Thursday, 11 January 2018

industrial glam bathroom reveal.....finally


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Cast your mind back to oh, about a million and a half years ago, back in the mists of time, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I had an urge to paint something.....of course I'm exaggerating.......it was definitely only the early 90's when I started this project. I kid, I kid,it was a mere eighteen months ago,it just feels like more because I spent most of it having the same argument with a four year old about why she couldn't watch a third hour of youtube kids, and that shit drags.

So, somewhere around the late Jurassic period, I first found myself with a tin of paint I didn't have a particular use for and decided to start making over our ensuite bathroom. It's a good sized shower room off the master bedroom, but the layout meant that it was really tough to add any storage in there as the only free wall space was right inside the door. I needed storage, I needed it to be pretty, needed it to be grown up and sophistocated.


I shared my plans with you guys when I was about to start, and I was full of enthusiasm to get going on my new, child-free, industrial/glam bathroom. These were my inspiration photos....


       
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Aaaaaaaand this is what I actually had to work with.....



                        plans for a rustic industrial glam bathroom makeover on a budget



plans for a rustic industrial glam bathroom makeover on a budget




plans for a rustic industrial glam bathroom makeover on a budget





plans for a rustic industrial glam bathroom makeover on a budget
I don't know what to tell you, all the photos came out slightly sideways.





In a word...grim. But with some imagination I thought it would be easy. Some paint, some art, storage. Easy peasy.

*Record scratch, freeze frame*

 Reader, it was not easy peasy.

So yeah, obviously it wasn't the cake walk I had planned. I think the problem was that I started the project by painting just because I had the paint to hand and I found myself with a free afternoon, but not having a definite plan in place really put the kibosh on the whole thing. Like, I knew what I wanted the space to feel like, but I didn't actually have a solid plan as to how I was going to achieve that. And the longer it took the more I changed my mind.

So here we are, eighteen months later, and the project has finally limped and dragged it's way to the finish line...or as close as it's going to get anyway. I could do more, I wanted to do more, but sometimes you just have to say "good enough" and post the damn photos!

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So basically, I changed the wall colour from pukey green to a soft linen white. This made a huge difference to the feel of the room and made it a lot brighter and more modern.


I painted the grout in the shower to try and make my bog standard white tiles a bit more interesting, and then I installed a new shower curtain rail above the shower enclosure and hung some voile panels from Penneys in order to disguise my mid-90's, cheapest of the cheap shower. I'd love a fancy new shower guys, but......money! The painted grout did need to be touched up recently, but that's once in a year and I'm ok with that. It's a really cheap and easy fix that's made a really basic, grim shower feel a lot more special.


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You can see that the voile really hides the old shower enclosure quite well. 


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Gavin allowed me to talk him into turning an old dresser into a vanity unit. I painted it, he cut it, plumbed it and swore at it, and now we have a beautiful unit that gives us loads of storage as well as looking great.

I really wanted a large round mirror to contrast with the other square shapes in the room, but it was impossible to find one I liked in my budget, so I called up a local glass shop and discovered that to commission one in the exact size I wanted (70cm) was only €35!! It's really thick and heavy and I love it. And obviously two weeks later Sostrene Grene were selling one with a black rim for €27 but whatever, I like mine!


We got the lights on lamp and light.ie reduced to €12 each. Just be careful that you get proper bathroom lights as normal lighting isn't safe around so much water. 




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Then, just as I was about ready to hang the last few bits of art and the mirror, I completely lost the plot and decided to stencil the floor.....and I'm so glad I did. It was nowhere near as difficult as I thought it would be, and it totally transformed the look of the room.


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Extra storage over the door for my stockpile of shampoo and shower gel.
                               
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Then I added the first full length mirror I've had in over ten years so I don't have to stand on my bed and jump in the air to see my shoes and outfit at the same time. Seriously guys, I'm living the high life here!


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                                 industrial glam budget bathroom makeover monochrome brass


Gavin made me some beautiful shelves out of pallet wood and some brackets I picked up in Sostrene Grene. I love them. He just gave the wood a rough sand to take off anything that could give us splinters and that was that. I love the look of the raw wood.


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A few plants and knick knacks to bring a bit of life to the place and we were done!

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I'm really happy with it, especially seeing as I spent a very small amount of money on it. Here's the breakdown:

Paint and varnish - €80 (with left overs)

Long mirror - €30

Round mirror - €35

Shelves - €5 x 3

Shower rail - €30

Voiles - €16

Lighting - €25

Decor - €50

Sink - €60

Tap - €30


So what do you think? I'm actually really happy with it, I'm just sorry it took so long cos I never got to have that satisfied "it's finished!" feeling. But still, I have a lovely new grown up bathroom that's a million times better than the bland, depressing space it was before. In total the whole thing cost less than €400 and now I have a sophisticated place to hide from my children. Yay! 

