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Nest Tour: Minty Fresh Bathroom

August 18, 2011
by thenestinggame

Here’s a little secret. Our favorite room in the house?

The hall bathroom.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch but we do really love it. Probably because ALL it took was a can of paint and some accessories. When you hear color can change a room, this is the perfect example of how.

See, before it was white. Which makes SENSE. I mean, there’s 4 walls and a floor of seafoam green tile. White is the go-to.

And even as is? It wasn’t that bad. At least, we saw WAY worse while house hunting. Pink. Gray and Burgundy. Heck, our master bathroom.

Seafoam green we kind of…liked.

And before we even bought the house we wanted to paint the walls gray.

So much so, that after 3 weeks of painting pretty much everything else in the house before floors were refinished/we moved in, Taylor and I ran out on Saturday night to get paint and he painted the bathroom gray while I painted the front hall closet white. (Previously, it was a lovely shade of terracotta).


The hook is from Pier 1 and the artwork is a piece that Taylor did while he was in San Diego. The colors went perfectly. The mirror also got a new life, from gold to white.

I love the contrast on the dark wall. The paint is Behr Ultra in Mined Coal.

Shoulda hit it with a little Windex before taking photos. Alas. Woulda coulda.

We lined the glass panels of the medicine cabinet with wrapping paper from Old Navy and I found the cute quatrefoil box at Homegoods for Q-tips (like Diet Coke, I only use the name brand).

The towel rings on the sides of the vanity would not have been my first choice, but with white towels on them, you really don’t notice them all that much.

This bathroom and the kitchen both have the garden windows. Not sure why our teeny tiny master does not, however the lack of space in there has caused me to become a RUTHLESS editor of my toiletries. I won’t even save an eyeliner I don’t use.

In this bathroom, however, it leaves room for some decorative accessories and is a nice ledge for guests to set their toiletry kits.

The kleenex box is Cynthia Rowley via Homegoods and the spa ducky was from the Le Merigot hotel in Santa Monica.

The M candle was a gift from a fellow M friend. The matchbook is from the bar at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, where we spent our honeymoon. And I’m obsessed with succulents and trying not to kill this little guy. For the record, when I brought him home from Lowe’s he looked a little peaked, so I’m copping only to accessory plant murder if he falls.

The final touch was a simple waffle weave shower curtain that we already owned and new porcelain-style shower curtain knobs.

So as much as I may drool over brand new bathrooms–especially for our bathroom–I actually kind of think this one works.

And most importantly? Good water pressure.

Have you ever had to deal with terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad tile or countertops? What did you do to disguise or embrace it?

Looking for other rooms in the nest? See the Nest Tour of the guest room here. Other room tours are coming soon!

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  1. August 18, 2011 11:55 am

    We had a Pepto bismal pink-tiled bathroom and an ugly blue tiled bathroom for 6 years. When we started getting closer to putting the house up for sale, we had someone come in and paint the tile in both bathrooms. It took an entire day of sanding and priming, and another day of painting it white.

    It turned out beautifully, and with a few strategically placed decorations, looked like brand new.

    But I like seafoam green, and would have kept it, too.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 18, 2011 2:42 pm

      Anjali, we saw several houses who had done the same thing and it was pretty amazing how new it felt! We contemplated doing that to our bathroom (not this seafoam one, but our yellow and green master), but decided we’d rather live with it and save for a full renovation down the road.

  2. Elaine Smart permalink
    August 18, 2011 1:01 pm

    Love the room!
    The shower curtain hooks are great! Would like to copy them.
    The color looks brownish in the picture, but is gray?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 18, 2011 2:11 pm

      The shower curtain hooks can be yours! They are from Target.

      It is gray—I think the lighting + poor photography and photoshop skills = color distortion.

  3. August 18, 2011 1:26 pm

    This looks great! What a fantastic example of embracing the beauty in old bathroom tiles and updating the look. Love it!
    Have you checked out this website?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 18, 2011 2:44 pm

      What a great site! (It seems to be experiencing technical difficulties at the moment, but I’m a fan of the idea.) My grandmother had a LOVELY pink tile bathroom in her 30s era house. I have fond memories of it.

  4. September 10, 2011 10:09 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog tonight and I’m so glad I did, because the house we’re buying has a bathroom with the same color tile! I have been trying to find the right wall color to contrast it, and I love your gray! Thank you!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      September 10, 2011 11:49 pm

      Awesome! Glad I could help. It really is a great color combo and I don’t even notice the fact that it’s ancient. Our master bathroom on the other hand….

      Congrats on the new house! How exciting.

  5. Melissa permalink
    May 8, 2012 10:52 am

    Looks fabulous! Can I ask how big this bathroom is? We have this same tile and I am thinking of painting the same color but the bathroom is small and I don’t want the dark color to make it feel smaller…

  6. June 11, 2012 1:30 pm

    When I moved into my current home (which I rent), I was shocked to discover the amount of mint green in the bathroom. I rented this place without checking it out first and the realtor said it would be neutral… um, far from it! It’s so green all I could was laugh! I learned to embrace it but it took a few tries at color. Currently, I’m using black, white, gray, silver, and red.

    Before that, I found red and black to be colors that really complement the green and created my own shower curtain with matching fabric:

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      June 11, 2012 1:42 pm

      I have a tote bag in that pattern. I would never think to use it in our bathroom, but it looks super in yours! Thanks for sharing.


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