An Updated 1970’s Bathroom

Both bathrooms in this 1970’s house have officially been updated.  Yippee!!  I can’t wait to show you this one.  It really looks fabulous and we all worked hard to get it to this point.  My mom, dad, and I all stripped wallpaper.  I added the beadboard wallpaper, painted it, and my dad painted, as well as put in the vanity, countertop, faucet and light fixture.  He is still a handy guy!  My brother-in-law, Bruce, came over and helped install the glass shower doors.  I really think they are going to enjoy these shower doors.  The stripes on these Kohler sliders will help hide soap spots and the bottom tray is angled down for maximum water drainage, so mom doesn’t think these will pose more problems for cleaning.

Let me remind you where we started.  This bathroom had not been updated since the mid-80’s, at least.  It was a sad, sad state of affairs in this small bathroom and it was in dire need of being brought into the 21’st century. Good bye ugly dated pink wallpaper.  You will not be missed!

I’m breaking it down so you can see the dramatic and astonishing AFTER’s!  Are you ready?  Oh yeah, I know you are!


Before, we had a dated 1970’s/80’s decor going on in here.  It was functional, but not very pretty.  I do have to tell you that my parents are completely function over form people.  Exactly the opposite of me.  I cannot live with UGLY.  Just can’t do it!  But, I know my sweet mama is very happy to have a pretty new bathroom.  She will be so proud to show it off.

new bathroom long shot

With just this shot alone, you can see the dramatic difference!  We are so proud of how it turned out.  The addition of the beadboard wallpaper is such a great way to add architectural interest at such a low cost.  One roll of my $25 Graham Brown beadboard wallpaper transformed this space!


The homemade vanity is gone, gone, gone and we sure don’t miss it!  We found a beautiful 36” vanity from Lowes that just fits in this niche and with a stand alone furniture feel, it looks great.  Thanks to Lowes, we were able to purchase the vanity, countertop/sink, and faucet for our project.  We couldn’t have done it without them and I know that this part would not have happened if not for my good fortune with being a Lowes Creative Ideas blogger.

entire vanity

Here’s our beautiful new vanity.  This one is by Estate and features doors and 2 drawers on either side.   The mirror came from Old Time Pottery for $39 and it works perfectly with our new vanity.


Before, we had a shower curtain in the shower area.

shower doors Kohler

Now, we have these beautiful Kohler sliding glass doors.  You can see the stripes will help hide soap spots and the tray at the bottom slants down to the shower floor to help drain water out.  These are nice doors!  My sister decided to buy these for them for Christmas, so that is how they came to be during this project too.  It made sense to go ahead and do it all while we were in project mode.

white shelf

My mom already had this wicker shelf, so we just reused it for now.  I’d love to get a nicer shelf in here later, but we looked around at a few stores and didn’t find anything, so that can come later. A few accessories on top add some fun.

countertop solid surface

The countertop from Lowes was sold separately from the vanity, so we chose this color, a pretty brownish fleck that is solid surface with an integrated sink.  This top cost was $165 and well worth it.  This was part of the $500 giftcard that I received from Lowes to do this project.  The faucet is by Moen and we found it on clearance when we were shopping for $75, in brushed chrome.  Soap dispenser is from Target.

blue bird

This little bird may not stay here, cause I’m sure he will drive my dad crazy and be in the way, so we may have to perch him somewhere less obvious, but isn’t he cute?  We found him at Marshalls in the garden area.

Moen faucet

Close up of the Moen faucet.

new bathroom vanity

Looking into the shower area.  We got a couple of new rugs that look great with our colors.  The rug by the shower came from Old Time Pottery and the striped rug is from Target.

silver light fixture

Here’s the light fixture I picked up from Cherokee Closeouts for only $33. It’s just what we needed without breaking the bank.

solid surface countertop

Another look at the solid surface countertop.  It’s a beautiful piece!

white shelf

Shelf with accessories and new hand towel, which came from Marshalls.


We found that pretty faux orchid at Kirklands and the little covered dish will be filled with cotton balls, also from Marshalls. The candle was passed along from my sister.

red orchid

We loved the color of this orchid and it made a nice splash of color in here.

rug with vanity

Pretty striped rug from Target.

starfish print

Starfish print from Homegoods.  We had fun shopping around and pulling this space together.

shower area print

Looking into the shower room.

flower print

We found this pretty floral print for only $20 at Kirklands.  It had some nice colors and looks great in here. Note the little silver inner liner too which picks up the brushed chrome on the towel bar.   We painted my mom’s old laundry hamper the same color as the walls. Paint color in this space is Quietude, by Sherwin Williams. It’s not quite as blue as this pic shows, more of a soft blue/green.

track on shower doors

Here’s the track up close on the shower doors.  You can see it doesn’t have ridges, which should release water easily and hopefully these doors will not be a chore to keep clean.

installed shower doors

They did a great job with installing the doors and they were in in no time.  They did have to add a small piece of wood up top, which will be painted to match the walls and they used a masonry bit to drill into the tile on the sides and bottom of the shower.

shower with new doors

We think it looks fantastic and stylish.  I think they are really enjoying the doors already.

new bathroom vanity

There you have it!

