Friday, August 27, 2010

Project Day: Quick Fix Bathroom














Our house is over 20 years old. For the most part it has not dated. But there were rooms I wanted to change as soon as we purchased it. The bathrooms and the kitchen. Having done two out of three I was left with my 1980's bathroom and little budget left. We decided to work with what was there. We got the old 'flash gordon' lino ripped up last week and new lino put down. Today I have decided to recover the front of the vanity sink with oilcloth. Here's what I did:
  • Remove handles on all cupboard doors.
  • Lightly sanded the front of each door/drawer. Wipe clean.
  • Measure the dimensions of each space to be covered and cut out the matching pieces of fabric [ oilcloth is a great fabric to work with, coated in PVC plastic you just wipe it down with a damp cloth].
  • Using heavy duty /craft wood glue I painted it on quite thick and then attached each piece carefully, smoothing it out. Rubbing the edges with a damp rag/cloth
  • Gave it a few hours to dry.
  • Re-attached the drawer handles.
Add some wicker, blooms and vintage knick knacks and it was finished. I am happy with my new/old bathroom!
Have a great weekend everyone. Thanks for all your encouraging comments and visits this week.
Simone xx

56 comments:

  1. That looks fabulous! What a great budget makeover. I'm inspired to get started on my grey/pink/gold combination bathroom!

    http://chicgirldesigns.blogspot.com

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  2. Ohh.. looks so pretty! Great choice of colour too!!!! take care, Maryann

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  3. It's looking great, I like doing things up on a budget. It always look so good and you can change it again after some years without pain. Well done!!

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  4. love it! the oilcloth really makes all the difference.

    xo
    ~molly

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  5. Very nice...I really like the new look!

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  6. It looks gorgeous - I just love the pattern! How about that old lino - wow, it was very exuberant!
    Have a lovely weekend Simone!

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  7. Cool redo--but I love the picture on the toilet in the "before" it is sooo cute!
    The oilcloth puts a zip nto that bathroom!
    Have a super weekend.

    Melinda

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  8. First of all I love everything about your new/old bathroom!! I can't wait to finally get to ours!!

    I also have to laugh because the picture above your toilet I have above my towel rack. ; )

    Jessa xx

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  9. Very eye catching, it looks so much better. Plus, it's pink!

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  10. Simone that looks AMAZING! My kitchen drawers loos so boring I am making this! Love it!
    Thanks!

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  11. Simone, this is genius! I LOVE it and it looks amazing:) Enjoy your gorgeous new one-of-a-kind bathroom vanity. Just beautiful:) ~ Txx

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  12. You are a genius! I would never in a million years thought to have used oilcloth in that way. And there are so many lovely patterns to choose from as well. I love the pink.

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  13. What? You don't like 80's Flash Gordon lino? Hehe. Love your oilcloth. The pattern is fantastic :)

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  14. Fabulous results Simone, a day well spent and how beautiful it turned out! I am inspired to do something here for the holidays to make my space special....
    Tina xo

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  15. Looks wonderful Simone...
    Great impact for small cost!!! I'd love to do something like this where I live now.. but suspect the landlord wouldn't agree!!

    Have a fabulous weekend.. I'm sure you will be busy with your new shop.. xxxx Julie

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  16. You are so thrifty! It looks absolutely perfect!

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  17. and like that, Voila custom cabinets. How you find the energy and time?

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  18. Love this idea. I really like oilcloth/lamintated fabric and just purchased some to attach inside my kitchen cupboards.
    Chris

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  19. SWEET just plain SWEET. In my fav colour too : )
    Where in the world do you find the time?? Your amazing Simone.
    I'm thinking of vintage wall paper on mine, not sure I can get oil cloth as pretty as that here. I can tell your in Australia, you guys use a lot of that don't you? I used to love Croc Dundee's coat LOL
    Keep bringing on the projects, and hope your doing well.
    Love Claudie
    xoxoxoxo

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  20. Hoooooooooooooow fun is that!!!!! You just go on making the world cuter one corner at a time!!!

    m ^..^

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  21. that is genius! i was only checking out oilcloths at cath kidston online yesterday and wondering what to do with them...now you've got me thinking!!!

