I got my bathroom walls painted! And just as I predicted, I absolutely LOVE the really dark wall color next to the bright, clean white of the faux wood plank wall treatment. And also as predicted, the dark color doesn’t make my bathroom look smaller or cave-like at all because of all the white.
But the wall color that I chose (a dark greenish teal color called Mystic Forest by Behr) is one of the most interesting paint colors I’ve ever seen. From some angles, it looks really dark green, almost a forest green. Then from other angles, it looks unmistakeably teal. And then at other times, it looks navy blue. It just so happens that I love all of those colors, so I love it! But enough rambling. Here it is…
What do you think about that sharp contrast? I love it! (Of course, please ignore the tub. It will eventually be painted a bright white.)
As far as I can tell on my monitor (and from standing in the room, where it looks like a different color from each angle), this next picture is the closest thing to the real wall color…
As you can see, I finally got the trim (top trim and baseboard) finished up on the faux wood wall treatment on the main wall. However, I ran into a bit of a problem on the vanity wall.
You might notice that I purchased a new light, but do you notice how low it is? I hadn’t realized it before with the old 1980s fixture, but with this one, it’s really noticeable. But I’m not about to go to the trouble of raising the box and patching a hole in the wall, so I’m going to live with it as is.
The problem is that the clearance between the wall and the glass shades on the light is 1.25 inches. And with the light being so low, that means that the frame on whatever mirror I end up using needs to be able to slide between the glass shades and the wall so that people over 5′ 3″ tall can still use the mirror. (I totally pulled that number out of the air, by the way.)
Now there’s always the option of cutting out a wood spacer to mount the light on and give a little more room. But even with that, the trim at the top of the faux wood plank wall treatment sticks out 1.25 inches.
So my solution is that I’m going to find or make the mirror first, get it mounted on the wall exactly where I want it, and then put the trim right up to (but not behind) the mirror on each side, so the mirror will be flat on the wall.
So I need to find the perfect mirror, or at least the perfect frame. Fast.
But can we just look at my walls again? While most of you loved my solution for removing the wallpaper from my bathroom (without actually removing the wallpaper), I did have a couple of naysayers. But I honestly don’t think that anyone (well, besides all of you) would ever guess that there’s wallpaper lurking behind that luxuriously dark paint color.
And because I know that all of you were on the edge of your seat, I’ll answer the question that I know you have been wanting to ask…
No, I didn’t texture the walls.
I used a roller with a 3/8″ nap to apply the oil-based primer first, and then I used the same roller (well…the same kind of roller, but a new roller) to roll on two coats of the paint color. So the walls do have the tiniest bit of texture, but not like they’ve actually been textured.
Now on to finding the perfect frame for my mirror. I’m hoping I already have one in storage that will work, and then I’m going to try my hand at cutting the old mirror down to fit into the frame. Have any of you ever tried cutting a mirror? I’m hoping it works!