After speaking to a paint professional, we concluded that the reason paint was peeling off the walls was because there was drywall work done during the flip and they did not properly prep the spots before painting. Then, when the moisture of the shower got behind the paint, it would peel itself from the walls. UGH. Not to mention the paint in there was a flat sheen.
Originally, like the rest of the house, the bathroom was painted in Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray lightened 50%. I really do like the color but I wanted something a little different in there. It took me a few WEEKS and help from my followers to narrow down my choices. Then when it came to the weekend we were going to paint, I was inspired by images I saw online and impulsively bought a paint color.
You probably know where this is going…..
We spent one night sanding and spackling the walls. The next night we primed the walls with an oil-based primer (as recommended by a few paint pros) and then I painted the bathroom in Sherwin Williams Marshmallow. I really see the potential in that color and actually loved it when I first put it on the wall. But then it turned SUPER PINK. Not slight pink undertones but nursery pink, almost peach.
Project Manager said he would live with it but it wasn’t the right color. That bathroom is a PAIN to paint, so I spent a week trying to convince myself that we would make that color work. I couldn’t. It was horrible.
So I went back to the store and with the help of an IG friend, Melissa with GA Peach Restoration, we picked out a few colors that were cooler in the space. I ended up going with Nebulous White from SW and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. A cooler color was made to be in that room. Everything pops and I honestly have no desire to replace anything in there.
Because that is the other thing, I never made a design board for this room and I am totally winging it. I didn’t think we would do anything in here so quickly.
Here are the before shots (I don’t have a TON of before shots):
You can see how bad the peeling was. It looked way worse in real life.
Now for some during shots. This was during the Marshmallow era:
The farther away you were from the lighting, the creamier it got and looked like the type of white I had hoped for. Again, I tried to make it work but it wouldn’t. So, I threw some samples up and tried to look for another color. Only this time I had to paint the bathroom alone. We have 12′ ceilings in here and corners that are hard to reach.
BUT, I am so obsessed with the new color!!! It is Sherwin Williams Nebulous White (color matched at Home Depot). I mention that because sometimes you will be sent home with a slightly different color.
It feels so airy and clean in there now! This was also done for much cheaper than what it would have cost for a pro to come in, sadly (for me because it was back breaking).
The IKEA cabinet is probably my favorite addition. It is actually a shoe organizer! The top drawer is overflow toiletries and the bottom two are rolled up towels. This unit does not take up much space and hides everything!
There are still a few things to tackle, like getting the hardware to match, doing something with the mirror over the vanity, and replacing out old outlets.
Walls: Sherwin Williams Nebulous Gray (mixed at Home Depot)
Vanity/Fixtures/Light: all here when we moved in but I am going to assume Home Depot since it is nearby and this was an inexpensive flip
Rug: Home Goods
Cabinet: IKEA BRUSALI
Shelves over toilet: DIY from scrap wood
Shelf Bracket: IKEA EKBY OSTEN in natural. I spray painted them at home
Towel Hooks: IKEA KARTOTEK
Wall Baskets: Goodwill
Iron/Wood Wall Art: Hobby Lobby