Home Before & After | Guest Bathroom Reveal


When we bought our home back in 2015, we had done as much as we could afford to this bathroom. Just the simple paint and flooring to make it look presentable, plus adding new fixtures and a new toilet. Other than that, we hadn't done much to it! This bathroom originally only featured a bathtub but when the owners before us (also my in laws😂) had the plumbing redone, they added a shower head to the wall so it could be converted to a shower. The only problem was that we needed to have the rest of the shower tiled since it was originally only tiled half way to accommodate just the bathtub. Well, when we made the discovery in our master bathroom that there was a severe leak in the tile and mold growing😖 we knew we had no other choice but to overhaul this bathroom to make it usable while the other one was being demoed/renovated. 

The first task was demoing out the old ivory block tiles that were incredibly outdated! We decided to go with a white subway tile but a more oversized version than the typical small tiles you see most often. We got all of our tile & grout from our local Floor & Decor. I picked out the grout color and for the life of me can't remember what it is called but it's a pale grey color. We had our tile guy also build out a shelf where we could place our shampoo bottles/body wash so we didn't have to use one of those silly shower caddies, best decision we made! We also plan to use the same tile, grout and build out a shelf for our master bathroom as well once we can get around to it!

Once the shower was completed, we needed to find a shower curtain rod that worked for the odd placing of the shower we have. We needed a semi-wrap around rod and man are those things EXPENSIVE! So being the true DIY-ers we are, Michael made this one out of pipe that we bought at home depot, he then had it powder-coated the same bronze color as our fixtures so it wouldn't rust.

Once the shower was completed we took a pretty long break from doing any renovations on the bathroom until I decided I wanted to paint the existing tile on the vanity to go with the tile in the shower. It was the same awful ivory color it was originally with brown, YES BROWN grout🙊 It was horrific! So it had to go! I painted the tile using an oil based pure white paint by Rustoleum, and just painted coats on until the original color was gone. It was totally simple and an easy fix if you need something quick and inexpensive! And it's held up for the last few months so that's definitely a win in my book. Make sure if you take on this DIY, that you use an OIL BASED paint, otherwise the paint will simply chip away.

I also overhauled the cabinets since they were an ivory chalk painted color as well. I can only blame myself for that because I painted them this color thinking it would compliment the ivory tile, but all in all, nothing could compliment it! I decided to paint the cabinets with my favorite chalk paint in Linen White. Some other things we did to get it to where it is today is painting it the same color we painted the rest of our house to brighten it up and make it flow better from the hallway. The color we have running through the rest of the house is Moth Grey by BEHR. We also added shiplap to the wall behind the mirror to make a statement wall and replaced our builder grade mirror with this gorgeous one from Target. The shiplap in here is my absolute favorite part of the bathroom! It really just adds something extra to the space. We painted the shiplap using Benjamin Moore's Simply White and it's the perfect white color.

Michael also made me the industrial style shelves that are above our toilet. Our ceilings aren't very tall but after tiling our shower all the way up, it made the room look so much taller and we definitely needed something to fill that space above the toilet. The shelves are another favorite of mine because I love the exposed, warm wood and the stark bronze color together. It is also so fun to decorate!

And that's it! A complete overhaul of our guest bathroom, just in time for our newest baby to arrive. It was on my list of things to finish before I delivered and I am so glad to finally check that off the list. I love the way it came out and for how affordable we accomplished it as well. The tile was the most expensive part of the project but I bet we accomplished the rest of the bathroom for under $300! Totally worth it when you look at the before pictures. Speaking of those, here they are:


( when we first bought the house in July of 2015 )

( before taking on the shiplap and painting the walls )


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