simple is beautiful

Black and White Bathroom

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


 "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."    Theodore Roosevelt

When my husband and I shopped for our house 14 years ago, we knew we wanted to be in an older neighborhood.  We love older homes for their character.  You get the hard wood floors, picture molding, plaster walls, big trees, and tile bathrooms.



Sometimes the tile in bathrooms of older homes is not what you would chose if you were starting from scratch, but as the economy would have it, we are not doing major renovations any time soon.  No, we just continue to do what we can ourselves and try to make the most of it.  That said, I have been busy.



Our house has two full bathrooms and that is it.  They both were due for a fresh coat of paint so I saw this as an opportunity for change.  Our downstairs bath is a hardworking one and really serves nothing more than a utilitarian purpose, get in , do your business, and get out (because someone might be waiting in line).

Wall Stencil

First of all, this bathroom has been through every color under the sun, and I even covered it with wallpaper once.  This time, I decided to let our black and white bathroom be just that, a black and white bathroom.  I found a stencil at AC Moore and went to town.

I used a sponge to apply the black craft paint which I am happy with.  The loose, slightly worn appearance is nice for our 70+ year old house.  The sponge has to be dampened before you use it so that it doesn't absorb too much paint at once.  Be sure to ring the sponge out well or you will have to do this.



Shower Curtain

If you have never visited Little Green Notebook, make that your next stop.  Her DIY projects leave me with my mouth hanging open and an urge to run to Home Depot in the middle of the night.  LGN is the inspiration behind my shower curtain.  One of her posts demonstrated how to make a stencil by using freezer paper and the computer which I tried for the first time on the Anthro chest of drawers.

My shower curtain is made from an old muslin sheet that I picked up years ago at a tag sale.  Those old muslin sheets are the best.  The width was perfect and so I left the selvage edges.  Next I attached about a four inch border at the bottom with black cotton sheeting fabric that I picked up at Walmart (washed a couple of times to avoid differential shrinkage).

 

For the stencil, I played around on paint.net until I found the font and design that I wanted.  The font is biondi and the design is wingdings 2 - abcd.  Easy.  Then I taped freezer paper to the screen to trace my stencil.

Once I had the font and size, I cut it out with an exacto.



OK, this part freaked me out.  Well, it freaked out my entire family, because everyone watched.  After making the shower curtain, I didn't want to ruin it by messing up the monogram.  The cool thing about freezer paper is that it can be ironed to stick to fabric temporarily which is perfect for this use.  After positioning the stencil, I ironed it into place.  Next I applied fabric paint with a sponge applicator.


 I gave the medicine cabinet about six coats of glossy black paint.


We took down a nasty wall cabinet that while it was nice for storage purposes, it took up visual space and just ...yuck.  We added this glass shelf.



To help with the space/storage issues is we added a towel bar to the back of the door.

  

This robe hook beside the tub comes in handy on those cold mornings. 



Finally, the ceiling in this room was rough in texture from years of neglect.  We covered it in textured paper and painted it white.  We actually did this several years ago and it has held up well.



74 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I love that detail on the wall - smart idea!

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  2. Oh this is so nice! I love the monogram on the shower curtain, it is so simple yet elegant. What is freezer paper and how do you get it? I so love black and white. Hugs, Marla

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  3. Very nice! I love black and white rooms, when we get our new house I want a black and white bathroom so that I can add a few red or bright colored things to really pop and stand out

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  4. It is beautiful! You did a great job! I love the stenciled wall.

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  5. Beautiful Bathroom. The walls are amazing! The room has such style and class. Love it.

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  6. Really great job! So charming and I love black and white.

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  7. I am soooo drooling here...I LOVE it! XOXO

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  8. Beautiful job. Full of charm and elegance!

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  9. ooo, my bathroom is similar to yours and needing an overhaul real bad. Yours is lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. Looks great. Just love the stenciling!

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  11. I totally bookmarked this!! I love it (& you)!!

