was left in there in this room, but it was too short for our toilet, so I switched them out.  The hubs helped me attach it to the wall.

I know it looks good me.  I wouldn't lie to you.

Also, the edges of the wallpaper needed some love.  I found this peel and stick trim and went to town along the top.  I might add some to the bottom at some point, but...not right now.

Also, ignore the fluorescent lighting.  I can't do anything about that.  Well, not yet at least. It took the hubs a while to find replacement panels for the ones we broke putting the cabinet over the toilet. 

Never again.

So for my last and final project.  I had to dress up the mirror a bit.  You know how we do, right?

A little edge trim, a little miter box hand sawing (a present from the hubs that I saw @brickendhaus use on the gram and became obsessed), and voila!  

I won't bug you with the pictures of that process.  Cut, paint, seal, and then...staple gun the edges together and glue and clamp.  Then had the hubs carve out a little space to fit it over the lights, put some 3M sticky strips on the back, and BOOM.  Done.

If you want a tutorial, go check out this one from Leah Maria Designs.

So again.  Let's review.

Hallway Bathroom TRANSFORMATION.

The End.