This bathroom makeover was inspired by these gorgeous photos by Savvy Alli Photography. Before I get into the makeover I have to talk about the awesomeness of Allison Denton aka Savvy Alli. She is A-MA-ZING! When my girls were younger I used to see all kinds of professional photos of children that were edited to have crystal blue eyes and darker, fuller lashes and perfectly smooth skin. They were beautiful and I dreamed of filling my walls with those kinds of pictures. Then a friend introduced me to Allison’s work and I was in love. She’s different than the norm in the best possible way. She oozes creativity and talent and she captures real moments full of personality and beauty. She shows up to the shoot with her car overflowing with props. She’s great with kids, she’s patient, adorable, a true free spirit. I think I have a little girl crush…
This bathroom is small and I could only use a few pictures in here. This one is my absolute favorite from our vintage beach shoot. I’m gonna use it somewhere else in the house.
So back to the bathroom.. I knew I wanted to paint stripes on the walls and I knew I wanted to use some large photos. I painted the entire bathroom the lighter of the two colors in a satin finish and then painted the tan stripes with a high gloss. It gives it a cool contrast and texture. Painting the stripes was surprisingly easy. You just need a large level, a pencil, and some painters tape.
My photo display didn’t go as planned but turned out great. One of my pet peeves is the price of frames. I don’t know why but it kills me to spend a lot of money on frames. Plan A for framing was a tutorial I found using underlayment, which I bought at Lowes and had my husband trim down for me. But it wasn’t flat, it bowed out, and it wasn’t working at all. Then I remembered I had two 20×30 canvases I’d gotten during the 50% off sale at AC Moore. They have that sale several times a year and I always try to stock up. I think the sale price was around $13 each… awesome! I used Mod Podge to glue the photos onto canvases and then I went over the photos with a coat of Mod Podge. It dries clear and helps to seal the edges onto the canvas. (My prints are from Costco. Amazing prices. I always use them for prints.)
This photo is on the other wall in the bathroom and I made it using the same technique, but first I painted the canvas. I took these photos with my iPhone Hipstamatic app (love it!) and had them printed in 8×8 squares at Costco, of course.
As you can see, I’m going for a beachy theme. I bought the towel hanger at Lowes for $28. (Don’t even look for something like this at Home Depot, they don’t carry anything like it…crazy, I know.) This too-cute-for-words fish came from Old Time Pottery… $12! Love it!
We made this mirror frame after I found a great tutorial on Pinterest. It is SO easy and makes such a difference. We did the same thing in our bathroom.
I hung these baskets using coat hooks. The counter is always so messy so I thought this would help. I think I like it. I was originally going to use the baskets for my daughters’ hair bows but then I had a brilliant idea…a shoe organizer on the back of their bedroom door!!
I still want a new shower curtain, a ruffled one. And I want to paint the cabinet, probably white. Painting cabinets is a summer project. I’ll update when I finish that. I’m happy with how it turned out. I love the stripes and the photos make me smile.