Can a bathroom be pretty?

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Our bathroom refresh is finally complete! Our downstairs guest bath gets seen a lot but not used a ton. There is a half bath downstairs as well, but it is so small it's basically useless (seriously, more on this at a later date.) So this bathroom is used briefly by visitors and occasionally us when we don’t want to go upstairs. I wanted it to be a fun, bright and useful space but also PRETTY. 

 Finishing touches make my heart happy

Finishing touches make my heart happy

 Before we made any changes

Before we made any changes

The inspiration for this bathroom came from my love of a graphic black and white print. I found this removable wallpaper on Amazon. I loved the pattern and that I can easily change it. If you are doing a remodel, go for a something bold if you love it! You won’t regret putting something you love in your home but you might regret picking something safe that you just like.

Applying it was pretty easy. The hardest part was lining up the pattern down the center of the wall. Use a level to mark the center line down your wall. Most ceilings and walls aren’t perfectly straight (especially in our old house!) but you can make a straight line down the center of your wall. Once that is done, lay the first piece by lining it up with the line you drew. It's not going to perfectly match the ceiling and wall so use an exacto knife to cut the excess.

Unpeel the backing as you go down the wall. Use a smoothing tool to get out any bubbles as you work your way down.

 Use a level to make a straight line

Use a level to make a straight line

 Line up your patterns before cutting

Line up your patterns before cutting

The next thing we did was add some color and layers by spray painting the existing fixtures. They were in fine shape, just boring. Make sure you give them a good scrub before spray painting and do it outside! Lastly, the closest door was super dingy so we gave it a couple coats of black spray paint.

Both of these fall into the maybe not the best choice for a main bathroom or major renovation. Like I said before, the bathroom gets seen a lot because its on the first floor but not actually used a ton. Spray paint will never last as long as getting the fixtures in a finish you love.

This project took a full weekend. A lot of that time was waiting for the paint to dry in between coats. We did save some time because the walls had already been professionally painted. (Read about that here)

Overall, this bathroom refresh cost us about $250. Most of that was spent on the shower curtain and mirror. Are you thinking of updating a space? What do you think of the gold finishes? Trendy or timeless?