Diggin’ Our Bathroom Makeover

002 In the two years that we have lived in our home, I have resisted the temptation to paint. Oh, how these white walls continue to taunt me. See, I painted a few rooms in two of our previous places and both times that we moved, Greg was stuck doing most of the repainting. Those experiences were so traumatic that I promised him that I would not paint until we became homeowners. Well, it’s kind of hard to live up to that promise with the awesomeness that is Pinterest, a desire to cozy up our home for the cooler seasons (because I get moody in the Winter), and brands like Glidden offering free paint. I lost the battle y’all. And that promise turned into, “I promise to repaint every wall as long as I’m not miserably pregnant or wearing a newborn”. Although Greg was not too thrilled with me getting my Color Splash on, he agrees that I did it up ;).

Since I am tackling paint projects from smallest to biggest, I decided to start with our upstairs bathroom. Next project will be the downstairs bath, and three of Jayden’s walls! So anyway, I wanted to choose a gender neutral color for the upstairs bath; a color that would go great with most decor and shower curtains. Eyes, dilated and all, I chose Pebble Grey. I was a little nervous about my choice, but I was so pleased after applying the first coat. I almost didn’t need to apply a second. So for only $16, I got my paint and my primer… oh, and I only used 1/2 of the gallon! The other half will go towards DIY burlap curtains for our bedroom.

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I couldn’t help but to throw in some extras. We originally had a towel bar above the toilet. I removed it, bought another one, and placed it on the other wall. The rug and toilet seat cover are from Walmart’s Canopy brand; the towels and white cabinet are Mainstays. The shower curtain is from Rock Candy Life (chlorine and PVC-free!), gifted by Drea :). While I’m on the topic of eco-friendliness, Glidden paints contain no VOCS and the smell of their paints are not overbearing. Oh, and ignore the Glade. One of these days, I’ll make my own spray. I know it’s simple.

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No before photos? I thought about it, but I didn’t bother. I was too caught up in the moment while painting! Ok, I didn’t feel like cleaning up until after the paint was dry. It was after midnight when I started. The second coat and touch-ups went on later that morning. Why is the Frog Pod up so high? Because the suction cups only last a few months before the toys come crashing down. So I decided to mount it with screws. What are those things holding the toothbrushes? Cell phone cups from IKEA (impulse buy). I’m loving our unique little bathroom. I can’t believe how much of a difference a can of paint made. And for some reason, it seems like we have more room in the shower. Hmmm. Illusion?

I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with paint and supplies and they are compensating me for participating in and sharing this experience. All opinions, words, brush strokes, and rolls are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.

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is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper.

18 Comments

  • Reply August 29, 2011

    jessi

    I love it!! It looks fantastic! Now I seriously want to go buy one of those over the toilet storage things for the kids bathroom! I’m having serious storage problems in there. I don’t want to paint though, haha!

    • Reply August 30, 2011

      Sheena

      Jessi, thanks so much! Over the toilet thingies are lifesavers! We’ve used them in all of our places! You can also use an over the door shoe rack for toiletries (we do that too) :).

  • Reply August 28, 2011

    Laila @OnlyLaila

    Very cute! I’ve been thinking about adding storage to my bathroom.

    • Reply August 30, 2011

      Sheena

      Laila, thanks! Do it, your sanity will thank you :).

  • Reply August 28, 2011

    Stesha

    You did a great job! I’m always painting a room or two in our house. My husband would really like me to stop this:)

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

    • Reply August 30, 2011

      Sheena

      Stesha, thanks! Haa our hubbys are going to form a union, lol!

  • Reply August 26, 2011

    Romney

    Love the new color. Your bathroom looks awesome!

    • Reply August 30, 2011

      Sheena

      Thanks, Romney!

  • Reply August 25, 2011

    Jen Green

    Awesome! I love how just a coat of paint can make everything seem better and brighter and homier. Thank you for sharing your fantastic details in creating a fun and use-able bathroom! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

    • Reply August 30, 2011

      Sheena

      Thank you, Jen! I’ve gotten started on my son’s room! I can’t wait to share!

  • Reply August 24, 2011

    Nancy

    I absolutely love the bathroom! You now make me want to consider about re-doing mine! :) Where did you buy the shower curtain at? It is very beautiful!

    • Reply August 30, 2011

      Sheena

      Thank you, Nancy! I do too! My friend gave me the shower curtain. It’s from Rock Candy Life! http://rockcandylife.com/

  • Reply August 23, 2011

    Dana

    I think it looks great! I love the wall color and the shower curtain is awesome. I always find impulse buys at Ikea too! lol
    Buy the way..I have those same towels…got mine at Walmart and I love them. Great job!

    • Reply August 30, 2011

      Sheena

      Thank you, Dana! I just love our bathroom to pieces. I have no idea why I even grabbed those cellphone cups. I think I had plans to hang them by our bed and look where they ended up. Ha! Love Walmart towels!

  • Reply August 20, 2011

    1stopmom

    I saw the color grey used in a bathroom at a hotel I stayed in a few years ago and it always stuck in my mind. It stood out and I loved it. You did a really good job!

    • Reply August 23, 2011

      Sheena

      @1stopmom,

      You know, I was walking around here calling the bathroom “The Tatum Suite”. It really does look like a hotel now, lol. Thanks!

  • Reply August 20, 2011

    Shelly

    Wow fantastic!! I love what you did and I adore how simple and clean you kept it. I think I am stealing that paint color from you for when i get ready to repaint Will’s room. Great job Sheena!

    • Reply August 30, 2011

      Sheena

      Thanks, Shelly! Pebble Grey looks great in any room! A lady in a forum I visited painted her son’s nursery that color, and someone else used it in their dining room. I just love it!

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