7/30/13

Our Little Black Satin Bathroom

I feel like my home decor posts over the past week have been very bathroom-y... haha
But as promised, I wanted to share with you all how the satin-black bathroom came out!  I know that using black paint on walls can sound a bit scary, but if done right it can actually look very classic and beautiful.

So this room actually became black on a whim. Little backstory... I had painted the adjoining guest bedroom a pretty neutral gray (Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore) shortly after we moved in. I LOVE that color. Since I had almost a half gallon of it left, I figured I would paint the bathroom that color as well.
Here's a little shot of it in the guest bedroom...


Until I remembered it was a "flat" finish. Which isn't the best formula for a bathroom. For bathrooms, I like to use at least an eggshell formula. Preferably a satin. Just because hairspray, products, any moisture basically, will stain the walls and be almost impossible to clean. The finish basically soaks it right in.  So a satin (or glossier) formula will be easiest to clean and hold up so much better.
So I went into the garage to see what leftover paint we had in a satin formula.

Remember these??


To see more on painting the French doors in our foyer black, check out this post.

Yep. An almost full can of Behr Black Suede in a satin finish. I had purchased the full gallon of this (although the French doors took maybe about 1/8 of it to paint?) thinking I may use it on the back of the front door as well, which I'm still thinking about.
Anyway, I immediately got really excited about the idea of a chic little black bathroom.

Here is the before shot...


When we moved in to this house a few months back, you may remember me talking about how excited we were about how updated everything was. Every faucet, fixture, cabinet knob, countertop, doorknobs, floors, granite... everything had been replaced brand new before we moved in. Except this bathroom...
It was like the poor little bathroom that everyone forgot. In these before photos, you may be able to tell I had replaced the cabinet knobs with some of my Anthropologie crystal pretties I brought from our last house. Yeah, all new cabinet knobs everywhere too. Just not in here. I seriously think they just forgot about it.

So my plan was to work with what I had in here.
The paint color before was totally not unbearable, but it was very yellow in this room. Also, you cannot tell at all from the photos, but the paint was peeling off and flaking in a lot of areas in here. I'm guessing there was wallpaper in here before and when it had been removed, maybe there was some residue left over that they painted over? Totally not sure.

Here's a few more before shots.



This bathroom is meant to be shared between the two bedrooms at the end of the hall. The guest bedroom actually connects, while the other bedroom doesn't. It's right next to the doorway to the bathroom though. I cannot wait to share that room with you guys. It's HUGE. We're thinking that will be a perfect room for a future kiddo. Don't get excited. Not that time quite yet...haha

So I began by sanding over the walls where the paint was flaking and where it appeared the residue (possible old wallpaper glue?) had broken through. That was the worst step.

Then I "cut in" with the black paint and an angled brush around all of the trim, crown moulding, and doors. I take back what I said before. THAT was actually the worst step... and by far the most time-consuming.

Then I rolled the paint between all of that on the walls. That went super quickly.

aaaand here she is!


I think the white bead board trim and all of the white cabinets, floors, and tile in the shower helped to balance out the black.


Not the best shot below (the lights are reflecting all crazy on the walls), but you can see the other little side of the sink and you can see how I painted the little wall "medicine cabinet" black as well. I thought it just looked a little more pulled-together rather than leaving it white.


Speaking of the light fixture, this thing gave us some MAJOR problems.  I actually like the way the chrome faucets and finishes in the shower look with the black paint, so I decided to make those work and just pick up a new pretty vanity light fixture to replace the brushed nickel finished one. So off I went to Lowes and bought a shiny new chrome one. 
Brad is great at electrical stuff and replacing fixtures and whatnot, so we came home and removed the old one... Only to find a HUGE hole right behind the two left lights exposing a large plumbing pipe behind it. Apparently when the house was built, they did that to sort of make you avoid drilling any part of the fixture through it. Which is great because the existing fixture would have been mounted and drilled to the wall right at that spot (they drilled a new mounting hole in the mounting plate to avoid it. I should've totally taken a photo of it... It was crazy.

