Bathroom DIY Roundup
L here! You can see my first floor bathroom reveal here and now I’m going to share my DIYs in this bathroom- including a major #DIYfail…
1. Shower curtain tassels
This shower curtain from Target already has fringe at the bottom, but the overall length of the shower curtain was way too long and the fringe pooled on the floor. I bought this cute tassel trim from Joann Fabrics, cut the shower curtain from the bottom and used Heat n Bond for an easy no-sew project!
2. Potato print art
I have always loved this gorgeous artwork in Emily Henderson’s Home:
Rebecca Atwood created that stunning piece with potato prints and she has a blog post on how to re-create it yourself! I’ve been wanted to try this with my kids, so we busted out the potatoes and paint and created our own artwork. I did a small print for the bathroom for a modern, funky type of vibe.
So easy and fun!
3. Vanity cabinet doors
The original vanity cabinet doors were a traditional raised panel style. Since I wanted a more modern look in this bathroom, I decided to make my own cabinet doors! I had leftover 3/4″ hardwood plywood from a previous project, so I used the original doors as templates and used a table saw to cut out new doors. We used a router on each door for the hinges and preserved the original hinges. Since plywood has unfinished edges, I used iron-on veneer tape to cover the edges and then painted the doors in Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams.
3. Painted vanity
All I have to say here is use primer before you paint, even if you’re using a paint + primer! The side of the cabinet facing the toilet bubbled after I painted it, so I had to sand it down and start over again, this time with a good oil-based primer.
4. Painted vanity top
Ok, so here’s my #DIYfail for you…when I saw that Proverbs 31 Girl used appliance paint on her vanity top, I was SO excited to try an extremely affordable alternative to replacing the vanity top. First…don’t try to spray paint in a small, not-well-ventilated room…I wore every type of safety gear I had at the time and covered myself head to toe in old clothing, but it was a complete mess! The spray paint still got everywhere.
But the final result actually looked pretty good…
…until we started using this sink again. Even after waiting the appropriate amount of time for the paint to dry, it chipped and scratched like crazy. I even sanded the entire vanity top down and got smart and used the appliance paint in a can instead of the spray paint to re-paint the top. That didn’t work either…after many, many coats of paint and constant touch ups, I decided it wasn’t worth the headache. We purchased this beautiful and affordable white vanity top from Mendards as a replacement and I couldn’t be happier! With kids especially, the integrated bowl and rolled edges keep water contained and the stark white contrast is the look I ultimately wanted in this bathroom. Let me know if you try the painted vanity top/counter top method!