I forgot to take "before" pictures while I still had the old shower curtain and decor up. I was so excited to start painting! Let's just say I had the same decor for, oh, the last 10 years or so and the bathroom was overdue for an update. I haven't been in the same house for the last 10 years, but the decor has followed me!
I wanted to try a darker color in the guest bathroom. It's a small room so a little drama isn't overwhelming. With the help of my husband, we chose a darker, warmer gray for the bathroom to provide a little contrast against the light cool almost blue gray in the rest of the house. We also have rather busy granite so we had to pick a paint color that would work with that as well. I still wanted to keep it neutral so I could add color with the towels and accessories. Those are a lot easier to change out when I get bored with the current ones.
The bathroom was the same yellow beige color as the rest of the house. After painting the taupe trim white, it looks very yellow! The walls got a good freehand edging using a 1 1/2 inch angled paintbrush.
Yup, that blue spot was another contender for the wall color, but the darker gray won. It really does pay to paint a few spots and look at it for a while before deciding on a color. In my case, I think the blue was on the walls for a couple months before we made a decision. Oh well, at least people knew we were going to paint!
Everything was going smoothly until I tried to edge around the shower surround. Someone did a not-so-lovely job of caulking and made it impossible for me to paint next to the surround. The paint would simply spread over the caulk rather than sticking to the wall. It's never a good idea to caulk over caulk, even if it is paint-able and would solve my problem, so I decided to sand the exaggerated caulk off the walls. Leaving the caulk that sealed the seam between the wall and shower surround, I used an angled sanding block to remove the excess, allowing me to get a good clean paint line on the wall. I won't lie, it was a lot of work, but well worth it.
The other snag I hit was the small area of the bathroom and the tall ceilings. I had to use a ladder to edge around the ceiling. This proved to be interesting considering I didn't have much space to place an a-frame ladder. I had to result to some interesting placement. Hence, the ladder between the vanity and toilet, and in the bathtub with the baby's bath toys on the opposite side. :)
After edging, I rolled paint on the walls: 2 coats worth. So much better than the previous color! I thought it would be a lot darker, but after getting it on the walls, it didn't look dark at all. Maybe dark paint colors aren't so scary after all. Oh, the color we used was Sherwin Williams Fawn Brindle.
I didn't wait very long to do the ceiling. It was just too exciting to complete the entire bathroom. So the ceiling got edged and rollered (don't judge my made up words) in the same white as the trim and the door. I used a different formula and sheen though. The trim and door were done with a paint that is just for that use - it dries harder than regular paint. I used a sating finish on the walls, but the ceiling got semi-gloss. Just a little bit of sheen to help reflect the light. I used a semi-gloss on the trim and doors for wipeability (yup, that's a word now too).
To tie the bathroom to the rest of the house, I used my go-to accent color in the towels, shower curtain, and bath mat. I plan to add another layer to the decor and get something on the walls, but I'm a perfectionist, so until I know exactly what I want, the bathroom will stay semi-naked. :)
I hope this inspires you to tackle your guest bathroom! Please share your before and after pictures!