Problem was the new fixture attached in the center and didn't have that huge backplate like the existing one. So we would have had to patch that spot which would have been a tough job. 
So up the old fixture went again and the new one went right back to the store. I picked up some of the same little clear shades I used in our powder room re-do too. I think they look a lot better. 



 The only thing I would eventually like to change is possibly the countertops. I'd like to change them to a light-colored granite. Just because the ones now are pretty scratched and can look a bit yellow against all of the white, but they're just fine for now!

I was also contemplating painting the bead board and trim above it black too, sort of like this photo. But so far, I'm diggin' the contrast.

Not the best photo (took all of these pretty late at night), but here's what it looks like coming in from the guest bedroom side.


One thing I would LOVE to do that will definitely happen in the future is to replace the little light fixture in front of the shower. You can see it in the photo below (should have totally turned it off for this pic, but you get the idea).

It's nice because it's controlled separately than the light above the vanity. Anyway, I'd love to change it out to something really fun. Definitely will wait until I find something perfect. 

So my biggest tip with black paint (where walls are concerned) is to stay away from stark black formulas. Even if you want a black black room. It's usually just not flattering. Find a black that has a bit of gray or brown mixed in to soften it a bit. It will still read very black, but won't look stark.

details:
paint: Behr Black Suede (satin formula)
sunburst mirror: Target
shower curtain: India Rose
rug: Ballard Designs
candleholder: Bath and Body Works
little mirror on vanity: Anthropologie
little gold tray on toilet: Target
bathmat (over tub): Target
crystal knobs: Anthropologie


Paint is a pretty crazy-big-difference update huh? All of the little decor items in the room aren't new. Literally the paint is the only update. I love what a difference it made!
So do you guys have any black rooms? What are your favorite black paint colors for walls?


93 comments:

  1. Looks so much better! I want to redo my bathroom as well but don't know what color to do haha.
    What light bulbs do you use?

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  2. I love your taste!! You inspire my decor in my home!! :)

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  3. Gorgeous!I love the black & white together.

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  4. Tiffany, this is amazing! You have inspired me to tackle both of our bathrooms, haha. I never would have thought to use black in a bathroom but this just works, and it works well. I am loving these decor posts! I am a big fan of your style (decor and fashion). :)

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  5. very nice, you have done a great job!

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  6. like the result! looks much better now!

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  7. I love the home decor posts you have been sharing! I like the constrast of the beadboard staying white and keeping your doors white like they currently are, otherwise the black would be overdone. You did a perfect job at giving the bath a cheap makeover with some awesome style!

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  8. I like the inspiration pic with the painted beadboard, but I think it worked in that photo because of the huge window letting in lots of natural light. I would keep your bathroom as is. Nice job!

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  9. Ooh, I love your sense of design and decor! Your house looks stunning - good work! (:
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  10. Wow, this is so pretty. It looks like right from a home deco mag. We want to redo our bathrooms completely with tiles and everything. I am always dragging my feet, because of the dust and the inconvenience. When I see your photos I know that it will be totally worth it. Guess we just have to set a date and do it. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  11. Wow! It looks amazing!! Who would've thought a black wall bathroom would look so chic ♥ Well done Tiffany! :)

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  12. I am in LOVE with all your home decor, great job!

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  13. I have one wall in my bedroom painted black and the rest white. With my accessories its an amazing room!

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  14. Love it all! Love those guest bedroom linens, too!

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  15. Looks really pretty!

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  16. Looks great!!! Love all your home decor updates!

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  17. I love it! This is something I would probably never do in a million years because I am so afraid of dark dark paint, but you made it work and it looks great!
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  18. I love that bathroom now. *nods*

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  19. This looks so lovely and unique. A nice change from beige and light coloured bathrooms :)

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  20. Love what you've done to the bathroom. That mirror above the bed is gorgeous!

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  21. Mounting the shower curtain rod extra high and getting an extra long (floor to ceiling) shower curtain makes bathrooms look bigger and very chic. I think that would look great in your guest bath. It tricks the eye and is soooo elegant!

