A Simple Idea to Add Some Drama to Your Bathroom

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We are currently working on a bathroom renovation and we needed something in the space to ground it and create a little bit of drama - enter my favorite paint color, black! We took a very traditional architectural details (beadboard paneling) and painted it black to modernize it a bit. I love the finished result, and it's going to look so great when the bathroom comes together! You can see more on this renovation right here.

Before, this bathroom was definitely starting to come together (remember, this is mid-renovation!), but it was feeling a little too bright and airy and needed something to ground it. In addition, there were a few holes in the wall that were challenging to patch and some issues with flaky paint - in a six-week renovation, drywall work can eat up a lot of time, so we decided the best of both worlds was to use the paneling!

Here's a peek at what things looked like when the (pre-primed) beadboard went up. It's simply installed with construction adhesive and a power nailer. You can use a circulating saw to cut the boards down to size - be careful to measure twice when you're cutting holes for pipes or outlets!

Once the beadboard was installed, I caulked all of the seams and patched the nail holes, then I painted the entire thing with two coats of Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams.

The finished result adds a ton of drama to the room and makes things feel much more polished! It's a subtle difference that layers right into all of the other things in the room, and I'm so glad we took the leap! Be sure to head to the post for the upcoming big reveal of the finished renovation!

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Beadboard paneling
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  • Snooks1948 Snooks1948 on May 19, 2019

    Looks good, did you also replace the missing trim around the shower ?

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  • Nancy Nancy on May 04, 2020

    Beautiful. Love everything about it.

  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on May 04, 2020

    I like your black wall very much: it is bold but not overpowering at all. What I don't like is the dark brown vanity against the black wall. It gets lost in the darkness of it all. I would paint the vanity black as well, but that's just me. Love the wall.