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My Black Bathroom - Finally

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

At long last, here is my black bathroom. If you have been following along, providing counseling along the way, thank you. Once you see it, you may wonder why it took me so long. The reason - there is none. It just did.


To back track a bit, our bathroom has black and white tile original to our 1930's house.  I have always wanted to paint the walls black and finally took the leap a couple of months ago.  Also, I found this little soap dish  and absolutely had to use it in this room and somehow tie blue into the decor.


One solution was to add a metal box to the toilet tank to hold all of my girl junk.  I found this box at Garden Ridge and it was an ugly rusty blah color.  I painted it blue and love it.  Originally, I had made this tray to go in this spot, but felt that blue worked better.


A while back, I posted a teaser about the bathroom progress and showed black and white photos for artwork.  I lived with this for a while and felt that the bathroom needed more color and particularly more blue.  So I went to my favorite place for free art and found a few images.


Here you see a bit of the shower curtain.  I decided to go with this curtain from Target and am so glad to have read the comments because it shrinks - big time.  I bought an extra long length, thankfully.


All of the frames that you see were black and I spray painted them in glossy white.  They really pop against the black walls.


A friend of mine here in Greensboro did the monogramming.  I highly recommend Thurl's Threads for all of your monogramming needs.  She can be contacted by email, thurl01@gmail.com





To create a seamless look, I painted all of the switch plates and vent glossy black.


Note to self, dust things before taking pictures.




Paint color:  Benjamin Moore, Black (it took less than a quart to cover the walls)  One coat gave complete coverage.  LOVE.

68 comments:

  1. Ooooh. These photos make me stare. Such a lovely transformation!

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  2. Love how you used the existing tile, etc in your bathroom. The black walls and blue accents are incredible and you have maintained the original charm of the space, Nice job!

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  3. Rene, it looks amazing! I am a little nervous about black walls, but they are perfect for a bathroom since they aren't rooms where you spend hours at a time.

    I love that the black gives an updated look to the tiles. My grandparents had black and white tiles in their bathroom when I was growing up and looking at your room, I can almost imagine what it would look like if they had painted those walls black (instead of the sickening Pepto Bismol pink!)

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  4. Rene, it looks amazing! I am still looking for one big shot so I can take in the whole room, but I do love your closeups. Great job. The black really was the right way to go--it just works so seamlessly with the black and white tile and has such drama. I love it! You're making me want to paint stuff asap.

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  5. It really looks great Rene. I love the white frames against the wall. It amazes me that it only took one coat of paint!

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  6. Rene, I love the black. Really makes all your white accessories pop. I love BM paint and will not use Sherwin Williams again. Took me 4 coats to repaint my inside doors. Benjamin Moore covers so well and uses so much less paint even though hubby complains about the cost. Hey, I am the one painting, not him. Love the monograms on the towels. Much better that what you can get done at PB or Ballards.

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  7. Thanks everybody. Casey, I added one more photo capturing as much of the room as possible. It is so hard to take pictures of a tiny space.

    -Rene

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  8. Rene, I really like it! And, I love how you incorporated blue. I know a lot of people don't like black & blue together, but I do. You're so lucky to have the original B & W tiles - so charming! Great job!

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  9. The tiles are in perfect condition, how lucky! The black walls are perfectly dramatic for this room. It's beautiful! Oh and I love anything with a monogram, perfect touch.

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  10. wow, it looks amazing. i would love to have a black bathroom, so sophisticated!

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  11. Isn't it a wonderful feeling to finally cross this project off your To Do list? You did a fabulous job, and everything looks so polished and put together! (I'm off to go work on dear Youngest Daughter's bathroom now ... where did I put my drywall knife?)

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  12. Rene, your bathroom is all that and a bag of chips!! I love the artwork, the walls, the monogrammed towels (cool monogram btw!), and your shower curtain(I have the same one!)!! I love it when people find cool ways to update retro tiles and you certainly have brought your 1930's tiles into the 21st Century with style and pizazz!

    Kat :)

    P.S Dusting is for bored people ;-)

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  13. So pretty Rene! It makes me miss my black&white bath from our last house - I loved my black walls with the checkered floor! Your touches are so lovely.

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  14. Looks sooo great, Rene! I love the blue that you tied in with the black and white! Bravo on making old tile look so modern and new!

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  15. Looks great. Curious about the Vintage Printables photos. Did you print them at home or at a kiosk? If at home, with photo paper or standard printer paper? Thanks so much!

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  16. Brian, I printed them at home using a standard printer. I always use card stock grade paper so that it doesn't ripple over time and I like the texture. I hope this helps.

    -Rene

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  17. Oh Rene it turned out so beautiful! The black looks so chic and the blue just adds that pop of color, it all goes perfectly!! Love the artwork you picked and all your details are just perfect!!

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  18. It is just amazing. I love how you kept the integrity of the 1930s bathroom but made it so chic. I love that tin you painted for your "girly stuff" and that prints are perfect. So well done.

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  19. I knew it would be gorgeous!! You have such a great sense of style, I also love how you've coordinated the colors in all of your updated rooms.

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  20. It's beautiful, of course! Love everything about it. :)

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  21. oh. my. goodness. i. am. in. love. LOVE it rene! it is stunning. it looks to be about the same size as my one full bath- we have just a vanity to the left when you walk in, a toilet next to that, and then a shower/tub combo. we have all white tile on the walls, and then we changed the floor tile to black and white last year... i have a white shower curtain. this gets me thinking that i should paint mine black. i absolutely love it.

