When we first moved into our condo, our half bathroom looked like this…
Orange walls with matching orange mosaic tile.
BEFORE: Our Half Bathroom
I love color, in fact, I used to have a bedroom in college that was this color! That was a different decade though, and design trends change. I’ve always loved black bathrooms, but it took a lot of examples to convince my husband. Finally, after showing him every black bathroom on Houzz, this one won him over.
Of course, I love everything about this design, but I knew it wouldn’t work in our space (or our budget). Our drywall is in bad shape so a high gloss finish would amplify the flaws. Also, I was hoping to spend less than $100, and I know the wallpaper and wood work alone would be hundreds. However, this design proves that black can look great in a small space without windows.
I started the project by researching the best paint for a high pigment color. I knew painting a room black could be VERY labor and time intensive. I chose Benjamin Moore’s Aura in an Onyx matte finish for the room. I only needed a small container, and the Aura line is known for having zero VOCs and being easy to clean (even in a matte finish with high colorant levels). Professional painters will often keep a “wet edge,” meaning they paint a few feet of the baseboards and ceiling and then roll the wall while the edges are still wet. Aura doesn’t require a wet edge to look great, meaning I could easily do the bathroom alone without constantly switching between my edging brush and the roller. Now, let me tell you… I painted my entire home with Behr Premium Plus, and I loved its affordability and coverage. However, Aura is in an entirely different league. It rolled on like buttah’! The first coat covered beautifully! There were a few roller lines, but I expected worse.
Half Bathroom- 1 Coat of Paint
Did I mention that Aura dries in an hour? I did a second coat the following day, and it covered perfectly. I’ve heard horror stories of 5-6 coats of paint with no luck. I have beautiful, rich black walls in 2 easy coats! I’m converted. Did I mention how easy it was to clean off my hands and the brush? So easy! Here’s the “finished” room (I’d still like to change out the faucet and floor tile):
After viewing all of the beautiful wallpaper the other day, I wanted a pop of wallpaper on the back wall of the tiny bathroom. However, wallpaper wasn’t really in the budget. Instead, I bought a paint sample of Benjamin Moore’s Bermuda Teal. I painted the wall behind the toilet with the bright teal, and I free-handed a random design on top with gold Sharpie paint pens (similar to KFD Design’s inspiring bathroom). It’s not as detailed as real wallpaper, but I still love how whimsical it is.
***A tip for painting behind the toilet tank: I taped a paint stir stick to an edger pad. It can reach far behind the tank for a seamless, clean look!
I love gold and brass EVERYTHING, so I knew I wanted my details in the room to be gold. I found a round mirror at Goodwill for $19.99. It’s actually an older, larger version of Ikea’s Grundtal mirror. It’s silver so I taped it up, primed it, and sprayed it gold.
I also primed, painted, and protection coated the toilet paper holder gold. I bought a glass shelf from Ikea that needed a coat of gold, as well.
I chose not to reuse the hand towel ring. I love fun, creative places for hand towels. I randomly found this wooden hand at Goodwill, and I knew it would be PERFECT in my quirky bathroom for a towel!
I know it’s not everyone’s “cup of tea,” but I really love how the half bathroom turned out. It definitely fits our style and personalities. Perhaps more importantly, it fits our budget too! Here’s the price breakdown:
BM Aura Onyx Black Paint: $25.99
BM Teal Paint Sample: $8.99
Sharpie Gold Paint Pens: $4
Hand (for towel): $3.99
I’d like to eventually change out the orange mosaic tiled floor and the faucet, but that can wait for another time. Overall, I’m happy with the changes for the price.