Our powder room (the only bathroom that anyone ever sees) desperately needed some loving, so we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. I knew I wanted to incorporate a beautiful brushed gold mirror I had come across, SO I was going to have to step out of my typical black & white comfort zone and really put some thinking into the color scheme! My vision was a bright, light, & simple space with a touch of fun.
The “before” bathroom was pinkish-purple. Now don’t get me wrong, I freakin’ love pink…I mean it is my favorite color, but not this pink… and not this pink on the walls of a bathroom. Yikes!
Before we got our hands on it:
After: bright, simple, & fun!
Fixtures & Walls
I knew I wanted to use brushed gold hardware to match the mirror I loved, as well as add to the light & bright feeling of the space. I found beautiful brushed gold fixtures that were going to fit perfectly (light fixture, TP holder, towel holder, & faucet). Let me tell you, it’s tough finding gold fixtures that are all a similar gold color!
As for the walls, always remember: PAINT GOES SO FAR! A totally different color can change the entire feeling of a room. I decided to go with Sherwin Williams- Snow Bound white walls with vertical board and batten to make the room look and feel bigger than it actually is in there. The vertical board & batten lines make the ceilings look higher & the bright white walls make the space look more spacious.
Mike did the carpentry board & batten work himself. With the white walls, I thought they needed a little bit of “texture” to them and figured board & batten was perfect for the small space. The vertical boards are 1″x 3″x 8″ common boards, the baseboard & trim are 5″ common boards, with added decorative trim attached to the trim and primed base shoe at the baseboard (all found at Home Depot). He used his Miter Saw to cut the boards and a nail gun to attach the boards to the walls. After he made the cuts & put up the boards, I primed, caulked, & painted the room. The caulking is important to get the clean lines and fill in the woodwork gaps. This actually made a huge difference & made it look so much better, so don’t skip this part. Also, make sure you let your caulk completely dry before you paint.
We decided to salvage the vanity to save money, but get a new sink as the last one was a little too busy for the look I was going for. I was all over the place with what color I wanted to paint the vanity. I knew exactly what I wanted, but at the same time I didn’t (make sense? ha!). After the vanity was painted a soft black, then bright blue, I ended up finding a very light gray color that pulled the look together. I went with the color, On the Rocks by Sherwin Williams. SO YEP! This project could have been done in a week, but it took me 3 weeks to figure out the vanity color! haha. We added brushed gold pulls to the cabinet doors, and added two more pulls to the fake drawers.
The stepping stool is for Knox of course, but I kind of just love the overall look of it in there. I found the stool at HomeGoods & painted the bottom white. They have a similar one at Serena & Lily for $75 more than what I purchased this for. Save on stuff like this, so you can splurge on other stuff!
I always love a little bathroom humor, because let’s be honest… a bathroom is just a funny place if you think about it. I added some fun to the room by adding a gray sign I made on Canva.com, saying “Crap Happens. Just roll with it”. I also incorporated a black & white picture that I took one day at the old house. Mike had just walked in from work & attempted to go the bathroom, but 8 little feet (4 human, 4 dog) followed him into the bathroom and didn’t allow him to have a moment to himself. I got a kick out of it, because, well as a stay at home mom these days… this is my everyday life! Our kids’ motto: No pee go unseen, haha! Mike got a kick out of the picture and obviously okayed for it be hung in the bathroom. It brings a good laugh to people, reminds him of what MY everyday gig looks like, and reminds both of us how blessed we are to have these boys (& dog) in our lives… even if it means going to the bathroom solo is impossible. Ha!
All in all, the powder room turned out just how I had hoped- bright, simple & fun. It’s definitely a different look from my typical taste, but I had fun pulling it together and I’m absolutely loving it! Everything is linked below, but of course let me know if you have any other questions.
Happy bathroom DIYing! Cheers!