A beautiful, stylish and functional new and improved bathroom suite.  My parents are really happy with it and I’m so excited that I could give them such a gift.  Blogging certainly has perks and I am so grateful for all of them!  Hopefully, when I get my own house, more of these perks will come along and I’ll be able to update and renovate more.  It sure is fun to watch a space being transformed and beautified before my eyes.  That’s the most fun thing to me!  Making a space gorgeous.

I hope you enjoyed the process of watching this happen.  It took awhile, but we are so glad it’s finished.  Now, we are moving on to the master bedroom.   We have to paint the walls, hang up the drapery panels that mom and Lauren made a few weeks ago, and get the new bedding and rug in place.  Coming soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by, so glad you did and I hope you got some inspiration on how you can update an old and dated space.  We did it without breaking the bank and it was nice to get some perks to help too.

Note: This project was sponsored by Lowes.  They provided a $500 giftcard for me to spend on a bathroom project.  We were already planning to do this bathroom space, so it really came in handy to replace the old vanity, countertop and faucet.  Thanks to Lowes Creative Ideas!  You can find them on FacebookLowes Creative Ideas also has a blog that you can follow, they will be featuring blogger projects and lots of inspiration for updating your spaces too.

- Rhoda


  1. SUCH a great job on everything from hardware to colors. I’m sure your parents are thrilled with the transformation. Truly, the have an “in-house decorator”.

  2. Rhoda, I love it!!! Your parents must be so happy with their new bathroom. I love the sink you chose from Lowes and to find the perfect mirror to go with it for only 39$ was amazing. Love the pops of color and I’m buying the quietitude today for Mom’s bath…love all of it!! Lots of hard work but well worth it. I can’t wait to see the bedroom.

  3. Rhoda, mind sharing with us how you painted the old clothes hamper? I’m like your Mom..mine is 48 yrs. old..a wedding gift and it’s better than what you can buy out there today…just needs painting..I thought about waiting till the summer and spray painting it in the garage. How do I keep the paint from going on things I didn’t intend to paint? Large piece of cardboard held up on each side or get a large appliance box to surround it? LOL!

    • Betty, my dad took it outside on a nice day and brushed on the wall paint on that old hamper. That was it! Easy way to change it up & now it matches the walls. You can also spray paint, which is really fast and easy. Just put it on a dropcloth or cardboard outside so you can spray well and spray it down.

  4. Rhoda, it’s fantastic!! What a treat for your and your parents to have this time together!!

  5. Arlene Grimm says:

    Just beautiful Rhoda…GREAT JOB!! I know your parents will love their new bathroom. Just purchased Wedgewood Gray paint yesterday so I can paint my bedroom. I have lived for three years with builder beige but like you I cannot live with UGLY.:) I am looking forward to a new look! You inspire me with all your great ideas.

  6. Wow. Wow. Wow. Very impressive!

  7. Hi Girlfriend!

    I’ve been MIA lately….lots going on for me, all good, but tiring. I haven’t had much time to visit, but I’m up early this morning and thought I’d get in a little blog time while I drank my coffee.

    Great job on the bathroom. I know your Mom and Dad are thrilled.

    Hope to see you soon.

  8. Rhoda, it all looks fabulous! I know your parents are so pleased with how it turned out. I think that it is wonderful that you are in a phase of your life that you can help them like this.

  9. It looks gorgeous, Rhoda! Such a nice, airy update. Congrats on all your hard work:)

  10. LOVE IT!! It is so light and bright and the color is beautiful! Very spa like. I know your parents must love it!

  11. This was quite a transformation! It looks beautiful. I love the Moen faucet and the paint color. I used that same color at work for the corridors in a hospital. It is such a soothing color.

  12. Love the transformation and evenmore that you did this for your parents. Well done.

  13. Rhoda! The bathroom looks fantastic, what a transformation. I know your parents are thrilled, and what a great feeling it must be to be able to do that for them. The vanity is gorgeous and the shower doors bring in SO much light. It’s great that their tile was in good shape so you didn’t have to worry about that. Just curious, was there always just a shower there or did they convert a tub to shower only at some point?

    • Shelia, they have always just had a shower, they aren’t tub folks, so a shower is all they wanted when the house was built. The shower doors are really nice. Oh, and that floor tile is only about 10 years old. My dad put that down himself years ago. They tiled the whole bottom floor of their house, got tired of the dusty carpet.

