Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Powder Room!

Hey, so...guess what? I'm about done for now with the powder room. Well, the marble vanity top is still in the works but that might still take a while.

I'm happy with it for now.

Do you want to see?

Let's look at this picture first:


Oracal 631 gold metallic polka dot wall decals

Can you guess what I did? 
I changed my mind a little again!

Yup, the dots are on the ceiling


gold polka dot ceiling and gold striped walls


gold polka dots on wall

And I love it. I really do!

Sorry Mom!

She told me not to do it because she thought it was stupid.
I didn't listen. 

The reason is that I felt it was too busy next to the mirror. But on the ceiling, it draws your eyes up. Thin stripes on the walls and polka dots on the ceiling. Perfect combo in my book.

{UPDATE: The dots are now available in my Etsy store! 
Click HERE to see}

Some people might share my mom's opinion but I don't really care because I'm happy with it.

I think next week I will have a post about what she all doesn't like, haha! 
She is my toughest critic and I love her for that because nobody else would tell me their opinion as blunt as she does. It'll be a funny post.

gold Sharpie wallpaper and gold vinyl polka dot ceiling
My Lowes mirror makeover (click HERE or picture to see the post)
gold Sharpie wallpaper and gold vinyl polka dot ceiling

gold Sharpie wallpaper and gold vinyl polka dot ceiling


mint and gold bathroom with gold Sharpie walls

gold striped powder room with mint and gold mirror


gold and white striped medicine cabinet

It is really hard to take good pictures in this tiny room that doesn't have any windows. 
So cut me some slack, ok?

my medicine cabinet makeover

Sharpie striped bathroom walls

Sharpie striped bathroom walls



Sharpie striped bathroom walls
gold Sharpie wallpaper and gold vinyl polka dot ceiling

DIY wallpaper
white and gold striped cabinet



I'm going to call it my sharpie room because the lines are Sharpie as well. For the mirror and the walls I only needed two water-based Sharpies! After reading Mandy's (Vintage Revivals) post about her Sharpie wallpaper where she recommends using water based Sharpies so you wouldn't have to prime over it with oil-based primer later, I decided to use water-based as well.
This was so CHEAP, really! Remember the gold paint from Lowes would have cost me around $80.



And here is a before picture. Remember this?


I like it so much better now.

And if you are asking me how I figured out the spacing for the dots, then I have to tell you that after trying to figure it out with my pathetic math skills and failing miserably, I decided to just jump right in and mostly eyeball them.
All I did is place them on each side, measured the middle between the dots...placed the next dot... then measured the middle again, placed another dot... And so on. That's it.
The rest was eyeballed. For real! I did and they turned out great. I'm sure nobody will ever be able to tell that they aren't perfect.
The vinyl was gold metallic (091) Oracal 631 (which is the wall vinyl). I didn't need any transfer paper either. Simple stick and peel!

I love the polka dots so much that I'd like to make another polka dot wall somewhere else! How do you like them?

(If you are interested in seeing some more of my gold sharpie projects then you can click HERE for the vanity mirror project,  HERE for my gold sharpie bookends or HERE for my gold sharpie graphic wallpaper.)




Click HERE to read about my DIY crystal vanity shades that I made for the bathroom light fixture.


And HERE to read about how I fixed our ugly vanity kick plate.


Stop back on Friday ok, because I have something exciting to share with you!



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65 comments :

  1. It looks super cool! I like the stripes and dots together, very unexpected on the ceiling.

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    1. Thank you so much! Now if the photos would have only turned out better ;)

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  2. OH I LOVE IT ALL.... every tiny little touch. And tell us more about where/how you got the mirror too?

    I am definitely inspired. I really, really, NEED to paint my bathroom walls and was planning to use firring strips of wood to do a mini board and batten on the lower half and now I am truly inspired. Thanks so much.

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  3. I did not realize that your "My Lowes Mirror Makeover" was hyperlinked. And I would have just cried if I broke it, but you know, I like it better with the frame part open even better I think..... decision now... liked the mirror back too... but hey you made it work and that is what counts. Or at least I think I understand about the broken part?

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  4. Great work. Love it. Very good. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Julia, I love it! The powder room is one of those spaces where you can go bananas (in a good way) and make a small box of a room interesting. I love it, love it, did I say that already? xo Kristin

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    1. It was fun going bananas that's for sure!

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  6. ooh yes!! i love it and i agree with kristin- a powder room is a small space and perfect for some fun! i love the dots on the ceiling. tell your mom i said so. ;)

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    1. I will tell her...actually I talked to her earlier and she likes it ;)
      I guess she can change her mind too!

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  7. I love those walls. I saw the sharpie tutorial on Vintage Revivals and have been seriously considering doing something similar in my hallway. Looks amazing!

    Btw- My mom is the same way. ha! She eventually comes around when she sees the finished product, but during it....she hates it. lol

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    1. I'm addicted to Sharpies now. It's cheap, easy and fun! You should do it!
      My mom does too, she likes it now.

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  8. The room is so so much FUN! I love it!
    The Mom "Thing"! In my case...I'm the Mom and my Daughter is my biggest critic! She simply doesn't "understand" my ideas! So funny, we get along great!
    Now I can't wait for Friday!

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  9. I love the dots on the ceiling, what a nice surprise when you look up! The powder room is definitely the hardest room to take pictures of, that's why I haven't done it yet!