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  22. Amazing, Rene! It makes me want to do mine this way! Love the tiles and the apothecary jars!

    XO,
    Jane

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  23. I'm a monogram fiend....love to see them in your bathroom.

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  24. I love how it turned out! Great idea to use blue to break up all the black and white, it was the perfect touch!

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  25. Rene you have outdone yourself. It's fabulous. The wall color is such a bold statment and I love that you took the leap. Very Well Done.

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  26. i love the bathroom. the pops of blue really give the space depth! thank you for the post!

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  27. Ralph Lauren eat your heart out!!! Navy, black and white are so classic...it. just. works. period.

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  28. It turned out great. I'm not usually a fan of blue but the shade you chose for the metal container is gorgeous!

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  29. Just wonderful! I'm working on our new lavatory, which is not quite black, but BM "Mysterious": a dark, dark blue/black . Take a look at the work in progress:
    http://bit.ly/aByEdL
    The dark colors really do look great! I've had a dark, shiny green lav. in our present house for 25 years and get so many compliments on it.
    And your towels are wonderful!

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  30. Wow! I really like it. I didn't think I would, but I totally do.

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  31. Rene, you did a wonderful job! I love black & white, so classic, clean and crisp. Bravo!

    Amy R.

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  32. Rene, thanks so much for sharing this a my party. I am sure many will be inspired to try black.

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  33. I knew as soon as I saw the little photo at Kim's blog party, it had to be your black bathroom! Oh my, it is beautiful! Do you just want to stare at it all day? I would! You did awesome :)
    Wendy

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  34. Rene, I love the black walls! The house I grew up in had a similar floor and wall tile and my mom painted the walls black. The accessories you added are great and I love the monogrammed towels.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  35. That is classy and brave! It looks awesome though.

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  36. Rene I LOVE it! The artwork, the colours, the monogrammed towels -- every detail is lovely!

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  37. Looks great! I'm a huge fan of black paint. As a matter of fact I painted my bedroom black.

    Your floor is to die for!

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  38. This looks fantastic...great transformation!!

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  39. i am SOOOO glad you took the plunge. IT TURNED OUT AMAZING!!

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  40. ~*~*LOVE it!!~*~* Im having my first giveaway on my blog!! www.shabbyfrenchforme.blogspot.com ~*~ Hugs, Rachel ~~*~*

    *French Farmhouse 425*

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  41. Rene' That bathroom looks so elegant...love the deep dark walls with the white!!

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  42. Rene, you did a beautiful job with your bathroom! I love the tile and always wanted a bathroom with that black and white tile. Your black walls are very striking. The touches of white and blue are perfect and create a feeling of elegance. Very classy! I love it.

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  43. I really love it!! I'm so pleased that you went with what you wanted. Sometimes everything is so samey in blogland. This is so different...and gorgeous too!! Go you!

    Isn't it a nightmare taking photos in small rooms? I'm hoping to get a new camera with a wide-angle lens for Christmas which should help me a bit...although it might just show up how small some rooms really are!! Your shots have turned out really well though...I should add!

    And monogrammed towels...errr, yes, please!

    I love it - and I'm your new follower!

    Sarahx

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  44. looks very "domino" - I think Lonny needs it.
    Love to see a black ribbon stitched along the bottom of the shower curtain.

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  45. OOH, I like that idea pve.

    -Rene

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  46. I have been waiting to see this!!!! It looks amazing Rene... good for you for taking the risk!

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  47. I love it! It's so beautiful. I'll be redoing my bathroom very soon. I had to wait on my floor to get fixed, and now I'm itchin' to get to work! haha... But again, the bathroom is beautiful!! I love the pops of blue!

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  48. I just LOVE the black and white! You did an awesome job on it! I really like the glass jars with white against the black wall. Wonderful!

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  49. Great job! Wish I could go for some glossy black greatness in my casa *sigh* it's a rental...

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  50. That is really gorgeous! I've been wanting to go with a dark color in my master bath! You got a beautiful look! I love it! ♥

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  51. Hi Rene-

    Black can be a scary color to paint a room, but with the white tiles - your bathroom looks magazine worthy. Wow!
    I also wanted to tell you I love your Christmas photos - even with "the teenager" wearing slippers. FAmily is what the holidays are all about.
    My best- Diane

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  52. A lot of people would have been scared to paint black in a bathroom. Yours works! Thanks for sharing and your courage. Terry

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  53. Love the bathroom Rene..great job! Happy Holidays...

    Janet

    PS. I had one of those curtains too, but not for long (no pun intended) ;)

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  54. Rene, your bathroom looks great...so pulled together and crisp. Loving the black walls ;) Glad you finished the project, hope you are enjoying it! -erica

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  55. Gorgeous! It's a risky choice to paint with black, but you made it look elegant and fresh. The blue accents are such a fun accessory!

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  56. I love the black and white! Thanks for stopping by today, I always love new guests.

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  57. I really like it. Very brave - congrats.

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  58. Hi Rene,

    Coming over from Cassie's place to check out your black bathroom.

    It looks retro and classy! Good job.

    I also like the tween's bed you posted on Cassie's Colorful World segment. Do you have a post of that?

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  59. WOW! You pulled off black so well! Great job! I found your blog after you commented on mine! Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll continue reading!

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