When we set out to makeover the smallest room of our new apartment, we never predicted it would be our biggest decorating challenge. And at 25 square feet, we definitely wouldn’t have thought it would take three quarts of paint in the process.
Yes, you read that right – 25 square feet and 3 quarts of paint. Because while today we’re sharing our ideas on how to make the most of a small and less-than-charming bathroom, what this post is really about is when smart people do really, really stupid things. Before we take it to that real place, here’s how our bathroom looked before and how it looks now:
There are more photos and detail below, but let’s talk about our little boo-boo first. (We don’t do that enough here, and there are plenty of stories like this to go around!)
We all know paint is one of the easiest and cheapest way to transform a room. But our quick and thrifty project got complicated from the start – because I suggested lightening the leftover paint from our Dumpster Dive Dresser with our extra can of white touch-up paint. Gwyneth agreed that a lighter shade would be best for the space, but she warned me – if we didn’t mix enough paint at the start, we could have a disaster on our paws.
So we mixed what seemed like enough paint and got to work. You know where this is going…An hour later we discovered that we didn’t have enough mixed paint to finish the edges or wall behind the shower. Oopsies. Gwyneth suggested that this was a good time to reconsider
our my original plan. But I decided to eyeball it and mix a little more paint, despite Gwyneth’s advice to the contrary. Still completely ignorant to the train wreck I was about to create, I snapped this photo of Gwyneth. I thought it was hilarious that she was so cavalier about resting while I was hanging from the ladder set up in the tub. Now I know she just couldn’t bear to watch the mess I was busy making.
Well friends, this is what happens when you think you can mix paint by eyeballing it. Oopsies.
Clearly, we needed to make U-turn, so we went to Sherwin Williams to start over with our third quart of paint – no mixing required.
We settled on Temperate Taupe, got back on track and both agreed that I should listen to Gwyneth more often. And while it wasn’t as easy and affordable as it could have been, we’re still pretty pleased with this project’s result.
We wanted the rest of the bathroom to be pretty neutral, since our apartment is already rather colorful. The shower curtain is the Pearl Embroidered Curtain from Pottery Barn, and the towels, shelves and basket are all from Target. To give the space a little more character, we took down the apartment’s standard towel rod and hung a crown hook we found on eBay in its place.
On the opposite wall, we’re using our Dumpster Dive Table for a little extra storage.
We painted the table Sherwin Williams Minor Blue and added an Anthropologie Knob back in NYC. The exact hardware isn’t currently available, but here’s a similar and equally adorable option. And if you like our hydrangea print and want one for yourself, there’s a free download here at the Graphics Fairy. (It’s also available to download in white, blue and purple if you don’t love pink like we do!)
Phew. We’re glad this one’s behind us!
Finally, while we were waiting for the (multiple coats of) paint to dry, we added our San Francisco Apartment Tour page here. It’s definitely a work-in-progress as we keep getting settled, so we hope you’ll share any ideas you have to make it better. As you saw with this paint job,
our my instincts aren’t always right!
mk & Gwynnie