The “How To’s” of My Bathroom

I was just going to do a tutorial on how I made the mirror but since I have received a ton of emails asking questions about other things in my vintage inspired bathroom I thought it would be easier to address it in a post. I will still do a mirror tutorial. I will post that tomorrow. But today I will share everything else.

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My dad’s cabinet needed to be sealed. Not only was the paint chipping off but there is a possibility that it could be lead paint. I chose to use Minwax’s Polycrylic. It does not yellow things that are white like polyurethane does. I used a foam brush to apply it. It dries quickly since it is water based. It also does not smell as strong as other sealers which is a plus.

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The wall color is called Almond Biscotti and is made by Mythic paint. I had never tried Mythic before. I won two gallons  from a design contest. It says that is has zero toxins and is safe for the environment. Super cool. I was expecting it to smell like, well, nothing. It smelled like regular paint. Not a problem for me as I love the smell of fresh paint. I was just surprised I guess.

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(Source: Google images)

The door knob towel hooks were actually pretty easy. I took the threaded rod from the inside of the door knob like shown here:

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And we cut them in half using a hack saw and a clamp. These are what I put into the wall. I drilled a hole in the wall that was a little smaller that the threaded rod. The I used pliers to screw the rod into the wall. They were pretty tight but they did wiggle a tiny bit. I have 4 little boys. Some of which have been know to hang on the hooks and towel bars in our bathroom. So I added a little Gorilla Glue epoxy. Maybe it was unnecessary but I felt better :) P.S. I have lath and plaster wall so I did not have to worry about finding a stud in the wall.

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The curtain fabric was bought at Joann’s Fabric. It is kind of funny because I had something specific in mind and I ACTUALLY said to my husband “I do NOT want eyelet.” When I picture eyelet material I think of the scalloped edges and such. I actually like it. I grew up with it everywhere. But I worried that it would be too old fashioned for this space. Ya’ll know I am a sucker for paisley! So when I saw this I was kinda in love. And I think it works :)

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The bead board I stained using Minwax’s Gel Stain in Walnut. I am getting ready to seal it using Minwax’s Wipe-On Poly. I love the dark color that is different from the traditional white you usually see on bead board.

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I hope that covered all the questions :) Let me know if you would like to know anything else. And tomorrow I will share the mirror tutorial.



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  1. says

    Those Mythic paint cans remind me of the paint cans John Trovolti carried in the movie Saturday Night Fever. Next time I see that movie I will have to look closer!

  2. says

    I love that eyelet you found.
    I do have a question. We are in the process of painting our bathroom cabinet. If we use a flat paint and seal it will it stand up to wear after being sealed? I love your blog and all the inspiration it gives. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. says

    I adore this bathroom. What a unique twist on regular things! I may have to borrow a few since my husband is “teasing” me with the idea of putting bead board in our bathroom and Dining Room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Diane says

    I love your bathroom, great ideas. Could you tell me how you found the backplates for the door knobs or did you have those already. I have the door knobs, but not the backplates, and haven’t found a source yet. Thanks.

  5. Jen says

    I love the knob towel hooks! I’m wondering about attaching them to the wall- the rods are only threaded part way, when you say you screwed them in, did you screw in the square portion? In which case, didn’t it just make a larger hole? I want to do this in my bathroom but haven’t quite figured this part out. Thanks!