Before & After: Look What $22 Worth of Contact Paper Can Do in a Bathroom

published Jul 31, 2018
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(Image credit: Andrea Wilcox)

You’re looking at a pretty standard-fare bathroom, one part of a mostly unrenovated 1950s house where Andrea lives with her family. Since she’s a renter, she decided to make one big temporary change—something warm and fun—that works with the pink tile in the bathroom shower.

(Image credit: Andrea Wilcox)

I think we can all agree this is very fun, and very bold. Andrea was inspired by some removable wallpaper from Chasing Paper called 90s Basic, designed by Emma Darvick, which sadly is no longer available. Since her heart was set on this pattern, Andrea decided to recreate the look herself using contact paper. She traced the shapes onto cardboard to use as a template, then used an X-acto knife to cut out the shapes from black and pink contact paper. It took less than an hour total and cost about $22 (which is decidedly cheaper than the original wallpaper).

You can see the original pink and black tiles in the mirror over the sink, and how well the new ‘wallpaper’ coordinates with what was already there. Andrea’s pretty happy with the outcome, and the whole “Memphis” makeover she managed to pull off:

It’s the kids’ bath and we wanted to make it fun. As renters now we can’t make too many permanent changes, so we were a little limited in what we can do. Even with the plaster walls, it’s difficult to hang anything or otherwise make our mark, so this DIY wallpaper was done with contact paper. It’s super fun and makes me happy.

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Andrea, thanks so much for sharing your bathroom project!