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3.30.2010

Chic Bathroom Wall Treatment Tutorial

Here it is!
Chic...Check
Girly...Check
So excited with the results, that I just stared at it for about 10 minuets...Check
 lol.


I'm thrilled with how this turned out...



A screwed these 3 crystal knobs from Home Depot onto an extra piece of white painted, base board molding that we had left over.
This is where it all started.
I knew I didn't want the old "towel bar" standby, because we have THREE little girls using this bathroom (no room for towel #3) and I KNEW that, that thing would end up getting ripped off the wall, from kids trying to "Hang" their towels up, after baths.
So the chic knob towel hanger was born!


After we held up the towel hanger... we stood back and knew we needed something else.
So we decided on some picture frame molding!

So here's how we did it.
One of Cason's friends told him to draw the actual LINES on the wall, where the molding would go... to guide him when he put it up!
Genius!  It worked WONDERS!
Can you see the lines???
(excuse the picture quality for a minute... it was dark.)

So we cut our box frame edges at 45 degree angles and they looked a little something like this.



After we had all the pieces cut correctly, we started putting them up.
We used liquid nails, and some regular ol' tape to keep them in place, while they dried... so we didn't have to go back and fill in a bunch of nail holes, from the nail gun later.
Worked GREAT!



A little sanding of the nail holes that we DID make... where we hung the towel fixture, some puttying up of the cracks, and 2 coats of white semi-gloss paint...

And...
Ta-da!  Cute molding!!!


I loved it!  So fresh... different!
WAY better than the OLD towel bar!





buuuuuuuut... something was missing...lol.
Cue the VINYL! :) lol.
I really wanted to do some kind of cool wall treatment inside the boxes, to make them pop, but didn't have a stencil, wallpaper, or the patience to get any, so I decided to use vinyl!
Quick and easy!  Just like a big sticker!

Here's how I did this part.

Made up a design of the decal I wanted in my space.
Printed it out in powder blue... and hung them with a "tape hinge"  in the box.


I peeled back the vinyl onto the sticky transfer tape, from the backing paper.
Here's a tip.  If the vinyl ever gets "stuck" on the backing paper, like this...


Then just use your finger or nail, to help it up, onto the sticky transfer tape.
Vinyl isn't all that fragile.  You can work with it, just like a regular sticker!


Once I had the whole decal peeled up, I applied it to the wall, by smoothing it down, from the top to the bottom.


I use a vinyl applicator tool, but you can use a plastic spatula, or a credit card!


I peeled the transfer tape off...leaving the decal on the wall... and did the same to the other side!


After they are both peeled off... this is what you have!
So fun, right!?
It just adds that extra touch that I was going for!
Loooove it!



And here it is with the towels.




Now I just need to find something great to go on that wall, above it all.
But BEFORE THAT... I need to finish what we are doing up here...
You guys are just gonna DIE!  It's gonna be so great~!


I know... I know... A girls work, is NEVER done! :)
Update:  The ceiling is done!  Go HERE to see it! :)




The color of paint I used was actually the left over Dockside Blue from Sherwin Williams, that I used in my kitchen... mixed with some semi-gloss white. lol.  We had to stretch out the leftover blue, somehow!

100 comments:

  1. It's called picture frame moulding--yes it does look like a box--but you build a picture frame the same way :o) My Dad is a finish carpenter--that's why I know what it's called.

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  2. I love the towel knobs! I have a three year old and we have the same problem...he's pulling the towel bar out of the wall...

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  3. OMH I LOVE it! Great, now I have to go and find a place in my house I can do that, hmmmm, maybe the bathroom! lol! Seriously though, I really doo love it!

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  4. I love your crystal knob towel rack!! Big question, where did you find your crystal knobs?? I am re-doing a dresser and those knobs would be so dandy...
    Thanks!!
    Kirsten

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  5. This turned out so gorge! I just LOVE your blog, found it from someday crafts!!!