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    1. Yes! I did that at our last place. Makes for very steamy showers tho...lol. So I skipped it for this one.

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  22. I absolutely LOVE this! It's got a very chic/Parisian feel. And that shower curtain is too cute for words. I really like the contrasting colors, the all black photo looks waaay to harsh for a bathroom.

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  23. Love it! Where did you get the white candle jar holder at?

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  24. Oh my gosh, what a difference! It looks absolutely fantastic! Honestly, it's amazing how much of a difference painting the walls makes. And I absolutely ADORE those ruffled shower curtains, adding to my wishlist.

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  25. wow looks amazing!! All of this should be in like better home or something looks awesome :)

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  26. It looks amazing!

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  27. Wow,shower curtain is something unreal....very nice

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  28. Looks great, such a dramatic difference. One suggestion for your mirror: research the DIY mirror frames, it would help update it in line with the rest of the room without a major time and expense factor. Love all of your DIY updates!

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  29. It really looks better now, you did a great job! :)

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  30. It looks incredible!!! I love it!

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    xx

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  31. Wow, is there anything you aren't good at?! I am kind of ashamed of myself!
    This is beautiful.

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  32. This is beautiful, this took cajones but it totally paid off. Also, I love how practical you were with re-using existing paint, I do that all the time in little projects and it always make me feel very proud of myself for being some economical.

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  33. I have been waiting for this! It looks soooo good, as your decorating posts always do!

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  34. This looks great!

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  35. It's amazing how much a room can change simply by adding a good colour scheme. I love the finished product! I love dark colours, and it's interesting to see them used in ways other people might see as unconventional (:

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  36. You've done it once again Mrs Tiffany! I love it! You're so amazing at home decor, it's a true talent you have. Never would I have thought to paint a bathroom black, but it looks amazingly chic and some how still very fresh and bright. Really loving all of these home posts.

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  37. I personally wouldn't paint the bathroom black, but I think you did a good job with it!

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  38. Your home is absolute gorge! Defo have decor envy going on.

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  39. It looks great! I really love home decor inspiration. I noticed that you had a couple of starburst mirrors. I've been loving those as well and I made one to put above my bed :)

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  40. The light fixture is a nice shape and provides good light, what about painting it with chrome spray paint? The Krylon one is really great and super easy to use. Just take off the glass shades and stuff paper towels into the light sockets to avoid getting paint in the electrical mechanisms.

    The bathroom looks super classy, though, great work!

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  41. Amazing transformation! I love it!!

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  42. its so beautiful <3 now i want to have a black & white with pink & gold accent bathroom :) youre so talented

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  43. Love it...but did your husband hang the sunburst mirror? It's up way too high! Move it down about three inches and it will be perfect.

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  44. When I read the words black and bathroom I admit I was skeptical but your instincts are always so good when it comes to decorating and It actually looks lovely! x

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  45. Love the black in the BA; never thought of such a dark color for a small space, but it works. One suggestion (if I may): You might want to think about replacing the mirror with a nice framed one from somewhere like Kirkland's, etc. Maybe one in silver? That would pull everything together very nicely (although it looks absolutely beautiful now!) Thanks for sharing!

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  46. It looks great now!
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  47. Tiffany, I LOVE this, it's really classy and is inspiring for DIY home decor. You have quite the eye for details:) I'm just curious, where did you get the glass shades from for your light fixtures?

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  48. It's beautiful!!!!! It's so classy!!!!

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  49. you should put some molding around your stock mirror, would make it stand out and match the bead board and trim around the door better. looks good

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  50. I love it Tiffany, you have such great style & I'm loving seeing your home come together. I recently painted my bathroom(previously yellow with a white suite), to a lovely warm mocha chocolate colour & I really think that the dark colours contrast beautifully with the white and make it look really classy and serene. I'm doing my kitchen next as that was refitted last summer.

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  51. Great work! :) Looks very beautiful!


