February 24, 2012

Vinyl Wall Art for My Bathroom

This is a bathroom facelift I have been wanting to do for a very long time. I couldn't wait for my vinyl to arrive so that I could decorate the walls of my bathroom, the way I envisioned it long ago. 
The room itself is not very large. In fact, storage was a problem since the only available space was over the toilet.

Storage Issues
Before - no storage

In order to show all the "spa" words I created, I'm using a lot of pictures. Bear with me while I present the "before" and "after" pics of a work in progress.

I am also providing a short video of how to apply the vinyl to the wall, once all the words are created.

Before - messy and inadequate
Here's what I was dealing with. And nowhere to put my toiletries!

Over-the-door hooks were alright for an extra towel, but looked messy when I hung an organizer to hold my other stuff.

Cricut and Gypsy to the Rescue

I designed all words to be 3" high. Did I mention I am using the small Cricut? Yup, the little guy. This made it a little tricky to size some words correctly. But using the rotate function on the Gypsy, it was easy and problem solved.

Vinyl cut and ready for transfer paper.

In this photo you can see how I laid it out on the Gypsy mat, and the way it cut out.

I continued cutting, "weeding" then transferring the vinyl until all my words were done; ten words around the three walls plus "Splish Splash" over the tub. For the words I welded together, I used the font from Quarter Note. 

This is my first video production and it is far from perfect.
I just wanted you to see how easy it is to apply the vinyl words to the wall.

Vinyl being applied to wall from transfer paper.

Bubbles added to the corners

Positioning the last word in the centre

The Cabinet
Assembling the cabinet took a few hours. You might think it looks simple enough, but don't be fooled. There were many little packets containing small parts.

The worst of it was trying to follow the small diagrams. No written instructions were given. But I'm proud to say I did it, and up until the very end when I needed help to pick the heavy completed piece and slide it behind the toilet... I did it by myself.

Raw wood showing at the top.
Part way through building the cabinet, I noticed that veneer was missing from the front strip. The Einsteins who pre-drilled the holes did them backwards for that piece.

So after a trip to Lowes, I had everything I needed to fix it. And voila! It turned out great!

Finished cabinet with veneer fixed.

Accessories were fun to pull together. I had some large shells we bought at a shell shop in Florida. Those things had been in hiding for years, awaiting the right time and place to be displayed.

And the bowl of various shells was actually a pot-pouri I purchased a long time ago. The china bowl is from Home Sense and its rim has exactly the same edge paint as the candlesticks on top. The candlesticks were a gift a few years ago. 

Don't you love it when a plan comes together?

I'm not quite done with this bathroom yet. I need to do some work around the tub and window. So that will be a project for another day.

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