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Monday, March 24, 2014








This weekend was a busy one. But it was a sunshine infused one, so the good kind of busy. I don't know what it is about a little sunshine but for me there is nothing that gives me more energy. Not even coffee. I could drink a pot of coffee right before bed and still fall asleep in less than 5 minutes, or lay around and lazily watching tv marathons. But give me a little sunshine and I feel like I suddenly have enough energy for anything and everything. And that is how the weekend started. With sunshine. And a to-list.

Thursday night I laid in bed and thought about how I have been wanting to do something with my bathroom and decided I was just going to proceed with whatever I could. I have been obsessively thinking about how much I despise my floors for years, but the last few months it's hasn't just been something I have wished to do, or wanted to do, but more like I just couldn't live another day with those awful floors. And as a renter there aren't many options. I thought about laying down vinyl over the top but I couldn't find any plain black vinyl. I did find this, which I think I kind of love a lot, but for the price I wanted to know if I'd really like a black floor in my bathroom before I invested that kind of money in a "temporary" rubber floor. So in comes the contact paper. And, yes, I am slightly embarrassed that it's been forever since I have done any kind of DIY project on here, and the last one I posted about also involved (a lot of) contact paper, but, like I said I am a renter. You just have to break out the contact paper sometimes. And that I did. But first I had to paint. You know. Because it's spring and I can't start spring without painting a room in my house.

So I woke up friday and headed to the paint store. I picked out a paint in under 5 minutes (agreeable grey by sherwin williams), this is a record for me. One I am sure I will never break. And then I gutted my bathroom and started painting. I spent a total of 8.5 hours in my bathroom on Friday - also a record. Laying down the contact paper was a little scary. Mostly because I knew I'd cry if I couldn't have black bathroom floors, even if it was only for a day. But it was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be, though took a lot longer than I expected. And it actually looks good. It's a $6.99 miracle. (it only took me one 24ft roll to do my whole bathroom - with some to spare in fact.)


To lay it I cut it to the length I wanted and I peeled the back off inch by inch and rubbed, rubbed, rubbed down the paper to the floor as I went along. I overlapped the strips slightly (there aren't many contact paper-your-floors tutorials out there), though I wasn't sure about this step, you honestly can't see a single seem. No bubbles either and the texture of my floors underneath, which I hated, actually makes it look much more "real." Side note: The lumpiness in the photos of my floor are actually just my floors which may be why they went for a ugly, textured and lumpy looking floor covering to begin with. Lastly I just tucked the edges under my baseboards as I cut along the edges. And while I will admit I am on "don't leave water on the floors!!" patrol, it's holding up perfectly. And now I know it would be well worth the investment to buy a more long-term flooring option in the future. Or for $6.99 I can just keep going with the contact paper. 

The print is from here. I love it and I think I got two days after I ordered it. It was fast. And scoutmob is a great company, I very happily work with them also and I have written about them here as well, you can see that here.

24 comments:

  1. love your bathroom! so simple but sophisticated

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  2. I love it! As you know, we're in the bathroom reno that never ends. (We have a great contractor that we're waiting on to finish up another job, and he's worth the wait, but still...forever.). But. I digress. We're planning on dark gray planks for the floors, and your floors have me SO excited. I think they look GREAT! Bravo, darling!

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    1. i'd love to do a real reno. and i hope you will share pics of yours when it's done! i kind of figured a dark floor would be the only way to really make mine look updated, and now i am glad i went with my gut. someday i am going to switch out the contact paper for something else, but for now i am so much happier!

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  3. Won't the heat and steam of the bathroom cause the contact paper to come up and move around a bit, or at least leave behind a sticky residue? (If not, I am TOTALLY stealing this idea! And speaking of rental-friendly makeovers, if you have any brilliant fixes for the ubiquitous rental apt boob lights, pretty please do tell!)

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    1. i guess we aren't really steamy bathroom people, if we were, yeah it might be an issue. the contact paper is really sticky but it doesn't leave a residue especially because of the type of floor i put it on. and for 7 dollars even if it gives me a couple months of freedom from the original flooring i am happy! but feel free to check back in a couple months and see how it's holding up.

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  4. Your industriousness never ceases to amaze me. I can't tell you how many horrible bathroom floors I've had in my life (our current ones --which we own, so you'd think I'd've ripped em out by now-- are no exception) and the thought to do anything about it other than bleach-pen the grout or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser them into submission never even crossed my mind! You go, girl. These look fab. xo

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    1. well, if i had tile i don't think this would have been an option. i think the floors i have were a perfect match for the contact paper. but i do have a tile entry with grout that keeps me awake at night ;) luckily a rug fits pretty nicely over most of it. xo

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  5. It is seriously amazing what little touches can do. That idea for the flooring. You are amazing. I never ever would have thought of that. And talk about money saving. It looks clean + bright + fresh. Excellent job Christine!

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  6. Wow, wow, wow! You can really work some wonders with a roll of shelf liner or contact paper. How cool! Everything looks great, love the paint and I LOVE the art, what a great thing to look at as you get ready for the day. And what is up with the scale? When did you get that?! I love it. = )

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    1. i feel like i had bad memories of shelf liner from my days of youth so it's something i just never thought to use until i did my faux wallpaper. and when that held up for so long i figured, why not try it on my floor? i definitely think the bathroom is the most precarious place for it but we shall see.

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  7. I am kind of in shock here, that is seriously contact paper? I almost don't believe you because it looks so good. Amazing job girl?
    How much would it cost for you to come to the Arctic and redo my home? ;)

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    1. it really is. i wouldn't lie because as i said it's slightly embarrassing ;) but it looks good so far, so i am feeling no shame!

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  8. i did not even realize that this was your home it looks so pro! i have to say, bravo, i would never guess this to be a diy project - you did awesome and it looks great! i also love that your bathroom gets tons of sunlight - my bathroom is the only room/corner of our apartment that doesn't get any :(

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    1. oh thanks! well, it didn't before i can tell you that. it was a hated room in my house because of the floors, but i knew it had potential. unfortunately it's one of the only rooms in my house that gets that kind of light. i so wish my living room was along that side of my house!

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  9. ha, I'm like you. I can have coffee before going to bed. no problem. but a bit of sunshine has me bouncing around like crazy. your floors look great. I'm a big fan of dark colours. let me know how it shows dirt. we used to have black bathmats and they were a pain to keep looking nice.

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  10. Agh CHRISTINE this looks SO good. Can you come and do my apartment? Because this is ridiculously good-looking (just like you)

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  11. Christine you did SUCH a good job! It totally reads like a leather floor treatment. (The sun always gives me extra motivation too!)

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  12. How are your floors holding up? I am thinking about doing this. Its looks amazing! I have heard contact paper leaves a stick mess behind. Has that been true for you?

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    1. the one i used (magic cover) hasn't left any mess behind that I have noticed, but I imagine it could depend on the type of floor you are putting it on. I'd recommend testing a patch to make sure it works for your floor.

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  13. I just found this on Apartment Therapy, and noticed it's been a year since you first posted this story. How about an update on how it's holding up?

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    1. The floor has actually held up really great. I think at this point it could use a re-do as it's just coming up at the edges of the tub. Next time I think I might use a little clear caulking to make it last even longer!

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  14. Hi:

    3 years later--contact paper on floor... how's it going? If not great, would you have an alternative rec as a solution in rented apartment?

    Thanks!

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