Stylish Vanity Lights + Bathroom Shiplap Inspiration

Have you ever made a small tweak in a space only to realize that you LOVED this change so much that you want to keep the progress train moving…. full speed ahead?! <— Honestly, I think that’s why Matt gets so nervous/hesitant about most of my ideas because he knows that each project will snowball into about 10 more projects?! haha OOPS!

The world of DIY can be a slippery slope sometimes and this is exactly where I find myself when it comes to our current bathroom situation. I swapped out my builder grade mirror for a chic round mirror a few weeks ago and I am in l-o-v-e with the new look. To be perfectly honest, I’m a bit embarrassed that it took me 3+ years to do this!!

But now that I swapped out the mirror, I have a new excitement for this space and want to change all. the. things. But like I mentioned a few weeks back, changing out the tile and vanity isn’t really an option. Both were new when we moved in and I don’t think it would be a smart investment to tear out a bathroom because it’s not my style. So instead, I’m trying to alter the not-so permanent design elements in the bathroom to make it as much “me” as I can without spending a ton of money. The first on this new list of projects? The bathroom vanity lighting!

My current vanity light isn’t BAD (not at all), it just isn’t exactly my style. And I’m hoping just like the mirror did, a simple swap will make a big difference in making the room more “me”.
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After searching the internet for more hours than I care to admit, I realized that finding a stylish vanity light is A LOT harder than it sounds. Mostly ALL of the vanity lights that I saw on the market are very basic/builder-grade and not very stylish. So I thought I would take this opportunity to make a little “round-up” of a few of the stylish vanity lights I ran across during my in-depth research.

I really LOVE the gold options but don’t really think gold will work in our specific space… mostly because we have all silver hardware + the silver-ish mirror. HOWEVER, I’m definitely bookmarking this post for the bathroom I hope to design from scratch… someday (a girl can dream, right?!).

In the meantime, I think I’m going with vanity light option #6. It’s sleek, it’s simple, and it’s one of the most affordable options at around $70. Vanity lights #4 & #5 were solid runner-ups, but were both more money than I wanted to spend on this project.

Bathroom_Mirror_Round-4Here’s where that slope starts getting really slippery….

After I decided to change the light fixture, I found out that I would need to repaint the entire room because the wall behind the fixture will need to be painted once it’s swapped out. When I realized I needed to repaint the room, I figured I should probably make any other “minor” changes during that same window of opportunity.

ampersand bathroomThe first to go?! The decor decisions I made above the toilet when we moved in 3+ years ago (the ones that aren’t really my style anymore). I want the space to be a lot lighter, less dark brown, and overall more “me”, which means the dark ampersand, the builder grade light fixture, the yellowish outlets — it’s all gotta go before we start painting!

Shiplap Inspiration

And while I brainstormed how I could lighten this space and make it a tad more “me”, I stumbled upon the idea of adding shiplap to the bathroom. Originally I wanted to shiplap the entire room, but I ran into a few roadblocks. But instead of ditching the idea all together, I decided to (DIY) shiplap half-way up all of the bathroom walls. Here’s some of my inspiration pics:

bath7-001Image via Room for Tuesday

bathroom_CLJ-001Image via Chris Loves Julia

bathroom_myDomaine-001Image via My Domaine

bathroom-001Image via Fixer Upper on HGTV

I know the inspiration photos don’t show just shiplap, but all of the images allowed me to visualize a wall with white on the bottom half and paint color on the top half. I LOVE, love, love the navy paint above the shiplap however, I don’t think that navy will work in my space (thanks to those yellow-beige counters, the mocha vanity, and those beige bathroom tiles… ugh).

Bathroom Paint Color…Help!

I’m excited that the white shiplap will brighten the space but to be honest, I’m a bit “stuck” on the exact paint color. I’ve gotten some AWESOME suggestions via Instagram and I’m in the process of researching and weighing my options. I also recently found this inspiration photo, which has a lot of the color similarities from my bathroom and has me thinking maybe darker gray above the shiplap could be the way to go?!

bathroom_paint_inspo-001Color Inspiration via Braams’ Custom Cabinets

What do you guys think?! I love that the darkish gray will really pop next to the white shiplap but I don’t want this gray to clash with the vanity and make it look even more yellow-beige. I’m totally torn and will take any and all the tips/suggestions/advice I can get!


In the meantime, I am READY to dive into my first DIY shiplap project. I’ve used painter’s tape to get a “rough draft” look of what this space will look like and I can’t wait to get to work. Hopefully once I start working on the shiplap and swap out the fixture, I’ll have more clarity on paint colors. Maybe?! Hopefully?!

And speaking of decisions, don’t EVEN get me started on my indecision of what I want to eventually hang over the toilet/next to the mirror. Thank goodness I have plenty of time to ponder while I figure out how the heck to shiplap. Stay tuned, I have a funny feeling that the drama is just getting started. =/
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  • Erin

    huh! hello i picked out the exact same light out of your round up that you’re gonna use!!! i’d go with dark gray. and girl, i feel you on the beige…the tiles go up 2/3 of the wall and it’s beige tile, it doesn’t look horrible, but DEFINITELY wouldn’t be my first choice!

    maybe do some wood shelves above for storage.. like canisters with stuff of EXTRA stuff. You know what i mean? 😛

    • YAY! Great minds think alike 😉

      And the beige?! The struggle is REAL and i’m so glad you can relate. It’s not UGLY, it just makes decorating around it hard since it would not be our first choice. And I do love the idea of shallow shelves but I’m not sure if they would fit since it’s such a tiny space. =/ But that may not stop me, haha. Have a great weekend Erin!

  • Hannah

    Bridget, my husband and I recently redid our guest bathroom by painting our beige shower tile and outdated Corian countertops with Rustoleum’s white acrylic epoxy paint. I love the subway tile look but it’s not in our budget to retile either. I was sooo nervous but it gave the bathroom an unbelievable refresh! Have you ever been the Restore store in Aurora? It’s run by Habitat for Humanity and has tons of cool stuff. We had a pretty similar light fixture to yours and gave it an update just by switching out the frosted sconces with clear ones. Really brightened up the space and cost us less than $20! A fresh coat of paint for the walls and vanity, a spray painted thrifted mirror, and grout renew on the floor (using your tutorial!)- it looks like a whole new room!

    • Hannah,
      I love all of these ideas… what a great idea to try out the epoxy paint and to swap out the sconces!! And yes, I have been to the Restore in Aurora (love!). It’s actually on my list of places to visit for a new project this summer. Your comment reminded me that I need to get out there ASAP, thank you!

      Glad the grout renew tutorial helped, we love that stuff. Can you believe what a difference it makes for only about $10!? Totally worth it!! =) Have a great weekend, B

  • I can totally relate to the domino effect! As soon as we start one thing it always leads to another, and another…I never run out of projects! Good luck picking paint!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! I just keep telling myself that every DIY project and update is more PROGRESS toward the final destination, so even if it’s a domino effect… it’s worth it in the end! =)

  • Kristen Ayotte

    I can’t wait to see how your shiplap turns out! I’m planning to add shiplap to our half bathroom but it’s a little further down on the to-do list right now. 🙂

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl Can’t wait to see the reveal! Love your ideas!

  • I think dark gray & white shiplap will be gorgeous! And I love #6–although #3 is speaking to me as well! If you weren’t going more silver, that would have my vote. Can’t wait to see the progress!
    XO, Jaclyn