Creating a Grandmillenial-Style Bathroom

Creating a Grandmillenial-Style Bathroom

This week, we’re creating a grandmillenial-style bathroom by incorporating modern elements to Chelsea’s mid-century main bathroom.

Chelsea plans to do a primary bathroom addition in the future, so for now, we’re updating this bathroom to accommodate her and her husband, Brandon, while keeping in mind its future use for her daughters.

For this reason, we’re keeping the pink bathtub and tile but introducing some new elements that will tie in well to this grandmillenial-style bathroom.

Grandmillenial style floral wallpaper
This granny-chic wallpaper pattern is perfect for this grandmillenial style bathroom. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Hang Wallpaper

When Chelsea first moved into her home, she removed dated the wallpaper in the bathroom. And now, we’ve come full circle and are applying a new, modern-printed paper that will complement the bathroom’s retro elements and complete this bathroom’s modern grandmillenial design. 

We’re encasing this bathroom with literal wall-to-wall wallpaper, including the ceiling. This will give this future girl’s bathroom a jewelry-box feel. 

Danny Lipford applies drywall mud to patch holes from ceiling trim.
Patching the wall where the ceiling trim once was gives us an even surface for our wallpaper. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

First, we remove the ceiling trim so our wallpaper runs seamlessly onto the ceiling. To fill the spots behind the trim, we apply drywall mud with a putty knife to fill in the gaps left behind. 

Next, we clean the ceiling and walls with a mold killer so we have a fresh slate for the new wallpaper. 

Then, we hang the wallpaper. Here’s a step-by-step guide (link) on how to do it. 

Grandmillenial style bathroom with floral wallpaper and pink ceramic tub
Encasing the bathroom with wallpaper creat a jewelry box feel. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Outdated bathroom vanity next to pink tile and grey tile walls
This outdated vanity offers little storage space and stands out in a bad way. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Replace Vanity

This vanity isn’t original to the house, so it looks out of place in this bathroom. Plus, it’s a little too short and narrow. So we’re replacing it with a more functional, modern one that still works with our grandmillenial style.

To replace the vanity, we remove the toiletries stored inside and disconnect the sink plumbing. This old vanity wasn’t connected to the wall, so a firm tug is all that’s needed to detach it. 

A hole in ceramic wall tile.
The wall tile fused to the wall underneath, making it impossible to remove whole pieces. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Before we install the new vanity, we try to salvage some of the wall tiles behind it to use for replacement tiles on the wall behind the ceramic towel holder. Unfortunately, the tile is not coming off in one whole piece.

Titebond paiter's plus caulk filling in screw holes on ceramic tile.
Grey painter’s caulk camouflages the holes left behind from the grab bar. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

We’re disappointed we can’t remove the towel bar, but when in the end, it’s still functional. The metal grab bars, however, can be removed. We remove the screws and fill the holes with grey caulk that’s a near match to the tile color.  

Removing ceramic holders with a hammer and chisel
A chisel and hammer easily knock off these ceramic holders so we have a flush surface for our vanity mirror. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

We knock off the ceramic soap and toothbrush holders above the sink so the mirror can lay flush above the vanity. 

New vanity with brushed golf faucet in a grandmillenial style bathroom
The new vanity adds more counter space and storage. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Finally, we install a new vanity that’s taller and wider to provide more counter space and drawer storage. Here’s how we did it:

  • First, we apply some construction adhesive for extra security. 
  • Then we drill through the tile and drive screws into the studs. 
  • Next, we dry-fit the vanity top before we secure it with more construction adhesive.

Soft Spa by Fluidmaster bidet
The new bidet adds a luxury spa feature to the bathroom. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Install a Bidet

The toilet in the bathroom is the only thing that’s been updated this century, so we keep it. However, to add some extra pizzazz, we install a bidet.

