Work on my master bath is well under way now that we are into week 3 of the One Room Challenge. If you’re reading for the first time or as a refresher, here’s my classic, modern, luxury bathroom inspiration post and design plan and project list post from the first 2 weeks. The first major project was to repaint the bathroom a different shade of white. Here’s how I chose my paint color and why I decided to hire a painter rather than paint it myself. Plus, before and afters!
The Paint Color – Before
White is white right? Not so much. My whole house was painted Sherwin Williams Antique White by the builder. It’s a white with yellow undertones, and compared to a lot of whites it is actually pretty dark, almost beige. It’s by no means a bad color and can definitely warm up a space as it is a warm white. But it doesn’t quite go with the light, airy or modern look I was designing for most rooms. Since it would have cost quite a lot to get the whole house repainted and it was literally fresh paint, I decided to stick with it. I already had plans to paint a few accent walls and rooms anyway and figured I could live with the rest.
Choosing The Paint Color
My design plan included wallpaper on only two of the walls with the vanities so I had to change the paint color everywhere else including the ceiling to complement the new wallpaper. That’s because the wallpaper I chose is a gray and white pattern. The white in the wallpaper is not yellow at all, and a yellow-toned white paint would have dated the wallpaper and the room right away. It just wouldn’t be as bright and modern looking. I wanted to find a paint color that would closely match the whiteness in the wallpaper I chose shown here*. By the way, it does look like a creamier white in person.
I found the wallpaper at a local paint store, so I ended up also seeking their advice to choose a white paint color. Normally, I’m the type of person that needs to feel like I’ve seen all the options and tested a whole bunch of samples in order to make a decision. This goes for a lot of home decor decisions, not just paint, especially when there are significant costs involved. For whatever reason, I only ended up taking home 2 white paint samples. TWO! I still can’t figure out why I actually let myself walk out with only two options. Maybe it’s because I knew there were a gazillion shades of white, and if I tried to look at them all it would be like opening pandora’s box. Maybe because the guy at the paint store pulled a few chips for me and seemed pretty confident in his choices so I went with it. Maybe because I subconsciously wanted to spare my husband the pain of looking at a ton of white patches on the wall while I asked him to analyze why or why not that particular shade of white was the “one”. In any case, uncharacteristically, I walked out with Benjamin Moore’s White (Yup, it’s just called “White”) and Chantilly Lace.
To be honest, I painted both samples on the large paint cards and on the wall, and they looked pretty much the same! So I ended up searching white paints online and felt there were more conversations around the Chantilly Lace. It seemed to be a popular choice, and many people use it and like it on everything from walls to trim to cabinets. And so that’s what I would use too. I figured I couldn’t go wrong either way if they looked the same and all the comments about it were positive. Check out some of my Pinterest image inspirations for Chantilly Lace.
Why we hired a professional to do the job
For small jobs like painting an accent wall or one room, my husband and I normally would be all for it. But we both work full-time jobs so we really only have the weekends to do projects. Projects just simply do not get done on weeknights.
Even though this was just a bathroom the main reason why we decided not to paint it ourselves is because the bathroom has a lot more going on than 4 simple walls. We have baseboards and trim work around the windows. We have a separate toilet room which has a door and a window. Painting doors without the streaks is hard! The ceiling had to be painted. We had light fixtures and can lights, hardware, and window treatments that had to be removed. We had to paint the walls above the stand-in glass shower. We had an alcove with a drop-in tub. With all these trickier elements, we decided we would be much happier letting a professional handle the job in one weekend than us trying to survive painting this room with each other. And we were right. Even our painter underestimated the amount of time it would take, and he ended up with some really long days. Even knowing what’s involved in painting there is a time for painting it yourself and a time for hiring a professional. This was the latter.
The Paint Color – After
Finally, below are some photos of the new paint color! By the way, the window in this room makes it really hard to get photos with good lighting, especially because I take all my photos with my iPhone. I do so because it looks more real and less doctored up so hopefully it’s a truer representation. #nofilter.
As you can see the vanity walls were left alone for the wallpaper, and you can see what a difference the Chantilly Lace is from the Antique White! The Chantilly Lace is so white it makes even the counters and tub surround look slightly sandy. And previously the counters and surround looked bright white against the Antique White. I’m loving the new color. It really lightens the room especially in the morning when we have natural light flooding in. I love the clean and bright feeling it creates. Makes waking up more pleasant. I’d be happy with just the new white paint. But the best is yet to come! Can’t wait to share all about the wallpaper!
What do you think of the new white? Do you have a go-to white color or your favorite? Please share below! I’d love to know!
Update! Read about the project’s progress:
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