Welcome to the quickest bathroom refresh in the whole of human history reveal! Why the quickest you ask? Because I'm hosting Galentine's Day on February 17 this year in my basement and I needed to get the whole bottom floor put right before any humans outside my family could see it! It was really a shame driven project, which I find very motivating. Here's what the space looked like before. We're talking the world's smallest three piece bathroom. For real. You can barely turn around. My friends call it an airplane bathroom. We haven't touched the space since we moved in two years ago. But 2018 is the year of the basement, so I knew I needed to give it the attention it deserved. It has a tiny toilet, a tiny pedestal sink, an ugly mirror at the opposite end away from the sink, a robot shower curtain, the deepest tub of all time and ZERO storage space. *disappointed sigh* So let's dive in and talk about what I did.
The walls in this tiny space are white, which I usually like. But this was ALL white. Which is too much. The space needed some colour. So I hummed and hawed and looked for inspiration and eventually decided on a blush and jade colour palette. I wrote all about my decision for these colours in a previous post. The two photos below were my primary inspiration for the colour combo. The colours are simple but really work well with each other. The blush I chose is called Peach Daiquiri by CIL (the cutest paint name ever). I actually got it from my brilliant friend Jill who had some left over after she painted her living room the same colour. The green is called Ming Jade by Benjamin Moore. I find this colour to be a bit earthier than an all out emerald which I like.
The first thing you do when painting is take everything out of the room. This gives you more room to work with and less objects to mess up with paint. I then removed all of the spare screws and hardware from the wall. Like the toilet paper holder. I then took my trusty spackle and filled in all the holes left by the hardware. I waited until the spackle dried and sanded it down thoroughly. I find the spackling and sanding stage takes a couple days. I then took a damp cloth and made sure all of the drywall dust and cobwebs were removed. Because we don’t want that yucky stuff messing with the paint.
Because I was painting around the toilet I had to take this into consideration when painting the wall. Now I have never painted around the toilet before. I’m told the thing to do is remove the lid from the toilet and slide a clear plastic bag behind the toilet and down over the tank. Tape the bag in place with painters tape. This will protect the toilet from getting any drips of paint on it. I chose to do a two toned wall so I had to decide where on the wall I wanted the pink to end and the jade to begin. I chose for the green to start a couple inches above the back of the toilet, as the tank already drew the eye to this spot naturally. I taped off the line and edges of the wall and jumped in. I painted 2 coats of the pink first as I knew it would be easier to paint a dark colour over a light colour rather than the reverse. Here's just the pink after the first coat.
It took three coats of the Peach Daiquiri for the wall to look good. Peeling off the tape after it dried was so darn satisfying. I love seeing the clean lines appear from under the tape. I left the paint for a day just to make sure it had lots of time to dry before I taped the lower half of the wall for the green. This part was tricky. Painting around the toilet was a total pain because it's a tight squeeze and I had to keep the plastic bag that was protecting the tank from touching the wet paint on the wall. There was a lot of me lying and squatting in weird positions in order to reach every inch of the lower half of the wall. There was also a pipe that extended out of the wall to the back of the toilet. Apparently it was too hard to hide all the pipes behind the wall. *eye roll*
Let me tell you about this green. It's a rich jewel tone that has great depth. It feels like a grown up green. Ming Jade describes it perfectly. It went on so great. It took three coats to really make it look complete but of man was it worth it. Squeezing myself in behind the toilet was a feat. Think Cirque de Soleil contortion artist. I had to crouch, lay down on the floor and wedge myself in between the wall and toilet. But you suffer for your art right? It looks so good on the lower half of this wall. I actually had the idea to do the two toned wall just as I was falling asleep one night. I was worried I'd forget it but the idea was still there when I woke up the next morning.
After the painting I needed a couple of accessories to pull the space together. The first thing I needed was some storage. I semi-circle (you might say half moon. wink wink.) wrought iron and wood shelf at HomeSense and it fits great in the space above the toilet and was only $15. Next I needed a new shower curtain. The robots, while I loved them, had to go. I went with a blush curtain that almost matches the paint perfectly at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Also super cheap at only $23. I love a bargain. The garbage can also came from Bed, Bath and Beyond. It was on clearance for $9. So good. And it matches the fixtures I decided to spray paint. I knew I had to get rid of that weird wavy mirror too. My hubby pried it off of the wall and did a great job crack filling the mess the glue ripped off the wall. I found a simple white framed mirror for $5 while thrifting and hung it up. The crazy thing about this bathroom is that you can't hang a mirror over the sink because there's a window there. So the opposite wall is really the only place it can go. I also picked up an adorable plastic wrinkle bag vase at HomeSense and put it in front of the window.
This is a tight space. I was afraid that if I hung anything on the walls that someone would brush past it and knock it off the wall. That's how narrow the space is. Especially my 6 foot tall husband who is built like a line backer. But I can't design a room without art! So the only safe space to hang anything in the whole room was over the towel rack. People don't generally reach too far above a towel rack and it's definitely not a space where it could get knocked over accidentally by a shoulder. I got the natural wood frame when Sears was going out of business for $5. The actual art I made myself. I layered a Porter Teleo sample on top of a piece of pink half moon (blog name lol!!!) scrapbooking paper from A Beautiful Mess and then stuck it in the frame. I really like how it turned out.
I decided to go all out with the fixtures. But I didn't want to shell out the cash to buy new ones so I opted to upgrade the dingy ones I had. And I mean dingy. Brushed chrome and totally basic. So I grabbed a can of good old spray paint and spruced them up with a couple coats of rose gold. And then, by total fluke, I found a rose gold waste basket. Like I said on my Insta-story, life is too short for brushed chrome. And I really like the end result. The rose gold has a nice warm tone that looks so good against the blush.
I'm so glad I did this project. It was a lot of work over a very short period of time but that's honestly how I like to do my projects. I like a tight deadline. Now that it's over, I'm really looking forward to taking a long hot bath.