Feb 6, 2014

leopard wallpapered bathroom (one week makeover reveal)

my girls bathroom, all finished, in just under a week!

 i envisioned this space as a fun, happy room filled with pattern, a touch of deep blue, and some whimsical details that allude to the fact that this room is used by two teen girls.  i decided i wanted to use a wallpaper pretty early on in the design process. i have always wanted to use an animal print wallpaper somewhere in my home, and i looked into snakeskin, cheetah, and several leopard patterns. i finally decided on a bolder black + taupe leopard print wallpaper, which i think is the perfect balance to the tailored, deep blue valance and vanity. a vintage pendant light and large vintage pulls add a sense of history. many items in this room were purchased on ebay, thrift stores, ikea and home goods. the only "real" splurge was the flooring--an elongated marble hex tile that really adds some texture and a sense of luxury.

(to see pictures of where i started, click here)

what we did in 7 days:
installed mirrors
installed, caulked, filled, sanded and painted crown molding
installed, caulked, filled, sanded and painted header over mirror
hung wallpaper
made valance for over tub (see details here)
added trim to ikea shower curtains
cut mats for all art
installed  towel rings, tp holder, hooks
hung mirror on mirror with command hooks
* a complete source list is at the bottom of this post!

enjoy the tour!

both mirrors are from home goods, and are attached to the large mirror with outdoor command hook strips.

ikea ribba panels are edged with vintage fringe.

this art was purchased at a local craft fair, and framed in an ikea ribba frame.

(i will post a tutorial on this little sign soon!)

ikea ribba frames with custom mats add a lot of presence on a budget.

the vanity lighting and faucets were both purchased on ebay for a fraction of the retail price.

these hexagonal towel rings add contrast to the organic feel of the wallpaper, and add a subtle nod to the hexagonal marble pattern on the floor.

the double play mat gives this affordable art a feeling of importance.


vanity + valance paint color: gentlemans gray 2062-20, benjamim moore

trim + mirror header paint color: swiss coffee OC-45, benjamin moore

interior doors paint color: black jack 2133-20, benjamin moore

ceiling paint color: winds breath, OC-24, benjamin moore

wallpaper: raymond waites resort collection leopard print wallpaper

floor tile: elongated marble hex tile by jeffrey court, purchased here

shower tile: florida tile, 4 x 16 purchased here

mirrors: homegoods

faucets: jado (purchased on eBay)

vanity lights: restoration hardware (purchased on ebay, no longer available)

bath area light: vintage

towel rings: urban outfitters

metal stool: restoration hardware, (no longer available)

frames on audobon prints and square painting: ikea ribba frames

"awesome" sign over hooks: diy project, thrifted frame

hooks: hobby lobby

shower curtains: ikea ritva panels

fringe trim on curtains: vintage (purchased on ebay)

hand towels: west elm

large brass pulls: vintage (purchased on ebay)

gold tray on counter: thrifted

bowl in tray: west elm

hand bowl in tray: urban outfitters

bone inlaid box on toilet: home goods

aubobon prints: gifted to me, but you can buy some at art.com


  1. Outstanding! And impressive that this was completed in one week. Such a sophisticated, yet fun look for your daughters, I'll bet they are thrilled!

    1. thanks cathy! they really ARE pretty thrilled with it!

  2. you always knock it out of the park! this is a home run for sure. and you take the best pictures...what kind of camera do you use? wow is all I can say.

    1. oh my goodness! thank you! i really struggle in the photography department. i actually have a goal this year to learn how to use my camera better, which is a pretty old canon rebel xlt. these pictures were taken with a wide angle lens, which really helps to capture this narrow space!

  3. Stunning and unique....as usual!

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    1. thanks marty! its always so nice to read your sweet comments! :)

  5. OMG! What a stunning bathroom, down to the tiniest of details. It is gorgeous.

  6. So glad you went with the bold leopard print...so sophisticated...and so fun!!! Awesome job! :)

  7. Perfection! Love. Every. Detail.

  8. Love this space! Unique and original but classic at the same time. Great vision and execution!!

  9. Love it all. Great job! A home run, for sure.

  10. Fabulous! Love every element of this room.....from the wallpaper to the knobs to the shower curtain!

  11. Just fantastic! Really. I wish this was my personal bathroom. :) what lucky girls.

    1. thank you abby! i SO appreciate it. you are so very talented, and that means a lot coming from you! :)

  12. I love the remodel, your bathroom resembles the guest bathroom I am planning to redo soon. I have a question that I would love your input on.....would you have gone with the same bold color on the vanity (BM Gentlemens Gray) if your bathroom did not have a exterior window? I would love to do this same color on my vanity but my bathroom does not have a window.

    1. jessica, i would opt to go a bit lighter since you don't have an exterior window. when the door to the shower area is closed, and no natural light comes into the vanity area, the vanity looks almost black when there is no natural light on it.

  13. I LOVE what you have done, so inspiring!! I have a question that I would love your input on.....would you have gone with the same bold color on the vanity (BM Gentlemens Gray) if your bathroom did not have an exterior window? I am planning to do a similar remodel but my bathroom does not have a window, would the same bold color on my vanity look ok?