Welcome back to the green bathroom…the room with so many projects and not enough time! I’ve been so busy lately with work and side projects that the green bathroom was briefly put on hold- again. But, it’s time to start busting out some projects in that room to get it finished!
Now that the floors are done and I’ve painted the cabinet, I am giving the walls some much needed attention. Over the course of the 50 years that Mac owned this house, the walls have had hodge-podge texture and wallpaper. Luckily for me, the existing wallpaper had been on the walls for SO long that it practically fell off. Obviously, I got lucky. Removing wallpaper can be a beast– as I’ve experienced in Flip 2. Not all of the walls had wallpaper, but the portions that did, I had it all removed in less than 15 minutes. Thank.The.Lord. If you’ve removed wallpaper before, you know that often times the drywall beneath it is not textured. Such was the case in the green bathroom.
When my contractor completed Operation Open Concept, I had him do some patching on the wall above the toilet. There had been a cabinet there, and when we removed it, it caused pretty substantial sheetrock damage. So he patched it for me, and it sat like that for 6 months. Then I started the torturous task of trying to find the right gray for this room. [side note: I’m at the point of stabbing pencils in my eyeballs over the stupid gray paint].
Once my guy patched it, he didn’t texture it or prep the wall for paint. I told him I’d handle that. If it’s a large wall, I might have someone come do it for me. But the bathroom walls are only exposed halfway up and the room isn’t large to begin with. So I opted to texture them myself. If you’ve never textured a wall, it’s really not difficult at all. If you can operate a spray paint can, you can texture a wall!
While perusing a thrift store, I found a brand new, unopened can of orange peel texture for $1.You can purchase these at a home improvement store for around $10-$15 & choose the texture you prefer. I wanted orange peel because it’s a subtle texture. With each can, you can adjust the setting for how thick you want the texture. I chose between fine & medium. Unlike spray paint, you want to be further away from the wall. If it’s too close, it’s clumps in one area. The key is to spread the spray out and keep the can moving as you spray. There really isn’t a science to this- it’s just eyeing it.
The texture comes out in what looks like a lot of liquid dots all over the wall. The dots will eventually dry into texture.
And there WILL be overspray. But don’t worry if you get it on your tile, like me. It wipes off, but if you don’t notice it before it dries–it easily scrapes off.
The great thing about texturing is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. There’s very little prep work and except for overspray, there’s no clean up. So it makes for an easy and quick project.
Listen, I’m keeping it REAL with y’all. Laundry on the floor in the bathroom. Why you ask? Because doesn’t everyone texture walls and sort laundry at the same time? No? Just me? Well, it’s called multitasking.
While texturing a wall is extremely easy and requires virtually no skill, you do need to definitely ventilate the room. I opened a window and turned on a fan. The odor is intense so make sure you aren’t doing this in a confined space without any ventilation.
Now that I’ve finished the texture on the walls, up next is painting the walls. If I ever find the perfect gray. I’m having a contractor come this week to do the plumbing work that will transition the single sink vanity into a double sink vanity. I’m finally making some progress in there!
On a side note, I’ve FINALLY joined Instagram! Come follow along on my DIY house flipping adventures and get inspired by the Bachelorette Pad transformations! Username: @bachelorettepadflip