These updates are not in the order they were completed.
The floor was actually completed before the wainscoting (update#2).If you follow my facebook page, you already know what the floor looks like. I will describe how I did it.
When we started this project, the floor was carpet on half and vinyl on half. I don't know about you, but I don't think carpet goes in bathrooms. It gets wet and after a period of time; smelly. UGH! This blue carpet
|In this picture I wasn't quite finished laying the luan and you can see the layer of plywood underneath.|
I sanded this down and painted 1 coat primer and 2 coats of tan paint. (The paint I got from Menards was too pinkish when I started painting so I added some black acrylic craft paint to tone it down. Sorry, I do not know what color it ended up being.) I neglected to take a picture at this point so let's just imagine the next picture without all the tape. :)
A tip for getting the corners nice and square: Use a putty knife!
Lay the knife on top the tape right along the line you want to end
your tape and give a quick yank up and back toward the knife a bit.
I found out the quicker the tug, the straighter the tape will tear.
Please note: this will take several hours to tape!This was my first experience with Frog tape and I will never go back!! NO bleeding! It is WELL worth the little extra money to not have to go back and touch up a million places. This is not a sponsored post; that is my honest opinion of a GREAT product!
After taping, I painted every other square with an off-white paint. (Again, something I concocted with several leftover paints I had on hand.) I marked the squares that didn't get painted with a dab of tape so I didn't get confused while I was painting.
The next step was to remove the tape. Look at those nice, crisp lines! Yay Frog tape!! :)
I really liked this look but I had intended to stencil a design on the tan squares. I laid my stencil down and did my 'envision the whole floor' trick and I began to doubt my plan. It was going to be too busy.
|I made my stencil using my Silhouette Cameo and blank stencil stock from Hobby Lobby.|
I posted my 'dilemma' on facebook and some of you had the great idea to do every other tan square. Well, duh. How perfect. :) I totally love it that way!
After letting my paint dry a day or so, I sealed it with a urethane floor sealer. It took me a long time to decide which sealer to use but I went with a good (read, expensive) one because it's most likely going to get wet a lot and I wanted it to hold up. I could have gone with just a polyurethane for wood but they all said they cause slight yellowing. I didn't want that! I used a product from Lowe's especially for floors: Varathane No Odor Floor Finish. I put down 4 or 5 coats and we went on vacation and let it cure. Since we have been working in there again and it has gotten HEAVY use, I will probably give it a light sanding and another coat or 2 when I'm finished everything else.
So that wraps up how I did the floor.
If you missed my bathroom update #1 or
you can click the links of each to check them out!
The day after Christmas, DH set and hooked up the toilet so we FINALLY have a functioning toilet in there now. I can't tell you how happy I was to get that thing off my front porch! (I know, ewww, right?)
I have a few things to finish up before I show you the ceiling and how I did that. Let's just say, it involved DH's help to get it up. :)
From the Farmhouse