One last before and after......

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Yep, I'm happy with that! :)))) I've included some affiliate links below if you're wondering where to get the materials for a makeover like this. Affiliate links mean I make a little bit of money when you purchase through them, but it doesn't cost you any more ;)








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Sunday, 7 January 2018

new year plans



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Hi everyone, remember me? Yeah, so it looks like one kid was easy, two I could handle, but three has me crashing through life in that kind of weird "what the hell just happened" way that's really hard to keep up with. Not that the actual looking after of the offspring is harder, cos for some reason it's not, it's just that there's so much to do that my brain can't keep up, and the days are flying past me at a frightening rate. 

My life is basically that scene from Thor Ragnarok where he meets Doctor Strange.......Anybody? No? Well you're missing out. Taika Waititi, Jeff Goldblum, what more do you want?!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

my favourite interior trends this season


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As someone who's really into interiors I always love watching new trends emerging and seeing how people incorporate them into their homes. There are so many things I'd like to try myself, and while my own style is some kind of a scandi/mid-century/eclectic mash-up, there is only so much experimenting I can do before my home starts looking like I have multiple personalities! 

Monday, 30 October 2017

plans for a nautical, cool kids bathroom

              


This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own. I only work with brands I love and I think you'll love too ;)

I know, I know, I barely managed to finish my own bathroom, why am I planning another one? Well folks, this is why....

               

Yep, that's a light up mermaid sign friends, and it was on sale, so I literally couldn't not buy her. The minute I saw her (in The Range for €15 if you're wondering) I fell head over heels, and I knew I needed her for the kids bathroom. I hadn't had any plans to touch that room ANY time soon but sometimes inspiration hits and you just have to go with it! 

This room is the main bathroom in the house but it's only used by the kids so I can have some fun in here. I want it to be child-friendly, but not childish. So fun, and whimsical, but no primary colours, no plastic, and absolutely, positively, no cartoon characters.

Starting with my beauteous mermaid I want to go with a kind of jules vern, steampunk-y nautical vibe in here, but with a palette of soft blue greens to stop it being too heavy or adult. Here's a basic moodboard to give you an idea of what I'm thinking....





The floor in here is actually the only one in the house that I didn't dislike when we first moved in so it will stay, but I will be refreshing the grout lines. It's a nice deep blue colour, so will work well with the theme.

The wall tiles in here are also fine, so I'll just be painting the walls a nice white, and adding a feature wall of some kind. I'm thinking an ombre scale pattern? The paint colours on the board are Farrow and Ball "All White", "Blue Ground" and "Vardo", and I'm thinking of making some scale shaped stamps and trying to recreate a fish scale pattern using those colours. 

I would be getting the paints mixed in Fleetwood paints though cos....money.

The shower in here only get used to rinse the kids off if one of them decides it's hilarious to pee in the bath to freak the other one out, so I'm going to replace the ugly curtain rail with a prettier, but less practical round curtain rail. The one in the picture is this one from Argos.

I'm hoping to use pallet wood to create a really cool, rustic bath panel which I think will fit in really well with the theme. I'm also going to use pallet wood for shelves, and possibly for some storage crates.

I say "I", like I'll actually have anything to do with that other than nag Gavin until it gets done.

I'll frame a round mirror with rope, and I've seen this great nautical compass wall decoration that I'll pick up. Add some vintage style art, an octopus toilet roll holder and a nautical style light like this one from Lights.ie and we're done!

What do you think? I think it'll be really pretty and fresh, and something that walks the line between what I want and what the kids want, cos I know they're my kids and I love them but they have terrible taste and this is my damn house.





Wednesday, 25 October 2017

oops I did it again.....painted tile floor 2.0


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So you know how I've been saying since the dawn of time that the en-suite is practically finished and I just have to add the finishing touches and it'll be done? 

Well.....somehow last week I went in there to put up a frame and ended up stencilling the floor.

That's how it works around here, I'll put things off for months and then find myself elbow deep in paint at one in the morning, or ripping out manky carpet after just going upstairs to put some washing away. I've learned to just go with it. Gavin has learned to not ask questions. 

If you've been with me for a while you'll know that I painted my kitchen floor to make it less vomit-inducing while we saved up to have it ripped out and replaced. Well, the floor in here was less offensive, but just as dated. I had thought I would just leave it as is, hoping that it would kind of just fade into the background, but then as the rest of the decor in here came together I thought it would be a shame to have the floor sitting there, all beige and boring, ruining the look.

