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I’ve been working on our master bathroom lately; it’s a fairly large space for the house, but it’s got a lot of contractor-blah features–basic faucets and counters and not a lot of trim. As you know, this is military housing and just like a rental in that I can’t make major changes, but that makes paint a perfect choice because it can completely change the look of a room (but is easily reversible when the time comes).
I decided to work on the alcove that the bathtub is in, to make it more spa-like and relaxing. Here’s how the space started out:
We have textured walls, which are very forgiving when it’s time to patch and fill nail holes, but they are TOUGH to paint. I am an experienced enough painter that I can usually cut in all of my edges by hand, but I just can’t get a clean line on textured walls. So, FrogTape® brand painter’s tape to the rescue!
FrogTape is perfect for knockdown textured walls like mine because its PaintBlock® Technology keeps paint from bleeding through, no matter what surface you’re using it on.
I used their green Multi-Surface tape, since I was using it on already painted walls and trim, fiberglass (the bathtub) and metal fixtures. It’s designed to release cleanly for up to 21 days (or 7 in direct sunlight). That’s a good thing when you’re a busy mom and don’t always finish projects on the same day that you start them!
After taping around all of my fixtures and the window, I gave the walls a coat of Glidden’s Almost Aqua. I’ve used the same color in my daughter’s bedroom and bathroom and love how peaceful and spa-like it is. Since we’re right next to the ocean, it brings in a coastal palette, too.
You can see the beautiful sharp line when I removed the FrogTape, and it releases like a dream:
If you’re going to add a stripe, stencil, or other faux treatment, there’s a FrogTape for just-painted surfaces, too. Their yellow Delicate Surface painter’s tape is great for newly painted walls, wallpaper, and primed wallboard, and can be safely removed from surfaces for up to 60 days.
Here’s how my bathtub area looks now:
The white curtains are tied back to add a little softness to the space. They’re purely decorative–you can see that I even removed the blinds from the window to let in all the light I could. This window faces the woods and privacy is a non-issue.
I trimmed our HUGE mirror last month (read how here), which definitely customizes the space.
I also recovered the vintage footstool that I use next to the tub. It’s perfect to toss a towel or magazine on while soaking. The grey Greek key fabric pairs nicely with the aqua walls.
My dad and I built the white shelf years ago. I don’t have a tutorial for this exact project, but I built similar shelving here. It’s great for storing pretty bath essentials.
The towels and rug are from HomeGoods and the gray is a nice contrast to the aqua.
There’s plenty of room at the corners of the tub for a jar of soaps and one of my favorite bathtime touches–an old gravy boat that holds bath salts.
I’m so pleased with how this space turned out! Now it’s time to run a bubble bath and enjoy it!
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To enter, you must re-do a room with the help of FrogTape and submit your photos to the FrogTape contest site.
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Good luck, and let me know if you need help spending that prize money!
Towels, rug, curtain rod and soaps: HomeGoods
Gravy boat, mirror and stool: vintage