Master Suite Bathroom: Getting Started…Finally


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Three years ago…THREE YEARS AGO! I wrote a post about our basement bathroom which is now part of our master suite.  I wrote about the inspiration for the bathroom and how we were getting started real soon.  I’m a big fat liar or I have absolutely no sense of time because we have finally got that beast started.
Bathroom Inspiration

We started with the ceiling.  I used thin pine tongue and groove planking instead of drywall on the ceiling.  We started at the top because I wanted to spray the ceiling rather than brush and roll above my head.  I didn’t want the over spray to fall on our new fixtures and tile, so we started there.

Let me back up…I wanted the ceiling to be stained, but the pine does not take stain well. So, I decided to paint it white.  I searched through paint samples and found a period white called Homestead Resort Jefferson White from Valspar.  The paint sample looks off white, but in the bathroom it is bright without being blinding.

I began the installation of the ceiling by screwing up furring strips to the floor joists.  These ran the entire length of the room about two feet apart.  This was done to give the pine boards something to hold onto.  Once that was done, I began cutting and installing the boards going across the room.  I used my Ryobi battery powered nailer and a ladder.

Once the boards were hung, I added a 1×4 piece of MDF around the room.  We mitered the corners and left a 1/2″ gap between the MDF and the studs.  This was to make room for the Sheetrock that were would hang next. We also added a piece of corner round to finish off the ceiling trim.

I filled all the holes in with wood filler, sanded, and painted the ceiling.  Total time to paint was only a few hours and that included dry time between coats.

Staying with the original inspiration of the bathroom, we found this schoolhouse light at a big box store.  I love this light so much!  Here are some other options.  Isn’t that antique bronze to die for?

I love the milk glass shade on the light and it made it so easy to find a vanity light to match.  We actually just purchased a basic vanity light and separately purchased four milk glass shades.  Super simple and super cheap!


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