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    ~Morgan

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  6. oh yeah! That is beautiful! I thought it must be wall paper! Wish I had a vinyl cutting machine!

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  7. I am sorry but that is the most amazing thing in the world. That's it. I have to go tell the world how amazing you are. You don't need a book- you need an HGTV show!!!

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  8. That is AWESOME! I love love love this idea. I may need to do this for my laundry room...

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  9. Oh my! It looks so good. I am glad Cory was able to give you some pointers. Great work Cas.

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  10. I love it! This is so pretty!!

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  11. Love. Of course. I assume you have a cricut of some sort? Thinking I need one of those.

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  12. Wow. You are too cute. Thanks for sharing this darling idea. I just finished a bathroom and it needs new towel hooks. This will be perfect. Great job. :)

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  13. Wow it turned out gorgeous!! My sister is coming up next week and we are going to redo my daughter's bath and I can't wait to make some of those towels!! Love the tutorial you gave on them. Thanks for sharing, Pam

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  14. P.S. I love it! Could you come do mine too?

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  15. That is absolutely beautiful. I just want to feature everything you do on my blog lol. I'm thinking I'm going to go re-do my bathroom now! :)

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  16. So very cute! I love your bathroom color, can you tell me the name of it?

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  17. What the heck! So freakin cute!!!

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  18. Oh, Oh, Oh!! Where did you get the shape you used to cut out that vinyl?? I just love this whole thing. It turned out so fabulous. You are just darling and your style is exactly like mine...or exactly like what I want my house to look like!

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  19. WOW! I love it! The vinyl you made for the bathroom is simply gorgeous. And I love the crystal knobs as hangers! Beautiful work. I have a little something for you over on my blog...be sure to pick it up! :)
    http://yankeebellehome.blogspot.com/2010/03/sunshine-award.html

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  20. LOOOOOOVE it!! So pretty..awesome job, as always Shelley :)
    Is that something that you would sell? Remember my mirror that you helped me w/? Well it is cracked! So I was trying to think of something to go in that space now...this might just work ;)

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  21. Oh and btw I'm so copying the towel holder...GENIUS fot the 3 littles!!! :)

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  22. Wow, I love it! SO pretty and girly! Great job =)

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  23. Sooooooo darling! I love love love the crystal knobs. And how pretty is that viynal?! Love it!!

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  24. I love it!! Now I need to find a place in my house to do that...yes, I love it that much! Looks awesome! Can't wait to see what you decide for the wall above!

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  25. haha, I knew I had commented...didn't notice at the time that it was published after approval...SOOOOOO, pick whichever you like best...and delete my oter 10...I mean 2! drrrr! (me) :)

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  26. I love this! You are so creative!

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  27. Oh my HECK! I think I just fell in love! That is just to gorgeous and fun! I just can't get over it!

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  28. Is your email on your blog somewhere? I am trying to send you a little note.

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  29. Hooks are so much better than towel bars. This redo is top notch. Right out of a magazine. Great job.

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  30. Visiting from Jessi's @ Yankee Belle Home! This is so great! I love crystal knobs and always looking for a reason to use them! Your bathroom looks so beautiful...love the blue, too! Happy to follow along :)
    Wendy

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  31. Love this bathroom!!So cute!! I noticed you have twins too...we have 2 sets 3 year old boys & 7 month boy & girlie! I would love to do this with our bathroom!!!!!It seems the towesls all end up in the rooms and I am washing a new towle each day and who eriously has time for that!!Love your blog, I stumbled across it a month or so ago!!

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  32. I love you! Will you be my friend???
    I am loving the vinyl! LOVING it! Just might have to order some of my own! Now, where to put it!

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  33. Wow, it was worth the wait. You have done an outstanding job. I'm so glad you started the makeover before me...so I can get some great inspiration! I have blue/gray paint. I told you I have the crystal knob thingamajig, I was planning on doing hooks for the tools and adding the loops to the towels. I love it...Can't wait to see more!

