Let me clarify 2 things before we get into this- 1. This was a half bath, not full & 2. I repurposed quite a few items I already had. Therefore, this cost me under $50 to do. It may cost you more. Just wanted to give you that heads up before we dove in!
Anyhow, our half bath is the bathroom most used by everyone who enters our house. Sadly, it was also the ugliest. Like, for real ya’ll. For some crazy reason I had paid the least amount of attention to the bathroom that got the most attention. That makes absolutely no sense!
Our master bathroom & our other full bath are so cute! This poor bathroom was neglected.
Here’s the pitiful “before” shots…
I claimed the theme as “vintage fishing.” Umm… I only have 1 old reel & a little fishing basket. Not enough to call it a theme. The long walls were completely bare & I had the old lady rug down. You know those furry, cheap ones that are like funky, colored squares of carpet? Guilty! All I needed to complete the look is a matching toilet seat cover. I am seriously embarrassed that I let people use this bathroom like this for almost 2 years! What was I thinking?!
This space is extra small & so was my budget. I didn’t have room for real paint, so I decided upon a modern, accent wall. The back wall where the toilet sits was the obvious choice, prime spot for selfies (is that weird?). But really, it makes the best background!
I used my cricut & black vinyl to cut a million 2″ x 2″ crosses. If you don’t have a fancy cutting machine, you can totally use washi tape or black electrical tape. You can probably find someone to order them from on etsy too.
I started in the middle & worked my way up & down with about 5″ above/below/between each cross. After measuring a few we just eyeballed it. If you are a perfectionist, you can use string tacked across the wall to mark your lines off.
Don’t look too close! I know it’s not perfect! I had 2 of my siblings help me while they were on spring break & it is what it is. Luckily, you can’t back up far enough to see it in the room.
I kept within the black & white theme then added in emerald green accents. I bought the round side table for $10 at a garage sale over a year ago & this is it’s third coat of paint! I did it gray first & stuck it in the hallway towards our bedroom. Next it gold painted gold & used for our unity table at our wedding. I kept it gold & stuck it in the guest room, but we had 2 other tables in their already. I was fixing to get rid of it when I decided it would be perfect in here! It’s all about using what you have folks.
I spray painted a glossy shade of black for the bathroom. I love it tucks under the sink just perfectly.
I filled up some of the accent wall with small green boxes. They were originally trays that I’d piked up in the One Spot at Target (of course). They were pastel-colored & had rope handles. So I cut the handles off & treated them all to a coat of emerald green.
Atop the black table I set out extra hand towels, a mirrored “M” & a coordinating candle. Every bathroom needs a candle guys. If you don’t have one, especially in the guest bath, you are not doing it right! While you’re at it, be sure there’s a lighter of some sort in there too. My momma always lights a candle in the guest bath when companies coming over & I do the same!
Continuing with the use-what-you-have theme, I put together this WASH sign super quick! I had this huge black frame with an ugly print inside dying to be made pretty. I happened to have a roll of wrapping paper that matched my emerald green accent almost perfectly.
First, I wrapped the cardboard that fits in the frame with the wrapping paper, like a present. Next, I cut the letters out of black vinyl. You can also use large stickers or even card stock. Be extremely careful with placement! Then close the frame up & you’re all done!
Plus, when you get tired of this, it’s so easy to change out again. Love those kind of projects.
I grabbed this fabulous Nate Berkus rug on clearance at Target. If you’re doing a room on a budget & need some good rugs/throw pillows/bedding/curtains/towels you must check the end caps in the home section of Target. You will find all kinds of surprises in there!
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These are just toilet-top accents…vintage lantern & berry basket.
I used 2 of these wooden crates to corral toilet paper by the sink & cleaning supplies by the toilet. I considered painting them green too, but thought it would be too much. The simple black & white striped ribbon adds just the right touch.
Don’t forget to pin it for later!
Have you tried any vinyl accent walls? This was my first & I already have so many other ones I want to do! I love it because it’s easily removed & less messy than paint. Plus, you can get perfectly straight lines! It’s like cheating in home improvement.
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