I feel like we have left you with a few loose ends when talking about the hall half bath. First, we left you with a photo of the paneling installed, but unfinished. And then Friday, we spilled the beans that while painting the paneling, we also repainted the walls. Anyway, without further ado, here’s how those loose ends look tied up:
While I painstakingly primed and painted on two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Simply White in a semi-gloss finish–more on that in a sec
–the country blue of the walls was not going away like I thought it would once the natural cedar started disappearing. This is when I would normally start panicking and thinking of a way to convince/break it to Chris that we needed to repaint the walls. But! On the contrary, Chris had actually mentioned once we installed the new fixture
and the room was so much brighter that he “wasn’t so sure about the paint.” I tried to convince him (ha! the irony!) that once we had a fresh coat of white paint on the bottom half of the room, that baby blue (actually Ben Moore’s Wales Gray
) would neutralize once again. So, instead of panicking while coming to this conclusion, I just started swallowing my pride and before the end of the night Thursday we had the ceiling painted white (again) and the walls painted the ever popular, for good reason, Hale Navy.
Now, back to painting those cedar planks and the cabinetry, which you may notice is also a clean white now–woot. Before even diving into to priming and painting, I needed to fill all the nail holes and quite a lot of knots with wood filler and then sand those babies down smooth.
I learned on our Instagram
there are horror stories about painting over wood paneling without priming first, even if your paint has a primer in it and I wasn’t going to be another one of those stories. So, I primed first using Zinsser’s Bull’s Eye Zero (three cheers for no-VOC!) primer. After one coat, the coverage was good and I didn’t see any bleeding so I moved on. But before I make this sound like a quick process, my eyes widened every time I looked at a clock. Even after Chris removed the top half of the toilet to make it easier for me to paint that wall (#lifesaver), it took hours
. I first cut in each line and edge with a brush–lots and lots of lines–and then rolled on all the flat surfaces.
Before I even got to the actual paint part, which would really be just repeating the process two more times, I took a note to tell you if you are going to do this project–absolutely paint the planks before installation. Spraying would be even faster! Don’t let yourself lose 6-7 hours of your life on a process that could take 2. While I would undoubtedly do the process differently, the results we’re thrilled with.
The bathroom looks so clean and fresh and up-to-date. Unfortunately, our accessories (mirror, towel holder, toilet paper holder, cabinet hardware, decor, etc) didn’t arrive before the party on Saturday night–so it was pretty bare, but still functional. And art on the walls or not, we were a lot more proud of the way this looked than where we started. Or maybe you forgot:
So, so close to calling this room done for now. Hopefully all of our accessories will arrive this week!
Read part one about how we installed the paneling right here.