Beautiful friends, I am so excited to cross another room off my to-do list!! I have been slowly working on our boys’ bathroom since we moved in back in August.
Here is what it looked like before we moved in:
It wasn’t awful at all, so I kept pretty much everything except the weird side by side towel bars reflected in the mirror.
Once again…paint to the rescue!
I love you, paint. You make magic happen! 🙂
I started with the vanity. I painted it at the same time as the vanity in the guest bath downstairs…
I figured it would be easier to knock them both out at the same time. I used Behr’s Ultra Pure White in a satin finish for both vanities.
I used the very same technique as I did in our old kitchen. (See that complete step-by-step guide HERE.)
I love how clean and fresh the white cabinets look compared to the dark cherry stained ones.
I had my helper, Brennan, with me to pick out new pulls:
He insisted that we mix it up with some of these handles:
And I’m so glad he did!
To paint this room, I started with the top third of the wall since I had plans to add board and batten in here. I just marked how high my battens would come and painted down to that point. The color I chose was Wind Speed by Behr in a satin finish.
Then I painted the bottom of the wall and the trim in Ultra Pure White by Behr in a satin finish to match the cabinets.
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Here’s a great tip:
Try painting small spaces like a bathroom with a 6″ foam roller rather than a regular sized roller:
One of my sweet readers recommended it, and it was so much easier to maneuver in this small space. (Thank you, sweet reader!) It also fit right down behind the toilet! (Use a regular sized tray though…works so much better.)
I knew right away that I wanted the look of board and batten in here. Now there are a billion and one tutorials out there on adding board and batten so this isn’t a detailed play by play, but here is a quick run-down on how I did it:
I painted these flat poplar slats that I found at Lowes to act as the “batten”.
I cut the tips off so the cuts would be super smooth, then lightly sanded them, and painted them with one coat of primer and two coats of paint before attaching them to the walls. To decide how far apart I wanted them, I measured the longest wall and divided it into four even sections. That made my battens about 15″ from the center of each to the center of the next.
For the shorter walls, I made the batten the same distance apart as the ones on the long wall, but centered them on those walls, so there would be an even amount on either side:
I followed up with caulk everywhere the batten met the wall to fill any gaps.
This $6 tool is THE BEST for getting smooth caulk seams every time!
It comes with a caulk removal tool which isn’t great, but this tool is awesome! Works better than your finger, I promise!
I also went back and filled in all the nailgun holes with wood filler, and touched up the paint…
I love the coastal feel this gives this bathroom now.
If you’ve been a friend for a while, you may remember these signs I made that used to be in the boys’ old bathroom:
This was an easy fix to make them work for this bathroom.
I had a lot of fun shopping for the décor for this space…
I tend to collect and make over things over time to decorate my rooms, but I had a hard time finding things that would come across as more masculine. So I decided a little shopping was in order. I found the grass plant in the outdoor décor section at Target. It feels coastal to me in this space.
And I found the lantern with the rope handle and the sweet whale at TJMaxx.
A lantern is a great place to store extra washcloths!
The faucets worked fine in this space and they are really nice quality, so there was no need to replace them. The handsoap dispensers came from HomeGoods:
The shower curtain is actually two curtain panels from Target:
Jack originally picked out a navy and white striped shower curtain when we first moved in, but it ended up being too short. I like how much taller these are than a standard shower curtain would have been.
The rug came from HomeGoods and fits in here perfectly:
The picture above the toilet also came from HomeGoods. This was one of the first things I bought for this space back in September, and it is also where I pulled the wall color from.
This little basket is one I painted a couple of years ago…
It worked perfectly in here to hide a couple of spare rolls of TP.
I bought hooks for along the long wall to hang towels, but I was afraid they would close the space in. Instead we stuck with what has worked well for the last several years: an over-the-door towel holder…
I love how light and bright this bathroom is now!
What an impact paint and a few well-played accessories can make! It has a personality now. 🙂
There aren’t any other rooms that I’m in a hurry to finish now. Our kitchen will probably be next on the list, but that probably won’t happen until late Spring/Summer!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with this dresser that got a cottage-inspired makeover:
UPDATE: See how I updated HERE now!
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