{decorating with style} A Sophisticated Superhero Bathroom Makeover

Monday, April 24, 2017

No one has ever accused me of being afraid of color! In the nine years that we've lived in our current home, I've painted nearly every color you can think of on our walls. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, teal, gray... our house has seen it all. But there is one bold statement that I've always wanted to make that intimated even me. BLACK! Sure we have a skinny black chalkboard wall in our kitchen, but I'm talking a whole black room... all four walls. BOLD! 

Well, guess what? I finally went for it and I love it SO MUCH! I can't wait to show you all of the details! Thanks to my sponsor, Lowe's for helping to make this project a reality!

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You've probably heard me describe our style many times as Modern Graphic Family, and today I'm so excited to show you a recent weekend makeover that is a perfect example of we strike a balance between bold, stylish decor and life with kids. This "before" bathroom was perfectly fine, but it definitely didn't say "little boys live here."


Since this bathroom is attached to Cooper's bedroom {which the boys will soon be sharing}, I've been wanting to give it a fresh new look that better reflects the kids. But I was a bit stumped because this bathroom also has a second door that opens into the upstairs hallway, and it's positioned such that you look directly in at the toilet when you reach the top of the second floor stairs.

As a result, I really wanted to create an updated look for this bathroom that the boys wouldn't outgrow too quickly, and one that would also blend in with the rest of the house. That sounds like a tall order, but it turns out it was actually pretty easy to achieve.



I came up with an idea to create a sophisticated superhero themed bathroom. I envisioned black, white, silver and gold, rather than the standard primary colors that often come to mind for kids' spaces. As the plan started to come together, I hit up my local Lowe's in search of the perfect shade of black paint.


It's so nice to be able to look at several different brands of paint all in one store, and I wound up bringing home swatches from Sherwin Williams, Valspar, and Olympic. Sherwin Williams had the widest variety of black options, and while they may all look alike, in various lights they actually look quite different!

Choosing Black Paint

It can feel overwhelming trying to pick just the right color of paint. I always analyze the undertones and wonder how it will look once it's actually up on all of the walls. Thanks goodness for the Lowe's Love Your Paint Guarantee, which takes the stress out of picking a paint color! I wound up choosing Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, and it's a perfect, true black. But if it had turned out not to be quite right, I could have simply returned the unused portion of the can to Lowe's within 30 days and they would have replaced it with a new color or refunded my money.



I originally planned to just paint the bathroom and add some new art, but I decided that if I was ever 
going to update the mirror and light, now was the time. I knew that any framed mirror I picked would end up being a bit smaller than the existing mirror, so it was much easier to remove the mirror now, sand the adhesive off of the wall, and paint the entire area behind where the new mirror would hang.


Once we had a totally blank palette, I was ready to start painting. I gathered up all of the paint supplies that I picked up at Lowe's, including a small 4-inch roller {perfect for the tight spaces in the small bathroom}, a disposable paint tray sized just right for the roller, an edging tool, and a paint can lid for pouring and storing.

Favorite Painting Supplies

I always have such a hard time pouring paint from the can into the roller tray without dripping everywhere. It's a job I always delegate to my husband because he has far superior pouring skills. I had never tried a Shur-Line paint can lid before, but it caught my eye when I was browsing the wide selection of painting supplies at Lowe's, and now it's my new favorite thing! You just snap it on to the top of the paint can and use the narrow spout to pour the paint. Then when you're done pouring, the spout folds down for storage. No more hammering a paint covered lid back in place and searching for a paint can key to open it again!

Favorite Painting Supplies

Before I got started, I did have a few concerns about whether painting the walls black would really be a big enough change from our existing gray bathroom walls. But as soon as I rolled those first strokes onto the wall, I could see that it was definitely going to be the dramatic difference I was hoping for!


This bathroom is quite small, with lots of very narrow sections of wall between door frames, above the tile, and below the counter. To make easy work of these compact spaces, I used the Shur-Line edging tool that allows you to get a nice crisp paint line around all of the edges. You'll notice that I did still use painter's tape as well. I suspected that it would be hard touch up the white trim paint over the black, so I wanted to be extra cautious.

Paint edger tool

I used Sherwin Williams Infinity paint from Lowe's, which is supposed to give good one coat coverage. I had to touch up just a few thin spots here and there, but there was no need for a full second coat, which was perfect for the one-weekend timeline that we allocated to this makeover!


Once the paint was dry, we removed the tape and started putting the bathroom back together. A few hours later, I was amazed at the transformation! 

Bathroom black walls superhero art
All of the white tile and trim in the bathroom creates a great balance to the pure black walls. I just love the crispness of the contrast.

Sophisticated superhero bathroom with black walls

The boys love superheroes, so I created this super simple framed art to hang above the toilet. It was a quick and easy DIY project, but I think that these streamlined gold and silver framed logos will stand the test of time. By making them a bit a more "sophisticated," I'm hopeful that the boys won't feel they've outgrown the look of this bathroom for a very long time.

