When decorating a bathroom door, it is important to keep practicality in mind. For example, you wouldn't want to hang framed photos or a mirror on a bathroom door. Although these items do look nice (and full-length mirrors can be acceptable), bathrooms are heavy-traffic areas, with the door constantly opening and closing. Instead, opt for a useful decoration that not only looks beautiful and matches existing décor, but also serves a purpose. Furthermore, another great accent to add beauty to a bathroom is by giving the door an interesting cherry blossom-inspired paint effect.
Things You'll Need
- 2 shades semi-gloss paint
- 2 brushes (medium and small)
- Small, textured sponge
- Paper towel
- Towel rack or hook kit
- Electric screwdriver
- Drill bit
- Mollies (optional)
Choose a neutral paint color that is only a few shades darker or lighter than the paint already on the door. For example, if you have a cream door, purchase a light beige. The second shade should be the "pop" that infuses a punch of color when the door is closed. Choose cool colors like dusky blue and soft violet for cool-toned bathrooms and warm colors like cranberry and pomegranate for warm-toned bathrooms.
Dip the medium brush into the neutral paint; then position the brush tip at the foot of the door about a quarter of the way across the bottom.
Bring the brush up slowly, rolling it between your fingers the entire way. The line should go up straight about a foot, then begin to move diagonal, tapering at the end. Stop when you reach about 6 inches from the top of the door. This line should emulate a thin tree trunk.
Repeat Step 3 with the small brush, but instead of beginning at the foot of the door, create twisty lines that branch off the main line and taper at the end. These will emulate branches on a tree. Let dry.
Dip the textured sponge into the "pop" paint color. Do not soak the sponge. Wipe off any excess on a paper towel.
Lightly press the sponge on varying areas of the branches, focusing on the ends. The sponge marks should get smaller as they reach the tapered end of the branches. These will emulate small, puffed flowers.
Decide what style of door hardware you want for your bathroom. Stainless steel and acrylic are great for modern bathrooms, while brass, wood and crystal look attractive in traditionally-styled bathrooms.
Position the towel rack or hook on the inside of the door. Use the level to ensure the rack or hook is positioned parallel to the floor. Mark the areas where the screws will go with the pencil.
Choose a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screws in the towel rack or hook kit. These kits will often come with screws, plugs and sometimes mollies.
Drill a hole on the pencil marks. Be cautious when drilling through a hollow door; it is very easy to punch through to the outside of the door.
Hammer the mollies into the drill holes. Do not use too much force; the mollies provided in hardware kits are often plastic and bend easily. If you have hardwood doors, skip this step.
Screw the fixture into place. If using mollies, the holes of the fixture should be positioned directly over the molly hole; then the screw should be drilled into the molly hole. Ensure the screw is drilled straight.
Tips & Warnings
- Try different paint effects such as stenciling, filling in panels or using a crackle paint.
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