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My newly painted gray bathroom | before and afters

When we bought our house, here’s what the bathroom looked like.

It’s a little hard to tell how shocking this shade of green was, but it was awful.

Like, so bad that when you looked down the hallway, a green glow emanated from the bathroom.

And the ceiling was green as well as the walls.

One of the first things I did when we moved in was paint the ceiling white. And also: replace the flowered shower curtain.

That helped some, but we also did eventually replace the crackle painted cabinetry (oof) and replace the flooring.

And I painted the walls with leftover paint from the office walls, mainly because I had extra paint, and that cost me $0. 😉

I’ve never been an enormous fan of the color, but you know, I’ve had other painting priorities.

The color was just a little dark for my current taste. I used to like darker colors, but lighter ones are calling my name now.

So, I set out to find a light gray that would work.

I had two missteps along the way (thank heavens for sample cans) and I landed on a Benjamin Moore color called Metropolitan.

I really love it! It’s so much brighter in that bathroom now, and the white and gray contrast really nicely.

Oh, and here you can see what we replaced those very overwhelming cabinets with.


The bathroom still isn’t perfect…there are some tile issues (one of the floor tiles has come loose, for instance), and I really do not love the light fixture that came with the house:

(It’s not AWFUL, but it’s too ornate for me)

But. I do love the bathroom way more with a fresh coat of paint in a lighter, brighter color.

Yay for paint!   It’s seriously one of the cheapest ways to give a room a facelift.

Oh, and I gave the ceilings and the moldings a fresh coat of paint too.

By the way, I used Benjamin Moore Aura paint (not affiliated) this time. It’s made specifically for bathrooms, and is supposed to withstand moisture better than regular paint.

Also, we finally got a bathroom exhaust fan installed in this bathroom (it didn’t have one when we bought the house), so between that and this special paint, our walls should be in good shape.

LED bathroom fan light

I am now sorely tempted to paint my bedroom a lighter shade…we’ll see if I’m up for that challenge next summer.   It’s a very saturated red, so that will be a task and a half if I decide to take it on.

But I’m not gonna think too hard about that for now. Maybe next year….


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Thursday 31st of August 2017

I've been in the market for gray paint this past week and I know it's a struggle! Glad you got it right :) I've seen some really nice remodels of those light fixtures that just involves removing the outer glass covering and replacing with either Edison bulbs or lampshades, and using oil rubbed bronze spray paint for the silver part...if you're up for a Pinterest kinda challenge one of these days check them out!


Wednesday 30th of August 2017

I love the clock in the bathroom. I've never thought of it, but sometimes you're on a schedule.


Wednesday 30th of August 2017

Yes! We have a clock in both bathrooms and it is so, so handy to be able to keep an eye on the time when you're getting ready to go somewhere.

Brooke Hart

Wednesday 30th of August 2017

My foreclosure purchase was previously owned by " Crayon box people " . I have one yellow bathroom . A bright pink bedroom and a bright blue bedroom. My kitchen is neon orange. Family room is rose colored. Living room areas are two kinds of tolerable greens. The owner fancied himself as a contractor. All the paint is a bunch of different kinds and seemingly the wrong kind used. I have stained brown closet doors peeling. Due to the expense and labor involved, I plan on leaving the green and going basic beige\sand with white trim . I plan on buying that sander you talk about and hoping to slowly do my own work.

Marcia (OrganisingQueen)

Wednesday 30th of August 2017

I love your bathroom and that red in your bedroom is great! I like my bedroom changed all the time (even summer to winter) - I finally have a neutral enough duvet cover so I swop out the rug and pillows and it looks lighter or more cosy (in winter).

Ani Mia

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

I had to paint over a Ralph Lauren Red (a big paint misstep if you don't get a ton of light) wall that was sucking the light from my soul and I found there are primers that go over specific colors. I can't remember but it was only one or two coats of primer and one of paint. I was shocked that it was that easy because it was RED! Light and bright is my jam as well:)

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