Bathroom, 98% completed!

Hi everyone!

So this week has been awesome and frustrating all at the same time, lots of little jobs to do which are necessary but don’t really contribute to the overall feeling of being nearly there. We have sanded (again) filled holes (again) sanded (more fun the third time around) and primed in the bedrooms and painted the first coat on our bedroom!

Jeff and Thea!
Jeff and Thea!
Hard work.
Hard work.

I will be painting the second coat today and starting the first coat in the guest bedroom too. The colour is grey owl which was that first grey that I loved right back in the original post and I still love it, it’s so fresh and airy after the dark chocolate brown and taupe-y colour which was on the walls before.

Master bedroom.
Original master bedroom. Image c/o realtor.ca
Guest bedroom.
Original guest bedroom. Image c/o realtor.ca

We also started painting the vanity for our oh-so-nearly finished beautiful bathroom! We picked a deep hunter green for the first coat and we will be painting the top coat a light creamy grey to go with our tiles, we will then distress the piece along the straight edges so the green peeks through and the inside of the drawers will also be that deep green colour.

Paul had set it up for us with our gorgeous tile so we could get a feel for how it’s going to look soon.

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All set up!

We had some unexpected guests and were so happy to have something to show at last! Our first guest was somewhat unwelcome, a woodpecker working his way through our wood siding, Jeff will need to fill in the neat little hole and it’s definitely reason to think about re-siding the whole house (next year) in something a little more nature-proof. I will take some photos of the hole and post them next time.

Here’s Jeff working on it late last night.

Sanding.
Sanding.

We did lots and lots of research into what kind of paint we were after and the style and look of the finish and decided to go with milk paint from Homestead House Milk Paints which is a Canadian company specialising in Milk Paint. This type of paint is super interesting and fun to work with, it comes in a powder form :

Milk Paint.
Milk Paint.

Which you then have to mix with water and and a little bonding agent (if you’re using it on finished wood). It feels like a science experiment:

Alethea, crazy scientist.
Alethea, crazy scientist.

You leave it for a few minutes to combine and then paint it on any surface. Easy! It’s wonderfully pigmented and deep and very matt in texture:

Nervous!
Nervous!

Jeff finished the first coat last night and we have two more to do, inside the drawers the green needs one more coat and the outside will need two coats of the grey we picked but here’s how it looks now:

Good job Jeff!
Good job Jeff!

We spent a not inconsiderable amount of time fretting over the oddly coloured frame for our closets in the bedrooms, they were this super orange bronzed metallic colour and try as we might they would not come apart, we lifted, unscrewed, shook, kicked and scowled menacingly at them but they are solid and made to never ever be taken apart. After we discovered that we would actually have to dismantle the entire track system to get the doors off much grumpiness ensued. Then I realised that the colour was spray painted on and could be rubbed off with a brillo-pad and lots of elbow grease so I tried it:

Elbow grease!
Elbow grease!

The colour underneath is a brushed pewter, thank goodness. It is going to take a day’s work to get all the bronze off but new closets of this size cost an absolute fortune and so I’m happy to do it!

 

That’s all the updates for now really so let us know what you think in the comments, we do read them all, promise! Can’t wait to be in the house with internet so we can update you all on our finishing touches.

Alethea 🙂

4 thoughts on “Bathroom, 98% completed!

  1. Wow….. It looks fab, loving the tiles in the bathroom. I think it is going to look fantastic when it is finished, is that as far up as the tiles are going? Are the taps going above the tiles? It is all so exciting!!! The vanity looks like great, good start Jeff. I think you must have been delighted to find the pewter under that bronze colour Alethea, it will be more in touch with your colour scheme.
    I can’t wait until the next update!! Greedy aren’t I? Loves ya both xxxx

  2. Thanks to a run in I had with D. Luey at Canadian Tire the other day, I have discovered this website.

    Wow. looks really good.

    I have wanted to put a new vanity and bowl in my washroom too. Just like the one you have. That looks awesome. We have the same bathroom tastes.

    I have to ask, how is the vanity going to work with plumping? I am interested how you are going to modify it.

    • Hi, John. We had to cut the top shelf into a sort of U-shape. Before we install it completely, I’ll take some pictures to show what was done.

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