I’m back with another installment of our Capitol Hill Condo Tour! Previously, I shared our living room, dining/bar area, and kitchen, and I’m working my way through the condo as you would experience it in real life. Next up is our guest bathroom.
We knew we wanted two full bathrooms in our home and, as I’m sure many of you on the Hill know, that can be tough to come by. So many three bedrooms-one bath or, if you’re lucky, a half bath downstairs. There was one house we liked that only had one bathroom…downstairs. Yes, you had to walk downstairs and through the kitchen to get to a toilet. We decided we were willing to give up the house and a third bedroom for a decent size second bathroom. Despite the photos here, this is actually a good size bathroom, just a difficult one to photograph (plus, I didn’t have time to swap out my 50mm lens to capture the entire room at once).
While both bathrooms in our condo were done in 2018 when it was renovated, I hate them. The tile choice was horrendous and they completely lack any character — it was like they chose the most bland look they could possibly find in the hopes that it would appeal to everybody. If we stay in our condo long enough, I’ll definitely want to redo our bathroom at some point, but this guest bathroom probably won’t be touched, so I had to figure out a way to give it a good-enough face lift. Wallpaper was the solution.
Scalamandre Zebra Wallpaper in a Guest Bathroom
I feel like using the Scalamandre zebra wallpaper in a guest bathroom or powder room is a bit of a trope at this point, but that’s because it’s so good. We were working around a blue tile accent in the shower (WHY do people feel the need to put a random stripe of tile in showers and baths?!), and, given the bland taupe color of the rest of the bathroom, I felt like the best plan was to draw out the blue. I looked at several options and decided going with a darker print would make the light tile pop more.
I did 3/4 of the wallpaper myself, then brought in a professional for the wall with the toilet and sink. Honestly, I should have just used him from the beginning and it probably would have come out about the same. I also should have brought him in for a quote first — I ended up paying more because I mis-measured and he had to come back after I ordered more wallpaper.
For the most part, we haven’t made any other updates in here. The towel rack/shelf was what was there already (I’d love to replace, but should have thought of that before I did the wallpaper…), the mirror was existing, as was the light. In the future, we’ll likely replace the light fixture, swap out the mirror for a medicine cabinet (critical in a small bathroom!), and possibly install a vanity with storage rather than the pedestal sink (if I could find a vintage piece, that’d be ideal). Now, as I say all this, I’m starting to wonder if someday we should just reno the whole thing…
Capitol Hill Guest Bathroom Source List