Alternate post title: third time’s a charm. That’s because it took three attempts to get the right paint in our totally-remodeled-from-the-studs-out family bathroom (that is code for, we only have one bathroom upstairs so two cuties and two adults all share it). But the paint winner is: Sherwin Williams Rejuvenate! I think that sums up the whole status of the bathroom.
But here is a quick rundown of where we came from in this bathroom. Our upstairs has three bedrooms and one decent-sized bathroom. When we moved in, the bathroom was pale yellow walls and trim, had linoleum faux parquet wood floors, a plastic accordion shower enclosure, and a tiny vanity with a tiny sink. Not awesome. In fact, we took no good “before” pics of this space because we didn’t want to spend one more second staring at its ugliness:
Well, we gutted the entire room and then updated it to include honed white marble hexagon floors, a double vanity with a matching carrara marble top, super tall bead board, and more. Originally we used the same paint as in all the upstairs bedrooms: Restoration Hardware’s Sycamore Green. It really looks nice and neutral in our bedrooms, but it just looked bleh in the bathroom.
Next I tried Sherwin Williams Anew Gray. Loved the color, just not in that bathroom. I blame the fact that this bathroom gets really weird light, from the east, for only a couple hours a day. It turned the bathroom into a prison cell – not cool (ignore my test block of paint in the corner of this photo).
Our entire family uses this bathroom, and the paint just wasn’t cheerful enough for us. And because one day we should be adding a master bath, this will be the kid bathroom for a long time to come (and the cuties liking it is
somewhat totally important). So I searched around and considered a few different colors – turquoise? bright green? yellow? I figured I could get away with something super bright given the relatively small area to be painted. So when I saw this photo, I was hooked (thanks Pinterest):
Isn’t that a great little spot of color in an otherwise neutral bathroom? So I took the opportunity of a solo-parenting weekend to Rejuvenate the bathroom (hey, when the dude’s off golfing, paint happens). Three coats later it is donesies.
Two technical notes here: 1) while coral, this stuff acts like red paint and requires more coats than your typical paint; and 2) this small roller works great for this little area and I could even roll the narrow space above the windows/mirrors.
Yes, it’s bright. No, it’s not for everyone. Yes, that’s my wineglass in the background. To me, the new paint says: HAPPY! The color is a definitely coral, but has nice reddish undertone pushing it more toward the warm orangey end of the coral spectrum than the pink end. Update: I’ve looked at these pics on different screens and it is funny how on some the paint looks bright orange, when it is not nearly that bright or that orange in person or on other screens. I think the best part about the new paint is that both kids volunteered that they loved the new walls – and I didn’t even bribe them for their compliments, although I am not normally above such behavior.
Anyone else paint one room an unexpected or really bright color? Or modernize a classic white marble with a more modern contrast color? The rest of our house is pretty monochromatic, paint-wise at least, so it is fun having a bright spot for the cuties (and their parents) to enjoy!