Have you ever walked into a guest bathroom that was stark white and extremely boring? That was my guest bathroom (until recently.) You can see it in the picture below…ugh, I hate even showing the picture.
If you really think about it, a guest bathroom is not something that should go ignored. It is the one place that a visitor has a bit of time to look all around the room, by themself, with the door closed. Come on, you know it’s true.
Yet, for some reason, I kept procrastinating when it came to decorating that room. I knew I wanted something that felt fresh and clean. I loved the idea of beadboard in that bathroom but didn’t have the time (or the tools) to put it up. When I discovered beadboard wallpaper, I knew that it was the perfect, easy way to get the ‘elegant cottage’ look I was craving.
I picked this Allen + Roth Beadboard Wallpaper up at my local hardware store. (I ended up using two rolls to do my bathroom and the entry off my garage.)
I applied the wallpaper and painted it white. I gave the walls a coat of pale blue (Carefree by Sherwin Williams.) And….a breath of fresh air!
I added a white and light pink chandelier I found a long time ago at Anthropologie (because who doesn’t LOVE a chandelier in the bathroom??) I replaced the builder standard mirror with one I found at ReStore and refinished. We borrowed my brother’s miter saw and my husband put chair rail up. I also added additional small, distressed mirrors to reflect light in the room and make it feel bigger.
I took some fabric scraps (a leftover printed fabric from a failed project and a bit of burlap) and framed them. With a gallery mat, anything looks like art.
Next, I painted this fleur-de-lis iron door knocker with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Pure White. I distressed it a bit, mounted it on the wall beside the sink, and hung a hand towel from it.
It went from being my “blah” room to being my favorite. Stay tuned for a beadboard wallpaper tutorial! (I LOVE this stuff.)
By Courtney Ronay of Southern Nest