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April 11, 2017

Mike and Sara Rehab a 60s Retro Ranch : It’s Time To Paint the Hall Bathroom!

By Sara In AZ


OK, so….the hall bath – let’s refresh our memories once again on what it looked like when we started this renovation!

It was a sea of beige!


I had painted the trim and the cabinets before we moved in and then we left the room virtually un-touched.


We had not decided, until recently, what flooring we wanted to use. Since we did not know our flooring color at that time I decided to wait to paint as I didn’t want to just paint the walls any color and then have it clash with the flooring.

After we choose our flooring I really thought long and hard about what colors  I thought would look good in that bathroom. I am not sure why, and my choice will probably shock y’all, but I kept coming back to wanting to paint the walls metallic gold! I suppose I was somewhat playing off of the gold accent on the cabinet doors and the brass-y/gold cabinet hardware too.

So, off we went to Home Depot to buy a can of Ralph Lauren Metallic Gold paint! I used the paint just as it was out of the can….off the shelf – no other colors were mixed into the paint to achieve any other color or sheen.


Honestly, I have to say that even I, who chose this paint color, was super leery if I’d even like it when all was said and done…but I went to town painting anyways! We also primed the walls with a Behr white paint/primer before we painted the gold.


And we’re painting……………..


……and painting……………….


……….still painting.


I painted all of the walls in the bathtub/toilet area gold and the  wall opposite the vanity area gold…the rest of the wall space around the vanity we left white.




And here is a tip for anyone out there contemplating painting metallic gold on your walls…….I thought I could forgo the “specialty” roller Ralph Lauren insisted go along with this paint. I thought if I just painted carefully enough I could avoid the sea sponge roller…think again.

Seriously, no matter how carefully I painted or which way I rolled I would ALWAYS see lines in the paint after it was dry! Ugghhhhh, it drove me insane! I think the streakiness may not convey as well in my pictures, but trust me – it was definitely there!


So back to Home Depot we went and we came home with one Ralph Lauren Specialty Roller…the little dabbing sponge for the corners is also included with the roller as well!


The sea sponge roller marks definitely blurred out the streaks – after I painted one round with the sea sponge I could not see any more lines!  YAY! Of course you will be left with some sea sponge markings on the top of your more flat paint…to me it is only really evident in certain light so I don’t even really notice it at all…but if sea sponge marks bother you I don’t think I’d recommend this paint.  Also, I’d recommend a very light go-round with the sea sponge roller – you don’t want a super heavy application of paint with this roller.

When all was said and done I was super happy with the results!


The gold looks different in different light.


It’s hard to explain,but this paint looks SO different than regular paint does on the wall….it has an almost velvet-y appearance on the wall…..it is a super warm and inviting color in this room.


Whew, glad the painting is now all wrapped up! I really do love the results and just you wait…you will see it all come together in the end!

Next Tuesday we install new old stock real-deal vintage faucets!

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8 Responses to Mike and Sara Rehab a 60s Retro Ranch : It’s Time To Paint the Hall Bathroom!

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    April 11, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Ooh! I want to see this in person!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      April 11, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      You will totally have to girl!!! 🙂

  2. MrsC Reply

    April 12, 2017 at 6:59 am

    That is just too fabulous!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      April 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you SO much MrsC!!! 🙂

  3. Susan from Boston Reply

    April 12, 2017 at 9:33 am

    You were scaring me for a second… but the end result is beautiful. Kudos for taking such a risk. I can’t wait to see the *Reveal*.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      April 12, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Susan…..I think once you see the end result you will see the “big picture” of what I had in mind. I know it’s kinda hard to picture now when you are just seeing a bunch of pictures of gold walls!!! 🙂

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    April 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I am 100% onboard with any project that starts with Metallic Gold paint. Can’t wait to see the finished bath!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      April 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Ha! Thanks girl!!! 🙂 I am pretty sure that everyone else thinks I am completely insane! 😉

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