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  22. Great little re-do! So effective, you are very clever Simone!

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  23. Wow, Simone! You have such a talent, seeing the beautiful in the ordinary! Bravo you. I love the way the colour pops - just divine. Jane at http://lifeonplanetbaby.blogspot.com

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  24. Great idea! This just might work in our guest bath...if I can find a great oilcloth...
    Jane (artfully graced)

    ps How did your shop do during its first week?

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  25. Hello - I love the pink, here in the UK, the older the house, the more expensive it is. I loved in a house that was built in the 1400s (time of Chaucer) and had a house on that site since the Doomsday book (1086) and bits had been added on right up until the 1600s (time of Shakespeare)so your 1980s house is brand spanking new and I think it looks lovely.

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  26. You never cease to amaize me !!! It looks fabulous and I also like the art obove the toilet!!.

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  27. This looks fabulous! Great idea and you did such a good job on it!!

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  28. OMG, love your work on the vanity! Just found you and am your new follower. P.S do you sell online as well??

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  29. qué lindo simonne!!!l love the before and after!!!beautifull colours!! lovely change!!!!besos and a very happy weekend!!!

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  30. I like the clean and crisp "After". Using oilcloth is something I wouldn't have though of doing. Great idea!

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  31. I admire your creativity! Super tip for refreshong something old... :)

    Solrosa

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  32. Those drawers look amazing- what a bright and pretty bathroom!

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  33. Great idea! I may have to give it a try.
    I have a bathroom that looks like it should have been in a scene from Miami Vice in the 1980's!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. I LOVE what you did! So simple and cost effective! And it's ever so beach chic!

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  35. What a difference, that bathroom looks great, the oilcloth is such a statement on the unit love the colour!!

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  36. fabulous the floor makes the room so pretty now

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  37. one word - damn good! ops, thats 2 words, but you know what i meant :D

    i bump into your blog, scrolled down and loving it as i read/view... keep it going :D

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  38. It looks amazing! I loved tis blog...Ozlem

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  39. You take a couple of days break and what do you do ....a project!! You are inspirational in your energy my dear. Can't believe you lived with that floor for so long haha. What were the original owners thinking?? cheers Katherine xx

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  40. i love this, it's such a good idea. oilcloth usually comes in such fun patterns too!

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  41. nice work Simone, a big improvement! eeeek that old lino is unusual isnt it?
    alicia

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  42. This looks delightful Simone - gorgeous outcome!

    Congratulations on your beautiful new shop... I cant wait to stop by next time i am in Brisbane! Sorry for not commenting sooner, things have been flat chat. Your shop will be a roaring success!

    Have a gorgeous weekend! x

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  43. Simone what a great idea for a makeover. Love it
    Alison

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  44. Great transformation Simone! What were the previous owners thinking with that lino!!! :-)

    You're such in inspiration as usual, when I get my own place that I can do things to, I will certainly be taking a leaf or six out of your book!
    xx

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  45. Adorable and feminine look! I love it Simone!!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  46. This is brilliant Simone...love it, xv.

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  47. I LOVE the cabinets !! You should paint soft pink argile print on the floor !!

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  48. what a great idea - it looks fabulous! :)

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  49. I need to think more outside the box. You are good!

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  50. Hi, I've done the same in my bathroom. It's really great. Now, how didi you change the floor? You painted or really changed? If you painted, what did you use?
    Thanks and loved your blog.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  51. I painted our downstairs 1/2 bath right after we moved in years and years ago. That was long before I knew anything about primers, floor paint, and exterior paints. I used regular old semi-gloss paint, a total of 2 coats spaced 24 hours apart. I followed that with a polyurethane (be sure to use non-yellowing) finish. I lasted 12 years, and would have probably held up longer if we had not tiled the entire downstairs!

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