Thank you SO much for all the great input on my bathroom wallpaper ideas last week!! I haven’t had a chance to answer you all back, because I’ve been completely covered in sawdust working on said bathroom. After all that wallpaper discussion and your valuable feedback, I’m throwing a big curveball at you all and nixing the wallpaper altogether! I know, I’m just as surprised by this little plot twist as you.
Last week I picked up all the tongue and groove pine planks I needed to get started on the bottom portion of the wall treatment. Well not all, it turns out I got about half of what I needed since my measuring skills are a bit rusty. Anyway, I bought 8 foot boards and was shocked when I got home that they actually ran all the way to the ceiling. Our whole basement has 9 foot ceilings, except I totally forgot about the drop-down to 8 foot in my son’s bathroom. There was a weird spot that needed to be lower because of ductwork so we decided to make the whole thing 8 ft.
This turned out to be a happy accident. Once I had a few boards lined up in there, I realized that I loved the idea of planking the whole thing. All of Instagram agreed with me – the vote registered at a resounding 93% to nix the wallpaper idea.
My thinking was I could hang fun nautical artwork that I could switch out as he ages rather than being stuck with wallpaper he changes his mind about. Plus, the vertical planking is so cottagey and charming all on its own.
I have been working away down in his bathroom and I’m almost to the finish line on the woodwork portion of this room. I will not divulge how many trips to Lowe’s I have taken in the past few days… I have half a wall to go and then I will add trim at the top, fill in all the holes and knots, prime, paint, hang artwork….
Ok, so there is a ways to go yet. Which explains my radio silence over here! I don’t’ remember how I managed to do all those DIY projects at our last house, blog about them, and keep my kids fed and alive! I guess I was younger and consumed more coffee. Either that or I didn’t spend half my day as a part-time uber driver when they were toddlers. Either way, I’m sorry the blog has been lacking lately – I promise there is fun content coming soon! I thought I would share a few quick wonky iPhone progress shots (I promise it’s going to look good these are just awful photos) to prove I’m not sitting on the couch watching Housewives and sipping mimosas.
Also, in case you are not seeing my vision on this one, here is the inspo shot from McGee and Co. that I found on Pinterest that kicked off my whole thought process on this. See how charming the planking is on its own? I’m super torn on whether to paint it a light gray tone like this or go really dark and dramatic. Either way, the vanity will be getting a new color too. I also think I’m going to take these lights down and use them across the street in the pool house and get something different in here that gives off better light. The Edison bulb situation is not great in a bathroom.
Ok, that’s all I got – I need to get back to the piles of sawdust in the basement. If you want to leave a comment below with whether you think light or dark paint, I promise I won’t completely go the opposite way and not paint at all. Paint will be happening! Pinky promise :)