With advice from a wise woman, start small and grow. We were trying to decorate everywhere in the new house and not much was getting done. Finally we decided to focus on one room, the powder room. I had the clearest vision for this room, so it seems the easiest to start with. I wanted to make a statement in this tiny space because it felt the safest room to go ‘bold’ with, but still affordable/manageable to change in the future if needed. The vision: a blue and white navally nautical chic bathroom.
I am to hesitant to do my entire kitchen with gold handles, it would be a lot of gold that could phase out of trend quickly. But I still wanted it somewhere in the house and the powder room only needed a bit of hardware, so it was easy to make it a statement. I saved some money by spray painting a towel hook and the bathroom tissue holder gold. I also bought a towel basket and bathroom tissue holder tower in the same tone to pull the colours together.
The Elephant in the Room
So- apparently buying gold toned or brass faucets is expensive these days. In the 90s, brass gold faucets were builder grade cheap and people upgraded at almost any chance. Of course now that I want one, it is considered an upgrade and trendy, therefore expensive. This unfortunately is not one hardware I can spray paint effectively, I have my eye on Flipp for a brass/gold faucet to match the rest of the room. Then when we install the faucet I will also swap the toilet hardware. I have my eye set on this nautical inspired toilet flush.
Shiplap… and Trim
So I convinced my husband that shiplap would be easy, not even real tongue and grove shiplap. We used super thin plywood, and the nice associates at Home Depot used the machine there to cut it into strips for free! I literally thought staple, paint and done. No, definitely not. We kind of messed up the spacing from the baseboard. Then we got the hang of it, using nickels to space the boards apart. We initially put them in for only spacing, but then when removed the boards started sliding together. So we learned to glue the boards, set the nickels in as spacers, then use a brad nailer to secure. We had to leave the nickels in the wall overnight, so make sure if you try this you have a whole roll of nickels.
Although this looked nice, it looked slightly unfinished especially because of the transition to the drywall. I Pintrest’d some trim ideas and decided to use an inverse quarter round trim. We used it initially along the ceiling and the transition corner from ship to drywall. Then we decided it needed to be in all the corners. I think this also helped us with our messy edges of paint and hid any cutting errors!
So we painted the ship lap 6 times. Not on purpose. We primed the shiplap plywood with two coats. Then we used two coats of “Dove White” by Benjamin Moore- it looked yellow. It was not suppose to, I read it was an off white grey colour, but with our limited incandescent light, it looked off white yellow. I remembered how nice the primer looked, and decided to use an un-tinted satin sheen paint(2 coats).
The accent wall is a vibrant navy blue, “Naval” by Sherwin Williams (left). The other (right) colour is “Hale Navy” by Benjamin Moore, I decided against this colour because it had a more muted grey tone. “Naval” was dark, but so rich in blue undertones. I think in a big room, especially with limited light, it may be too dark. Or even painting the other 3 walls in this powder room Naval would be too dark and make the room feel smaller. This is a great statement or accent for any wall.
Well one room down… the rest of the house to go!!!!!!