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« on: March 29, 2013 11:13:14 AM »

We're in this long, painstaking process of redoing our upstairs bathroom ourselves. We're still no where NEAR done, and it's been a royal pain to say the very least, but I wanted to share this because it's the BEST best best part of the bathroom...if I do say so myself, baha!

I started reading through a blog called Sawdust and Embryos and saw a tutorial on there for painted backsplashes. I loved them right off the bat! I couldn't get them out of my head. Well, in the process of redoing things, we removed this terrible wainscoting from half of the wall in our bathroom, which looks like this:



It's very hard to actually tell how bad our bathroom was from this photo. We found mold under the floor, walls warping..it's been rough, and we've been doing it on a tight budget so we've had to make some sacrifices here and there.
Anyway. We get the wainscoting off and we're left with a blank wall. We painted it white and my husband mentions "It looks unfinished."  Shocked CLEARLY, he doesn't know me at all, because not 10 minutes after he said it, I was planning for a trip to the store.



I picked up some bottles of acrylic paint that I *hoped* would work together, some thin painters tape, and a sponge brush. And then I got home and started working.




At this point, my husband suggested throwing on a coat of poly over it and leaving it like it is. "IT LOOKS LIKE YOSHI'S BATHROOM!" Man, he almost had me with it, but I had to keep going. And then, 3 painful hours later...



WHEW. Took a lot, my back was on fire for a week (I have a bad back as it is), and I hate painting. But it was SO worth it.

Thanks for looking and letting me share!
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2013 11:24:31 AM »

That is GORGEOUS! I can't believe you achieved that effect with paint. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2013 11:35:40 AM »

This looks professional!
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2013 11:47:43 AM »

Thanks! It was a lot of work, and a lot of foul language being thrown around and swearing off painting for life, buuuut totally worth it. Somewhat debating on doing it in another room, but then I laugh at myself and the husband chews me out haha. It still needs a coat of polycrylic or two to be officially DONE done, but the best part is if/when we move from the house, it's neutral enough that we don't have to paint over all the hard work. Thank God, because I don't think I could ever just paint over it. It'd break my heart lol.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013 05:21:03 PM »

WOW!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013 07:51:12 PM »

VERY impressive!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2013 08:01:58 AM »

Exceptional!  Very creative, and your lines are perfectly done.  A lot of work, but well worth it.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2013 12:24:49 PM »

WOW!
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2013 06:17:17 AM »

Thanks everyone! The more I look at it, the more I forget how much of a pain it was and the more I want to do it again. I LOVE the interest it brings to the room. It's the first thing everyone notices when they walk in, despite the lime green walls lol.
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2013 11:20:55 AM »

That's awesome!  Nice job.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2013 07:38:58 PM »

Whoa -  I totally would have guessed that was tile! Nice work.
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2013 10:18:27 AM »

wow an amazing job!  I doubt I could make the lines that straight even with the tape.  Its definitely awesome and I'm shocked it only took 3 hours
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2013 11:52:15 AM »

I ADORE this wall and after reading the entire blog "Sawdust and Embryos" I have several ideas for painting the backplash in my kitchen.  I can't wait to get started! 

Thanks for sharing a gorgeous idea.
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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2013 03:14:38 PM »

Thank you, everyone! I still get happy about it when I go in there, which I'm going to say is a great thing. Smiley I totally encourage anyone that's willing to try it, DO IT! I didn't realize I'd still feel this good about it afterwards, haha. And I'd suggest keeping a small level with you while you're taping. The photos don't show it, but some of my lines are a bit wavy and uneven, but hey! It gives it character, and I LOVE character. Wink
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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2013 07:33:42 AM »

Beautiful!  And no grout to scrub, which imho is icing on the cake lol
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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2013 04:59:52 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2013 07:37:02 PM »

That turned out great!  I can't imagine accomplishing that in just a few hours and I was a pro!  And it looks really nice with the floor, too.  YEY YOU!
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2014 06:52:54 AM »

Wow. Just wow.
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2014 11:12:11 AM »

Totally looks like tile...very WOW!  Great colour choices too Smiley
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