The guest bathroom in our home is in dire need of some style. This is really our kid’s bathroom, but since there isn’t a tub, they only use it to brush their teeth. So its staring role is primarily to accommodate guests. I’ve intentionally delayed (for two years!) working on this room because I couldn’t decide how I wanted it to feel. As I contemplated and searched for inspiration, I decided it needed to be dramatic but also stay true to the age and character of our house (she’s over 100 years old). And like I mentioned here, I have an obsession with black and white stripes.
I’ve had two other striped bathrooms in my lifetime. The first was in my Brooklyn apartment in 2005. I painted vertical stripes in two different yellows, one dark and one light. The bathroom was tiny…you could sit on the toilet and wash your hands at the same time!…so I didn’t bother taping off straight lines. I just used a small roller and relied on my ability to eyeball a straight line. Then in 2009 I opened a beauty salon back here in Texas. I had the bathroom walls painted with a black and white vertical stripe and crazy loved it, so I decided to recreate the look, but with wider horizontal stripes this time.
As much as I want a new floor (and to replace the standup shower with a claw foot tub, and move the toilet, and the sink…sigh) this is a style makeover, not a bathroom renovation. So the floor might have to wait. The only two remodel jobs we are currently undertaking are retexturing the walls and swapping an over-the-mirror sconce for side sconces. And since this is a total DIY project, those are some pretty big jobs.
The inspiration board above shows all the things I want this bathroom to have: classic stripes, quirky art, old fashioned details, and lots of brass! The sconces are from One Forty Three and I’m dying to see them in person. They are made to order and we were quoted 2-4 weeks. It’s been almost four weeks so my very-impatient-self is mentally pacing back and forth waiting for them to arrive!
Since we opted to take the DIY route, I didn’t give myself a deadline for the project. Between kids and jobs (including working on weekends) and the holidays, it may take a while. But stay tuned for the before and after. I promise it won’t disappoint.