It started with a gorgeous vintage mirror I found at a yard sale which elevated the entire guest bathroom, and well, you know what happens after that…it’s updated!
I’ll share some before and after and some quick tips on painting (thanks to Lyubov for these tips!) Also, order paint samples from Samplize (yes I’m the girl all over their marketing) and I will say this – first and second coat looks lighter especially over white primer, and I would say if you wanted a dark color, go even darker than your swatch if it’s in a well-lit area because it will be lighter than you think! I love that Samplize sends the samples over night – it’s like they know we want to work on projects ASAP!
The vanity is Greenfield by Sherwin Williams using the Cashmere line and in eggshell finish. I almost went lighter and I cannot even imagine it because to me this turned out lighter than I thought (and I’m OK with it). If it was any other space as in a lot of cabinets, I would not have picked this vibrant shade, but it’s the right amount of pop of cheer in the space!
Painting prep and tips to get a smooth finish
- Fill in holes and wood knobs with wood filler
- Sand using a sand block
- Wipe dust with a lint free cloth
- Prime (always use primer it’s like glue for paint)
- Lightly sand primer so get rid of brush strokes
- Wipe debris down with a cloth
- Paint three coats – I use a roller and follow immediately with a brush to leave strokes. It looks better than the bumps that any smooth roller will leave – and don’t keep brushing it or else you’ll see the strokes.
I used an eggshell paint finish.
And now onto the reveal! I have to admit I got a little nervous with the green paint wondering how people would react online but then I thought, why should I worry, it’s my space after all! And if I’m happy with it, I know that they will be happy I’m happy!
When I saw the flower vanity sconce I thought it perfectly matched the wallpaper I had to get it, even if I thought it was a little over priced.
Something I wanted was not predictable, something that makes you go – oooh, but honestly after so much painting and how much I dislike it, I looked at the color and thought, now how much do I dislike this to want to repaint it, or how much do I like it to keep it? And the decision was made by us that we like it because it’s not predicable of matchy matchy.
But truthfully the vibrancy changes from morning sun to late night so we roll with it. It’s a happy green.
The rose prints I picked up from an estate sale for $10 each (can you believe I thought that was overpriced a few months ago haha!) but I bought them both anyway thinking I would put them in the new butler’s pantry but decided roses belonged in the rose bathroom!
The brass scalloped bowl on the toilet was thrifted. I’m a sucker for anything scalloped.
Oh all the cute vintage mirror details, you can see how I thought it was worth it. I bought it with the idea of replacing the mirror in the bathroom (though not necessary) and here we are – it all started with the mirror. Now, I know the green can be vibrant for some, but I wanted the garden room to have the fun bright cheery vibes – because the butler’s pantry will be dark green! I don’t want them to be close in color. But I wouldn’t paint a bit kitchen this color I don’t think. Since it was a smaller space this green worked for me.
This is the right burst of color energy and happiness, and though the day it changes. In a few months the window letting in the natural light will be gone as we expand the master by adding a master closet.
- Toilet – Delta, The Home Depot
- Wallpaper is Cole and Son, in Hampton Roses
- Paint color: Greenfield by Sherwin-Williams in Eggshell Finish in Cashmere line
- Brass switch plates – Rejuvenation
- Water Hyacinth basket (toilet paper basket)
- Flower vanity sconce
- Glass shower door – A Touch of Glass
- Toilet paper holder, towel ring and hooks: Anthropologie (sold out)
- Tile: The Tile Shop
- Waste bin: Estate sale
- Brass knobs
- Green stripe soft paper disposable napkin
- Recycled champagne candle
And now let’s look at a quick before and after from about four years ago when we first built this with the garden room, to adding wallpaper last year. It all takes time to decide what you want to add over the years and what budget allows. I was so focused on keeping this bathroom white with natural light because of all the campaign work I did in this bathroom. It served as my studio and a blank canvas for brands.
I then decided that though my house was also an active studio for my work, I got bored and I didn’t want to not to anything to my space for the sake of that and knew brands would eventually accommodate my style if they chose. As time as rolled on and brand deals are less frequent for at least the blog (such a shame), I am happy to have spaces that I love!
Well I hope you enjoyed the update and seeing what I’ve been up to around here. This transformation has been in my head for a while and I’m glad to finally be done with it, for now.
Diana Elizabeth had the drawer crammed with so many guest supplies on hand and realized it was time to remove them and put them elsewhere. Overnight guests aren’t in abundance and usually bring their own things, but either way they can be stored elsewhere so there’s more space in the drawers.