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Powder Room Progress and the BEST TIP for Painting Around a Toilet!

July 19, 2014

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I am pleased to report that we have made progress in our powder room!  First, let me remind you of our plans for the powder room.

Powder Room Makeover- Choosing paint at The Paint Studio at Ace Hardware! #sp #ad

And let me remind you of what we started with.  This is what the house looked like when we purchased it and before we had moved in.  Boring, bland and outdated.

Powder Room Makeover- Choosing paint at The Paint Studio at Ace Hardware! #sp #ad

But it looked FAR worse after we moved in.  I am embarrassed to show you the following photos of how it has looked for the past 18 months since we moved in…

GENIUS! Tip for painting around a toilet by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #paintingtips

GENIUS! Tip for painting around a toilet by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #paintingtips

We never took the time to hang anything on the walls.  We never even hung a towel bar or purchased hand towels.  That towel you see on the outdated marble vanity is an old kitchen towel.  Our girls' toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer were just strewn about all over the place.  Wow.  Totally embarrassing.

In May, I told you all about my trip to the Ace Hardware The Paint Studio, where I picked out our paint colors for the bathroom.  We settled on Palace of Versailles by Clark+Kensington {doesn’t it even sound gorgeous?}, which is a light blue with green undertones.  Choosing the orange accent color was a bit more difficult, because I knew I wanted some pops of orange, but I have NEVER painted any portion of a room orange.  But, I settled on Amaryllis by Clark+Kensington.

GENIUS! Tip for painting around a toilet by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #paintingtips

So, one night after working all day and getting my girls to bed, I started painting {doesn't EVERYONE paint at 9:30 pm?!}.  First I had to remove the GIGANTIC mirror, which was much heavier than I expected.  I should have waited for that until Joe was off shift, but I did manage to wrangle it off the wall and into the garage without breaking it {or my back}.  

It was my first time painting with Clark+Kensington and I have to say, I was IMPRESSED.  The paint covered beautifully with just one coat and it was nice and thick to work with {I hate watery paint}.  The blue color is so, so pretty and soothing.  I love it.  Now, for my hot tip on painting around a toilet…


As much as I love the color, I didn't want it all over our toilet, which leads me to the BEST TIP ever to for painting around a toilet!  I saw this years ago, but I can't remember where I saw it and I don't know where the idea originated.  All I can say is it's genius!  Use an large, contractor/outdoor size garbage bag and cover your toilet tank with it.  Ummmm….why didn't I think of that YEARS ago?!  It totally works like a charm and is so easy!

GENIUS! Tip for painting around a toilet by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #paintingtips

GENIUS! Tip for painting around a toilet by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #paintingtips

The wall color makes such a huge difference!  We've also hung a hand towel {FINALLY}!   Here's a sneak peek of how things are coming together.

GENIUS! Tip for painting around a toilet by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #paintingtips

And as you may have seen on Remodelaholic, we updated our outdated vanity with concrete!  You can check out the full tutorial on Remodelaholic!

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Wondering where the orange color is?  You'll have to wait for that story.

What do you think of the powder room makeover so far?  Much better with that ginormous mirror and dull wall paint gone, huh?  And do you see that pretty light fixture?  You will NEVER guess how we made that.  Stay tuned!

For now, I would love for you to pin this to spread the word about how to keep paint on your bathroom walls and OFF your toilet :)

GENIUS! Tip for painting around a toilet by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #paintingtips


I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided with free paint to complete my project. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.




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  1. […] tank. It’s easy as tying a garbage bag around your toilet tank. Tasha gave me the tip.   Click to see how the Designer Trapped powder room is doing. […]

  2. […] on updating our powder room on a budget.  I showed you the plans for our powder room here and recently shared with you the progress that we have made so far, which included a photo showing our DIY industrial bathroom lighting.  Well, today I am going to […]

  3. Kathryn says:

    Tasha, what a brilliant idea about the garbage bag. I sure wish I knew about that years ago. That paint color is really so nice and relaxing. Looking forward to seeing the rest!!

  4. Crystal says:

    Great idea!! We will be remodeling our bathroom in the next year so this will come in handy.

  5. Leah says:

    Thanks for the tips! We are currently remodeling our powder bath, too! It is actually a full bath, but it is our only downstairs bathroom, so it is our “powder.” We don’t have to paint around the toilet because we completely removed it and are getting a new one. There is going to be stone on the wall behind the toilet, so we also don’t have to worry about paint. But when we move to another bathroom, these tips will be so useful.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks, Leah! We talked about replacing the toilet, which would have made painting even easier, but decided to wait a few more years. Your stone wall behind the toilet sounds amazing!

  6. I’ll have to remember to use a large garbage bag the next time we paint a bathroom. That’s seriously brilliant. Love how this room is coming together!

  7. Leslie says:

    I can’t wait to see what it looks like after your finished. I love the color you chose. I also like the features your planning to add. I wish I didn’t rent so I could do something like this. Happy Saturday!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Oh, thank you so much Leslie! The final room reveal should be up next week. We are sooooo close to being done! Have a wonderful week.

  8. Hilary says:

    Love that fixture! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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