  14. Rhoda, You did an amazing job!!! I cannot imagine how thrilled your parents are! As always, I love dropping by to see what you are up to! 🙂

  15. Hi Rhoda,
    The bathroom looks great. I am sure your parents love it. I have puchased some of the beadboard wallpaper and can’t wait to use it. I love helping my parents out, they have done so much for me that I appreciate. It is nice to do something back for them. Love the vanity as well.

  16. Looks Great! and all the wallpaper is GONE! I will never buy another home that has wallpaper in it.

  17. Maureen Anne says:

    Such a great transformation, Rhoda! I may have to give that bead board paper a go in a small bath I need to redo! Want to come over and help? Had a great time shopping/ exploring with you last week, and look forward to that post!

  18. Rhoda,

    Such a beautiful job and what a delightful thing to do for your parents!

  19. Rhoda, this is quite a transformation! I love the new vanity and the shower doors are wonderful! You decorated it to perfection! I love it!

  20. Beautiful, it is truly amazing. Love the colors and the finishes. It has a wow factor !

  21. Love what you did with such a small space! Above all, I love their shower! It’s so huge with no bathtub to speak of. That’s pretty cool for the 70’s/80’s!

  22. That’s beautiful…love the vanity and counter top!

  23. Amy O'Brien says:

    I would love to know where you got the hand soap dispenser on the sink. So pretty!!

  24. Love the beadboard wallpaper and the new shower doors! Seems like it’s the season for in-door room re-do projects…we just updated our dining room. Nice post – thanks for sharing!

  25. It turned out beautiful!! I’m sure you parents are loving their new space! I really LOVE that beadboard wallpaper & that vanity is really pretty too!! Great job Rhoda!

  26. A job well done! Congratulations – it is easy to see why you are do proud! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Wednesday

  27. Fantastic! Oh my, Rhoda – this is so . . . my world right now 😉 so I truly appreciate what you’ve accomplished. Just gorg. I love all of your choices. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve got that same wicker shelf somewhere in storage, ha ha.

    Yes, I ♥ all of it but, to me, the dingdingding winner is the bottom of the shower doors. Those gulleys have always driven me nuts to clean. Huh. Does that make me a function over style person? {ggg}

  28. That is lovely! Inspiration to take out our tub
    and install a step in shower with doors –

    I love and bless how you love your parents.

    Hugs, patti

  29. Hi Rhoda,

    It turned out so pretty and I bet your mama was glad to get rid of that wallpaper. The vanity is beautiful! Now I’m anxious to see the bedroom!

  30. It looks wonderful! Now it looks so welcoming and relaxing. The little birdie perched on the sink is sooo stinking cute.

  31. Rhoda,
    You are officially the worlds best daughter!
    What a fab tranformation – love those shower doors! They must be thrilled.

  32. Hi Rhoda, Beautiful transformation!! The new bath is lovely and I know your parents appreciate all the work you put into this.
    Hugs, Sherry

  33. wonderful! It is so heartwarming to see how your return to the nest has been good for everyone 🙂 A quick hint about the shower door – spray the inside with a product like Rainex that is made for windshields. The soapy water sheets off of it and cuts down on cleaning!

  34. The end result of the bathroom is very pretty. Your parents must be very happy.

  35. Love love this project! We have 2 bathrooms in need of updating and this post gave me some great ideas. I know your Mom loves it! 🙂

  36. RHODA!!!!! Just a magnificent makeover! Everything is so gorgeous – so happy for your sweet mama and daddy! WHOOO HOOOO – you did it again, talented girl!

  37. What a beautiful room makeover! You are one very talented and creative woman! I so wish you lived in Ohio.

    Thank you for sharing. I am sure your sweet parents love their new space.

  38. Beautiful transformation! Love the colors and all the updates.

  39. It looks fabulous, Rhoda! I have a similar wicker shelf in my guest bath. I wanted to change it out, but when I saw yours all gussied up, I may work on updating mine. I like the faux orchid. And the little hand towel looks cute, too. Hmmmmm…ideas are rolling around in my little bitty head. Thanks!

  40. Hi Rhoda.
    I LOVE the bath redo. I know your parents will enjoy it.

    You didn’t say what you put over the window inside the shower. My mom has the same thing, and it was hard to keep clean and PRIVATE. My solution was a light panel for a suspended ceiling (Lowes). I cut it to fit the window with a small overlap, glued on pre-finished vinyl molding (like a picture frame) and hung it over the window. Works great…light in…peepers out.

    I live in Texas where the water is hard as rocks. Mineral build up on my pretty glass shower door was a bummer. I solved this problem by hanging a white “cloth” shower curtain (Wal-Mart) INSIDE the shower doors. It can be pushed back out of the way, looks nice, is easy to wash and no more mess on my doors.

