Friday, August 17, 2007

In The Blink of an Eye

Whew. Have you checked in over at Splatgirl Creates in the last couple of days to read all about the very exciting developments that caused me to have to bust a move last week? It's completely whack.

I was already knee deep in three colors of paint trying to finish the foyer and nook (which, as of today, I still haven't wrapped up to my satisfaction), but then The New York Times called (Ha! Never in a bajillion years did I ever think I would utter those words) and the ensuing conversation caused me to drop all those brushes and get to work that very evening on the guest bathroom that had been languishing in primer for much too long.
Paint was slung, accessories were purchased and sleep was lost, but just like that it's a real room!

The bonus of the whole deal, really, as if it weren't enough that the NYT wanted ME and my Splatgirlieized IKEA locker vanity, which, to tell you the truth I never really thought was that big of a deal, is that the room is nearly finished. Still on the to-do list is tiling or otherwise addressing the tub surround and as you may have guessed, I'm on the fence about how to treat it.

Anyway, here's the room!!

Look for us in the Home and Garden section on Sept. 6th! Whoooohooo!


Anonymous maxie said...

wow. congratulations. i discovered you on apt. therapy and love your taste. i'm from mn too! you are very talented!

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

I just spent 12 long hours yesterday painting every surface of my bathroom, putting in new IKEA cabinets and sink. I'm not happy with the color but that's another issue. Where did you get your towel rack(s) and tp holder? I'm in the market for a new set since the old one doesn't match my new decor. Oh and I'm also from MN but live in Seattle now. I LOVE what you have done to your house. It's so inspiring!

9:02 AM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Hi Emily!
The hardware is from Bed Bath and Beyond only because I had to have it right now and IKEA has either discontinued their nice chrome bath accessories or was just out of stock. Look around on the net. I like Ira Wood and Sons for price and selection or

7:46 AM  
Blogger magdalena studios said...


your bathroom is gorgeous.
I'm in an apartment so doing biig work is out of the question, especially with these LL's. If I was gonna stay 10 years, ok, well, anyway, neither here nor there.
Gorgeous bathroom, LOVE that vanity.

12:34 PM  
Blogger smkealey said...

Wow! What an incredible blog!

I stumbled onto this site while searching for window treatment ideas using cables. I'm now in heaven as I greedily scan your past posts. All I can say is "do you have a spare room"...that I could move into. :-)

I'm so glad I stumbled onto this site...twice now...must be fate. Thanks for your wonderful ideas and inspiration. I look forward to seeing the article on Sept. 6.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous...

12:29 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Okay - so I'm somewhat blog illiterate. The NY Times said that instructions for your bathroom sink and vanity were on your blog, but I don't see anything. Can you tell me how you did the bathroom vanity? Thanks.

10:59 AM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Hello Scott
instructions are here

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It turned out beautiful !! But- a question: the butcherblock from IKEA- did you have to treat it somehow? How do you take care of it, as the bathroom is a wet area? thanks

9:14 AM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

The countertop is treated with Watco brand Danish oil (the walnut color, IIRC), which I've used with great success waterproofing butcherblock tabletops in the past. It takes a few to several want to saturate the wood until it won't absorb anything more. Once it's dry, even standing water isn't a problem and it can be refreshed at any time by just applying more and letting it dry.
Marine (spar) urethane works great for waterproofing wood, too.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great, and thanks for the answer. So I have decided to use that butcherblock underneath my vessel sink too.
May I ask: How did you saturate the block w/oil? Did you need lots and lots of oil for it? Can you please give me some technics? As I logged on to IKEA, I saw that they sell that countertop w/oil. Is that the oil that's needed, and the right quantity for saturation?
I also thought, perhaps after oiling it, maybe to coat it w/sealer?
Sorry for all questions, but now I am eager to learn and do it.
Thanks once again.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trying again:
1. Thanks for your answer. I am going to try and do it.
2. Any tips as to how to saturate the wood w/oil?
3. Other then oil the wood- any sealant or shalock were applied on the wood?

thanks, yula

2:48 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

What's the art over your toilet? I love the colors! Thanks...

1:19 PM  
Blogger splatgirl said...

Hi Lisa
Both paintings in this bathroom are originals by moi. I've been being hounded by a friend to sell him the smaller one, but until I find or make something as a replacement, I just can't part with it!

2:06 PM  

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