I think the term “hot mess” would most accurately describe our half bath. I don’t have much in the way of before pictures, because the first thing we did in our new house was demo this room. I think you can start to imagine what was going on by looking at the wallpaper, though. Pastel, flowers, throw in an oak vanity base and seashell shaped sink:
In lieu of wrapping paper around mini soaps and hoping people thought we were trying to be ironic, we decided to get creative and come up with a solution that did not involve tearing our fingernails out trying to remove wallpaper for days. So, I got busy on Houzz and came across this:
It’s certainly pretty, but I was less taken in by the fact that it’s a baller half bath, than by the way the wainscoting stopped a foot short of the ceiling and came up about 9″ off the floor. The placement looked like a good way to cover the seams in our wallpaper border. Form and function.
I used a putty knife to scrape off what bubbled, then switched to DuPont’s Gripper primer and did two more coats.
We used the mitre saw to cut the chair rail and 3/8″ poplar trim board at 45 degree angles, then nailed it in with our nail gun.
Sorry for the shoddy camera work, it’s a tiny bathroom and pretty hard to get a good angle. Anyway, this was 1,000 times easier than removing wallpaper, and I’m very pleased with the results!