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Decorating a Guest Bathroom-A Beadboard Wallpaper Adventure

Decorating a Guest Bathroom-A Beadboard Wallpaper Adventure

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 needed some clean, simple artwork to add character without a lot of fuss.  I remembered I had these two frames sitting in my garage.

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.)

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  1. Brittany says:

    This beadboard wallpaper looks amazing. I have been wanting to put beadboard up in our powerder room downstairs, but I didn’t want to deal with the hassle or expense, so I will have to check this out!

  2. The bathroom makeover is beautiful! We love beadboard! We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Hope you’ll come back soon! -The Sisters

  3. I recently ordered a wooden monogram from you, and cannot wait to hang it in our baby’s (due in August) nursery! I have since been following your blog, and was so excited to see this post! We were planning to install the breadboard in her nursery, but this wallpaper is definitely a better (and easier) solution! I’d love to read your tutorial on how to do it!! Your updated bathroom looks fabulous! Thanks!!!

  4. What a beautiful transformation – absolutely love it!
    Your newest follower – would love you to visit and follow back

  5. What a wonderful make-over! You’d never know that wallpaper wasn’t real beadboard!

    (visiting from Primp Your Stuff Wednesday)

  6. Carmen Williams says:

    Love beadboard! We just redid our bathroom so unfortunately I can’t do this now! I might try it in my dining room. At what height is the chair railing?

  7. Beautiful job!….just love that beadboard wallpaper!

  8. Deana Sharp says:

    Does this clean up well in a bathroom if painted

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