Bathroom Reveal: Before and After
September 18, 2010 § 1 Comment
One of our summer projects was painting the bathroom. Our Jack-and-Jill bath is actually divided into two rooms. The first acts like an anteroom: it opens into the two bedrooms and has the sink and a closet. The second houses the toilet and the bathtub / shower enclosure.
We started with your soft, plain contractor-white space.
Deciding on the right color took a while, but it was worth it. As you may remember, I painted test boards and made crude mockups to help us decide.
This is what Mood Indigo, our shade of choice, looks like in the room:
Painting an accent wall just in the sink room would have created a separation between the two spaces, so we decided to carry the color over. We painted the same wall in the shower room.
Furthermore, we wrapped the blue around the corner, over the tub:
Suddenly, our blue and green shower curtain frogs look like they belong in the space:
We hang our towels on hooks – Finnish style – behind the shower room door and color code them: green for him, blue for her.
I took the opportunity to switch out a few accessories as well:
After we had already painted, I suddenly thought of our yellow hall. Would the blue look silly seen from the hallway? Fortunately, Mr. E’s office provides a nice, neutral block between the yellow and the blue:
It’s been only a year and a half since we moved in. We can still (sort of) remember what the house looked like then. Adding our furniture and small accessories perked the room up a lot, but this paint job really makes the space. It’s very satisfying to see the difference, especially in before and after pictures:
The best of it is that this makeover turned out to be ridiculously cheap: only $35! We love our blue bathroom!
- Gallon of paint: $23
- Quality paintbrush: $12
- Roller, tape, and tray: already owned
- Plastic drop cloths: already owned
- Accessories: already owned
Most of the painting supplies we already had from our closet project. Being cheapskates extremely frugal, we used a slightly torn mattress cover from our move, an old shower curtain, and a large trash bag as drop cloths. The only item we bought was a better brush; we really should have done that right from the start.
How about you – any exciting paint transformations to share?