Hello and welcome! I am glad you came to visit. If you’ve visited before, you already know that I do enjoy a good home project. I love making improvements to our home. And, I’ve got another one to share today. So, grab a beverage , sit down, and enjoy the bathroom makeover project that I just tackled. You can enjoy the befores and afters without even breaking a sweat. I already did that for you!
First off, let me just say, there was nothing wrong with this bathroom when I started. It’s a new home and so I don’t have any major problems or dated colors that I need to update. However, what I do have is a standard, one color, not pizzazz bathroom ~ except for the shower maybe. I do love the shower. 🙂 So, my goal for this project, was to add a little somethin’ somethin’. Here are a few before pics so you can see what I am starting with. Please forgive my lack of photography skills. I’m working on it. The lack of natural light doesn’t help matters either…
I toyed around with a few ideas before settling on one. I looked into wallpaper. For a time, wallpaper was definitely out. However, I think it’s made a comeback. There are really some beautiful patterns out there and some products that make the whole project easy as well. For this project though, I didn’t want to spend that much money. (I have another room I’m working on and that is where I want to spend.) Consequently, I decided to try stenciling again. I chose the Starry Moroccan Night pattern from here.
Initially I ordered the antique nickel color to use for this project. I wanted to have a more subtle effect with this pattern, kind of like a damask.
Clearly, this was not the color for me if I wanted that look. It looked more brown on my gray walls and it was way too bold for this room. I tried Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey next. It was too subtle. I took a picture of it for you to see, but you can’t even tell it’s there. So, I broke down and ordered again. This time I chose antique silver ~ because silver on gray would work, right? Wrong. (sorry about the glare)
This was just too shiny for what I waned and again, bolder than the look I had in my head. Bummer. Now what?
Out of sheer desperation for wanting to get this show on the road, I had a brilliant idea. I wondered if I could mix my Paris Grey with the Antique Silver. The answer is yes. Yes, you can mix the two together. I mixed 2 parts chalk paint to 1 part creme stencil paint. It turned out close to what I had in mind so I went with it.
With my paint color mixed I was ready to start. This stencil is a very large stencil to work with. It measures 19 x 33 1/4″ . That means on a flat wall, you can cover a lot territory pretty quickly. However, when you are in a corner or a tight space such as around a mirror or at the ceiling, you are cursing that large stencil. Long story short, don’t look too close, and don’t be too critical. #Iknowitsnotperfect Lesson learned ~ bigger is not always better. You can read more about the lessons I learned through this project here.
Anyway, with walls painted, I moved on to the details. Sometimes it is all about the small details. However, this wall does draw a lot of attention on its own. I love farmhouse style and I love mixing old and new, but I am not wholly farmhouse. Transitional is more my style, I think. I like to incorporate a lot of different elements in my decor. For this room, I wanted to accent with a bold pop of color. I chose blue. This blue bath mat was picked up at Home Goods (love that store!), but there is a similar color at Target along with some lovely towels to hang on the rod.
You can find the bath mat here and the towels here. I played around with some patterned towels, but ultimately decided they were just too busy next to the wall. Best to keep it simple here. I added a small succulent and a blue soap dispenser to the counter.
Next, we moved the towel bar to make room for a shelf over the toilet (where the towel bar originally hung). The towel bar now hangs right outside the shower (doesn’t that make the most sense?). For the shelf, I incorporated more of a vintage/farmhouse feel by using raw wood that I stained xx. The only thing left was simply to rehang my pictures on the wall and add a little basket with toiletries for guests and a fun pineapple to the shelf. Did you know that the pineapple is the symbol for “welcome?” Fun trivia. You’re welcome.
I have to say this geometric pattern gives the bathroom a really cool vibe and I like the mix of the modern geometric with the farmhouse style shelf we added. I am really happy with the way this room turned out and I feel like my guests will enjoy it as well. So, what do you think? Have you tackled a bathroom makeover? Is there something you’d like to try yourself but are unsure of? Comment below. I love hearing from readers!