Sophisticated Superhero bathroom with DIY superhero art and black walls

On the tray on the back of the toilet, I added a framed photo of the boys in their Batman and Spiderman costumes from this past Halloween, because it really just doesn't get any cuter than that!


The counter top in this bathroom is quite narrow, so a standard-sized framed mirror was too wide. Fortunately, we were able to find a smaller-scale white frame mirror in the decorative mirror section at Lowe's and it fits the space perfectly. We also swapped out the aged-bronze and amber glass light fixture for a more modern pewter and clear glass version from the Lowe's lighting department. The new light has three bulbs instead of two, which provides just the right amount of added light in the room to counteract the darker walls.

Sophisticated Superhero Bathroom with Black Walls

We also swapped out the old faucet for a newer, more modern style that I found at Lowe's as well. I much prefer the straighter lines of this faucet over our old style, and I hope to eventually change out the faucets in all of the other bathrooms to match this one.

Sophisticated Superhero Bathroom with Black Walls

Did you notice the glasses on the counter? When my husband was the age that our boys are now, Superman was his favorite and he had would insist that he was Clark Kent {while donning the signature glasses}. Since our boys love playing dress up, we thought they now needed their own pair of Clark Kent glasses!

Beckett's favorite superhero is Batman, and Cooper's is Spiderman... so I couldn't believe my luck when I found these metal letters with their favorites on their initials!

Sophisticated Superhero Bathroom with Black Walls

The boys LOVE their new superhero bathroom, and I love how it now coordinates with the second floor hallway. If you're going to look right into a bathroom every time you come up the stairs, it might as well look coordinated, right?!

How to create a kids' bathroom that blends with the style of your home

The new black and white color scheme in the bathroom ties together perfectly with the black and white artwork in the hall...

How to Create a Kids' Bathroom that Blends with the Style of Your Home

And I just love the way it looks next to the black and white striped hall cabinet that we use as extra storage for bathroom towels and other items that don't fit in the small cabinet under the sink.

How to create a kids' bathroom that blends with the style of your home

I'm so glad that I went for it with the black paint in this small bathroom! I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s, but as always, all opinions are my own.

24 comments :

  1. Whoa, what a difference with just a few changes! I love that you made the bathroom more sophisticated AND more kid friendly at the same time. You're a magic-maker!

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    1. Thanks! And ironically, the other black paint color I almost chose is called "Black Magic"

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  2. Angela, you nailed it!!! This really makes such a huge impact, in a good way :) The contrast between the white tile, the framed art, and the black walls is really beautiful! And I am loving the prints you chose. Great job!

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  3. Aw this made me smile! I love how much work you put into this! I would love to do something liek this for my son's bathroom!

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  4. I'd be totally afraid of black too but WOW, it turned out great! Looks very cool. Now I want black walls too!!

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  5. Coolest boys bathroom ever! Bold choice with the black walls, and it's the very thing that makes this design work.

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  6. The bathroom looks amazing Angela!
    Love the black with the wood vanity!

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  7. I just love the difference the black paint makes! Gorgeous bathroom :)

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  8. I love the difference the black colour makes! It looks so dramatic. Gorgeous bathroom :)

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  9. Good for you. That paint was a bold choice but it totally works. All of it looks great and I bet the kids love it.

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  10. WOW!!!!! I would be so scared that the space would feel dark and crowded, but it doesn't at all! It looks absolutely AMAZING!!!!

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  11. Wow! That is such a dramatic effect. I have never seen such a well done superhero theme. I'm totally impressed!

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  12. The black is a bold idea for such a small space but I love the way it turned out! Such a great idea and the texture on the walls really adds to the overall look.

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  13. Such an awesome bathroom! Love the colors!

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  14. I love the understated and not "cutesy" graphic designs. Your boys will love this forever!

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  15. Oh my goodness! How fun is this. I love the idea of being bold with colors. I am right now in the process of painting my front door a deep yellow and crossing my fingers it will look ok.

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  16. Wow! That is a fantastic bathroom makeover! Perfect for kids, and it matches the area just outside the bathroom so well. Will you come decorate my house?!

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    1. I would love to! I've actually been doing a lot more client work lately, including remotely...so shoot me an email if you're serious! :)

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  17. You sound like someone who is so creative and great at doing DIY projects. This bathroom looks AMAZING

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  18. This bathroom is amazing! That color of black is beautiful and the look is definitely classy while still being kid friendly. My 4 year old daughter is obsessed with Spider-Man. She would freak out in this bathroom!

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  19. I love the pops of color and classic, clean look. Nice photos!

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  20. I love the logo art. And tips on how to create my own? Are they painted or printed? Thanks!!

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    1. You are in luck! I just posted the tutorial for the art last week: http://www.blueistyleblog.com/2017/06/Sophisticate-Superhero-Art.html

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