Check Out The Bathroom Makeover

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*This post is sponsored by Royal Design Studios. All opinions are 100% mine. 

Khaki Bar

Do you remember last week, when I shared my wallpaper stripping experience? Well since then, I’ve been busy with paint, stencils, wood, sandpaper, caulk and a nail gun. Needless to say, I’m tired but so excited to share my Bathroom Makeover.

Bathroom Makeover

After stripping the wallpaper, I painted the top 1/2 of the wall and the ceiling with Sherwin-Williams Alabaster. The reason I chose to only paint the top 1/2 is because I knew I was going to do board and batten on the bottom. Call me lazy, but I didn’t want to have to paint the bottom twice.

Remove Wallpaper with Steam Machine

The next step was to stencil the room. I loved using the Large Step Up Triangles from Royal Design Studio Stencils on my daughter’s dorm room curtains so much, I decided it would be perfect for my small 1/2 bath.

Stenciled Curtains

Knowing that the design would not match up once I went completely around the room, I decided to start my stencil at the corner above the toilet. It’s the corner of the bathroom that is not seen as you walk into the room or while your actually using the bathroom.

Using Frog Tape, I secured the stencil to the top of the wall, making sure the design was level. Considering most floors and ceilings are not level, it’s important to make sure the design is.

As you can tell, I’ve used this stencil before…I do recommend cleaning the stencil after a while, because the paint can buildup and interfere with the stenciling process.

Bathroom makeover

The paint I chose to use for the stenciled design was actually a custom blend of two colors that I had on hand. I mixed a soft black and an antique white to create a pewter color.

The stencils from Royal Design Studio are excellent to work with because they are made from high-quality mylar, which is extremely durable. They also have dashed lines that allow you to line up the stencil so that you have a perfect design.

Bathroom Makeover

My preferred method of stenciling is to dab the paint on the wall, but there are instructions and videos available to show you other techniques on the Royal Design Studio website.

Bathroom makeover

The corners are the hardest part. There might have even been a bit of screaming going on as I turned those corners!

When I got to the corner, I added some Frog Tape to the opposite wall, right along the corner. Then while bending the stencil, I painted the wall up to the taped section. The stencil needs to be taped to the wall you’re stenciling and left loose on the other side so that it can be bent and manipulated. But I’m not going to lie…it’s not the easiest thing I’ve ever done! You can tell that I still had to go back in and touch up the design with more paint, right in the corner.

Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover

After the stencil was complete, I added a board and batten treatment, which I will be sharing the tutorial for tomorrow. So be sure to check back!

After the board and batten was completed, the styling began…

Bathroom Makeover

bathroom makeover

Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom makeover

My vintage find holds some decorative soap. I love the soft shade of green and the leaf design.

Bathroom Makeover

In the bathroom’s former self, I had used a towel ring, but this time I went with a double hook to hold my new striped hand towel.

Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover

I love my deer…I know the trend has gone on for a while, but there’s just something about him mounting in the center of my antique frame that I just adore. They fit perfectly in the space about the toilet and I think the mix of the art deco stencil design and the vintage frame are fabulous.

Bathroom Makeover

A single pop of color is the perfect accent to the space. The orange roses sitting on top of my garden seat are a little fun and unexpected beneath the pedestal sink.

Styled Bathroom-50

Bathroom Makeover

The gray basket matches the pewter stenciled wall and the bathroom rug. I’m using it to hold extra toilet paper and an extra hand towel.

Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover

bathroom makeover

I’m so in love with my new bathroom and I’ll be back later with a couple of extra tutorials, so keep an eye out…

*Thank you to Royal Design Studio Stencils for supplying me with the stencil and stencil brush for this project. All opinions are 100% mine.

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  1. says

    Leslie, this stencil looks so awesome in your bathroom!! I love it! It goes perfectly with the framed deer head – which I also love!

    • says

      Thank you Jenna! I’m not sure what it is, but I love my framed deer head against it too. It just seems so perfect. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

  2. Jo Marie Gray says

    We have a small powder room that we will be redoing in the near future…FLOORING???? What did you use???

  3. says

    This is my most favorite bathroom makeover I have seen in quite awhile!
    It is stunning!
    I love the b & b…the stencil color..And the deer in the frame against the stenciled wall is perfection!

  4. says

    I LOVE your style 🙂 Sooo pretty and chic and clean. This turned out fantastic! I love bold patterns in small spaces you nailed it. xoxo
    glad I found you today on the shabby nest Frugal Friday link up

    Ashley (

  5. says

    OMG. I literally just painted this pattern on a clay bowl last week and I am obsessed with it. Will link it below. No wonder I had to just click on your blog when i saw the image. Beautiful job. Definitely Pinning It.

  6. says

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE the stenciled wall! The dark gray, white and gold look amazing together and I especially love the framed deer head! I’ve pinned this creative room to YDTT features and favorites board on Pinterest. Thanks so much for partying with us this week!

  7. says

    WOW!! Love how this bathroom turned out!!! Such a fun pattern and I love the white deer!! Such a creative wall décor choice for a bathroom!!