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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


We are in the middle of a major renovation of our bathroom. This means no shower because the other bathroom has only a clawfoot bathtub. But it's going to be really great when it's done. We removed a window so we could position the shower at the end of the room. The shower is cast marble and gorgeous. It's gray and white marble, so very classic since we have a Victorian home. I'll post pics when it's done. 

In honor of this reno, I'm going to give you a tip on how to strip wallpaper, since as you can see, stripping wallpaper is in my immediate future. :) I take a paper tiger and score the wallpaper. Then I spray down the wall with DIF. I mix the solution up in one of those spray tanks you can use for pest spray, etc. The kind with the pump at the top. After I spray it down, I wait 10 minutes, then spray again. Wait another 10 minutes and spray again. After the 3rd spray, I wait about 5 minutes then get my putty knife out and wallpaper practically falls down. Spraying once doesn't do the trick. This really works great!

Now back to the bathroom. I would love some advice on color. It has to go with the gray and white marble. The floors are gray porcelain tile. What color would you paint it? 

Colleen Coble  
posted at 10:20 AM  
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At 10:33 AM, Blogger Mary-Louise said...

Being a fan of strong colours, I would go with red. grey and red go so good together. A lovely victorian yellow would also go good.

I will pray for patience and endurance with your renovations... I know what it's like to walk knee deep in construction materials. We just last month finished ours in time to sell our home, so I have been busy putting myself and my family into a box. We're moving this Saturday. I'm excited, we're going from a duplex to our own house. Yay.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Sandie said...

I am by no means a decorating expert but I would probably also go with a deep red but it depends on how large your bathroom is too. Dark colors will make it look smaller. Some of the paint web sites have the thing where you can choose colors and see how they'll look in a similar room. I don't know if that includes floors.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Michelle Valdes said...

How fun! I LOVE bathroom renos! I've done two. :) As for color, I like the dark red suggestion ONLY if, like Sandie suggested, you have enough space. Also, a nice "Victorian" shade of blue would go well with grey. FYI - the bathroom color experts say to stay away from does something funny to complexions. I can't wait to see the pictures!!

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I have no window in the bathroom so red might be a little dark, much as I love it.

Thanks for mentioning the green, Michelle. I was thinking about a greeny gray. Hadn't thought about what it would do to my complexion!

Mary-Louise, I will totally take those prayers! No shower is hard.

Sandie, I didn't think about those programs! I think Dave just bought a new one too!

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Mike Parnell said...

I think a burgundy would look great with the grey. I know what everyone says about dark colors making a room look smaller. But ... we have a tiny bathroom in the hall. I painted it dark green and "sponged" a faux finish with white. We have a 4-foot mirror and 4 bright lights in the light fixture. The room looks great to us. With lighting and mirrors, I believe you could pull off a dark color. We finished a bath remodel earlier this year, and living in a construction zone is not easy. Best wishes and look forward to pictures! Susan

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's finished. The only other room hard to live without is the kitchen and that's done. And I see no problem not taking a shower when you have that clawfoot tub. Can I move in?

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Ruth Smith said...

Guess you're not interested in purchasing the Victorian in Kingman, KS that Kim Vogel Sawyer posted about yesterday. Sounds like the Belinda story continues in your real life. How many years have you been at it with this house. We had someone in our neighborhood build a Victorian complete with a Widow's walk. Pretty cool except when they were ready to sell it when they were divorced. Definitely a niche market down here. Have no suggestions on colors. I'm kind of a neutral person for walls and depend on the other things to bring the color.

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You can always move in, Kris! :)

Ruth, we've been at this 15 years. This is the 2nd time we've redone the bathroom. LOL

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Chris Ferguson said...

Pale Victorian rose with lots of strong, green plants to offset the delicate colors.
Rose (or burgundy) and silver grey towels. My 2 cents worth, lol.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Chris Ferguson said...

Pale Victorian rose with lots of strong, green plants to offset the delicate colors.
Rose (or burgundy) and silver grey towels. My 2 cents worth, lol.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Dove gray. It's such a peaceful color and would look great!

At 11:00 PM, Blogger janee_music said...

I also think a burgundy would be really nice. I don't know how everything is configured, but you might try leaving the wall where the sink/vanity/mirror are located a solid burgundy. Then sponge or rag the other walls with white or gray to get a similar pattern to the marble and give a little more light to the room.

At 4:28 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

I am thinking a nice rose pink or blue. Maybe slate or cornflower blue. Something that will remind you of chintz patterns and wildflowers. Another option would be to look at china and take a color inspiration from there. Don't ask my why but chintz, wildflowers and tea cups are what I think of for the Victorian era.

Of course, the brain does not always function well near midnight. :)

At 8:46 AM, Blogger Candice Sue Patterson said...

I would go with white. There's nothing like walking into a bathroom that has crisp, white lines. It makes the room feel larger, clean, and airy. Then add a splash of color with hand towels and decorations. Maybe even add a small potted plant such as a dwarf fern to add natural color.

That suggestion may not coincide with your Victorian theme though.

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine said...

I love the Spanish Moss finish on this Paula Deen cabinet and I love it with white/marble. I would probably go with some ways to finish my bathroom in those colors, or incorporate it into my bathroom for a cabinet.

I also prefer warm beiges with white, so I might go that route. (Make the pops of color in things like towels, accessories, that I can change because I'm so moody about color.)

I've done the wallpaper removal, but I think that's a great tip to load up the DIF into a pest spray tank! I'll remember that if I ever do wallpaper removal again. (Current house has no wallpaper....)

Can't wait to see what you've done. Love that stuff. :)

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

I love a soft aqua or sea green. I recently moved from a house into an apartment and I was excited to learn I can put up pictures and even paint! I've never lived in an apartment before and there have been adjustments. I'm not sure if I'll be able to paint, I need to finish unpacking first, :)

I was proud of myself for hanging some curtain rods and after just three days they began to pull out of the wall. Luckily, the maintenance man was here to fix the shower and took pity on me. He put some better anchors in the wall and even gave me enough to do the bedroom windows.

I'm anxious to see pictures of your new shower!


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