Dark Maximalist Spa Bathroom


I’m sorry to say that for the first time, I can NOT recommend one of Valspar’s paints. Despite doing all the recommended prep work for my deliciously dark spa bathroom (see the blog post below), we have suffered horrendously with Surfactant Leaching.

We’ve never had it before in any bathroom so if, like me, you’ve never heard of surfactant leaching, it’s when surfactants in a paint are brought to the surface in humid conditions and cause horrid streaks on the wall.

Now it’s not serious and apparently, it can be eradicated by washing down with soapy water but at the time of writing, we’re almost a year into this makeover and the damn surfactants are still bloody leaching.

Here endeth the rant.

Valspar, if you’re reading this. I am not impressed!


If you’ve been following my decorating exploits, you’ll know my go-to paint of choice is Valspar. So when the Valspar Paint Club invited me to decorate the OneandSeventy bathroom, my fingers were practically on fire typing my acceptance email.

Ordinarily, I like to use the v700 paint & primer in one. It’s not cheap, but it is bloody brilliant! As one might expect (but don’t always get) from a premium brand, it’s an absolute dream to use and the coverage is great as I can attest from decorating the hallway, bedroom and dining room. Unfortunately, Valspar’s v500 Bathroom paint doesn’t come with an in-built primer, so I had to use a separate Primer & Undercoat for this project.

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I buy my Valspar from B&Q and the incredibly helpful Sophie at our local store mixed up the tintable primer to go with my chosen top-coat – a most luscious Deep Space Echo.

Then, armed with Valspar rollers, brushes and possibly one of the best paint trays I’ve ever used, I went to work.

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I found the v500 wasn’t quite as easy to work with as the v700 and using a separate primer definitely added to the work. Mind you, that might have something to do with the three coats I used, which I’m not sure was entirely necessary.

On the plus side, I LOVE that the bathroom paint is scrubbable. That’s already come in handy, I can tell you!

Although tinted to the darkest available shade, the primer was still way too light for my deliciously dark paint and took three more coats of the Deep Space Echo to complete the job. This made the whole project much more time-consuming than I’d hoped for such a relatively small space, but I think you’ll agree it creates a big impact!

A deliciously dark Bathroom

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I’ve managed to pack a lot into my bathroom makeover. I like to call it delicious dark maximalism.

Beloved calls it clutter.


Well, HE was the one who challenged me to inject some Halloween into the bathroom! Clearly, he hadn’t already noticed the pre-makeover crystal skull hiding on the loo.

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Not that it surprises me; things change so often around here, only the ultra-observant would spot everything.

And ultra-observant Beloved is not.

But he did notice the paint job (he’d have been blind not to!) and quickly spotted the other Halloween touches. Without blowing my own trumpet, I reckon my alter ego @WitchatOneandSeventy would be dead proud of how I rocked his challenge!

*Blows fingers*

Oh yes!

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In addition to the Crazy Lace Agate skull (a gift from The Bestie), I made some skullalicious wall art to cover the electrics access panel of our inherited bathroom mirror.

Yeah I know… it lets the side down, but it’s a good mirror and well… electrics.

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The art might seem familiar from the DIY Skull Vase project; they’re both made from the same polystyrene skulls from Hobbycraft.

The third Halloween-esque item in my maximalist spa heaven is…

Wait for it…

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Seriously, how freaking cool is that Toilet Bowl Brush? Not only is it gorgeous, it’s surprisingly sturdy. Definitely worth the money for the serious skull lover!

I did spot another that was cheaper, but I’m not convinced it’s the same product. It doesn’t quite have the same quality about it but if all you want is the novelty value, then this one might be a little more forgiving on the purse strings.

You might think a Skull Toilet Brush Holder would be the pièce de résistance of the Halloween touches in our new dark spa bathroom, but you’d be missing the glaring elephant in the room. The star of the show is in fact, the humungous 112cm x 80cm skull canvas from The Range.

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I know!!!

Now I had planned to make my own oversized artwork for this space, something abstract like the piece on the landing until Beloved spotted this. I’d been lusting after this canvas for months but didn’t think I had a wall big enough. Now I do!

Not only is it the perfect size, it was also on sale – just £11.39 from £16.99. Bargainous!!

A little clever batoning on the back (Beloved’s idea) and I was able to hang it so it’s supported by the tile border and spans both the wall and the tiles with no gap.

Clever man.

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I am SO delighted with my new dark spa bathroom, I just keep walking in and thinking WOW.

It’s amazing how a lick of paint can change a space; I think you’ll agree it’s definitely gone from bland to grand!

Dark Maximalist Spa Bathroom Before and After - @SuzyHomemakerUK

The eagle-eyed among you will have also spotted a brand new window, installed by our local glazing gurus at Target Windows. Well… I could hardly create a relaxing spa sanctuary with the old eyesore, could I? All that’s missing is a stylish window treatment, but a temporary voile from The Range is a great interim solution until I can source what I want.

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What do you think? Are you ready to go dark in your bathroom? As always, drop a comment below to let me know, or head over to Instagram or Facebook for a chat.

A hui hou,

With love from @SuzyHomemakerUK

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This project was sponsored by the Valspar Paint Club. However, this is an independent blog post that is in no way sponsored by Valspar. All opinions are my own.










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