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    1. I know, I just can't get the photos to look the way I want them to. So difficult! I gave it my best shot.

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  10. I love it! I love polka dots, especially gold ones. And I love bathrooms with a bit of quirk that pack some punch. It's unexpected and refreshing especially for one of our home's smallest spaces. Nice job!

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  11. It looks great! I love the thin stripes!!

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  12. OK too stinkin cute! Can not believe you used Sharpie! It looks soooo good.

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  13. Very pretty--you did a fantastic job eye-balling the dots on the ceiling!! (I am very bad at that sort of thing and everything ends up crooked haha)

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    1. I don't believe it! I'm sure you are good at it too. So far everything you have done turned out fabulous ;)

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  14. WOW!!! I love everything about this! The stripes...the dots on the ceiling...WOW! What a fun way to add so much personality to a small bathroom!

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  15. Love it! Dots on the ceiling is whimsical and fun...great job!

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  16. I love it! It looks so fun! My mom always tells me not to do things and that it is stupid too! One time I told her I painted my foyer and hallway a goldish color (it was a goldish/tan color) and she said, "I can tell you right now that I won't like it and never will"!!! She loved it and ended up using similar colors in her own home when she repainted! Mom's can be funny!! (can't we!!)

    Love you room!
    ~ Darlene

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    1. LOL thanks Darlene. That's the way mom's work. Mine likes this too now!

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  17. Seriously! Polka dots on the ceiling-freakin awesome! And I love the dot/stripe combo. Great job chica!

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  18. Wow, what a fun room! Love the stripes and dots too. But I really {heart} that mirror! Where did you find it? Thanks for stopping by Finding Fabulous the other day. I'll be back ;)

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    1. It was a black painted mirror from Lowes and thanks for coming over Jane!

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  19. This is a crazy idea and the result is awesome! Well done!

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    1. Thanks Ama! (You know I love saying that name, like I told you before)

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  20. It's so unique, Julia!! I want polka dots in my bathroom! Great job with the Sharpie, I think they have a blog or website for diy projects, you should send it in! :)

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  21. Julia!!!! I absolutely love the diagonal pinstripes! And the polka dots on the ceiling is genius.

    P.s. I came "this" close to buying a brass apple at the thrift store today!

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    1. Thanks Crystal. You should have bought it. I would actually love to have another one because I can't make up my mind where this one should live ;)

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  22. Found your blog through 6th street design school and love it!!! And thanks for the awesome giveaway your bathroom is perfection !!

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  23. Hi, just discovered you blog today through 6th Street Design School. I love, love, love that you listen to your heart and go with what you love, not what anyone else thinks. That's refreshing to see. So glad to find a new and exciting blog.

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    1. Aww, thanks Karen for the sweet words!

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  24. You did a great job, Julia! It looks like you doubled the space. It feels lighter and open. The combination of stripes and polka dots is so fun. LOVE the metallic gold too! :)

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  25. Love your powder room redo! I'm really loving mint and gold together lately as well. Love all the fun touches you added to your space. Thanks for stopping by my blog today - glad to have found yours. :)

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    1. It is totally an awesome color combo!
      Thanks for coming over!

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  26. Your bathroom is SO cute! Love the thin stripes AND the dots on the ceiling! I hate to say it...but your mom was wrong on this one ;-)

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    1. She likes it no ;)
      And thanks so much!

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  27. Hi there!! Love the powder room!! Where did you find your vinyl circles? I am thinking about using them! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Lauren, I'm planning on selling the dots in my etsy store by next week. I made them myself.
      https://www.etsy.com/shop/Cuckoo4DesignStudio

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  28. I know I am oh so late on stopping by to officially comment, but I just LOVE the way this turned out. The contrast of the polka dots and the stripes is perfect and the mirror looks so great with it all. Super fun!

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  29. Wow, I'm totally impressed. I pretty much love it all. I'm going to start following you...and I'm buying a gold sharpie.

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  30. Hi Julia,
    My name is Elena and I am curating a collection of Sharpie projects for Looksisquare(dot)com. I don't know if you're familiar with Looksi but it's a lot like CraftGawker: they display a thumbnail image from your blog along with a short description and a link back to your original project. Typically you would submit your own images (like you do on CraftGawker) but they also have curators (like myself) who do theme based round ups. I think this would be perfect for my collection which will be published this Friday. Please let me know if you *don't* want it included so I can remove it.
    Thanks!!

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  31. Oh my gosh. In love. Seriously. Swoooooon.

    Do you mind if I ask how it's holding up? I loveeee gold sharpie, but what I don't love is how the metallic tends to fade weeks/months later leaving a flat grayish-greenish-goldish color behind. I'd love to do this in a nursery, but couldn't live with myself if I did an entire 11ft wall just to see it go flat in a few months.

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    1. Hi Jess, so nice to meet you. I have to say that it is holding up really great! I wanted to take the risk since this is the cheapest wall treatment I have ever done, so if it goes bad, then I only wasted my time.

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  32. love those gold polka dots! it's making me want to buy some for my girls' ceiling in their shared bedroom...just scared that I'd never get them straight on the ceiling and that it would take forever!

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    1. Thanks! It doesn't take fever and eyeballing worked fine for me ;)

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  34. Can I ask how did you do the stripes? I am struggling with how to measure them and how to get a long straight line. Thanks! Love love love the look.

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