    XOXO

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  12. Everything looks so nice together! I do love Black and White, and the stencil work looks great. You have been busy!

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  13. This is gorgeous and I simply can't imagine stenciling all of that! Well done.

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  14. Oh I love it! The stenciling is beautiful! I have practically the exact same two jars holding our q-tips and cotton balls. Funny.

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  15. I love the stencil! So delicate. I'm going to have to go to AC Moore. I have a black and white tile floor and a white cabinet and mirror. I might just have to try this. Really pretty!

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  16. I absolutely LOVE this bathroom! Oh goodness...the details. Where to begin? It's all so gorgeous!

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  17. OMGoodness...I love your bathroom! The changes you made are perfect. Your monogrammed shower curtain is fantastic! I can tell you're a patient woman, I could NEVER stencil all those walls. It really looks great! BTW, I agree with you about living in an older home/neighborhood. Lisa

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  18. Fantastic! I've been dying to try that stencil paper trick, but I can't think of anything cooler then a monogram shower curtain *I give up* lol

    Do you have a post about the ceiling wallpaper? Was is hard to do? I love that look of painted tin tile, but scared of wallpaper.

    Have good evening, Lynea

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  19. In black and white, so pretty, great idea: "the monogram"

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  20. Thanks y'all. You are so sweet to leave all these lovely comments.

    As for the paper on the ceiling, I haven't done a post on it. It is simply textured wallpaper from Lowes that resembles a tin ceiling texture. This bathroom has very little ventilation and we were concerned that it would not hold up, but several years later it still looks good.

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  21. What a bright and beautiful bath. I love the stenciled wallpaper look. The whole room is beautiful!

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  22. You did an amazing job, you should be very proud. I personally love the tile. I love black and white and if you saw my entry and bath you would see what I am talking about. I am always drawn to anything black and white. I have been for years. Your bath is wonderful, great job. Kathysue
    PS if you want to see more black and white come to my new blog and you will see it in some of my postings,Kathysue

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  23. there aren't enough words in the english language to convey how GORGEOUS i find this renovation. i am SUCH SUCH SUCH a fan of black and white, and this turned out awesome. like, can you come over and do my bathroom now??? :)

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  24. Beautiful in every detai! Love the monogrammed shower curtain! Wonderful job!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  25. It looks stunning! Love the stenciled wall! Love the black and white!
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  26. Thanks for the wallpaper info. Showed the husband, think we might try it. When is the big question.lol
    Have a good evening,
    Lynea

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  27. That turned out amazing! and for less thatn $50! Great job!

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  28. OMG I love you re-do sooooo much! I hate my bathroom and you just gave me so much food for thought!

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  29. You did the whole wall?!? Holy cow it looks great!

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  30. Love it! It looks so expensive and chic! How can you go wrong with black and white and that stenciling is absolutely gorgeous!

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  31. Good dispatch and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Thank you as your information.

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  32. That looks great! I love the crisp and clean look of the black and white.

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  33. Beautiful job! I'll bet your onlookers were really impressed that the monogram came out so well. It looks great! Love the stenciling you did ~ it actually gives you the feel of wallpaper, but you won't have to go through the agony of removing it when/if you decide to change.

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  34. So pretty!
    Love the stencil, and the shower curtain is to die for!
    Rose

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  35. Soooo elegant! Love all the unique little surprise touches you have going. That stamped idea for the wall? Awesome!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

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  36. The stenciling is amazing!!! Fabulous job! I love the sign on the door.

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  37. This bathroom looks amazing in black and white. Love the stenciling. I have been thinking of stenciling our powder room and I was wondering how long the project took you to do. Great job!

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  38. I love your black and white bathroom I have a black and white bathroom myself. One day soon...I'll be blogging about it. Thanks for sharing yours. It is way cute.

    Nita
    ModVintageLife.blogspot.com

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  39. Thanks so much to everyone who has left love notes!

