One week down and the One Room Challenge bathroom is looking really different. It's amazing what a little bit of paint can do. If I had to stop now, I would be so happy and satisfied with the transformation of the fresh paint.
We have to thank our lucky stars and generous friends for letting us house sit at their amazing home during the week of spring break. First, let me tell you about this amazing house! It's right on the beach with amazing views. The place is huge and welcoming and so comfortable. Our friends are the 'eat anything you want' type of people, so we feel very at home in their 100 sf stocked pantry.
So while on fauxcation (just 10 minutes away), we packed up the entire studio and bathroom to prepare for paint week. There is one word needed for paint week: patience. Painting is not a one-and-done operation. It requires a lot of preparation, carefully painting, waiting between coats, and proper clean up.
The studio is nothing fancy and will be a future rental, so went with our basic white color every where. Our go to color is a bright white with virtually no undertones (maybe a little yellow-green). It is Sherwin Williams Pure White, and we went with an easy to clean semi-gloss sheen in the bathroom.
Let me just remind you of where we started. The room was yellow, blending in with the tan travertine tile, and the brown vanity was too dark.
An additional color I brought to the bathroom was Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray. I needed another neutral color, and this one is a favorite by people all over the internet.
I painted the gray color on the back wall of the bathroom in the alcove where the shelves will go. It will be a nice dark back drop. Since I already had the paint, I decided to paint the existing vanity a matching gray. I went shopping for new vanity, but don't have budget for a quality piece, and don't want to spend a couple hundred on just another cheaply built one. I like the style of the current vanity, so I slapped on some Kilz Original before two coats of Chelsea Gray (you must do the primer first!).
And wow, the place looks a fresh and crisp with a new coat of paint. It's amazing what paint can do, and while it is a very simple and basic task, I have a few tips I learned from this painting experience.
1. Be patient. Painting is not just a brush and done activity. It requires the proper preparation, being thorough with the rolling and brushing, waiting between coats, and clean up.
2. A proper primer is crucial. We used the magical oil based Kilz and it was very necessary for repainting the vanity.
3. Have the right tools. A good brush and the proper knapp roller may not seem like a big deal, but it makes a huge different in an amature slop job and a professional looking paint job.