Bye Bye Beige in the Bathrooms

When we moved into our Chicago pad, we decided to paint the entire place with a fresh coat of gray. Well…I shouldn’t say entire place. We did most of our new condo, but decided to forgo the bathrooms.  Just because bathrooms can be very difficult to paint…I mean c’mon…who wants to crawl behind the toilet so they can brush it with some paint? Ew…not me.
But after living in our place for three months, I decided that it was time to tackle our bathrooms. I just couldn’t stand them any longer. Take a look for yourself at the gross before…
Beige bathroom before
Boring beige bathroom before
Okay, it’s not terrible. But it isn’t great either! It was this kinda shiny beige color and it was just very…”blah.”
So much beige- it had to go
Plus, I felt like it was just beige, on top of beige, on top of beige. Nothing was pure white, instead it all just looked kinda dirty.
And why are there double towel bars?
I also had a really weird towel bar situation going on. For some reason there were 2 towel bars installed above the toilet. Weird, right? I knew that if I painted the bathroom, I could get rid of one of them and it would look a lot more normal above our porcelain throne.
Bye bye extra towel bar
So I decided to take 1 day, suck it up, and just get them done! First on my to-do list, get rid of the towel bar! I unscrewed the bottom one off and pulled that sucker off. It felt great.
Spackle to repair the wall
I then whipped out some spackle and got to work filling in the holes that were left behind. I sanded the area down, spackled it up, waited until it dried, and then sanded it down again.
Spackled holes
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Getting ready to paint with tape to cover the edges
Once the holes were filled, I unscrewed all of the outlet covers and got to work taping. Taping is by far my least favorite part of the painting process. But, it is the most essential part of the job. Don’t forget to tape the ceiling so you don’t accidentally get any paint up there.
Painting the bathroom- finally
Lucky for me, my mom decided to come help me paint our two bathrooms. With both of us working we were able to get it all done in less than 4 hours. Pretty good if you ask me! Our system is someone edges with a brush, while the other is the designated roller. We flew through both rooms in no time at all, with two coats of our paint color.
Here are the “after” shots. No more beige baby!
Bathroom after
Sherwin Williams Passive is perfect for the bathroom
The color is Sherwin William’s “Passive” and it is the same color we have in our main room. We had tons of paint leftover, so we decided it was easiest to just continue with that color in the bathrooms. It looks a little blue in these photos, but it is actually a light gray. I’m a big fan…
Bathroom accessories and finished paint
Loving this transformation
Bathroom after some new paint
Shelving Unit reinstalled in the newly painted bath
I’m happy that I finally decided to take on these two rooms. It was worth it to crouch down and paint behind the toilet, because now I can say “Bye bye beige!”
And a few accessories to spruce it up
My bathroom is now feeling much less blah, and much more glam…all thanks to a little paint!


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The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.