Had I known that it only took $60 to makeover this bathroom from blahhhh to ahhhhh-some I would have done this years ago!
In the Beginning…
We built and moved into this home mid December of 2010. While we were in the building process I asked the kids to help design the areas of the home that would be theirs, like the bathroom and their bedrooms. At the time it sounded like a grand idea, however, my son was 9 (going on 20) and my daughter was only 5. As you can imagine, my daughter wanted her bathroom to be rainbow and girly and my son wanted his bathroom to be dark and masculine. Their shared bathroom space is a long galley-style bathroom. To help define one another’s space I gave them each their own vanity, as opposed to one long double vanity (the best decision ever made). The biggest problem in this space is that it has zero light in the sink room. There’s a small window in the shower/toilet room, but because of the way the roof line runs, this window provides very little light. After a long and exhausting search for selections that each child could share and be happy with we came up with the original design.
Original Master Plan
We decided on a black and white theme with pops of rainbow iridescent accent tile (brilliant, right?). The vanity bases are midnight black and the countertops are porcelain white tile. Along the long vanity wall we did a half wall of 2″ by 5″ white subway tiles. The backsplash has one long strip of rainbow iridescent squares running double the width. The floors are a washed black square tile. We grouped 4 rainbow iridescent squares together to make a larger diamond shape and at random we danced the rainbow iridescent pattern through the floors. The wall is painted Silver Lake by Benjamin Moore, which is a light blueish-gray color. My Trim is all in brilliant white high gloss. Here is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in:
I always hated those 3D stars, but actually I was really unhappy with the entire bathroom all together. It was fine for the kids, but it just wasn’t fun. Because it took so much work to get them to agree on the selections this far I had to settle on letting it stay as it was. Honestly, they really never used this bathroom. Maybe you can relate, but because they were little kids they always ended up in my bathroom.
Fast-Forward 7+ Years Later
My son is now 17 and my daughter is 13. They both rarely share this space, and if they do it’s never at the same time. We have 5 bathrooms in this house and there are only 4 of us. My daughter still likes to use my bathroom because our shower is much bigger…and I don’t mind. My son mostly uses this bathroom as his own and it’s a nice size space for just one person. Still, however, there was always something that I just didn’t like about this space. It never really seemed to fully blend together. I contemplated wallpaper, which I still think would be fabulous, but I didn’t want to spend the money. Then one day it hit me. Actually it was one night (when I couldn’t sleep and a million design jobs were running through my head). Really, all I needed were darker walls. I couldn’t go all dark because the space would become cave-like, so I decided to just do one and a half walls. Here is how it turned out:
Guys, it took me only $60 to make the changes that you see here. I woke up the next morning and told my husband about my plan. Of course he quickly tried to talk me out of it because he figured the job would require his help. But, after declaring this a true DIY project (no help needed) he was good to go. I quickly hopped over to Home Depot and purchased a gallon of Behr Satin Black paint. Lucky me, Behr was hosting a $10 rebate. The gallon was originally $28 and after the rebate I spent only $18. I taped off the room’s ceiling and trim and got to work. It seriously took me no more than 2 hours. Check out the before and after!
While I let the paint dry I ran a couple of quick errands and found this fabulous battery operated clock for only $25, faux cactus for $25 (on the back of the toilet) and this great blue-green glass vase for only $3. I had the faux eucalyptus stems from a leftover DIY wreath project a couple fo weeks ago. The super cool wall wooden wall art is a piece I found a while back while shopping HomeGoods. I love how it makes such a statement and brings the fun to this otherwise boring space.
Take notice of the apothecary jar to the left of my toilet. This is a fancy way of storing your toilet paper rolls and keeping them handy when there are no other close options for storage available. I can’t take credit for this tip. My friend in Colorado did it first. ;).
I really love the way it turned out. The slight change gave this space the oomph it needed without costing me an arm and a leg. I hope this has you rethinking your wall color. Options, options, options!