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So yeah, one day I came up here to put up a few pictures, realised I had a tin of paint, a stencil and two hours of actual free time until I had to pick Max up from playschool. It was a perfect DIY storm, and before I knew what was happening I had a coat of white paint on the floor. 

When I painted the kitchen floor I used primer and actual tile paint, doing two coats of each, and while it did do the job I definitely had to maintain it, touching it up every six weeks or so as little chips appeared in it. Plus the paint was stinky and expensive, so this time I decided to try a different method that I had seen on a lot of American blogs, namely, chalk paint covered by a protective finish, in my case matte water based varnish.


how to stencil a tile floor with chalk paint to get the look of Moroccan tile


how to stencil a tile floor with chalk paint to get the look of Moroccan tile


I thoroughly cleaned the floor and let it dry first, then I cut in around the edges and along the grout lines with a brush before going over the whole floor with a small roller. And here's my first tip, chalk paint dries ridiculously fast, so if I were to do this again I would work in small sections rather than doing the whole floor at once, as I found I had to be very careful not to lift the paint from the areas I had cut in with the wet paint on the roller.


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                       how to stencil a tile floor with chalk paint to get the look of Moroccan tile

I did three coats of white to make sure everything was completely covered, and once that was dry I was ready to start stenciling!

Now, if you've been with me for any length of time you'll know that I don't have the patience for precision unless it's very easy to achieve, so I was more than half convinced that I was going to totally balls this whole thing up. I figured the best way would be to start in the middle and work out, so I eyeballed the centre, stuck it down with frog tape in the corners and got to work.

That's right, no measuring of any kind. It's either pure blind luck that I didn't end up with a total mess or this particular pattern is very forgiving.

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I loaded my roller with the darker paint and then rolled it on some newspaper to get rid of the excess in the hopes of minimising any bleeding underneath the stencil, then firmly rolled it over the stencil until all the shapes were completely filled in. Where the pattern went over a grout line I had to dab at it with a brush to fill it in.

As soon as I was done I lifted the stencil, moved it over until the pattern overlapped perfectly at the side, then stuck it down again and repeated the process. So what I mean is that after the very first one I did there was always a part of the pattern that was already filled in, because I was laying the stencil partially over my previous work. This is what gives you the continuous pattern and helps make sure everything is lined up properly. The paint dried so quickly that I never had a problem with smearing while I was doing this but I did occasionally wipe off the stencil to remove any excess paint that might have seeped under.

I realise that this "overlapping" is the crucial point of this project and probably what I should have taken a million photos of....I don't know what to tell you. I had a couple of hours of kid free time to listen to podcasts, drink coffee and paint and I guess the excitement got to me. So this is all I have......

how to stencil a tile floor with chalk paint to get the look of Moroccan tile


I'm sorry, I hope my shoddy description of the process is enough!


The main parts of the floor went quickly and were relatively painless, but when it got time to get right up to the edges things got a bit trickier. All I did was bend the stencil to get the pattern as close to the edges as I could and roll the paint as normal. I ended up with a small gap the whole way around but it just looks like a grout line. 

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                       how to stencil a tile floor with chalk paint to get the look of Moroccan tile


Once the whole floor was done I went back over it with an artists brush and the white paint and cleaned up the few places where paint had seeped under the stencil like below....

how to stencil a tile floor with chalk paint to get the look of Moroccan tile


Once everything was dry I went over it with three coats of water based matte varnish to protect it. I should point out that the whole time I was working on this I made sure to walk on it as little as possible and when I did need to I wore socks. Chalk paint is incredibly soft and easy to scratch. Like seriously. I managed to scratch the white layer with my bare feet!


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The varnish goes on milky but dries clear, and while it does give a very slight sheen this was the matte version so it's not too shiny. Using water based varnish meant it was a much quicker process as each coat dried in an hour. Also it wasn't so stinky that it gave me a headache and it shouldn't yellow over time like oil based products do.

And so it was done!

I have high hopes for this lasting a long time without much upkeep. It already feels sturdier than the kitchen floor ever did, despite the fact that I used specialised products there and in here I'm winging it with products that definitely weren't meant to be used like this. Also it's extremely rare that anyone wears shoes up here, and it's only really cleaned every couple of weeks compared to the daily wear the kitchen got from brushes and mops.

I was honestly surprised at how relatively easy this was, and I'm absolutely delighted with the result. It's a total game changer, and now that I've seen it I can't imagine the space without it! 





What do you think? Have you ever stenciled anything? Will you be giving it a try now? I've put affiliate links to some of the products I used or similar below, and I'd love to see pictures if you end up trying it!

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