This Black and White Bathroom has the feel of a spy. A simple DIY project changed the look of this master bathroom. Cool white walls brighten the bathroom while black accents add a farmhouse and spy-like feel.
Our master bathroom has been on my list of projects that I wanted to tackle. The builder paint was really starting to show the wear and tear. Plus I was beyond tired of this color. The color made the room feel dark and drab and I wanted bright and calming.
It’s kind of funny how things just inspire me and then the next thing my husband knows he’s ship lapping a closet. I found a jar that was filled with bath scrubbers, it reminded me of a spy.
That’s when I knew the master bathroom needed to have that spy like feeling. And I knew that it had to be a black and white bathroom. The walls would be white and the accent color would be black.
Since this was the bathroom. I wanted to make sure the paint that I bought would with stand moister. Needing to talk to a painting expert; I felt it was best to head to Sherwin Williams.
This was my first time buying from there and it definitely will not be my last time. They were very helpful in telling me what the best paint to use in the bathroom would be.
The best was that he didn’t look at me funny when I said I need a half-gallon of their truest black color. I’ll explain what I used the black paint for later.
Deciding on a white, called Snowbound for the walls. You would think since I’m a Michigander I wouldn’t go with a color with the word snow in it but it was the perfect color. It gives me the calming feeling I was after.
I have a quick confession I despise painting. Like I would rather go to the dentist then paint. But with hubbies help, we tackled the painting together. I think we did a fairly good job.
The snowbound walls look amazing next to all the black accents that I have in the bathroom.
Shiplapping The Closet
In all the closet in our house, the builder put in the wire shelves. Now they have been wonderful but really if I could redo them all I would.
So when we talked about updating our master bathroom I knew this would be my chance to get the wire shelves out.
Then this leads me to think of the longer wall and how I could use it as an accent wall. The first thing I thought about was shiplap, I just love that look.
But knowing that the rest of the bathroom was going to be a white I wanted it to stand out. That’s where my accent color came in ~ black.
We decided that we would paint the wall after we hung the shiplap. Looking back I think it would have been easier to paint it before hanging it. Then do any touch-ups. Getting the paint into the groves was a little challenging.
The shelves were premade shelves that we bought at Lowes. To secured them to the wall, hubby placed boards as braces along the long wall and on the sidewall. Then for added support, we used these shelf brackets that are metal. Of course, we couldn’t find black brackets that I like so I busted out the spray paint.
Since the shelves are more open and I don’t like looking at everything showing. I decided to use baskets as storage for our extras and first aide supplies.
I had used baskets before. With my cutting back on things I scaled back on the baskets. I figured this was my opportunity to clean out the things we no longer needed.
One of the things in this bathroom I knew I wanted to be done, was the mirror framed. I didn’t need anything fancy I just wanted it simple and black.
It kind of resembles the one in our half bathroom that the builder had done.
The far wall of the bathroom is the largest wall besides the closet wall. I wanted a round black mirror, but again had a hard time finding one. Since we were in the middle of a pandemic and most stores where closed I had to wait.
But as soon as the At Home store opened I was there and found mirrors that would work. However, they were all the wrong color, but you guessed it I busted out the spray paint again. I’m starting to think I may use spray paint a lot.
The shower rod/curtain was another one of those problems that needed fixing. The shower walls are tall. In order to get a shower curtain that was long enough and one that was black. I would have to order one.
The shower rod we were using before was a tension rod. This posied a couple of problems. About twice a year the tension rod would fall down. And the rod was starting to rust.
To replace it I decided to go with a curved shower rod. The curved one would add a little more room in the shower and I love this.
Next to the vanity and the half wall is this dead space. The only thing we seemed to use it for was to collect clothes.
Adding the little table has stopped the clothes collecting in this area. We use it to place our clothes that we will be using for the day when it’s shower time.
The shelf holds a jar that was basically the whole inspiration for the bathroom. Plus my small collection of antique jars and brush sets.
A small basket and fake plant rest on the half wall. On the sink countertop I have a tray that holds a clock and a small dish that is filled with cotton balls.
I wanted the decor to be simple and functional as best as it could be. I believe I have accomplished this the best I could.
Our black and white bathroom turned out just the way I wanted it ~ calming. Hope there was something in this bathroom that inspired you.
A Decorative Home is Making Home Sweeter ~ Jen
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