Ugh. That’s what I felt every time I walked into this bland builders grade bathroom. It’s not just that the walls looked like they were painted in margarine, but the whole space felt thoughtlessly planned. On the right, there’s a closet with our stacked washer and dryer, but if the door was open, as it often is, you couldn’t easily get to the towel rack. And that toilet paper roll was basically hanging out by itself in nowhereville. Let’s not even talk about what those light bulbs were doing to the color of the space…
Inspired by all those black and white images I’ve been collecting, I decided to start fresh. I painted three of the walls Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, which made everything look cleaner. It felt like I’d taken bleach to those yellow walls! And if you’ve been paying attention, you know that I painted the fourth wall with chalkboard paint — after removing the awkward towel rod and toilet paper fixtures. (Getting rid of them was enormously cathartic!)
We didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money on the bathroom because, quite frankly, it’s in pretty good shape. But I wanted to do something with a lot of impact, and juxtapositioning white with chalkboard hit that sweet spot for being well within budget while infusing the space with personality.
Above the toilet, I added the reclaimed wood shelf with silver branch brackets. Eventually, I’d love to put apothecary jars up there. I tried to get a shot with the toilet in there for perspective, but it was next to impossible with the lighting I was given. So you’ll just have to use your imagination.
Does that paper look familiar? In a perfect world, I would wallpaper the entire bathroom with Rifle Paper Co. wrap. But since I’m freaked out by wallpaper, I came up with the happy compromise of framing it in this pretty mirrored frame. It’s actually from Target, but I couldn’t find it online. At $34, it’s about half the price of the one from West Elm.
While I was dreaming up this bathroom, I had the basic towel ring in mind for the spot next to the sink. But once all the pieces started coming together, it felt out of place. Back in Portland, I used this hook for my coat and I’m so happy to have the chance to re-purpose it here.
We had a hard time thinking of what to write here. We thought of things like, “Have a Seat” but that seemed kind of gauche. So I took a step back and began thinking of the space more like a powder room than a bathroom. That’s when I realized that one of my favorite Downton Abbey quotes would fit the bill. I imagine you’ll come for a visit and think, “Why, yes, my hair does look jolly!”
This isn’t the end of the facelift — we still need to get a toilet paper stand (right now it just sits on the back of the toilet) and a rug. But for now, I’m pretty happy with what we accomplished in a weekend.
P.S. Check back tomorrow for my first ever video!