Alright friends, let’s get down to business. Although we painted every room in the house, the hall bath was one of the rooms in the biggest need of an update. Not only was there colorful fruit loop-esque wallpaper throughout the room—well, let’s be real, that was the main issue—but it was also the main bathroom for the downstairs…the bathroom that, for the most part, everyone would be using when they came over. Polka dot wallpaper? Understandable for a children’s bathroom. For the hall bath? It had to go.
I will say, we were fortunate enough to only have one room with wallpaper, and thank goodness it was relatively small. So, to start our bath redo, first and foremost, we decided to tear out the old bath vanity. Our handyman helped us with this, and it ended up being a bigger hassle than initially predicted. I ended up picking out three vanities before settling on a pretty basic white one due to size issues. The vanities I wannnntedddd were too narrow for the space that was cut out of the floor tile. Bummer. The vanity we ended up with worked out just fine, though, and came in at a price much less expensive than me previous choices! BONUS! It’s pretty plain Jane, but it’s nice and new, and most importantly, clean. Ah, sigh of relief.
Now that we had the vanity out of the way, it was time to get down and dirty with wallpaper removal. Needless to say, this was a pain in the ass. One of the walls seemed to have been recently wallpapered and the paper peeled off easily. The rest of it? Hot mess. Luckily I had help so it was a one-night project. We used spray bottles, warm water, and putty knives and got to work. After peeling off the top layer of wallpaper, I used a TSP and warm water mixture to remove the sticky glue layer. I let it soak into the wall, then used the putty knife to remove it. NOTE: If you’re working in a small space, where a mask. This stuff is toxic!
The worst part is now over. Your walls should be nice and clean, free of sticky glue remnants. Now, clean up your mess before starting the next step. All cleaned up? Good! Let’s paint.
Ta da! It already looks SO much better. But we didn’t want to stop there. Now that the the walls and trim were painted (see How to Paint Trim) and the new vanity (and mirror—we replaced this, too!) was installed, I decided to take it a step further and stencil one of the walls. Note, the wall that I stenciled, I didn’t paint the dark gray color. I ended up painting the wall with two coats of white paint before stenciling in the dark gray.
How to Stencil a Wall
(Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils)
What You’ll Need:
- Stencil, obviously (We used Zamira allover stencil, long)
- Painter’s tape
- Paint (in the color of your surrounding walls. We used a slate gray color)
- Paper plate
- Small roller
- Stencil level, optional
- Unpackage stencil; if stencil has been rolled up, flatten. Once flat, tape stencil into the top corner of the room to start. If you are using a stencil level, attach to the top of the stencil to ensure stencils remain evenly lined up (we didn’t use a level since our pattern was so intricate).
- Prepare paint for stenciling. Place a small amount of paint on a paper plate, and barely coat your roller in the paint. NOTE: Err on the side of having not enough paint; too much and the design will bleed through the stencil. Roll over the securely taped stencil until the cutouts are well-coated. Untape stencil from the wall. Line up stencil with coordinating cutout (if you’re using Cutting Edge Stencils, they make this step very easy for you!). Retape, and roll paint onto stencil.
- Continue this process until the wall is covered. A few hints: The tape will wear down pretty quickly, so apply new tape frequently. Also, if you want to minimize smearing, wait between each stencil application to avoid smudging the previously painted stencil. We didn’t wait, because again, our stencil was so intricate that little mess-ups weren’t too noticeable.
- And voila, you have a stenciled wall! So fun for a little accent in a small (or large if you are OK taking on the work!) space!