Half Bath Update – Paint and Paper

Our half bathroom redo is almost complete, but I’m not gonna lie- last week was tough in there. Blood, sweat and tears? Check.Β Check. Double check. Who knew the littlest room in the place would whoop my booty so bad?


That said, everything’s coming together slowly but surely, and I’m head-over-heels for the wallpaper– but I will never, I repeat, never try to hang the stuff again. I will always, I repeat, always call my new, professional wallpaper-hanging friend, Pam.


She can hang it without wrecking it, injuring her ankle, or crying.

Me? Notsomuch.

Here’s hoping the vanity & toilet installation step goes a lot smoother than wallpaper one did! #ToBeContinued


Wall paint color- Wedgewood Gray (Benjamin Moore)
Ceiling paint color- Simply White (Benjamin Moore)
Wallpaper- “Daydream” (Hygge & West)
Wood Panelling- EverTrue Pine WainscotΒ (Lowes)
Hex Tile- SomerTile White Porcelain Mosaic Tile (Overstock.com)

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  1. says

    Ha,ha,ha,ha!!! Just went through the SAME thing myself!!! Had a little bit of wallpaper above the new beadboard in our bathroom and thought “how hard could this be?” … Well I hung up 5 rows before realized I was ruining it, then proceeded to take it all down. I have a professional coming tomorrow. That is not a DIY project i will attempt again. LOL

  2. Jenngchicago says

    The effort was well worth it, so beautiful! Curious how many roll a of paper you needed for your space? I’m attempting a similar look in my powder room but the large repeat is throwing me off.

    • Layla says

      We used every last bit of one double roll. It was SO close because of how much I ruined, but Pam was able to make it work! #ShesMyHero

  3. says


    So I have been drooling over this exact wallpaper for a year. And I wanted it on my ceiling in my hearth room and eating area. I’ve never attempted anything more than a border back when borders were “in”. But now thinking more about it, I honestly think that even with my list of talents I would not want to hang wallpaper especially on a ceiling. It’s gorgeous by the way!


    • Layla says

      Thanks, Bekah! Starting is always the hardest part, isn’t it? The end result will be worth all the hard work! πŸ˜€

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Christienne!
      Hopefully we’ll have some more progress to blog about soon! :-)

    • Layla says

      Ooh! It’s so pretty, Sara! I especially love the tile on the walls! #Gorgeous πŸ˜€

  4. Sarah says

    It’s beautiful! I am amazed at how fast you work! And kudos for trying something new. And kudos for skillful and helpful friends!

  5. becky up a hill says

    Let there be light. Your new almost done bathroom is an amazing transformation. From coffee grounds bla ugh to blue sky delight!

  6. Erika Post says

    That wallpaper is fantastic and your half-bath has been so transformed from it’s UGH modern tuscany looking cliche! I fear that look has become the new “classic” and it just reminds me of every model home anywhere! Way to breathe life into the space!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Erika! We’re having fun personalizing things around here little by little…by VERY little- LOL! πŸ˜€

  7. says

    Love that wallpaper, and what a transformation to the room. From dark(ish) to light and bright! Love the beadboard (and the color). It gives me ideas for our two small bathrooms (we only have small bathrooms in this house, nothing large or fancy).

    My first experience with hanging wallpaper was in our first house. It went really smoothly considering I had no experience at all at that point. The second house, that job went ‘okay’, but I had issues with the wallpaper itself (thin and the pre-pasted backing wasn’t very well done). Current house, in our dining ‘nook’ I used some of that embossed paintable stuff (that looks like tin) and I swore NEVER AGAIN. Had that stuff been my first experience with wall paper I would have never touched another roll.

    Come to think of it, I haven’t. lol That said, I would try again, but I’d go forth cautiously at this point. lol

    • Layla says

      Hi Carole!
      I had a good experience with pre-pasted wallpaper a few years ago, but I must have lost my touch because WOO-WEE this time it was hard! πŸ˜€

  8. Donna Doble-Brown says

    Layla . . . . I am ALWAYS blown away at what you guys come up with! and hey you can’t be great at everything – right???? it looks phenomenal so far . . . . best of luck and excited to see the end result! YOU are so cute! xo

  9. says

    LOVE, I repeat LOVE the beadboard! I would beadboard/board and batten (sp?) everything! This is why I HAVE to have a home in my Northern MI, on the water, someday! Beadboard palooza!! (That and Dash and Albert rugs galore!) I wish I knew the magazine but there is a summer home on Walloon Lake (northern MI) and it is crazy beautiful–they have bead board in every room! And get this–there are colors all over. One room was lavender beadboard–seriously. Love the color you chose!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Pamela! It’s a work in progress, but it’s gettin’ there! πŸ˜€

  10. says

    I know, from experience, it’s the smallest of rooms that take the longest! Cannot wait to see your vanity and sink installed!!!! ~Kim

    • Layla says

      Amen to that, Kim! Small rooms are my favorite to design- but man can they be hard to work in! πŸ˜›

  11. Tiffani says

    I love your style, but I love your sweet spirit even more! Keep inspiring us. We LOVE it!

    • Layla says

      You sure do know how to make a girl feel good, Tiffani! I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a kind comment for me to find! :-)

  12. debbie r says

    Layla, u have such a way with decorating and making over rooms that bring me such pleasure just to look at. Beautiful colors.