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  52. Wow I love the transformation. I would love something like this for my own bathroom. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  53. What a dramatic difference. Love how sharp your bathroom looks now.

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  54. Nice job. I would take it a step further and paint thick vertical stripes with a flat/contrasting finish on top of the black
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  55. Beautiful job! When we redid our guest bath, the carpenter put moulding right on our mirror so that it looks like the mirror has a frame. Just picked modern type moulding, mitered the corners, painted it and used a wood glue that worked on glass and glued it to the mirror. Really finished it off. Just a thought for yours...

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  56. Gorgeosu..I love it, so classy!

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  57. Where did you get the throw pillows for the guest bedroom? Love the colors!

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  58. Wow, the black paint looks fantastic. Keeping that in mind for the future!

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  59. Never thought black walls in a bathroom would look so good, but it's gorgeous! My only suggestion is that the wall opposite of the toilet needs something...

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  60. That looks so adorable! I wouldn't never thought to do an entire room in black paint like that but it really is so chic. Definitely adding that to my mental "future home" idea book!

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  61. So chic!! I love it, would thought ab turning a bathroom black but this just perfection, unhaveva great sense of style

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  62. Have a very good blog which is really interesting and knowledgeable. I really appreciate you for this good work keeps it up. You can also find a very good blog at vanity 800 by prodiggau.

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  63. Hey lady you are full in talent ����

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  64. You're super into black and gold I see!! Very Art Deco-y; would have never thought to do something like this.

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  65. Love the decor, so chick. The black though is too dark for a bath to me.

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  66. Wow, the black paint looks fantastic. Keeping that in mind for the future!

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  68. Wow, so beautiful bathrooms! Gorgeous! I love Vintage kind of style, because it creates such a harmony. What do you think, doesn't it? My bathtub i recently bought creates that kind of harmony WHIRLPOOL AQUA 160 SQ !! Thank you for an inspirational blog, keep posting blogs like it, it's exciting to read ;-))

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  69. Actually you are quite right - if anyone ever told me they are going to paint their bathroom in black, I would be surprised and I would certainly not believe the result could be so good. Congratulations for being so brave and I can for sure say it looks much better than the old white bathroom...

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  70. LOVE YOUR GUEST ROOM BEDDING TIFFANY MAY I ASK WHERE YOU FOUND IT AT?

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  71. Beautiful decor. Your home is truly lovely. Just wondering what kind of plant is on your foyer, by the French door?
    Thank you

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  72. Your bathroom looks great. We are going through a bathroom renovation at the moment too. I love it when you finish and it feels like you stepped into a new home.

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  73. Its looks so beautiful. This is such gorgeous and luxurious bathroom.Thank you for sharing this nice blog. I really love this.
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  74. Replacing light switch panels could also be an extra little element....but you've done a great job! I love your decor post most. You've inspired me to re-think painting my powder room black.

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  75. i love your style so much.... i finally moved in with my fiancee and am checking up on your posts for inspiration for my own home.. xoxo

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  76. You house looks amazing. It just gave me ideas on how to decorate my home. Thanks

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  77. Totall wonderful bathroom looks and floor planning i was not seen like this before, keep it continue.
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  78. I would like to decorate my bathroom like this only.

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  79. Awesome! It's so beautiful remodeling! I think some time remodeling is far best then new one. But when I remodel anything it doesn't look this much beautiful.

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  81. Thank you for this post! I found it while searching "paint finishes for black bathroom". I am redoing my powder room in a dark dark grey, almost black paint and was wondering which finish to do it in. You have inspired me to look into the satin finish. I think flat is too, well...flat! And I didn't want to go the semi gloss route, so I think satin will be perfect. Your bathroom came out AMAZING! I love everything you did with it! Thanks for the inspriation :)

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  82. We have a little spare room that rarely gets used apart from for storage and we were just talking the other day about redecorating it for when friends come and stay. I like the idea of some black in there as it would look really funky and quite stylish I imagine. I would have to install some kind of central heating first however as it can get quite frosty in there in the winter.

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