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[temp] wallpapering the kids’ bath

installing vintage inspired temp wallpaper coral red and turquoise

Sunday was like any other day in our household.  Kids up at 7:00.  Mom up and chugging coffee at 7:01.  Mom gets a DIY idea at 7:30!  Mom is frantically trying to finish said DIY project before Dad wakes up!   Sometimes I wish I was joking, but having an over-active-creative-brain I’ve learned is a huge part of who I am.  I’ve learned to accept it and just roll with it.

I ordered this amazing coral red and turquoise temporary wallpaper from One Kings Lane in November and yesterday realized where it would be perfect….the kid’s bathroom!

temp wallpaper in kids bathroom_vintage inspired

vintage inspired temp wallpaper_coral and turquoise

I’ve been a fan of red+turquoise for a while now and am so happy I finally get to do a room in these colors.  I figured putting this in the kid’s bathroom would be safe.  This bathroom is on our second floor and doesn’t have any windows, so no natural light.  Not to mention, their bathroom is a very long rectangular space so why not add some funky fun colors to lighten it up a bit, I thought.

This is what their bathroom looked like recently.  I installed the board+batten and love the look.  I painted just this accent wall the same slate blue that it’s in our master bedroom.  Not very fun for a 6 and 4 year old.

vintage inspired temp wallpaper

I wasn’t joking about frantically trying to finish this project before the hub woke up.  While in my PJ’s, hair resembling Cruella Deville I got busy.

coral and turquoise vintage inspired temp wallpaper

I measured the length of the wall (45″) and make my first cut at this length.   This is just a huge sticker so I peeled about 12″ of the backing off and applied the clean straight edge right up next to the ceiling.  Once that was level and straight, I simply flattened it out, pressed out any air bubbles with my daughter’s clipboard, and repeated all the way down this first strip.

vintage looking coral and turquoise temp wallpaper

I know it looks strange to start a wallpaper job in the middle of the wall.  It was impossible for me to stick a full strip of paper in between the door trim and the adjacent wall so I stuck my first strip about 8″ away from the corner.  I figured I would cut a full strip in half later and it would be easier for me to work with in the corners.

There is obviously a pattern to this design so the remaining strips I cut to 50″.  This allows for me to line up the pattern without running short on either end of the strip.

vintage inspired temp wallpaper in coral and turquoise

You can see I was left with another bare spot on the other side of the wall.  I cut another strip at 50″, folded it lengthwise in the middle then cut this piece in half.  This made tackling these small spaces much easier.

After about 40 minutes this wall was done!  Best part…the hub was still asleep!

vintage inspired coral and turquoise temp wallpaper

temp wallpaper vintage inspired coral and turquoise

temp wallpaper vintage inspired coral red and turquoise

coral and turquoise temp wallpaper vitage inspired

Temp wallpaper is one of the best inventions.  It’s perfect for renters and someone like me who is constantly tweaking the house!   I paid apx $45 for a double roll of this and just purchased one as it is a bit pricey.  It’s just enough to slap it on an accent wall for a big impact.

installing vintage inspired temp wallpaper coral red and turquoise

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unique updates to the kids’ bathroom

I can’t believe I can honestly say that I FINISHED a project!!  Oh happy day!!  Usually I have the attention span of one of my children whenever I start any elaborate project.  This means I have a stockpile few projects either laying around our garage, or staring me in the face inside the house.  BUT…I must have found something captivating about the board and batten in the kids’ bathroom, as I finished it within days and not months.  I took these pictures at night which explains the funky colors.

kids bathroom_board_batten

kids bathroom_hooks

 All done, right?  Yeah right.  How come when I finish a project there is usually a trail of little projects right behind?  Notice the blue wall?  I will probably finish painting the rest of the bathroom…umm…

So anyway…I always found it strange that there are no towel holders right at the sink.  I can’t stand the idea of washing your hands then dripping at least a cup of water all over the floor in order to dry them.  Not to mention, I am that paranoid mom who worries about the kids slipping on the tile floor and smacking their heads.

I used something a little unconventional to solve this problem.  Hold backs and a curtain clip.

kids bathroom_hold back2

kids bathroom_hold back

I purchased these hold backs from Lowe’s and the curtain clips were a Big Lots purchase.

kids bathroom_finial gone2

Why the curtain clip you ask?  Well it keeps the towel nice and neat, easy to access, off the counter top therefore keeping the clutter to a minimum, and it’s just different.

On my list of things that I would love to do to the house is create frames for each of the mirrors in our 4 bathrooms.  I am not the biggest fan of the builder grade mirrors as I think they’re an after thought.  I decided to take the cheap and easy route and do something a little different and hang a picture in front of the mirror in the kids’ bathroom.

kids bathroom mirror

Notice what is “holding” up the picture?  I unscrewed one of the crystal finials from the hold back and screwed it into the wall.

kids bathroom_crystal finial

It is secure enough and won’t be coming down without some tugging, but it cannot hold the weight of this picture.  So I hammered a nail into the wall, hung the picture from that and screwed the crystal just underneath the nail in order to camouflage it.

kids bathroom_nail

I stapled some jute rope to the back of this canvas in order to suspend it right over the mirror.

kids bathroom_art hanger

Then this always happens mid-way through a photo shoot…one of them always finds me…

kids bathroom_ninja turtle

I do like the way the picture looks and it also serves a secret purpose.  It acts like a dividing line for the kids to stay on their own side of the bathroom, especially during teeth brushing.  Don’t ask me why, but brushing teeth brings out the “best” in them.  I have to say since I’ve had this picture up, it’s been a little calmer in there.

I don’t however like the picture itself (it was a cheap Home Goods purchase), plus it’s not very fun for a kids’ bathroom.  So I have plans (oh surprise, yet another project in the making!) to wrap the canvas in a funky print and wrap the jute rope in gold duck tape.

kids bathroom_new look


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NEWSFLASH…I am officially on the board and batten bandwagon!  (try saying that fast 5 times) I have loved the look of it for quite some time now, but have never been 100% motivated to install it yet.  Until…I found the perfect, non visible to many visitors, small space…the kids’ bathroom.

These are a few pictures that I have had pinned for a while now that I referred to for the design.


And my all-time favorite…


I decided to experiment on a small wall in the kids’ bathroom.  That way I can work out all of the mistakes in a room that my little ones only see.


I had a furring strip in the garage and cut it the right size and wedged it in between the wall and door trim.  Then I secured it to the wall by screwing 4 screws through the furring strip and into the studs in the wall.  I’m sure this is overkill, but I plan on attaching towel hooks for the kids and know they will pulling and tugging so I don’t want this things coming out of the wall.



I then attached the vertical pieces to the same studs.  This is a point of discussion out there…to angle the bottoms or not.  I decided to go for the angle and cut each at 45 degree.  I still have a lot to do, but am happily surprised at how easy this is.  To install the top board and two vertical pieces took about 45 minutes.


I still have a lot more to do -install two more vertical pieces, holes to fill, and paint.  I am hoping this project won’t linger like my other half-completed projects.  I’m hoping not!

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