Reveal: Downstairs Bathroom

When we first moved into our house our downstairs bathroom was just okay. There was nothing wrong it. It had a white vanity, white toilet, drop ceiling, neutral paint color, it was pretty much a snooze with no character!



So, little by little we started giving it a little something, something and I’m happy to say it’s finally finished…for now.



When we first moved into the house I wasn’t blogging so I don’t have a true before picture.



The first thing we did when we moved it was add wall to ceiling bead board all around the teeny tiny ( 9ft x 4 ft) space. We lived with it like this for a while:



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Little by little I started gathering items to fill up those white walls that I was tired of starring at.



We now have this:



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And this on the opposite wall:



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I had an old straw dispenser sitting around for ages not doing anything so I finally decided to give it a job and it now houses my favorite nail polishes!



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View of both walls:



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Close up of my gallery wall:



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The walls are filled with mostly vintage finds, but that chic plate was actually from Christmas Tree Shoppe. I got a set of 4 dessert plates with different chairs for $1.99!



Opposite the vanity is our toilet with some build in storage above. My roman shade was another project from this week.



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Since I love adding character to a space I knew this new/old looking handle would fit right in.



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Wall opposite the window: This wall is a mix of thrift store finds, a small mirror from my trip to Colombia and the largest print was a gift from a friends Mom! How sweet! Thanks Mrs. D!



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There you have it. My teeny tiny bathroom all spruced up and loaded with character.



I know many people live in semi new construction homes and always feel like they lack a bit of history to their home. With some small inexpensive touches like the bead board walls and/or a faux tin ceiling like ours you can take your basics and give them charm.



* The faux tin ceiling was also done right when we moved in so I don’t have pictures of the process. It was purchased at Home Depot. You can see them here. Real tin was really expensive so we just used faux fin backsplash that we adhered with liquid nails.

53 comments:

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Wow! I love the character that you added to such a "blah" space. Amazing job! I love your gallery wall, and the tin ceiling and beadboard add so much character. Thumbs up!

Miranda @ Haute Headquarters said...

Now THAT is a gallery wall! I Love it! I always see those faux tin pieces at Home Depot and secretly wish I didn't live in Manhattan (or at least owned my own place) so I could trick-out a ceiling or two with them. It looks great!

linda said...

LOVE the wall. And I am totally tossing the straws (sorry kids) and putting my nail polish in there.

Megan@DesignMatters said...

To cute! I love the gallery wall, and all those pieces fit so well together! I think my favorite part is the toilet handle. Love the details!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

It is so adorably chic, love the walls and all the images on them. Janell

Flavia @ Estilo Home said...

You did a great job adding character to the space! Your gallery wall is really inspirational, and I love the chair plate!

Risley said...

I love what you did! it looks great!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

great looking gallery wall with an eclectic mix of pieces! i love the fixture on the toilet, too.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love when I visit a home and the homeowner took the time to add special features to even the smallest spaces in the home. It's the little creative elements, like the straw dispenser turned polish storage, that make this room so much fun. I'm guessing that guests probably linger here longer than they need to!

Jennifer Reilly said...

Camila,

I love this!! It looks to chic and definitely adds a little flair to a previously simple space. I definitely need to spruce up my own bathroom... which is still super white and lacking character - maybe I will take a few pointers from you!
xo
Jen

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

The gallery wall is great!! I love how you got your elephant in the room!! Very good makeover!

LindsB said...

You gave such a snooze bathroom so much character- I love it!!

We need more Camila and Jon house photos!!

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

So cute all spruced up, what is the ceiling in there??

Stacey @ Petite de Lis Paperie said...

Love the gallery wall, especially the sailboat pic and eye chart.

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Very cool! Great job!

Maria said...

gorgeous camila, love all the character you added, dear!

Sandi (Meme) said...

Wow, what a difference you've made. It looks grand! Have a blessed week. Sandi

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Great character! The toilet handle and the gallery wall are fab - great job!

Sonja @ Uberbliss.blogspot.com said...

