When I was planning to give our guest bathroom a makeover, there were tons of things I wanted to do with that space, but since we were redoing every room in the house, I mostly knew it had to be budget friendly. I liked the thought of wallpapering the room, but I know that wallpaper isn’t great for a bathroom with a shower (all that steam over time), and wallpaper can also get expensive depending on what you choose. What’s the solution? A painted statement wall! It holds up much better with the shower situation and is way cheaper since I only had to buy a little paint and print some stencils. The eye trend has been so fun and I love all the pillows, clothing, and housewares that feature it so I decided a bold eye print (inspired by this and this pattern) would be just the thing!
I first printed my eye design (the size I wanted it to be on the wall) onto a bunch of pages so I could used them to map out my design on the wall. Since I wanted to be able to transfer the design directly onto the wall, I used a pencil to rub over the lines of the design on the back of the paper.
I taped up the eyes all around the room so I could use a level and measuring tape to get the placement just right and know each one was in line with all the others. This part took a bit to get just right, but it’s definitely an important step with this sort of pattern.
Once I had all the papers in place, I took my pencil and traced over the lines on the front of the paper which in turn transferred the lines onto the wall behind it.
See? It totally works! Once I had the design stenciled all over the walls, I just had to use some black craft paint and a brush to trace the lines, and I was DONE SON!
I. LOVE. THIS. PATTERN! The black and white makes a really bold statement, and it really feels like it’s a wallpaper rather than a painted on design. While it does take a bit of time to paint each design by hand with a brush, it really only cost me some craft paint and whatever ink I used up printing out the eyes to mock up the design – not too bad!! I knew I wanted something bold but still fun and quirky for our guests to see, and this eye print fits the bill perfectly! xo. Laura
Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
love this so much. what is your go-to white paint??
This is so unbelievably cute! Such a great idea.
Love the eyes!
Hi Laura! Love this post, pinned! I have such a thing for the Eye decals lately 🙂 I have a ??? for you however, it isn’t relevant to this post. I am recreating the Palm Springs Cat House you made and wanted to ask you a question. You guys were no longer taking comments on that post so I hope you don’t mind me popping it here. I headed to Home Depot and bought all the wood I needed. But when I got home I noticed there weren’t any measurements for the roof! Do you know what your roofs measurements are by any chance?? It would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!! BTW, I am in LOVEEE with the cat house! 🙂
i was wondering on how you had made done the eye statement wall in your last post about your guest bathroom make over. thanks for sharing how you did it =o)
Laura – I went to a Mutemath concert last night and your husband was in the lobby when I walked in. I only recognized him because of this blog, but I wanted to go up to him and say “you’re Laura’s husband!”
This must be the most brilliant idea i’ve ever seen!
Laura, I just wanted to say I followed you on snapchat (do you follow on snapchat? What’s the verb? I don’t know I can’t keep up with the kids) and instantly want to be your friend you are HILARIOUS. Keep it up buddy!! Lots of love, your new British internet friend/stalker who luckily for you lives too far away xoxoxo
I absolutely LOVE this!
The illuminati would be proud. (Kidding…hahaha)
omgomgomg this is a game changer. Thanks for sharing! This is perfection!!
Good question! It’s tiled to the ceiling, so I just left the tile alone and only painted the drywall parts 🙂
It’s hard to say without seeing the room, but white is always a good idea if you don’t find anything else you love! All mine are white at the moment 🙂
I’m curious how you handled the shower situation. Like the area above the tile near the ceiling? Did you also stencil there or did you leave out that little nook where the shower is?
This is so cute! I love it!
“and I was DONE SON!”
….and thats when i knew that i loved Laura.
That statement wall is amazing! I love that it’s a subtle, but really fun pattern. It’s also perfect for a bathroom because, like you said, wallpaper just doesn’t hold up in this space.