A Half can be a Double!!

My half bathroom/powder room is r-e-a-l-l-y small. I don’t know what size it is in terms of square footage, but trust me, it is the smallest bathroom ever. I personally believe that “small” doesn’t mean “less is more”. I love using bold & dark colors, big objects and mirrors for small rooms and I feel these elements make small spaces look bigger and roomy. Literally half doesn’t need to be half in decorating space. Be bold.

My half bathroom was painted the same yellow as family room and I always wanted to change it to a white and black BR with gold accents. Originally I was thinking to use my all time favorite wallpapers, Tanzania or Meridian by Thibaut, (They’re pretty, right?) but there are many obstacles, including the window, mirror, lighting, TP holder, toilet, towel hanger and a cabinet. I’ll cut and throw away more wall paper (They are expensive and I’m cheap.) than I actually use in this tiny space, so I passed over the option this time. I’ll never forget you girls, so don’t worry. 🙂

Second option was to use wood moldings to give some dimensional textures, but again, there will be many cuts including four corners which means I need to purchase a miter saw for  angled cut. Eventually I’ll have mine some day, but for this small project? Hmm~~~  Pass.

Third option was the easiest and cheapest one. Painting. How funny it is that I brainstormed these ideas for the projects in my house and always land to the same solution, painting. I wish I had a Genie-like handy man beside me, so I can ask him to make whatever comes up in my mind. That’s my dream.

So this time, I decided to paint. White and Black.

I used two packs of frog tape to do the taping job. See the process photos below and tell me what you think about my newly painted half but feel like double bathroom. Hope you enjoy it.

Before 1. Sorry for the dark photo.

Before 1. I need to learn more about my camera to avoid dark photos.

 

Before 2.

Before 2.

 

Before 3. I'll chane the mirror and light some day later, or at least painting for the metal part of the lighting and make frames for the mirror.

Before 3. I’ll change the mirror and lights another day, or at least paint the metal part of the lighting and make frames for the mirror.

 

The mirror needs make up.

The mirror needs TLC.

 

Beside the mirror. Towel hanger.

The mirror to the left side and the door to the right side.

 

When you open the bathroom door, you face the small window.

When you open the bathroom door, you face the small window. An  empty wall to the left and a toilet and a vanity to the right.

 

The mirror located beside the frames, to the right.

Yellow is not this dark. You can see my other post about family room to see the real color.

 

First of all, I marked the places of three nail holes of the picture frames that I want to hang on the wall in the bathroom. It will make me easy to work in the small room and no need to measure every time for the same picture.

First of all, I marked the exact places of three nail hangers of the picture frames on the white  paper. These marks will make work easy and fast because I don’t need to measure every 4 pictures. Yes, I’ll hang 4 of the same pictures in a row vertically.

 

Mark 1.

Mark 1.

 

Mark 2.

Mark 2.

 

Mark 3.

Mark 3.

 

Using the paper tamplet, I nailed and measured the distance of two upper hangers of the twp pictures, and nailed again. I repeated this for the four picture frames.

Using the paper template, I marked & nailed from the bottom. And then I measured the distance of the two upper hangers of the two pictures and marked.  I  placed the template on the mark and repeated the same process three more times.

 

Now time to paint.

Now time to paint.

 

I already had this black paint , so let's do it.

I always  have black and white paints on my paints shelf , so no extra shopping for this project.

 

I wanted to see first  if just this accent wall work with current yellow wall color.

I started paint black as a background of the pictures.

 

Can't picture the whole wall. told you, teeny tiny? :)

Can’t picture the whole wall. told you, teeny tiny? 🙂

 

After two coats of black paint.

After two coats of black paint.

 

Through the mirror. not bad, huh?

Through the mirror. not bad, huh?

 

The pictures were hung. Shh!

The pictures were hung. Shh!

 

It looked good!

It looked good!

 

Trying to take picture of the whole wall.

Tried to take a picture of the whole wall,but failed.

 

A close shot.

A close shot.

 

After the pictures were hung, I decided to go black and white. I measure the two wall that are adjacent each other to know the inch if the each stripes. My walls were around 56 inches for both, so I decided to have 4 inch stripes for each. With the  width, I could have choice of 2, 4, 7, 8 inch stripes. Or you just can divide the width of your wall by the number of the stripes that you want. Not hard, right?

Now you need to do a math for the stripes. I measured the two walls that are adjacent each other. My walls were around 56 inches for both, so I decided to have 4 inch stripes for both walls. FYI, with the width of the wall, I could have 2, 4, 7, and 8 inch stripes. Or simply divide the width of your wall by the number of the stripes that you want. Not hard, right?

 

I roughly marked the border of the stripes and painted white first.

I roughly marked the place that will be the the border of two different color stripes and painted white first. You can paint whole wall white first and black after marking/taping the width.

 

I'm normally good at making stripes, but this time somehow it wasn't easy to have straight stripes. I used to have horizontal stripes not vertical, maybe it was the reason, but not sure.

Two coats of white paint.

Two coats of white paint.

 

Time to tape to apply black paint.

Time to tape to apply black paint.

 

At this point, I fogot to take a picture of the taping job. Either I was so tired at the time (It was almost midnight) or I was so frustrated with the taping job. I’m normally good at making stripes, but this time, however, it wasn’t easy to have straight stripes. I used to tape/paint horizontal stripes not vertical, so maybe it was the reason, but not sure.

so there are no taping photos. and here he(she) is now.

Right after the painting job done. 3AM. I was exhausted, but happy to see the result.

Right after the painting job was done. 3 AM. I was exhausted, but was happy to see the result.

 

After 1.

After 1.

 

After 2.

After 2.

 

After 3.

After 3. Did you see what I saw up there?  I’ll fix it with a small brush. Easy.

 

After 4.

After 4.

 

After 5.

After 5.

 

After 6.

After 6.

 

After 7.

After 7.

 

After 9.

After 9.

 

After 10.

After 10.

 

After 11.

After 11.

 

After 12.

After 12.

 

After 13.

After 13.

 

After 14.

After 14.

 

After 15.

After 15.

 

After 16.

After 16.

 

After 17.

After 17. My new bathroom matches with Oreo as well.  🙂

 

After 18.

After 18.

 

After 18. As you can see from the photos, there are some bleeding that needs touch-up. But overall, I like it.

After 18. As you can see from the photos, there is some bleeding that needs touch-up. But overall, I like it.

 

So how do I look?

 

 

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