I’m not an impulse person by nature.
I just heard the collective sarcastic reply from my family and friends.
“Oh really, Vanessa? We didn’t know that about you!”
But we all have those moments.
You know the one…when you are on the phone with your sister and you walk into your downstairs bathroom and the wallpaper you put up only a few months ago in the inner sanctum (toilet area) which is a room with no windows inside of another room with no windows, has finally put you over the edge.
It never really stuck properly and you could see all of the texture from the walls through it.
It just wasn’t quite right.
And then, you reach out one little finger towards a corner and start picking….and picking…and picking…and before you know it…your floor is covered in wallpaper strips and you are left with the aftermath.
Well, no time like the present to try my hand at making picture frame molding!
Enter my miter saw and $10 worth of molding.
Ahhhh…now we’re getting somewhere. Lighter and brighter already!
I absolutely love the look of wainscoting and this “faux” version was so simple.
If you know how to miter a corner, you can totally do this.
I did it in one afternoon and have never been more proud of little white boxes in my life!
But still…something was not quite right.
The shower curtain, as pretty as it is, still made this space feel dark and enclosed.
Well, that is an easy fix! Just switch them out for the brighter plaid curtains hanging in the office.
But, now that mirror is looking too dark.
One thing leads to another, right?
Now we’re getting somewhere! Found this beauty at TJ Maxx and she jumped right into my cart.
Funny how that happens, huh?
Check out her lovely, scrolly details.
Here is where we started…
And here we are now.
See that basket down in the corner on the right?
That has since gone bye-bye.
Some of you saw this on our Facebook wall, but for those of you who didn’t, my son projectile vomited all over this entire room over the weekend. We’re talking dripping walls, baseboards, floor, shower curtain, magazines, rug…he showed no discretion.
Except that when he was finally done he stood up and said, “Wow Mom, I didn’t get any on my shorts!”
While I was at it, I decided to swap out the plate rack for something a little bit more substantial.
These botanical plates were just the thing!
And, well, I couldn’t just stop with this room now could I?
Here is a sneak peek of the next space to which my miter saw showed no mercy!
Can you guess which room it is?
I can’t wait to show it to you!
Until then, thanks for joining me today at the Fence,
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Pam - diy Design Fanatic says
I love the changes you made in your bathroom! It looks beautiful! Love the new mirror, too!
I did the same thing, except I used beadboard, my colors are lilac and white, turned out very pretty.
Catie @ Catie's Corner says
Very nice Vanessa! Can’t wait to see the other room you did that to. : )
i love what you have done in you bathroom. everything looks amazing! can’t wait to see what other room your are adding picture frame mouldings to.
First, I laughed.
I needed a laugh this morning, and you gave it to me. I feel the EXACT same way about the wallpaper I put in my powder room. It’s on the list, now. It’s just behind the living room and dining room. (Or at least the dining room.)
I love your solution(s). It all looks just wonderful. I am actually contemplating the picture molding for my dining room. What a coincidence. I said considering… I might chicken out. Mitre saws are above my pay grade, and the husband is NEVER home any more.
No. Don’t try to talk me into it. You don’t know my pay grade. Trust me.
Poor basket! Hope your son is better! That happened to a lot of my stuff when my son was younger, he was a pro at it, most of the time in the car! The molding looks great!
I love the changes! Any chance you will share where you got the plaid panel that you are now using for a shower curtain?
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
Looks great, Vanessa! I think the plaid goes better with your wall color, too. Love the round mirror! You are good mitering corners and all that woodworking lingo! : ) I had to laugh at the peeling the corner of the paper. I did that in our powder room because I just had to see how easy it was going to come off.
Vanessa what a change! Love your new mirror girl! You always find the best stuff!
Stuff and Nonsense says
it looks lovely…amazing what such simple changes can do to the look and feel of a room…adore!
Gypsy Heart says
Great job! All of it looks very nice and the mirror really rocks. I like the shower curtain too.
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says
You did a great job with the molding. My husband does those kind of jobs for me if I nag him enough. Your miter saw better watch out.
The Decorative Dreamer says
I knew this had to be your bathroom after seeing that beautiful shower curtain. Love it! I am so impressed at your carpentry talent. You did a fantastic job!
Michele Smith says
I love the changes you’ve made! Especially that curtain.
Ann from On Sutton Place says
I want to do this SOOOOO bad in my dining room. I’m not very good at measuring though…no matter how careful I am things always go south. Yours looks great though…you are a rock star! Did you use a level?
No wonder we get along so well, I would TOTALLY do that as well!! Oops, now what!!?? 🙂 I love it! I love what you did in the bathroom, not so much though what your son did, poor guy, I hope he is feeling better.
