Painting stripes bathroom makeover

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Today I am sharing the art of painting stripes. Our bathroom off of our kitchen got a mini-makeover this past weekend. The bathroom was painted a couple years ago an off white creamy color and we replaced the toilet and countertop. The original vanity was also painted a the same color as our kitchen cabinets with a brown glaze over it. When I was asked if I would like to participate in ScotchBlue™ Painter’s TapeReady, Set, Paint Blog Hop, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to makeover our kitchen bathroom. Plus, Home Depot is giving away a $75 gift card to one lucky reader so keep reading!

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This bathroom is very dark and small. Even though there is a window, it is completely covered by a tree outside.


We didn’t have the best weather while I was painting this bathroom so the lighting is a bit poor. You get the idea though, it’s pretty boring! I decided to paint the vanity a grey color and add a matching stripe to the wall. I also decided that the lower half of the wall would make the grey vanity pop if the wall was bright white. I left the top part of the wall the existing creamy white.

For this project, I used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape that I picked up at The Home Depot for creating my stripe, painting around my window and marking off the drawers on the vanity.

First, I measured how high the white paint (lower portion of wall) needed to be and used a level to draw a line (used a pencil).


Be sure to use a level to ensure the line is straight.


Once I had my straight line, I added the painters tape. You are essentially measuring as if you were adding a chair rail but in this case, I painted a stripe.

painting_stripes_bathroom_makeover- I then measure how thick I wanted my stripe and used the same method as above to add a new line and mark with tape.


I painted below the line extra white by Sherwin Williams and the stripe Cobblestone Cape May by Benjamin Moore. Both of these paints were left over from a previous project to there was no cost involved. I like that!

painting_stripes_bathroom_makeover-14  I added the tape where the vanity met the wall to avoid getting the grey on the newly painted white wall. 


It may seem like a pain to add tape when painting but trust me, it takes five minutes and saves you tons of time in the end. It allows you to paint faster once everything is taped and the touch up time is minimal. Our window panes are brown so taping off the windows saved me the headache of white paint all over the brown panes.


I also taped the backside of the vanity drawers. This prevented any drips from running down the backside of the drawer.

painting_stripes_bathroom_makeover-14  The tape is very easy to work with and peels off nicely. 


This bathroom even got a “wow” from my dad. He doesn’t “wow” anything!


Like I said earlier, this bathroom is very small and barely gets any light so photographing the space was difficult but I think the transformation is dramatic, considering it only took under 6 hours to complete. Not bad for a little bit of paint, ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and an afternoon of my time.


The cream color in the pottery vases coordinates nicely I think with the cream (top) part of the wall. The vanity came out great and I love the new color. I think the bright white, lower part of the wall, makes the grey vanity pop.


Would you believe me if I told you that the mirror and light fixtures are from the 1970’s? They are original to the house. They are probably the only items that have survived our home renovations over the years. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE these light fixtures.


I purchased the pink valence at Target. I wanted to add a bit of femininity to the space without going over board and I love how pink and grey coordinate together.

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painting_stripes_bathroom_makeover vanity

painting_stripes_bathroom_makeover vanity

painting_stripes_bathroom_makeover vanity

Painting stripes on a wall is a very easy and an inexpensive way to add character and pizzaz to a room. This bathroom went from being boring and blah to a fresh bright colorful space with paint and a few hours of my time. Don’t be afraid to paint a stripe or create a design using painters tape. What is the worst thing that can happen? You don’t like it and you paint over it. Right? So go ahead, give it a try! Be sure to check out my husband’s bathroom makeover as well.

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This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. I was compensated for this post but rest assured, all opinions and words are 100% my own. I am loving my new bathroom and painting stripes was a breeze!

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What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.

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  1. Sue DeChant says:

    I have a houseful of DIY renovations going on – not disciplined enough to finish one before starting another – but this past weekend I painted the inside and outside of my front door and it looks awesome!

    1. I just found fourgenerationsoneroof.This is great information for me as we are three generations living under one roof.. We are in the redo mode & I like what you have done with the stripe in this other wise plane bathroom, it adds character to the room. Thanks for sharing and look forward to following you & your family.


  2. I love pink and gray together. One of my favorite combos. Your ideas are an inspiration. The bathroom definitely gets a wow from me!

  3. We are in the process of building a new bathroom in our house for our kids, so I have been looking for fun, practical things to do in there for our kids. This is one of the things I want to do!
    By the way…love the stripe!! What a huge difference it made!

