A plain white water closet just doesn’t cut it. But a blank canvas is something I love, and this was exactly that. I’ve been in my house just over 18 months and I have been wanting to do more small projects to add more character. After much thought and consideration I decided I wanted to go with some texture on the walls inclusive of a stark contrast of colors. Well, I had the paint and some leftover shiplap planks to create just the look.
I painted the upper half of the space Night Club from Behr (premium plus interior in eggshell), sold exclusively at my beloved Home Depot. It is very dark blue with a black undertone. Very moody. As that dried, I began fixing the planks to the 3 walls of the water closet. I carried my saw up two flights of stairs and created a work space in my bathroom. Let me tell you, it looked like a scene straight out of Dexter. Plastic draped from floor to ceiling with a saw right in the middle- a perfect setup for a murder scene. However, clearly, it was used for no such thing. I just hate sawdust floating around and this was my attempt to keep it at bay and to keep myself from doing 47,000 flights of stairs in one day.
Ok, moving on. The planks were easy to fasten to the wall with my compressor and nail gun. The space is straightforward and no odd cuts other than around an outlet and light switch needed to be made. For a more detailed step-by-step, see my earlier post on shiplap. I always use drywall spackle to patch the holes because it fills nicely, dries quickly and is so easy to sand down. Once dried and sanded, i applied a white paint to the planks to create that dramatic look I was after. And it did not disappoint! The textured lower light walls with the dark moody upper area looks chic yet classic. To finish off the raw edges of the shiplap I used some inexpensive moulding i found at the Home Depot to give it the perfect finishing touches. I love the way it added just that perfect touch of character.
Finally, I wanted to keep the space minimally decorated but inclusive of some elements that pop. I found this chandelier at IKEA for $39 and knew it would fit the overhead space perfect. You may think it is so weird to add a chandelier to a water closet, but, with my ceilings being 9 feet tall, there was a whole lot of empty space that needed some filling! It added the perfect touch of sophisticated character!
I knew I wanted some gold details included so I spray painted an $11 16×20” frame I found at Michael’s with Rustoleum Metallic Warm Gold. I loved this inexpensive toilet paper holder from Ross and knew it would be the perfect compliment to the design. I think I will also spray it gold to match the frame. Finally, a simple faux plant for some green contrast and a simple textured gray vase, and viola! Simple yet just the right amount of decor.
This could easily be a weekend project but I stretched it out over a week because, well, life! It happens and sometimes projects take longer than expected. And that’s ok!
Hopefully this has inspired you to give your water closet a little flair! Got an idea? Just go for it girlfriend and let me know how it turns out!
Bye for now babes,