My Bathroom - Before and After Rag Painting

It's finally finished!! And I am SOOOO happy! Honestly, I think my bathroom suddenly became classy overnight! So you will know what I mean here is the before picture.

I removed a cabinet that was DESPERATELY needed but it was blocking the light and making it very cramped and dark.

The existing paint was a cream color but it was in flat paint and showing dirt terribly and just needed painted.

I took a dark brown paint and slapped it on paying special attention to the corners and edges of the walls because you really want painted edges.

Then you take a bucket of water and wet your rag - I just used an old hand towel I had - to the point of wetness that you would be using to wipe down your counters or something - just NOT drippy! And don't worry about changing your water - it doesn't matter if it's dirty. You may want to wear plastic gloves or at least take off your rings - because they will get grossly covered in paint - like mine did. 

Right after slapping the paint on, use bouncing/swirling motions to blend the paint and cover the wall. By playing with it you can tell how to make it look good. It was WAY easier than I thought it would be!! I have always been intimidated by painting techniques but trust me this was EASY!

Here is what it looked like before and after paint - doesn't it look AMAZING??? I think so! 

Before and After Pics so you can compare! 

I bought an etagere for above the toilet to replace the cabinet for storage - it actually helps a TON! 

A closer picture of the painting technique! 
Oh and another tip that I wish I knew - Paint tape paint tape paint tape! Trust me - painting with a rag is a LOT harder to keep contained and now I'll need to paint my ceiling because the rag kept getting the ceiling - no biggie just would have been nice to know :0) 

Have you done this paint technique before?

In HIS Grip, 

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  1. so pretty! That makes a huge difference :)

  2. i like it! a new coat of paint (especially the right kind of paint!) makes a huge difference. our bathrooms have flat paint on the walls, and you can see everything, including little tiny drops from the curl spray i use on my hair. and whoever painted over the wallpaper didn't use painter's tape we have brown paint on our baseboards, doorframes, etc. thanks for the inspiration!

  3. It looks beautiful! I am always in awe what paint can do! My bathroom looks similar but there is a strip of 2 similar browns.

    Enjoy your bathroom!!

  4. Oh my goodness I love it! What a difference it makes!! I wish I could paint - I live in military housing so I don't. But hopefully someday I can. :)

  5. I love it, Ann!! Thanks for teaching us how to get the same look!

  6. Love Story part 2...Too Cute! Bathroom, SO CUTE!!! Good Job!!!

  7. I love this! I can't wait until I have my own bathroom I can do this too!

  8. Ann, I love it. Now I am going to have to try it. Thanks a LOT!!!! You did a wonderful job!! I love you lots! :-) Connie

  9. What a lovely difference. Incredible, friend. Love it.


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