I can’t wait to see where else you are working your magic.
So is it really not hard to cut the mitered corners? I’ve wanted to try this, but I’ve been chicken. Bawwwkk, bawk bawk bawk, Baawwwkkkk! (That’s my imitation of a chicken’s voice.)
Glad you’re past the vomiting stage. And so proud of him for sparing his shorts! 🙂
I LOVE this and I so have to learn how to use a MITER saw! Love it and have been wanting to do the picture frame molding! Love, Me
Aw, poor fella, but had to laugh at his comment! LOL. I absolutely LOVE what you did to fix your pickin’! It looks fabulous and I’m super impressed with what you can do with a saw, friend! The new curtain, mirror and botanical prints are so beautiful in your space. Once again, you’ve outdone yourself! Thanks for sharing! xoxo
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says
Super cute Vanessa~ you did a great job on it! I know what the other room is 😉 Can’t wait to see it! Hugs, Courtney
ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says
Your changes look fabulous Vanessa and I love those plates!! Sorry to here about your little guy but I was LOL with his comment. Martina
⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing says
Hi Vanessa! What a great fresh change. I love that shower curtain and mirror together. Nice job!
Mark Hoyt says
YOU have been a busy bee!
The bathroom is BEE-YOO-TEE-FUL!
You have some wonderful accessories, too, love.
I think the wallpaper in the hall outside the bathroom is gorgeous!
I hope you aren’t thinking of picking at that! 🙂
I think you might be doing the molding in the dining room now?
I can’t wait to see it, anyway!
Have a wonderfully blessed, productive, joyful day!
Mark Hoyt says
The comment above? From Leslie at goodbye house, Hello Home! Ugh. I should really sign out of my hubby’s account before commenting, LOL!
The comment above. From leslie again. Only, now I’m myself.
Tanya Anurag says
The bathroom looks beautiful 🙂
Vanessa! You did a wonderful job! Absolutely wonderful!!! I love the makeover..you got so much punch for so little spent. Way to go, girl!
I had one projectile vomiter. My youngest daughter and I only remember her throwing up twice her whole childhood~(thank you, Lord). Well, at least you didn’t have to wash the kid’s shorts- yeah right…xo Diana
Debra @ Common Ground says
Great job, it’s gorgeous! xoxo
Vanessa, I love your makeover. You’ve been a busy girl and it has paid off…wonderful, fresh, new look! XO ~Liz
Larrisa Hill Designs says
I absolutely love your makeover!!! I think I need to get myself a miter box…love the TJMax mirror find and all of the extra touches. Heather
Such a great job….beautiful makeover! I love that gold framed mirror and the shower curtain. I really need to learn how to use the miter saw. And I know what that other room is, can’t wait to see it all done! Hope you son is feeling better.
I love the way you think. The brighter shower curtain works perfectly. I really like that mirror too. You did a great job with the transformation. It looks professional. Kathi
Vanessa, it looks wonderful. I can’t believe you can make those panels. You gave me my laugh for the day talking about picking that wallpaper. Love the mirror and of course the shoewer curtain becaused I used the exact fabric to make one for one of my baths. It’s great fabric.
Susan (My Place to Yours) says
Great job, Vanessa! I have your “new” curtain fabric in my study/workroom. Love it! (I sure hope your son is feeling better. Been there – and don’t EVER want to go there again!)
Oh Yes, I have done the same, picking ever so slightly and finally you lose track of time. Whatever zone that is you get in. I love it. Wish it could be bottled. I love your new fresh, bright bathroom. Enjoy, Kathy
Always Nesting says
Vanessa, I love your new blog, just love it. I will be seeing much more of you! Hugs, Marla xoxo
Linda@Coastal Charm says
Looking good…I’m guessing the dining room.
Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door says
Vanessa! You have such a way with words. I loved reading this and your bathroom looks great! You son’s comment was LOL funny! Look at you with your miter saw! That’s something that’s on my learn-how-to-do list!
Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen says
I happened upon your blog this morning and so glad I did. Love your sense of humor and also this idea. I’ve bookmarked it for our condo bathroom. My husband is handy and could easily do this, with my direction of course (smile). I’m the goffer, he’s the guy.
Thanks again for this fabulous idea.
I love what you did with the bathroom. That new mirror is really awesome and the picture frame moulding looks great. Thanks for joining in the party with this awesome post.
Sometimes, we just get on a roll and end up making everything much better! Your new mirror is pretty and the new molding adds so much character to the bathroom, Vanessa. 🙂 Sue