Transforming a room in my house with a fresh coat of paint and a few simple updates is so therapeutic to me. In our home, I usually take on one room at a time, and when it’s finished, I just want to sit in that room with a big smile on my face and enjoy the new environment. Who knew I’d feel that way about a bathroom!!? ?
I love experimenting in my home with different walls, like the board and batten that we did (loved it so much we did it twice!) It felt safe since we painted it white and allowed the geometric pattern itself to do all of the talking. In our old house I had multiple dark, matte walls which also felt relatively safe, especially because the walls were neutral, though dramatic.
When it comes to a powder room, I think it’s fun to step outside of the comfort zone. It’s a place that stays hidden until you open the door, and then BAM! A pop of the unexpected. I say go crazy if you can!
I thought I would do wallpaper but started to get a little intimidated. Would I do peel and stick? Or add my own adhesive? What if I couldn’t get the edges lined up? Would the Enneagram wing 1 in me have a melt down every time I sat down in there?
So, I got started on this powder room transformation and I love it so much!
Our house has a matte, light gray builder- grade paint throughout that gets smudged when you look at it, so changing that was the first step. I chose “Mandi White,” a perfect white mix for any room, which Mandi at Vintage Revivals concocted. You will have to have them customize the paint, but just head into Sherwin Williams and ask for this formula. I have linked it here.
Before painting, I took down the mirror, light fixture and bathroom hardware. Be aware that you shouldn’t apply removable wall decals for 30 days after painting, to allow the paint to cure.
I already had this round 32” Target mirror from our last home, and decided it would be perfect for the bathroom. Make sure you measure! My bathroom is only 34” wide and this almost didn’t fit! They also sell a 28” version if your bathroom is not wide enough.
The light fixture is by Shades of Light. I loved the combo of matte black, bronze and white. The covers are white metal, and I really love the look. I was surprised because I thought they were white frosted glass globes. I wasn’t sure if there’d be enough light coming through but there actually is plenty, especially with the large mirror reflecting and bouncing the light back into the room.
Target was my bestie for this room! These 24” floating shelves were easy to install. If you can find a stud to screw into, even better. I had to use the included drywall anchors and they are pretty sturdy. Just be sure to use the template on the back of the box and double check that it matches the pre-drilled holes on the back of the shelf. The first shelf was perfect but the second one was off just enough that I had to redo the anchors THREE TIMES! Heads up that these shelves are just six inches deep and are not meant for super heavy items.
Details details! I loved these hexagon switch plates by CB2! They come in other colors like matte black and silver, and they have different configurations (3 switch, 1 switch etc). Such a fun way to add a little more interest. CB2 is my secret weapon when it comes to updating a room. Hardware makes such a huge difference and CB2 carries so much hardware for the bathroom at a reasonable price! I always check there first when updating my hardware.
I also whipped up some DIY artwork with a little acrylic paint and some spiral water color paper I had on hand. Easy shapes like circles are what work for my basic self!
What do you think of the powder room? Are you inspired to put up some wall decals for yours?? Could your powder room be your new She Shed?? Let me know in the comments and please shoot me any questions! I’m here to help! And for a mini tutorial on the decals, check out my highlights on my Instagram. It’s filed under “WALL DECALS”. All products are linked below! I may receive compensation if you click and buy! Feel free to do so, my friends!