    Sherry, stenciling the walls took about 2 hours. I did have a little bit of touch up, but that didn't make too terribly long. My friend came over at just the right time and said, "Oh it looks fine now, stop doing that", so I gladly put down the paint brush, ha ha. It's like please, somebody stop me.

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  40. I know that stencil work on the walls was hard..lol And i love it. Love the whole bathroom... mishelle

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  41. Lovely job! I grew up in a home with the black and white tile theme and you have managed to update yours beautifully. We've remodeled our bathrooms but more my ideas and then we "get a guy" to bring them to life!

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  42. Oh my gosh - your bathroom looks amazing. I love everything but your walls are incredible - they really look like wallpaper. The whole room is very well put together!

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  43. Very pretty. I love all the attention to detail. Great job!

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  44. Really beautiful, and bang up to date (in a classic way, of course!).
    I would never have guessed you were working on a tight budget.

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  45. What a super job. I love the black and white and the shower curtain is amazing....Kim

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  46. Beautiful! We are in the process of remodeling and our bathroom will be black and white as well. I love your stenciling!
    Can you give me some information about your flooring? That's one detail I haven't finalized yet. Thanks!

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  47. I love this! The monogram is perfect for the shower curtain.

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  48. Beautiful...love the black and white!

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  49. Beautiful makeover. The stenciling looks wonderful. I need to show this to DD2, who just bought a new home. Would be lovely in her guest bath.

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  50. How beautiful! I love the black and white and your stenciling is so pretty! I know you're loving it.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  51. Very nice black and white !
    Kammy

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  52. My lands that is beautiful!! Fresh and inspiring! Just love it...

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  53. Beautiful! I have always loved black and white. All the wonderful touches you have done have made this bath so special. tfs.

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  54. Just fabulous. Great use of use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.

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  55. I love this bathroom. Great job!

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  56. So LOVING this room! I am inspired to do our half bath now with the stencil I keep eyeing at HobLob.

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  57. Gorgeous! Where did you get the stencil for the walls?

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  58. You did a awesome job! I am in the middle of painting my bathroom and I soooo needed the inspiration:) Thanks!

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  59. http//:doristoday.blogspot.comFebruary 9, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Love, love, love the redo. I have burgandy walls in my bedroom and never knew what to do with the bedding, and furniture. I've decidded to add black and white elements, you have given me soooo much inspiration, love the stenciled walls. I may have to add that somewhere on an accent wall. :)

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  60. The stenciling on the wall is amazing! I would have never guessed that it was not wallpaper...great job!

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  61. Great Job! The stenciling is amazing. Way to work with what you have.

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  62. oh my word! gorgeous!!!!


    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

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  63. You did a wonderful job updating your bathroom!!! We have very similar looking one with similar problem spots. I'm glad that you mentioned that your ceiling paper is holding up well. I'm tempted to try it out but wondered about the longevity. Thank you!

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  64. I have thought about your bathroom for the last two days! I have a snow day today, I'm home alone and I've decided that I'm going to attempt this in my bathroom too! Hopefully, my other half won't be too mad...

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  65. Beautiful! It makes me want to get up off my chair and redo my bathroom RIGHT NOW!

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  66. Great job! I'm really impressed with the shower curtain monogram. So crisp!

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  67. Not only does this look great but I am a fan of the black and white tile. As the owner of an older home where somebody tore out the original and succumbed to the country blue of the 80's. I would LOVE to have that black and white. The total look is very pulled together. Nice work.

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  68. Hi Rene your bathroom is GORGEOUS!!!! I am such a big fan of black and white bathrooms and you did a beautiful job on yours.We recently did our downstairs powder room over and I used all black and white accessories that I bought at hobby lobby.Again beautiful job! Martina

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  69. LOVE this! So many people want to rip out vintage tile and it's really a great thing to play up. Yours is a great example! Thanks for sharing. Lori

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  70. I love the stencil and monogram on the shower curtain. This is a great space. I have very purple and black tile bathroom...sometimes you just have to go with the colors that are there!

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