Welp, over the last four days I did a lot of prep and painting. Thought it may not look like I did. You know, the main bathroom is deceptively large and then factor in the trim detail I had to work with. It took most of my weekend, but we’re one step closer to a finished bathroom. Last weekend, Ben installed most of the trim. He finished up on Tuesday, installing the cap and details around the vanity. I spent a few hours filling nail holes and caulking the seams on Wednesday. After that, I packed up the boys and we took a trip to the lumber yard to search for the perfect crown molding. Five samples came home with me, but I had a clear favorite. That one, at the top of the pile.
Ben agreed, and it was the second cheapest option. Hooray! Thursday I sanded everything and started priming. Then on Friday I put on the first coat of white paint. After our home-made waffle breakfast, our little family made another trip to the lumber yard to buy our crown molding to finish off the bathroom. Ben installed it once we got home. Of course that gave me more nail holes to fill and seams to caulk, but the end was in sight. While letting the caulk dry, I put a second coat of white on the lower half. Bright and early on Sunday morning, I sanded the crown and gave it a quick, heavy coat of white. Luckily, one coat covered the crown completely, so I let that dry and worked on the entertainment center. (More on that project soon!) Then I taped off the white trim to give the walls and ceiling a second coat of gray. And so I did. Because I worked my butt off to get this all done, I thought it be best to tell you every detail of the process so you feel like you’ve painted with me. Haha. I told you all of that to show you this; our (almost) finished bathroom.
While I’m biased, I’m completely in love. And it’s nice to see the trim one color. So much whiter and brighter.
We’ve got a few little things to do, like build faux drawers for the vanity, paint the door (which means the rest of the doors in the house will get painted as well-I think I’ve landed on a color), and spray paint the fan cover.
The rest is d.o.n.e. As I mentioned, Ben and I had a few disagreements about trim placement. Lucky for me, he agreed to add 1/4 inch detail trim around the side of the linen closet.
The rest of the room has a decorative trim (which also functions to hide the peeled sheet rock).
The same trim wraps around the vanity acting as a back splash.
Details make me happy. While this trim is simple, I think it works well with the modern meets traditional aesthetic we’re going for.
Simple square door casement with a touch of detail.
And let’s talk about the crown. We had the option to use traditional crown, similar to what is in the rest of the house, like this for 55 and 75 cents per linear foot.
But it all felt too formal and traditional. Instead, we landed on a door casement with a slightly detailed, but still clean lined profile. For us, this works. We used casement as crown in our first house with great results. And, this trim is only 45 cents a linear foot. At that price, for our 8 foot square bathroom, the crown cost only $11.25.
Big impact for little money. And the casement is easier to work with that true crown.
What do you think of our almost finished bathroom? Did you work all weekend? Or did you take some time to relax? I’m off to work on the entertainment center now.