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North Fork living: budget refresh + Bathroom reveal

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

If you read last week's post, you'd know that I was tasked with refreshing a half bath in my parent's 1890's farmhouse. So, I got right to work-- the first thing I had to do was rip down the existing wallpaper. I then taped off the ceiling prepped it and painted it Sherwin Williams Marine Park--this was the perfect blue as it compliments the wallpaper and matches the existing blue tiles. I love the look of bold color on the ceiling in an otherwise basic space--it really has a big impact especially in smaller spaces like this half bath.

After the wallpaper was down, the ceiling was left to dry, I took the existing sconces apart and sprayed them with a metallic Krylon primer and paint. I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out but since I was trying to stick within a budget, I figured there was no harm in seeing if we could salvage these fixtures and give them a new life. After I let those dry I was really happy with the color--happy enough to nix the replacement idea and go out and buy new globes and light bulbs for them. They look brand new and you would never know about their shiny gold past life.

Last week, I explained that we would be wallpapering the bathroom with a peel and stick I had found at Lowes. Full transparency this would be my first time wallpapering *anything* and I don't care how many youtube videos you watch or how "simple" you saw peel and stick wallpaper is...its a pain in the butt. Definitely not a task for the faint of heart, however, it was well worth it in the end because the room really does look nice. After my experience, I do have some suggestions if you do choose to go the peel and stick route. The first is to choose a paper that has a pattern repeat often or else you will have a ton of waste and end up having to get extra rolls. If you can avoid it another tip is to avoid wallpapering spaces with a lot of doors or windows, just trust me on that. The last tip, go out and get yourself a good Exacto-knife--it will save you a lot of heartaches.

All and all, despite the wallpaper process, the finished product was totally worth it. It really looks like a different space and although the blue tile may be considered "dated" I think against this fresh wallpaper it really doesn't feel dated anymore! The space feels totally cohesive and this entire room was done for around $200.

Check out the Before + after

I realized I hadn't taken a true "before" but you can see the existing wallpaper on the vanity wall. The space just felt like a mash up of styles that were not communicating.


Product List:

Wallpaper: Scott Living 30.75-sq ft BVinyl Floral Self-Adhesive Peel and Stick Wallpaper in Bliss

Bath Mat (not pictured): Cotton + Jute Floor Mat

Sconce Replacement Glass: Style Selections Clear Hammered Vanity Shade

Sconce Paint: Krylon Spray Paint

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