  4. Renee Kern says:

    I have been looking at my wall color that I have in our entryway, hall, living and dining rooms and have been wanting to change it. When I painted it, 5 years ago, I got it on and didn’t like it. So, my favorite project, would be to repaint those areas.

  5. Very nicely done – love the pink and grey, and those fixtures!

  6. Wow! This little bathroom is beautiful! You did a great job!

  7. Beautiful bathroom! It looks so much bigger and brighter!

  8. Melanie LaFazia says:

    I love the stripe! My 3 year old son would like an orange stripe on his bedroom walls πŸ™‚ maybe now I won’t be so intimated to measure, tape and paint!

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE it…Thanks for the simple ideas! I am ready to tackle my bathroom now! Thank you!

  10. Barbara Moore says:

    Love the stripe on the wall. Pink curtain is a nice accent color. Great job!

  11. I love how calm and peaceful it looks! The fixtures are awesome… I learned something new-use a level to make the stripes. I never ever thought of doing that! Now I will when I finally tackle the board and batten/whole wall mantle in my dining room πŸ™‚ thanks for that tip!

  12. Bathroom looks great – I love the mirror.

  13. jessie smith says:

    The bathroom looks so fresh and bright. Nice color combination!

  14. Won a gift card to Repco-Lite… In one week, the kids will be back to school. I’ll be painting my laundry room and my front porch pillars!

  15. I love the little bathroom. Our master bath is small and was thinking how stripes would look!!! Love your inperations!

  16. This is perfect timing – I need inspiration for my guest bath as I am planning on painting this weekend. The stripe gives this little bath a great pop of contrast.

  17. Love the contrasting colors! You’re giving me some great ideas! We just bought a house that was originally a cottage built in the 20’s, with several additions added over the years. We have so much to do, I can’t decided where to start!

  18. Wow, what a transformation! It’s so much brighter and cheerful. πŸ™‚


  19. Terry Madden says:

    Very nice job looks so nice and professional. Ilike the color combinations.

  20. This is beautiful I love pink and gray color combinations too! I am getting ready to repaint my bathrokm and I love it! I get so excited to see makeovers what an improvement it is inspiring me to get started on mine I can’t wait!!! If I win ill reframe the mirror and paint a stripe or two.

  21. I love the bathroom makeover! It’s so pretty, yet not overly feminine. I wondered if that mirror and those light fixtures were vintage. They have that look about them and they still fit perfectly in the room.
    This is a link to how I’d like to paint my dining room chairs:
    I currently just have them slip covered because I’m tired of the way they look. If I can just convince hubby…

  22. Love the transformation. It goes to show you don’t have to do a lot to make a difference. Love it!!! Blessings, Debbie

  23. oh I LOVE the stripe Jessica!! I’ve been looking for something fun like that to do in our second bath I’ll be working on real soon!! I was waiting to see what you did with yours! haha!!

  24. love your blog… i found it a couple nights ago while laying in bed with my ipad on pinterest! hee hee and adorable bathroom! trying to work in my kids bathroom…3 girls and one boy…its a tough one. πŸ™‚

  25. The color combination is so pretty, Jessica. Love the pink in there, it definitely gives your bathroom a bit of femininity!

  26. Looks so good! Just the perfect touch to the room.


  27. My family and I recently moved into a big old home and we have a long list of things we would love to do. You blog has given us many frugal ideas-Thank you!

  28. Sharon Lynn says:

    I love the pop of pink in the valance
    Beautiful job πŸ™‚
    God Bless You πŸ™‚

  29. Debbie Wilson says:

    Would love to win!

  30. Sally Grasse says:

    I love it, we have a small bathroom that I think would totally benefit from the stripes.

  31. Gee…who couldn’t use some Home Depot moola!! :o)

  32. This is really beautiful and tastefully done, thanks for sharing! One question though, and maybe this is a stupid question because it’s late and I’m tired, but if you painted that light grey below the lower blue tape line, and the dark grey above it, wouldn’t you still have the original cream color as a stripe in between them when you removed the tape? Or did you paint them in two phases?

    1. Thank you! The original wall was cream (from last year, I left that the same color). I added the white (lower portion of wall) and the grey stripe in different phases (this past weekend) . Hope that helps clarify πŸ™‚

      1. Ah ok that makes sense now! Thanks for clarifying : )

  33. It’s amazing what a little paint can do. The bathroom looks awesome. I too love pink and gray together. I am painting three rooms this weekend. I hope they turn out as wonderful as your powder room!

