This summer when I was at the Haven Conference I was given the opportunity to work with Homeright on a DIY contest. This was my first time using a paint sprayer and I knew JUST what I wanted to paint!
Mayleigh has her own bathroom off her bedroom. The other two bedrooms in our house have a Jack and Jill bathroom and it made sense for the boys to share that one. Unfortunately, Mayleigh’s bathroom was dark and masculine. Oh, the problems with a spec house! So it was another chance for a DIY to make the bathroom custom to how we want it!
Here is a before picture! Brown vanity with dark color granite. Standard builder mirror and boring beige walls. BLAH!!!!
Most of you may know about Mayleigh’s medical issues but for those of you who don’t, let me give you some quick background info. You will then understand why this project has been so special to me.
Mayleigh was born with imperforate anus and cloaca. Yah, I didn’t understand those medical terms at first either!! 😉 This basically means she was missing two orifices. All women are born with 3 orifices, or for lack of a better word, holes. She was born with one. She had surgery in China a few weeks after she was born to get a colostomy since she couldn’t poop but she did have a urethra.
She came home to us with a colostomy and about 5 months later she had reconstructive surgery and 2 holes were created. I, know right?!?? Crazy! That is why I still think her surgeon is a God. He is one of the best in the world and we were lucky enough to have him operate on May!
After taking down her colostomy she now can go to the bathroom like normal….you would think. Unfortunately its complicated and I won’t go into all of that but kids with this defect get constipated VERY, VERY easily. Her body doesn’t move stool through the intestines the same way we do. So to keep her normal and regular we give her an enema every morning which cleans out her entire colon.
So back to why I wanted a beautiful, girly bathroom for Mayleigh!! This girl gets her morning enema and then sits on the potty for an hour EVERYDAY. Not just every once and awhile. EVERY.DAY. This will happen her whole life. Now you realize why I was so excited to work on her bathroom, right!?! She needs a bright, cheerful, beautiful bathroom!! She spends way too much time in this little room!
Here is a sweet picture of her recovery from her reconstructive surgery! It was a long 10 day stay at Nationwide Children’s Hospital but we were thankful for such an amazing hospital and awesome doctors and nurses, tho! Unfortunately we will be back for another surgery in a few months.
Ok, back to my bathroom update!! So my plan was to lighten everything up and add some pink because May loves pink!! In comes the amazing Homeright paint sprayer!! They also sent me the handiest pop up spray tent! I threw that thing up in two seconds and now I didn’t have to worry about the overspray getting all over everything! It is so easy to store too! It comes folded up in this nice bag!
I removed the vanity doors and drawers and started spraying! WOW! This is my first time using a sprayer and it was so easy! I practiced on some cardboard first but it was a quick learning curve! And guys I have 4 kids…. need I say more about how buys life is!!! This was the perfect tool to help me get the project done quickly! After a coat of primer, I was onto the beautiful grey I chose from Sherwin Williams called silverplate. This is a great grey by the way if you are looking for one. To see a video of me using the paint sprayer click on the link called bathroom makeover right below.
My next step was to add shiplap to the walls for some character. I primed all my 8 inch boards with the sprayer. Again, HUGE time saver and so easy!
Putting up shiplap was my first time using power tools!! Wow, they were fun to use! Thank you to my awesome neighbor who let me borrow his midre saw until I get my own! He taught me so much throughout this project and it was so helpful! But now look out….I have lots in mind now that I can work a power saw!! lol I guess I need to thank my husband who took a day off to help out with the project. He is not a DIY lover like me but has been so patient helping me!!
A new mirror, light and faucet and it is a whole new bathroom! And would you believe me if I told you those 3 pieces together were $230. I will add a link to all the items I used at the bottom.
Did I buy a new vanity top?? Nope…painted it! Crazy, right!! My plan was to paint a faux marble top but lets just say I am not the best faux painter. lol I struggled a little bit with the top so I ended up just painting it white. A slight DIY fail but it worked out in the end.
I will add the stories on how I did this to my highlights on Instagram. I unfortunately ran out of time to seal the granite with the glaze coat but I will finish that part this week. If you have any questions about how I am doing that, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below! Again, follow me on my instagram @luvallthingshome and you will find videos soon under my highlights.
I just can’t wait any longer to show you the after pictures so I am going to stop chit chatting (as Mayleigh would say) and get right to the photos! Isn’t that always the best part anyway!?!
Guys, how great is this change!? So bright now! For around $400 we made this much of a change!
Someone loves her new bathroom!!! 🙂
Another great before and after!!
I hope you have loved the update as much as we do!!! Maybe those hour long enemas won’t feel as bad in a bright, cheerful bathroom. Ok, who am I kidding. The enemas will never be fun but she handles them like a champ everyday!! So proud of our little girl!!
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