This one was a doozy, my friends. It wasn’t a big project, but one that was poorly planned – never a good thing! Originally, I had decided to paint the powder room a bold color and call it a day. Then it turned into adding a faux shiplap accent wall. Then new tile. Then crown molding on the ceiling. Then toying with the idea of building a hexagon shelf? Nope, how about staggered wood shelves? Nope. Not having a plan dragged this project out!
Because I didn’t intend on this being such a big makeover, I didn’t take a real “before” photo. Here’s what the room looked like when I started cutting in with the darker color – you can see the different tones on the wall where someone did not touch up with the same batch of paint to the ceiling. I decided on Sherwin Williams “Iron Ore” for the walls. I’ve seen it look like a deep charcoal gray in larger rooms, but in this small of an area, it is definitely black.
Anyone else ever shiplap by lantern? I used 5mm primed plywood from Lowes, and ripped the sheet into 6″ wide strips. Nailed the strips to the wall with my Ryobi Airstrike, using nickels as spacers.
I decided to paint the shiplap wall with Sherwin Williams “Snowbound”, which is the perfect creamy white without obvious yellow undertones. Once the second coat went down, I wanted to paint the whole room this color!
We ended up adding crown molding to the ceiling to add some “finality” to the 10′ walls and to match the rest of the downstairs.
This is Stella. She’s just like her dad – clearly not up for my shenanigans.
But in all seriously guys, tiling is no joke. My back was killing me while working on this tiny bathroom! Much respect to all the folks out there who do flooring full time.
This beautiful tile is the Della Torre Cementina Ceramic Tile from Lowes – only $1.49 per 8×8!
We are hoping to turn this place into an Airbnb in the future, and I didn’t want to put down bright white grout that I’d be scrubbing constantly. I took a page from John and Sherry at Young House Love and decided on Mapei “Warm Gray”. The tile has cream undertones, and the warmth of the grout played off perfectly.
To tie some more warm tones back into the room, I spray-painted the towel holder and light fixture with a leftover can of brass paint I had in the shed.
I debated for days over what to do with this wall. In the end, I gave in and put the original corner shelves back in their places, and picked up two framed prints of eucalyptus and lavender from Hobby Lobby.
This little room is so hard to photograph, but we’re loving the changes! One thing that I would have done differently, if I had planned the re-tile initially, would have been to paint the bold walls with a dark navy blue. But hindsight is 20/20, guys!
P.S. I rarely pay attention to which way the toilet paper roll is put on, but according to my polls on FB and IG, 88% of you prefer “over”. 😉