  34. Pink and grey are gorgeous together. If only I didn’t have 2 boys who have firmly stated that there will be NO PINK. So I settle for yellow and grey!

    GORGEOUS bathroom!


  36. I love to paint anything. In the spring I always like to touch up the trim around the doors, it just takes spring cleaning to the next level.

  37. Love ur new bathroom…looks so clean and fresh!!!

  38. What a nice transformation. A little paint, some tape and time..This post has given me the push l need to paint my kitchen cabinets.

  39. I’m helping my daughter with her nursery this coming weekend and love this idea. Might try it in the nursery!

  40. Jackie Barnes says:

    This blog is inspiring me to finish my painting project! Need to get some of that ScotchBlue tape!

  41. Beautiful will have to be pinned to our bathroom renovation board!

  42. We just made our last house payment. Now comes the time to start some renovations. I would like to start with my master bath. Starting now to look at ideas. Your bath looks wonderful. Thanks for chance to win.

    1. Don’t have a link yet because I don’t know what I want to do yet.

  43. I love this easy way to add a tree ring to your yard. We have a tree that’s got roots showing, and it’s just not pretty. I plan on trying this in the fall, hopefully it’ll add some beauty and character to the yard.

  44. I love it! How creative to use paint instead of a more time consuming chair rail.

  45. tracy mccormack says:

    I Love the pink and gray! and I’m now inspired to put a stripe around my little 1/2 bath.

  46. Heather B. says:

    We have recently replaced all the floors in our home – good-bye carpet! I have been busy painting the new/old baseboards/quarter-rounds. They look so fresh and clean.

    My favorite painting project has been painting my bedroom dresser … WHITE!

  47. I have been wanting to do this stripe in the middle of a room but the project seemed so intimidating. Thank you for the detailed explanation & pics. It looks fabulous. I’m totally going to try it πŸ˜‰

  48. Natalie Ramirez says:

    it looks like a completely different space& it looks super expensive. ive painted stripes before, and loved them. yours is so simple and adorable. my favorite part though has to be the oink curtains!

  49. Lisa Williams says:

    This is a great idea–it really brings the space to life.

  50. Rhonda R. says:

    Wish I would’ve had this tutorial BEFORE I did my bedroom stripes….Ugh!
    Think I should’ve used a brush instead of a roller when doing the stripes. My lines did not come out crisp at all.

  51. Michelle Wright says:

    Are project right now is painting our pantry off our kitchen,

  52. Jessie C. says:

    I like this project-

  53. Tiffany Gugino says:

    I love the bathroom re-do!

  54. What a pretty bathroom that turned out to be!

  55. This is absolutely stunning! It has such an inviting feel about it with the soothing colors you chose! I LOVE it!

  56. I always love Jessica’s inspiring ideas, I also did a bathroom renovation make over this spring/summer and DIY ceramic tile throughout the bathroom, creating a shabby sheek, antique soaking oasis! Home Depot is our home away from home lol!

  57. I love stripes! I painted one of the walls in our bedroom with three different widths of vertical stripes. Took a long time, but I still love it 7 years later.

  58. Angela McIntire says:

    Love Love Love it!

  59. I’ve been seeing a lot of gray in Blogland, but not with touches of pink. Love it!

  60. Shannon West says:

    I would love to have the gift card to add to our new home!

  61. What a sweet color combo in a bathroom… Great job!!!!!
    I entered the Home Depot give away…hope I win, we are trying to add a back deck in the fall…

  62. Where did you get the mirror & light fixtures? They’re beautiful. Please email me back

  63. You did such a wonderful job. Clean, simple, and just lovely. Where did you get the towels?

  64. Where did you find the lights beside the mirror? I have the old 1950’s two light fixtures, one on top and bottom but it has a very plain cover on it. My bathroom is crying for a makeover and I’d love more lights like that expect more stylish.

    1. Hi Ruth, those light fixtures are original to the bathroom (1970) so I have no idea where they are from. Good luck with your makeover! πŸ™‚

  65. I have red cabinets in my kitchen and A LOT of them. They were from the previous owners… so needless to say I new cabinets are not in the budget, but a few cans of paint and elbow grease are. Can you tell me what the exact color of the vanity is?

  66. Love the clean look and soft colors. Great idea for my guest bathroom. Love your ideas.

  67. It inspired me to do a similar process, It isn’t difficult and makes a big difference. I would love to know how she taped to paint behind the toilet without making a mess