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  34. You are killing me! We are renting right now (the curse of moving and starting your own business) and I'm dying seeing all of the fun stuff you are doing. You have an AMAZING eye for color. And where did you get the image for your vinyl?! Can you share pretty please!

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  35. Love it! Love it! Love it!
    Wonderful creativity :)!

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  36. What an awesome idea. We are the king and queen of boxed molding over here, but never thought to put vinyl inside! Our whole house is covered in this boxed molding (or shadow box trim, as I think it might be called . . . ). Let's just say my husband has a little OCD. Just found you through Yankee Belle Home. I will be your newest follower!

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  37. I love the vinyl! Can't wait to see this bathroom complete! Bet you can't wait either.

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  38. Love everything about this bathroom. Love the towel knobs, the picture frame molding, the vinyl, the color... I want this bathroom!! I featured it on my blog today http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/03/picture-frame-molding.html
    THank you!!

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  39. that is a good idea for lots of little ones in a bathroom. thanks so much!

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  40. That is seriously soooo cute, I love it, and just might have to copy you some day! Thanks for sharing.

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  41. This turned out so fabulous! I love it. The vinyl was a creative and perfect touch and so much easier than a stencil. Simply beautiful!

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  42. This is gorgeous! I'm, so, gonna steal your fabulous, towel, door knob idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  43. Wow, Love this! I would love for you to come link up over at my blog! I've got prizes :)
    -Jill
    http://womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com

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  44. I "HEART" vinyl! This is beautiful. The knobs are gorgeous! I did a small redo of my bathroom with hooks. It's more rustic, you should check it out. tancamjenksfam.blogspot.com

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  45. absolutely adorable! great job! ...What a beautiful make-over. I hopped over from Kara's. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I made some fabric flower necklaces. until later...

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  46. GREAT Tutorial! I absolutely love it. So fresh and airy. Thank you for sharing this great project on the Boardwalk Bragfest!

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  47. Oh my goodness, I totally love this! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  48. That is the most darling wall I have ever seen. I have to do that somewhere, but where. I'm not sure but I will find somewhere. Love it.
    Brooke

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  49. Did I already comment on this? If I did, it deserves another comment! This is adorable!! I love the added texture to it! It's very fresh and clean - and changeable! Darling!

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  50. This idea is fabulous and the result is adorable!!!

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  51. Luv your idea...it looks sooooo PRETTY! Happy Easter!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  52. I'm thinking there will be at least a few exact copies of your bathroom out there! I love it so much. I would totally copy it if I didn't live in a tiny rental apartment. The knobs are pure brilliance and so cute!!

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  53. i am in love! i wish my bath wasn't tiled all over the walls so i could do that- it's gorgeous!

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  54. This is fabulous! Such clever work here. Thank you for sharing and bringing your hodgepodge to my party. I love seeing what you are up to. Hope to see you again.
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  55. Darling! I want to do that! I'm not sure my boys would appreciate the cuteness, though...maybe the powder room???

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  56. I'm featuring this project today on my "Friday I'm in Love" post. Please check it out and grab my button!
    http://thethriftress.blogspot.com/2010/04/friday-im-in-love2.html
    Sarah

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  57. This is adorable. Your house is getting cuter by the day!

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  58. Oh my, you are FAB-U-LOUS! Needless to say I'm super impressed and totally in love with your results. :)
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

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  59. I still don't know how you did the vinyl thing. Amazing look and project.

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  60. WOW! What a huge difference. Very creative, very stylish, very fresh! It just looks wonderful!!!

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  61. This is so beautiful yet functional! Brilliant idea!

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  62. That looks great! Nice makeover.

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  63. It turned out very nice. You are right it is fresh looking.

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  64. I have that picture frame molding in my dining room. I would LOVE to do the same technique of vinyl inside. Where did you get the vinyl? You must have a Cricut. Great job. Looks stunning!