I love the eclectic feel of all the different frames and findings. It looks fabulous!

autumn said...

so many fun details to look at! i LOVE your gallery wall! it's so fun and is just the right mix of fun and color and texture. and that striped roman shade just makes me SMILE.
:)

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love the walls! Gives the room character and "visitors" something to read and look at ;)
Love how you created a look that appears to have been collected over the years, cozy and chic too!

{Amanda} said...

Ah! This is fantastic! I absolutely love it! I bet it's such a wonderful feeling to walk in & look at what you've created ♥

Brand New and Beautiful said...

Great work. I am a huge fan of gallery walls done with thrifted and vintage finds.

Jenn said...

Looks amazing -- I love, love, love the gallery you created!

Jennifer said...

very cute!

Anonymous said...

i have loved so much of your work, but this bathroom is my favorite! hands down.

Jackie said...

LOVE!!! Oh Camila, great job, I just love what you have done to the space. The gallery wall and tin ceiling is just to die.

cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

So chic!!! I love your gallery wall and the yummy tile ceiling...that really adds so much character!

Jana Marie said...

The bathroom looks great! And I spotted that elephant (:

Jana Marie

Risa West said...

i love what you did with your elephant ;) and i love bead board. way cute bathroom and way to add character.

The mad woman behind the blog said...

Thats it, you're HIRED! Please come do my bathroom, my dining room and hell, whatever you want.

PLEEEEEEASE!

Kiki said...

This looks amazing --- I especially loved the nail polish holder...What is it?

XOXO
KIKi

J. Is A Bird said...

Just stumble upon your site from the Neo-Tradionalist. Love the glass jar holding the nail polishes. What a cute, cute idea. Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. Chic said...

I love the look of your bathroom so well pulled together and nothing screams boring bathroom - so pretty, love all your art wall too

Julia said...

Gorgeous bathroom! I love the Beauty print, but I especially love the Colombian mirrors. We have a wall of them...

Kimberly said...

I love that you put the nail polishes in the old straw dispenser. I only have like 40 of those! Totally going to sneak that idea! :)

Laura@JourneyChic said...

It's adorable! I especially like the nail polish dispenser - very cute and unexpected. The "tin" ceiling is a great idea - I recently saw those at HD.

Tammy@InStitches said...

I love the plate inside the frame, such a clever idea !

pve design said...

Wow, it does not seem small at all, it looks like a room one could spend hours in! My neighbor has one of my works of art and she tells me, it has "full command" of my audience with each visit!
I love little jewel boxes.
pve

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

ooh Camila it looks fabulous! well done!! love all the frames and the nail polish storage looks great!

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

you've truly outdone yourself... in a powder room no less! i would never have imagined a gallery wall in a bathroom but you've pulled it off and made it look to die for. bravo on yet another job well done!

McKenzie said...

Beautiful! Is that handle the 'flusher' for the toilet? How adorable!

undomestic chica said...

Wow is all I can say!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

love it camilla! it is awesome! you are so talented!

Kelly Green said...

wow - looks FANTASTIC! KG

Averill said...

I love the tin ceiling and beadboard -- it makes the bathroom look so charmingly vintage! And of course the great gallery walls only enhance that. Wonderful job Camila!

Starfish and Sundresses said...

Wow! This is AMAZING! Of course I'm obsessed w/ the turquoise elephant. I'm going to search for that eye chart, I meant to buy it months ago! xx

Mugdha said...

That is a wonderful use of straw containers! Since having bought a nicer one, I've been totally at a loss for what to do with the old one. Thank you for the idea!

Maggie Rose said...

It's so cute! I love the "tin" ceiling, and you have a great art collection in here! The plate with the loose frame are a great touch too!

Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic said...

Ohlala!!! Looking fabulous!!! LOve what you've done and LOVE the tin tile ceiling!!!

xx
dagny

Hello Lover... said...

Great transformation! I love the ceiling and I love your blue elephant!

bentley Waters said...

this looks great - well done. love your collection of art on the walls!

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

What great character for such a tiny space. Awesome job!