Guest Bath Revamp






It’s been a crazy last couple of weeks for me. I didn’t plan on taking a short break from blogging but I guess it turned out that way.  I am back, refreshed and excited to share my guest bath revamp project with you.

I haven’t done anything with my guest bath in more than 10 years.  It has driven me crazy all these years that I have not found the time to finally roll up my sleeves and revamp it.  I have pretty much known for more than two years what I wanted to do in this space but again, finding the time to do it myself has been impossible until now.

Let me show the before pictures of my guest bath:




This space is so hard to photograph with all of the artificial light but the old wall paper was a gold-ish faux crackle pattern.  I had a border in the shower area of leopard animals {cringe}.  I put this paper up 11 years ago during my animal print obsession {hubby rolls eyes}…

I wanted to do something in this space that really popped because its so fun to have a unique bath space just for guests.  This is our only guest bath in our home and my 7 year-old daughter uses this bathroom as well, which makes things a little tricky.  I had to really come up with something unique but still special and sweet for my girl.  If I had a powder room just for guests, I would be all over a contemporary metallic bold paper. If I had a bath just for my girl, it would be an elegant but sweet French shabby look.  So, this guest bath revamp was a compromise of the two concepts.

I have had this paintable textured wallpaper for two years now that I bought for the “eventual” guest bath revamp project:




The vinyl paintable paper is made by Architectural Inspirations and I purchased it online at American Blind and Wallpaper.

I knew that I wanted a unique wall treatment and I have been wanting to do a paintable wall paper treatment for a long time now.   I wanted to paint this gorgeous textured paper a super chalky flat gray/blue color, giving the wall an old French sort of feel in the finish.  I also knew that some of the modern textures would also pop out to keep it from being too sweet.

I was thrilled by how beautiful it turned out after I got the paper hung, primed and then painted:






There are all kinds of fabulous paintable textured wallpapers on the market and they are ideal because you choose your exact color and finish.  Next week, I will be doing a tutorial on suggestions for using these papers and I will be showing you some awesome examples of the textured papers on the market right now.

You don’t know how hard it was for me not to lightly swipe a cloth with just a touch of white across the top textures after I painted it!  Next project I will be lightly rubbing those textures with a lighter color to really make them pop!

After weeks of trying to narrow down the paint color, I settled on Sherwin Williams color “Krypton” which is a gorgeous shade of gray-ish/ blue:



Because I really wanted a super flat, old chalky look, I talked to the awesome guys at Sherwin Williams and they gave me some very valuable information.  They said that the cheaper you go in a flat paint, the chalkier it will be.  The more expensive the flat paint, the less chalky look it will have even though its a flat paint. The more expensive flats have something in it that still gives it somewhat of a sheen and cheaper paints scrimp on this giving us more chalk.  They were right. I bought the cheapest stuff and it is very chalky.

I didn’t change the paint of my cabinets but the color is Sherwin Williams “Dover White”.  I have used that color throughout my home on all of my trim for years and I still love it.  Not too white but not a cream, or an off white. I do however need a fresh coat on these cabinets though.  Hope you can’t tell!

The fun square mirror panels on the walls I purchased at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section for $19.99 each.  They were an ugly dark brown and were scratched up pretty bad.  I simply gave them one quick coat of Testors Enamel Model Master in the color “Gunship”, and they turned out the most gorgeous color of slate/indigo that really blends well with the wall color:



By the way, if you ever see anything in the home decor clearance aisle that you want to quickly paint, this little bottle of enamel paint is the best way to go.  It’s found in the model paint section at your craft store for $3.29!  They have a great selection of colors and you do not need to prime and it is always a perfect coat and finish.  Since it’s enamel, it will pretty much cover and stay on any finish (make sure you get the enamel and not the acrylic):



The rest of my accessories came from Hobby Lobby as well:




The best deal in this whole bath revamp was the geometric patterned runner that I found at Ross for $11.00 in the exact slate color as my mirror panels:



I actually ordered a runner from Ballard Design that was $199.00 but when it arrived, it was too wide for the narrow entry into the shower area.  I always forget to check Ross regularly.  Every time I go I always find a great and inexpensive gem!

Well, I think that about covers it for now.  I still have to come up with wall decor in the shower area and will posts the pictures of what I do on The Creativity Exchange Facebook page here.

I have a lot of projects that I’ve been working on that are almost finished and I hope to get back into my blogging routine this next week.

Have a fantastic weekend friends!




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16 Responses to Guest Bath Revamp

  1. It’s beautiful and very calming Cyndy. Good to see you back. I’ve been kind of quiet too recently but that’s ok. I’ll get back to it eventually. (-:

  2. It looks great! Love the color that you chose and the texture on the walls!! Those Hobby Lobby clearance finds are awesome 🙂

  3. Kim says:

    I love that texture!! I just painted my bathroom a similar color. It’s so calming! Great makeover!!

  4. MeganV says:

    I love your redo! The mirror panels are my favorite piece you have in your room. ~ Megan

  5. Kristin says:

    Very inspiring! I love that it’s not too cluttered but still very welcoming.

  6. Judy says:

    Hi! Wow…your bathroom turned out so pretty. It actually looked nice before too…but I love the new color and decor! I’ve never tried the wall covering you used. Very nice.

  7. Casandra says:

    Great project and terrific info! I’m your newest follower. Can’t wait to hear more about the textured wallpapers available now. 5 years ago, I used some on the kitchen backsplash and it has held up remarkably well. I used a Sherwin Williams satin paint so I can just wipe it clean so easily. Saw you on Shabby Nest link party. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Christine says:

    Looks great! I’m planning on doing a little revamping too soon! I’m popping over from project party! HI!!

  9. maria says:

    I love the wallpaper!!
    María from Spain!

  10. Chrissy says:

    This is beautiful! I love it!

  11. Q @ JAQS says:

    Very pretty indeed. Great job!

    Love for you to share it at my “Made by ME” Linky Party Wednesdays 🙂

  12. I’m ready to be a guest at your place anytime! Found you via The Shabby Nest…This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring “Transformations” called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

  13. Beautiful! I love the subtle texture and design of the wallpaper!

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