Going Gray {As In – I Painted the Master Bathroom}

{Har, har. Yes, I think I’m funny. No, I’m not talking about my hair.}

Do you think I’ve forgotten about my half bath {aka: Powder Room} transformation? Indeed, I have not. But we are at a bit of a standstill. For two reasons {a} I need to get some decent pictures to show you the paint – thus the blogging about it is at a standstill and {b} I need to figure out what on earth to do with the tile – thus the actual remodel is at a standstill. Ah well… It will happen in good time. I’m hoping to be back next week with a post about the paint!

In the mean time, I’ve been wanting to tell you about the master bathroom!

As one of my 12 in ’12 goals, I wanted to paint our master bathroom.

I mean, I’d had the paint for over a year! It was time to get on it!

I thought I had pictures of that bathroom from when we moved into the house, so I didn’t bother to take before pictures. Silly me. Note to self: when you think you have pictures, just take new ones anyway, because chances are, you don’t have pictures.

So yeah. No before pictures.

But just imagine a really blah kind of pinky beige. Ugly. Yucky.

Okay, and while you’re imaging that yucky paint color, imagine the ugly tile and grout in the bathroom. It’s probably about 4×4″ square white tiles with deep gray, almost black grout. So not me. But because I want a new kitchen more than I want a new bathroom, we’ll be living with that ug-o tile for awhile.

So now put ugly pinky beige paint with ugly black and white tile, and you get double ugly. lol… Here’s my artistic rendition:

But really, the worst part with the paint was that it was doing nothing for the tile. The paint color probably would have been okay somewhere else. But in the bathroom? All it did was accentuate how ugly the tile is.


I decided that I might as well embrace the tile that I had, and find something that worked better with it. Maybe to cause it to recede into the background a bit instead of stand out like a sore thumb.

Enter stage right: gray paint!

After taping lots of sample swatches up, I landed on Glidden’s Smooth Stone. {See the tile in the background? Lovely, I know. Try not to be jealous.}

When I first applied it to the walls, I loved it! But then I had a little freak out session as it began to dry and I was afraid our bathroom was going to look like a cement jail cell. Seriously.

I’m so glad I have a rational husband to lend his advice. He had me paint an entire wall {instead of just the corners and ceiling line where I had been cutting in} and see what I thought.

And he was right! I ended up liking it a whole lot!

It helps the tile not be so obvious. I mean it’s still obvious, but it doesn’t stand out as horribly. And it’s really quite a soothing color. I’m much happier walking into that bathroom now!

I can’t say that I find these pictures of my bathroom particularly inspiring, but I finally feel like we’re moving in the right direction!

It was really hard for me to get decent angles to show you. So when Mom came over with her wide angle lens, I had her snap a picture for you.

This is what you see when you walk straight into the room. {Hi, Mom!}

One side of the vanity:

The other side:

If you turn to the right, there’s a wall and then this entrance into the shower. This is the part where the tile is the most obvious:

But at least now the paint blends instead of competes! {Refer back to my artistic rendering above as necessary.}

Now if you would have turned to the left, there’s this big wall just waiting for a fabulous chest for linens!

And then the commode tucked into it’s own private corner {yes, I said commode}:

I wish that I had taken before pictures so you could see just how much better it looks, but you’ll have to take my word for it!

I’ve since put the cover thing back on the outlet and rehung the toilet paper roll deal and hand towel ring – no worries.

And you know what happens when you start these projects… One thing leads to another! Now I want to:

  • rip out the tile baseboard and replace it with white wood-like trim
  • frame out the huge mirror
  • I’d love to replace the faucets, but unless I get a superb deal, that probably won’t happen
  • paint the vanity
  • jazz up the vanity doors
  • get a pretty piece of furniture for the bathroom linens
  • get some artwork
  • add curtains to the windows {there are two}

My vision for the room is gray with pops of yellow. I’m sure you noticed my yellow trays. We’ll see!

I’ll let you know, of course, if I get around to doing those things.

But for now I pleased with having a fresh coat of pretty paint on the walls! A quick fix {that took me waaaay too long to get around to}. And because we’ve had the paint for over a year – I’m calling this a free makeover.

And, you know…It’d probably be a good idea for me to wrap up the Powder Room remodel, before I take on other other big projects. Ya think?

{And for the record – while painting I discovered that over the years the room had had striped green and peach wallpaper, lilac paint, light lime green paint, as well as two shades of beige. I’d say that the gray is an improvement over them all!}

{Linking up to: Tatertots and Jello}

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  1. Kristin says:

    I used a great bookshelf that I already had to hold my linens: http://from-my-life.blogspot.com/2012/03/sprucing-up-master-bath.html

    I’m not sure I would have thought of it, but my mom suggested it and I love it. The bookshelf is not your typical shape so it adds interest to the room.

  2. Mary Alice says:

    Jenna, I just painted our laundry room and little bathroom about this shade of gray. I love it! I left all my trim the shade of yellow it already was and bought some towels and a curtain for the window to tie in the yellow. So I guess that we are thinking alike in the gray and yellow department.;) I love the looks. Enjoy.


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