Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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:


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.

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Blogger 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!

June 29, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Anonymous 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!

June 29, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Anonymous linda said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger 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!

June 29, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger 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!

June 29, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Risley said...

I love what you did! it looks great!

June 29, 2010 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Dayka (Life +Style) said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger 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!

June 29, 2010 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Reilly said...


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!

June 29, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger LindsB said...

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

We need more Camila and Jon house photos!!

June 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Stacey @ Petite de Lis Paperie said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Very cool! Great job!

June 29, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Sandi (Meme) said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Sonja @ Uberbliss.blogspot.com said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger 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.

June 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger 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!

June 29, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger {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 ♥

June 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Brand New and Beautiful said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

very cute!

June 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger 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.

June 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Jana Marie said...

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

Jana Marie

June 29, 2010 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Risa West said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger 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.


June 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Kiki said...

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


June 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger 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.

June 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger 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

June 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger 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! :)

June 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM  
Anonymous 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.

June 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Tammy@InStitches said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger 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.

June 29, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger 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!

June 29, 2010 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger McKenzie said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger undomestic chica said...

Wow is all I can say!

June 29, 2010 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Sabbe said...

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

June 29, 2010 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Kelly Green said...

wow - looks FANTASTIC! KG

June 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger 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!

June 29, 2010 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger 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

June 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger 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!

June 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous 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!

June 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic said...

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


June 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Hello Lover... said...

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

July 4, 2010 at 4:28 PM  
Anonymous bentley Waters said...

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

July 5, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Lissa @ After Adornment said...

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

July 6, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

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