New Bathroom Lighting + Bold Paint = Heart Eyes
- Add new mirror to replace the old builder basic one — CHECK
- DIY shiplap to brighten the space — CHECK
- Find an affordable, more stylish vanity light (all options here) — CHECK
- Replace the shower head for something more powerful — CHECK
- Test out 50 shades of grey to find the perfect grey paint color — CHECK
- Decide on a color and paint — CHECK
- Hire an electrician to install the vanity light and change the outlets to white — CHECK
We are making some serious progress in this tiny bathroom and I’m so excited to share the latest updates! It’s only taken me half the summer, but I swear this space is almost done.
Last time we chatted, I just installed my new shower head and was still deciding on a new vanity light and the perfect grey/greige for this space.
After testing what felt like 50 shades of grey/greige… I think I finally found the perfect shade for this space. I stepped way outside my light/bright paint comfort zone and went with a “darkish” grey.
I went dark because I wanted the white shiplap to really POP next to the paint. And after testing out a lot of different samples, I finally thought, “WHY NOT?!”. Why not try something new and totally outside of my norm for this tiny space?! I could easily re-paint it if I hated it. AND, if I hated it I learned the super valuable lesson that dark paint isn’t for me, which would have been worth the investment of giving it a try once and for all.
But surprisingly enough (so far at least), I learned that a splash of dark, moody paint is a lot more me than I anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, I still love light and bright and will probably continue to paint everything else in my house light and bright, but a hint of bold is a fun change.
The paint color is Behr’s “Creek Bend”. When I asked for grey/greige suggestions on our social media, I was overwhelmed with the suggestions and SO thankful for the ideas. I literally looked into each and every one! I was exposed to such a variety of great color suggestions that I think I’m going to put together a separate post for all of us to find these suggestions all in one place. Stay tuned for that if you’re in the game for popular/highly recommended grey and/or greige paint colors.
In the meantime, let’s chat about that new vanity light. When I put together that vanity light round-up a few weeks ago, I realized that stylish vanity lights were 1. hard to come by and 2. EXPENSIVE. I didn’t want to break the bank on an expensive bathroom fixture since this tiny space isn’t my “dream bathroom”. Maybe one day I’ll splurge on a more expensive fixture, but for now, an affordable and stylish one was all I was looking to buy.
I chose this one from Lowe’s because it was “airy”, stylish and only $79 <—- which happened to be the cheapest fixture I found.
It’s almost impossible to tell via photos, but the light that this glass fixture gives off in the bathroom at night is 100x brighter!! I LOVE that. Plus I feel like the glass in the fixture attracts less attention than the white sconces did, another aspect I really appreciate about this look.
All together I think this tiny space is really taking shape! I’m digging the transformation and I am pleasantly surprised that this mini bathroom makeover has taught me far more about my style than I ever anticipated.
Beyond the obvious of learning how to DIY shiplap all by myself, this bathroom “makeover” forced me to make the most of what I have and inject my own style everywhere I can. I was never a huge fan of this bathroom and it’s crazy to me that a few simple updates have made me find a whole new appreciation for this space!
Instead of focusing on how much I hate the dark brown vanity and beige tile/counters, I’m focusing on the parts of this bathroom that I now LOVE and the parts that are far more “me”.
I can’t wait to continue to inject my own, evolving style into other areas of my house that I’m not currently obsessed with. But before that, a few more items on this room’s to-do list before I can officially move on.
- Find/hang new art above the toilet
- Find a new bathroom rug that isn’t super bathroom-y
- Accessorize … add a few things that are functional and pretty. (i.e. Hide the toilet paper in something different)
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.