Half Bath Remodel; spark joy with new paint colors.

FINALLY, my half bath guest bathroom is done.  Seriously this project should have been done some time ago as we have now lived in our house for about 9 months, but now just getting to it….you know how it goes with kids=no time! This bathroom beforehand made me cringe.  I couldn’t take it any longer and finally redid the bathroom at little to no cost!!  While the cost of this bathroom redo was fantastic, it was pretty time consuming for this mama.  Honestly, somebody could have painted a whole house in the time I finished a wall.  I was multi-tasking, swearing under my breath, sweating my you know what off ( gets really hot and humid painting a small confined space with a large light fixture).  Now that it’s finished it didn’t seem that bad and I am totally in love with the outcome (sounds a lot like childbirth).


First off let me show you the before pics.  You can get an idea of just how bad it was “before”.  My kid’s friends would literally say we had a “scary” bathroom, and I have to agree.

Look at this mess!! Luckily Ironman showed up to help peel this awful brown snakeskin wallpaper off the ceiling.  This stuff was stuck on good and took everything I had to keep with it and get it down.  Can I just tell you how bad my neck, shoulders, and arms hurt!!  Wallpaper on a ceiling is never a good idea.  As you can see the colors were very dark which made this room dark and “scary” especially having to do your business in a room with snakeskin on the ceiling.  The mirror was much too large for the bathroom (come to find out later the last owners used the big mirror to most likely cover a giant hole in the wall).  The chandelier was hung way too low and was way too large.  So my plan was to brighten, update and refresh with current joy-inspiring paint colors.  Update the light fixture and mirror and do it all for basically nothing.  Impossible you say, well almost impossible but somehow I managed to pull it off.

My first joyful color is Alabaster by Sherwin Williams in which I painted the walls and backsplash (more on this in a minute).  The previous color of paint was a metallic green and too dark for this space making it feel grungy.  It took about 3-4 coats to cover the paint and metallic texture. Once the walls were completed it already felt like a new bathroom.  Now in a perfect world where I don’t have college funds and family vacations to save for I would replace the backsplash and countertops. But this is the “real” world and I just simply don’t have the budget for it.  So I decided to try painting my tan stone backsplash, getting the idea from my previous house project; Refurbish your Fireplace.  Check out my post on refurbishing your stone fireplace to find more budget-friendly house updates.  I learned when painting my fireplace you needed a certain paint, brush, and roller to apply paint to a stone surface.  Lucky for me I still had all these items on hand to use on the stone backsplash, so I went for it….. and I loved it.  I feel it looks similar to white subway tile. You can see in the picture above, my stone in the process of being covered.  Unfortunately, I could not replace the countertop so I tried my best to decorate around it.

Steps to painting stone backsplashes

  1. Wash your stone backsplash with soap and water.
  2. Tape off your countertop so you can paint a straight line and not apply paint to counter.
  3. Paint the grout first with a polyester paint brush and let dry before applying 1-2 more coats.
  4. Apply 2-3 coats of paint to the backsplash with a nappy 1/2″ roller letting each coat dry before applying the next.
  5. Carefully pull paint tape up when the paint is dry.

My faucet, light/power covers as well as towel and toilet paper hardware were spraypainted a matte black. This just gave them a bit of an updated modern look.  They were a bronzed brown color before, so were not hard to cover well with the black.  Love the way it turned out and so far holding up great.  It never ceases to amaze me what a fresh coat of paint can do.


Check out the pictures above for my complete bathroom re-do. The most joyful part is the fun colored ceiling, Kale Green by Sherwin Williams.  I feel it brings a little personality to the bathroom.  It gives off a vibe of MCM and boho eclectic which I am very happy with.  Painting the ceiling was hard.  In fact, the ceiling was extremely difficult from the pull-down of wallpaper, removal of wallpaper glue, and painting 3 coats of Kale Green paint right next to nearly white Alabaster painted walls.  But like I said, it’s like childbirth, I forget the terrible hard parts when you see the beautiful outcome.  I found a natural wood framed mirror at Target for a reasonable price, installed a modern light fixture that now gives sufficient light to the once dark bathroom and some playful and colorful artwork that plays on the joyful colors of the bathroom i.e. green, pink and natural wood tones.  I had this old shelf from my grandmother’s house, I really liked the look of the aged wood and loved the meaning behind it (always decorate with meaningful things that you find joy in).  I placed some green cacti with pink accents on the shelf that play nicely with the ceiling color and zebra picture across the way.  Can’t have a complete guest bathroom without a little reading material, so I placed a few of my favorite magazines (HGTV magazine is where I found my Kale Green color) in a basket.  To add a little funk I found these fun bath hand towels here.

I really love my new half bath, it is my little oasis. I am no longer afraid to have guests over in fear they may scare in my old bathroom.  I love using fun colors in unexpected ways to brighten your mood.

Do you have any budget-friendly, awe-inspiring ideas, to make a small little oasis of your own?  Please comment and share your ideas along with your favorite colors to help spread joy throughout our DIY home redo’s.


Disclosure: Some of the links on this page may be affiliate links meaning I could make a commission if you click through and make a purchase.



Leave a Reply