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We chose theFluidmaster Soft Spa Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat. It features an integrated water heater, adjustable water pressure and wand positioning, as well as a heated seat and warm air-dryer. Plus, it has a remote, so you can face forward to use it, instead of reaching behind to make adjustments.

A T-valve connects to the existing water line that supplies the water to your bidet toilet seat. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

The bidet requires a water line, so we shut off the water at the toilet to install a T-valve so both the toilet and the seat can get water from the same source.

We also:

  • Installed a ceiling vent fan
  • Replaced the light fixture
  • Added an outlet for the bidet

Brandon Wolf and Chelsea Lipford Wolf with Danny Lipford.
Brandon Wolf and Chelsea Lipford Wolf with Danny Lipford. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Post-Production Thoughts

Chelsea and Brandon’s bathroom is 65 years old. At that age, there’s some baggage like the pink tub and the lack of ventilation.

The vanity was newer than that, but it really didn’t fit the style of the room and it lacked character.

But now, the room is overflowing with character and grandmillenial style. The wraparound wallpaper not only creates the jewelry box feel that Chelsea was after it also makes the pink tub look intentional.

The vent fan makes the space more functional, and the larger vanity makes it easier to use. Plus, its black finish complements the room style, and the new bidet toilet seat elevates the whole room to a spa-like experience.

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How to Hang Wallpaper

How to Hang Wallpaper

Want to incorporate a creative pattern to a room? Hang wallpaper!

Pick a bold pattern for an accent wall or encase a whole room for an almost instant transformation.

There are two types of wallpaper: Pre-pasted and unpasted. 

Pre-pasted wallpaper has adhesive applied to the back of it. To activate, simply wet the back and begin to apply the wallpaper to the wall once it’s sticky. 

Unpasted wallpaper requires you to add the adhesive to the back in order to paper to the wall (or in this case the wall) in order for the wallpaper to stick.

Here’s how to hang wallpaper. 

Tools for hanging wallpaper: Tape measure, ruler, wallpaper
You don’t need special tools to hang wallpaper. (3 Echoes Content Studio)


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Steps to Hang Wallpaper

Chelsea Lipford Wolf makes a plumb line on a wall using a level
The plumb line is where two sheets of wallpaper meet. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

1. Establish a Plumb Line

Before you begin hanging wallpaper you’ll want to establish a plumb line adjacent to a corner. This straight, vertical line marks where the ends of two pieces of wallpaper will meet. Mark this line in an inconspicuous spot so the transition from one sheet of paper to the next is not as noticeable.  

Scissors cutting through wallpaper
Cutting wallpaper is much like cutting gift wrap. You’ll need a sharp pair of scissors. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

2. Prep Wallpaper

Cut the paper itself an inch or so longer than the vertical dimension so it can be cut top and bottom. 

Tip: Roll the paper backward before you hang it so it lays more flat on the wall.

Roman wallpaper and border adhesive in a paint tray and a paint roller
A paint roller ensures an even coat of wallpaper adhesive. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

3. Apply Glue

Some wallpaper has self-adhesion and others require you to put the glue on the paper or wall while installing. This wallpaper specifies for the glue to be applied to the wall, rather than the paper, before hanging. 

Use a paint roller to roll the glue onto the wall, and apply the first sheet of wallpaper.

A smoother runs against wallpaper
A smoother removes air bubbles and keeps the wallpaper surface even. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

4. Remove Bubbles

To remove air bubbles while you’re hanging the wallpaper, use a smoothing tool. 

Matching a pattern on wallpaper
Pay close attention to the pattern so you’ll have a seamless transition from one sheet to the next. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

5. Match Pattern

Because there’s a pattern on this paper, we have to match up the pattern for each new piece. We line it up and mark the point where the top meets the ceiling so we can cut it to the proper length. 

Overlapping the seams of a patterned wallpaper
A slight overlap will accommodate any shrinkage after the glue dries. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

6. Overlap Seams

Overlap the seams by a little less than an eighth of an inch. This will eliminate any gaps if the wallpaper shrinks as the glue dries. 

