Before & After: Striped Wall Bathroom Facelift

Before & After: Striped Wall Bathroom Facelift

Jason Loper
May 6, 2010

The bathroom in our condo is a tiny 5 feet by 5 feet. When we first moved in I was looking for a quick way to make it livable, which meant hanging a mirror over the sink and installing an étagère to hold the various products of two vain men of a certain age. Now that I've decorated all the other rooms in the condo, it came time to give the bathroom a little facelift. As I had hoped, I ended up with a room that feels larger and brighter.

By removing the big black étagère from the room and painting horizontal stripes on the walls, the bathroom does indeed feel bigger. The mirrored medicine cabinet over the vanity provides almost as much storage space as the big étagère but without swallowing up the room.

This was my first time painting stripes and after googling around a bit and finding a lot of tips, it was a fairly easy process. Of course, it helps that there are only three short walls in the bathroom, which is why I chose this room as my maiden striping adventure. I opted for horizontal stripes to make those three small walls seem wider. Then, by adding the floor to ceiling curtain, I've brought attention to the 9 foot height of the room. In the end, it's still a very small bathroom. But with a few minor changes, it at least gives the illusion of being bigger.

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