Man, the 2020’s are flying by and somehow I have lived in my home for a year and a half already. Last year’s focus was on pulling in the reigns and laying some groundwork for the design of the home. This year has been about stepping things up a notch. Last year I took this bathroom from green and gold to a neutral white and black combo but this year I really put some flavor into the space. The star of the show was this wallpaper, of which I am SO happy with.
I decided to not purchase a new mirror or light fixture for the time being: I wanted to purchase a new mirror in an arched shape and a fixture that came in a black finish, but instead will keep the circular mirror for some time and spray painted the fixture I bought last year. It turned out surprisingly well and gives me the opportunity to passively shop for a new fixture that I will be sure to love for years to come as opposed to trying to find one quickly.
The wallpapering process was new for me. I have done some peel and stick in my time, but have never worked with proper PAPER wallpaper that required the use of paste. It was a bit daunting, but can be done efficiently once you understand the process. The paper comes in sheets that need to be pre-pasted, allowed to dry and then pasted up on the wall. This cactus design that I chose repeated in a way that didn’t make it feel truly repetitive. Ideal for such a small space to make it not feel busy.
Some other small changes really made a big impact for the bathroom such as new vanity pulls/knobs and a new sink faucet. The previous owners of our home did a great job in updating it, but totally had a thing for chrome. It’s EVERYWHERE. I’m glad to see it gone from the sink area, at least. It’s still hiding behind the new shower curtain I got to add some color in the shower area.
In all, I believe bathrooms are meant to be fun. I hope my guests enjoy using this bathroom for years to come! The only step I have left to do is to apply a waterproof sealant to the paper. We haven’t had many guests since we bought right at the start of COVID, but even with regular guests this room won’t see all too many humid shower sessions. I am still going to do the due diligence to protect the walls so they can last.