Using a smoother and utility knife to trim wallpaper
A sharp utility knife creates a clean cut. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

7. Trim Excess Paper

To trim any excess wallpaper, use the smoothing tool as a straight edge along the top and bottom of each piece. This gives the paper a clean, sharp look to complete the installation.

Further Reading

Wave for Water With Kohler’s Touchless Faucet

Wave for Water With Kohler’s Touchless Faucet

Touchless faucets are nothing new, but Kohler is bringing that technology to your home bathroom. 

You’ve seen them in airports, arenas, restaurants and more. Touchless technology unquestionably prevents the spread of germs and limits water use. 

Kohler’s touchless bathroom faucet gives you those touchless faucet benefits in the privacy of your home bathroom.

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Kohler touchless bathroom faucet activated with hand
This Kohler touchless bathroom faucet doesn’t need any knobs, so it opens up valuable countertop space. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

With soft curves and a streamlined design, this Kohler touchless bathroom faucet complements a variety of bathroom decors. 

This touchless water faucet not only helps to limit water waste, but it’ll also save on your utility bill. You’ll be doing your part to conserve this precious resource while saving yourself a few dollars.  

Because it’s touchless, that means fewer fingerprints. Plus, this Kohler touchless bathroom faucet has Spot Repel finish, so it resists fingerprints, smudges and water spots. 

Kohler’s response technology uses a state-of-the-art motion sensor for reliable touchless activation. Just wave your hand to turn the water on and off. 

The only time you need to touch the faucet is to adjust the temperature. Twist the temperature regulator at the top to customize how hot or cold you want your water.

You don’t need to buy any special batteries for this faucet — it’s powered by AA batteries. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Installing this touchless water faucet is quick and easy. The kit comes with ​​supply lines, a plate, and a drain. The motion sensor is powered by six AA batteries, which are also included in the kit. 

Watch the video to learn all about this Best New Product!

Find the Kohler Willamette Battery Powered Touchless Single Hole Bathroom Faucet at The Home Depot.

Further Reading

A Bathroom Is the Perfect Place for Color, and These 20 Spaces Are Proof

A Bathroom Is the Perfect Place for Color, and These 20 Spaces Are Proof

Why settle for a blah beige bathroom when you can easily add a pop of color (or several) to your setup? If you’re unsure how to transform your bathroom into a luxe-looking setup, I’ve got you covered. Check out the 20 vibrant bathrooms below and get ready to be inspired by these bright ideas. Whether you go full-on saturation or make just a subtle splash, getting ready each morning will be way more fun — I promise!

1. Rainbow stripe backsplash

Why introduce just one pop of color when you can incorporate practically all of the colors of the rainbow into your bathroom? Blogger Nicole Q-Schmitz painted these festive stripes on the sink wall herself, and they really take her vanity area to the next level. She even added coordinating rainbow box molding elsewhere in the bathroom, too!

Bathroom with blue and green tiled shower and cat-shaped jewelry organizer

Credit: Heidi Cron

2. Moroccan-inspired magic

There’s no need to call in a pro to rethink your tile situation. The bathroom in this Massachusetts home received a colorful upgrade in the form of stick-on tiles. Paired with embellished fabrics and favorite plant babies, these temporary flourishes now evoke memories of a special trip taken to Morocco and enliven the space in a way plain white tiles never could.

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14. Budget-friendly bliss

Blogger Kate Dryer of Kate Decorates barely spent over $100 on her kids’ Jack & Jill bathroom makeover, which is a majorly impressive feat considering she painted the vanity, installed wall shelves, purchased new accessories, and much more. The completed space is soothing and kid-friendly without leaning too young, and I’d say that’s because the powder blue she chose feels so serene and tranquil. It doesn’t hurt that she repeated it throughout the room either, so the space really feels cohesive.

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