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  65. OOOHHH! I totally ADORE it!! Very well done!! Super dee-dooper CUTE!!!

    Andy
    Poppies at Play

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  66. Well done! Lovely pictures. Happy Easter from Vancouver Island. Michelle

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  67. Beautiful !! What a wonderful idea. Thanks for the inspiration !!

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  68. So adorable!! isGreat tutorial. I am featuring this as part of the Spring has Sprung Party at Fun to Craft. Come by and snag a featured button. Thanks for sharing it!!

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  69. I love it! You did a great job. As for something to put above the towel bar. How about individual pictures of the girls or a group picture of the girls. You could do a picture of them in the tub over running with bubbles to hide (body parts of course)and have their hair all wet and have them give you silly grins. I think that would make a neat picture to hang above the towel bar.

    www.caringbridge.org/visit/mackensiegracecarter

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  70. ooo i love this!! so cute! do you sell vinyl?

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  71. Uh, yeah....one of many who will be using your tutorial! I saw an idea like this last year in BHG, but yours is way cuter. I will be ordering some vinyl. I just came across your blog and love your style. When I get around to this one particular horrifying bathroom makeover, I will have to send you pics so you can see the dramatic difference your idea will make. Thanks!

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  72. I wanted you to know that I highlighted your bathroom wall for last week's bragfest. Hoping you have something good to link up this week too :)

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  73. Hello sweet Shelley - okay, I keep reading your posts when really I should be doing my house cleaning! My butt is numb and the kids had to make their own lunch. You've got such great inspiration!

    Love the wall makeover! Definitely girly. Definitely fabulous.

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  74. Beautiful! I love the vinyl -- it really takes the cake!

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  75. Love your color palette! And swirlies are always tops in my book. :) Coveting your vinyl...

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  76. Your bathroom looks great! The color is so fresh.

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  77. Beautiful! So funny about the paint because I was just thinking I absolutely LOVE that shade of blue and wondered what it was. Now I know, it's House of Smith Blue! :-)

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  78. I love this idea! So beautiful. I hope it's okay that I featured it as inspiration over on my blog More! Than Scrap.
    Thanks for sharing.
    -Cori, morethanscrap.blogspot.com

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  79. Gorgeous! I just showed my husband and said, This is exactly what we will be doing in the girls bathroom! ;)
    Thanks!

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  80. Cre8ive Designs emailed me this link today because I was looking for something to add to the island in my closet- this is super-fantastic. I just love it- It's bookmarked for (hopefully) this weekend!!!

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  81. Hi there! Is your mirror just framed with moulding or is it a framed mirror? =)

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  82. I am totally in love with this bathroom!!!

    It's about the size of our only bathroom and we don't use the 'decorative' towls on the bar, so the knobs would be perfect for us.

    Plus, I hate my over the toilet thing too!! I love that you cut yours down like that and hung it!

    I love everything about it! :)

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  83. Yeah I love it and would totally love to know if you made your own pattern for the vinyl and in what program do you work out of?

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  84. Gorgeous! I would be thrilled too! Fabulous job!

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  85. Fabulous, Very inspiring... The decals were the perfect touch it needed! The paint color is fresh and relaxing! Love, Love Love It! Thanks for sharing!
    Sure Fit Slipcovers

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  86. FYI: I used this post as my inspiration for what I did with our little girls bathroom. I love your style!

    If you would like to see it, it's on my blog at http://www.makingitworthy.com/2012/08/shabby-chic-and-oh-so-cheap-girly.html

    I linked back to your blog and gave you credit for the idea and your tutorials, etc.

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  87. Beautiful work!!!

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  88. Just found your site and love your vinyl usage. I never heard of this stuff. Where do you get it? Thanks! Denise

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  89. I just found your site and love all your projects. I'm enthralled with the vinyl you used in your bathroom and pantry. Where do you get this stuff? (never heard of it!) Thanks!

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