Really, it’s been done for months — except for the towel ring. Turns out that you never pay attention to the height of a towel ring in other people’s homes, so suddenly I couldn’t figure out how high up or down to put it.
My anxiety flared up around it, and I was sure I’d put it in the wrong place and ruin the whole aesthetic. Then I’d have to remove it, putty up the holes and repaint the area. None of which I wanted to do.
So when Mom was down here, I had her help me decide on a spot. (Read: I moved the ring around for her opinion, then had her hold it so that I could take a look.) So now the room is finally done.
Of course I forgot to take proper “before” pics, but here’s one from when I repainted the sink cabinet. It gives you a pretty good idea of just how blah the room was.
So yeah, we went from that boring, white to this nice rich red:
Sorry that the light fixture is so blurry. Here’s an up-close pic. It’s the same one we had, but the new color makes it pop so nicely that Nadine actually thought we’d gotten a new one.
Okay, on to the more interesting stuff.
I had already showed you guys the mirror and cabinet in a (much) earlier post, but I think they look even better in place.
You can see some of the mirror’s distressed red and black in the picture below. But what I really wanted to showcase was how well the red stained glass spray paint worked on the medicine cabinet. It created a rather cool effect, I think:
Now, if your eagle eye spotted Deadpool on the soap dispenser then you have a clue as to the bathroom’s theme. Specifically, it’s a Deadpool/Harley Quinn-themed room.
Even non-comic book fans probably know those two names by now. If you don’t, suffice it to say that both are beloved mainly because they’re irretrievably but somehow very lovably insane badasses.
Tim and I agree that they’re really soul mates, so we decided to give the two a room.
We got some minimalist pictures of the two off Etsy ($24 with shipping):
I got a six-pack of 5″ x 7″ frames from Michaels and printed out some comic book covers:
I even decoupaged a light switch plate and the aforementioned soap dispenser:
Unfortunately, you can see that the last picture on the soap dispenser bled a little. I guess I didn’t put enough Mod Podge on there. And speaking of Mod Podge… I decoupaged the sink. Here’s why: The sink was unsalvagable.
First of all, it had discoloration from what must have previously been rust spots. (Just to be safe, I scrubbed the hell out of the spots with CLR and some steel wool. Then I dipped a toothbrush in the CLR just to make sure I got the exact spots.)
Secondly, it had just under a bazillion chips. I tried to fix those with epoxy, but I was warned it would come off over time. Not that it mattered since, in between coats, the mixture got serious thick and as a result the entire application turned out globby. In the end, I got rid of the chips, having replaced them with bumps.
I tried to sand those down, but that actually just led to thinning out what must have been someone’s efforts with a refinishing kit. As a result, there are now a couple of spots of (for some reason) blue-gray in and among the globby epoxy. Sigh.
There was no saving the sink. It’s a weird size/shape so we can’t get a replacement sink off Craigslist/at the ReStore. The cabinet is a weird size, so we can’t find a replacement for that secondhand either. And replacing it with a pedestal sink would require us to add more tile where the cabinet currently is. Which we can’t afford.
So the only thing to do was to distract the eye from the terrible-looking spots.
Normally my decoupage efforts are full coverage of the surface involved. But I decided that would overwhelm the eye. Not to mention that since both characters wear red and black, it’d be hard to make out one picture from the other.
Instead, as you can see, I decided to do groups of two at different points around the sink.
It’s far from seamless, and the Mod Podge looks a little cloudy in spots, making it seem like the sink may be a little grungy. But it was never going to be gorgeous. At least now it’s interesting.
Another problem is that I apparently didn’t seal it well enough. As you can see, Deadpool’s leg has bled some. I think it’s from the couple of times I left a bit of standing water. (I normally dab it up with a rag.)
I’m disappointed because I put on three or four coats of Mod Podge and what a Home Depot employee told me to use (which turned out to be a silicone caulk) and neither seems to have done much for any standing water.
All I can do now is go buy some Mod Podge Outdoors, which is billed as highly water resistant, and maybe go back to Home Depot and get a second opinion about whether there’s a clear sealant they recommend. At worse, the bottom images will get bleached out but the ones on the side should be safe. Again, we can’t really hope for perfect here. Not until we can afford to replace the cabinet.
Prices (with lots of Joann coupons):
- Mirror: $12
- Paint for mirror: Already on hand
- Black spray paint for cabinet: Already on hand
- Red stained glass spray paint: $5.40
- Light switch plate: $2
- Soap dispenser: $1 (yay dollar store!)
- Etsy pictures: $24
- Frames for Etsy pictures: One already on hand, one $3.60
- Frames for comic book cover prints: $10
- Towel ring: $9
- 3 black hand towels: $8.97
- Shower curtain: $11.99
- Shower curtain liner: $1.79
- Shower curtain rod*: $24.94
- Toilet seat**: $22.98
- Mod Podge: $4.80
- Xacto knife: On hand from previous stenciling efforts
- Xacto blades: $3
- One gallon paint: about $30
- One pint of paint: about $12
All in all, this wasn’t a frugal room makeover, and there are some small things wrong with it. But Tim and I love how it looks, which is what matters.
*The old one took up some drywall when I removed it to paint, so that sucker wasn’t going back up!
**The old one slid around a bunch, despite our tightening it, so we decided to invest in something heavy duty with metal hinges. Probably overkill, but man it’s nice not to worry about sliding sideways when you sit down!