  13. maggie says

    Thank you… I love your website, have been following you for some time now! Wallpapering… tough! Thanks for your honesty! :)

    • Layla says

      Sure thing, Maggie! :-) It may be DIY for some folks- but it’s definitely a DI-WHY? project in my book- LOL! πŸ˜‰

  14. Rachel Carey says

    I am very experienced in hanging paper, but I LOATHE it…it is worth paying someone. Looking good in there!

  15. Caroline Tetrault says

    Je suis en AMOUR with your wallpaper!! I’m thinking to use the same in my next nursery project. It could work for a girl or boy room!!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Caroline! It would definitely look lovely in a nursery, and they have more colorways over at Hygge & West if you’re interested in looking! :-)

  16. says

    Oh no!! It’s always good to know when to call in the pro’s πŸ˜‰ We are having a similar revelation round these parts. It looks so good though! The blood, sweat and tears were worth it!

  17. Cindy says

    Layla and Kevin: “Inspiring” in ALL you do. (I have been thinking of bead board in a guest bath, and you just made my decision…yes!) Cindy

  18. says

    Oh no! Haven’t tried, but I’m pretty sure I would have the same experience hanging wall paper! Good thing you had Pam to call – I’m sure it’s not easy to find someone talented at it.
    Am loving the progress on your bathroom, and can’t wait to see the rest!

  19. says

    OMG it looks sooooooooo amazing! So much lighter, brighter and airier! I just LOVE this lil nook of your house…soo happy and soo you!

  20. Katie says

    In the first months of our marriage, I decided that we needed PLAID wallpaper in the kitchen of our new to us house. My sweet father-in-law said he was surprised that we would test our marriage that early on. Ha! After, he commented that we’d survive marriage if we could hang wallpaper together. So funny!

  21. Amy says

    Love this small space. It really turned out nice.
    Sometimes there are things one just needs to not do yourself. :)

  22. says

    I love the wallpaper you chose. It’s such a contrast to the beadboard but they look as if they were meant to be together. You are both so great at that – you have such an eye. I can’t wait to see it finished – I know it’s going to look beautiful x

  23. Marianne in Mo. says

    I used to sell and hang wallpaper, and know form experience that it all depends on the paper and the prep. Having said that, at almost 60 years old, my paper hanging days are done! My poor knees can’t handle the up and down on ladders. Besides, hubs says no to paper in our new home! But I still love the finished look it gives, and it cuts down on the need for a lot of artwork!

  24. says

    Layla, it looks great so far. I just wanted to give you a heads up – I usually read your blog through google reader and thought it was strange I hadn’t seen a blog post from you in awhile. The last post I have in my reader is from March 5th. I figured I would click over to your blog to see if there was something up and I was surprised to find 3 posts that I hadn’t received. I’d hate to miss out on all of your posts.

    • Layla says

      Hi Kala!
      It seems as if our Feedburner is no longer working, and that we’ll have to figure out another way to send out our posts to those who’d like to read them that way. Sorry for the trouble! Technical troubles stink! πŸ˜€

  25. megan riley says

    can you share a few more wallpaper websites that sell paper that’s fun and whimsical like yours?

    • Layla says

      It did sort of look like one, didn’t it? :-) I’m hoping someone can actually use it as a sink though. πŸ˜€

  26. rachael says

    Looks really nice! I’m in love with that wallpaper but I would have no clue what I’m doing!
    PS. Your posts NEVER show up in my google reader. Any reason why?

    • Layla says

      Yeah- our Feedburner is broken. :-) Hopefully we’ll figure out how to use something else soon! πŸ˜€

      • says

        Layla I had a similar problem with my feed not showing up on Google Reader or bloglovin. I use blogger but yours might be similar: double check your settings – other – site feed – post feed redirect URL, I had incorrectly entered the URL coding (about 6 months ago) and it caused problems only recently. I know you’re way more tech savvy than me but thought I’d add my 2 cents. Good luck.

  27. Mary K says

    I just love this bathroom. You are inspiring me to work on mine! I especially love the vanity, wainscoting, and wallpaper. I too have not been getting your feed through reader, but so glad I saw this post!

  28. Hallie says

    Hi Layla and Kevin,

    I have a question regarding the wallpaper. I just had to return a couple of rolls because of a few issues including raised lines going across the roll every two feet or so. That was the main thing, but my wallpaper installer called a couple of other things to my attention.

    Hygge & West claim the wallpaper is coated (and it probably is) but the coating isn’t what my wallpaper hanger is used to, For one thing, he lightly scratched it with his fingernail and made a visible scratch mark in the wallpaper, which he claimed wasn’t the norm.

    Also, there were shiny spots all along the roll, similar to what you might leave behind if you touched it with oily hands. I’m not saying that’s what the shiny marks were, but just sort of describing them.

    Would you please comment here or to my email whether that sounds similar to the rolls you got? I know that you are busy, but I sure could use an opinion from someone else who’s seen and handled the wallpaper in person.

    Thank you in advance!
    Hallie Vredenburgh.

    • Layla says

      Hi Hallie!

      I’m not seeing any shiny spots and I don’t remember seeing any raised lines, but Pam definitely did most of the handling of it. Wallpapering is NOT my specialty- LOL! πŸ˜€