    Just thought I’d share my little hints. I look forward to reading/seeing all your wonderful projects. Thanks so much for sharing your life with us.

  41. Beautiful job on the bathroom. So crisp, clean and fresh!

  42. Such a beautiful transformation!!! I am tickled for all of you. Love the faucet especially! Any plans to replace those brass door knobs with brushed nickel? Not necessary but little details like that drive me to distraction in my own home. And you are such a detail-oriented gal you are probably way ahead of me here. Great job for your darling parents! I always love it when you share stuff about them.

  43. Wow!! Such an amazing change. It’s just beautiful. Love the colors, and that vanity is gorgeous. It’s modern, chic, and very up to date. I am sure they just love it! Loved this post and had been looking forward to seeing the transformation. Worth the wait!

  44. Looks great Rhoda – nice job and I love the old school hamper in the corner too! I am going to start looking for one of those myself. Take care, Laura

  45. Rhoda,

    My parents’ had the exact bathroom in one of their homes! My mom even had the same wicker shelf. 🙂 I think you did a beautiful job updating it. The ‘Quietude’ walls and white bead board reminds me of my own bathroom. You would never know it’s wall paper! The new vanity is gorgeous and the dark rich brown pops against the light airy walls. Thanks for sharing this update. I know you feel blessed to have your parents but I also know they feel blessed to have you. You’re a good daughter. 🙂

    Your Friend,

  46. Beautiful transformation. Love everything. You are blessed and you are such a blessing to others.

  47. Looks so lovely! Just a tip, I swear by the daily shower cleaners. If you just spray down your shower after using, it never really gets gunk built up on it.

  48. I love it! You are so sweet to make this over–and you did a fabulous job. I know that your parents will really enjoy their new fresh space!

  49. It looks great, and I love the little bird. You are one talented lady!

  50. Rhoda I know your folks are loving their new bathroom. You did a beautiful job on both rooms!

    If we had our d’ruthers we’d ruther have just a shower too. We are shower people.:-)

  51. Oh Rhoda, it turned out beautifully. I bet you folks think they have a new house (in the bathrooms, at least). How fun that they were able to help. You are so lucky to have them in your life. Blessings, Paula Lusk

  52. Oh my goodness Rhoda, dramatic is an understatement! Wow! Absolutely beautiful! I love the beadboard. What a difference that look can make in space. I knew you got that little bird at Marshalls 🙂 I almost bought it! I bet your parents are so excited for this new space. How cool you got to all do it together also 🙂 Great memories! Job well done!

  53. What an amazing transformation! Beautiful.

    I can’t even imagine the work it must have taken to get rid of that wallpaper! Great job. Such a wonderful gift!

  54. Remarkable transformation…I am sure your parents are thrilled with the beautiful job you did…

  55. What a wonderful gift for your folks! It was fun seeing the pictures and hearing about how it all came together. Beautiful job!!

  56. Rhoda with you and Lowes on the same team, magic happens!!! I love how you turned an older style room into a new classic space for your parents. I know that they are just enjoying the bathroom as much as we enjoy your awesome blog. BIG TIME. When you get your new place, just say the word, I will be there with DIY clothes on. Yes, they have DIY clothes…haha. I know this because my closet is full of em. Love ya Lady!

  57. Elizabeth H says:

    Spot on job. It looks great. Love it all and that shower door is so nice and different. Love it. Vanity and counter top wonderful also.

  58. Oh I love love love this! We are fixing to start redoing our bathroom and I (im so embaressed!) told my husband he could pick out everything without me saying a word! What was I thinking!?
    I guess a girl could dream…. Anywhoo, great job! I love your blog too! I will def be a repeat visitor!


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  59. The new bathroom is beautiful! Your daddy and mama are lucky to have such a talented girl!

  60. Rhoda, I love the transformation you achieved in this bathroom. My sister has a 1980’s bathroom and I want to show her this post to inspire her!
    How did you determine where the top of the beadboard wallpaper went? Are there rules on this?

  61. So pretty! I just love it. Can’t wait to see the bedroom.
    Just a note… you may want to add “grab bars” in the shower.
    My 83 year old mother loves having them for safety.

  62. Hard to believe this is the same bathroom. My husband works for Lowe’s, and naturally I am partial to shopping there. However, I did not know about that blog site, so I am going to check it out.

    Enjoy the time you have with your parents. I wish I still could.

  63. It looks great, Rhoda. I so wish I could do that for my parents. My mom would be thrilled, but my dad would not. Something about change he can’t stand.

  64. Rhoda, can you post the color you used for the bead board and trim, also? I like the glass doors. The striped pattern provides a little more privacy.

  65. Wow Rhoda…great job…know your parents feel ‘uptown’!!
    xx R

  66. I just found your blog and look forward to exploring past posts. Love the updated bath! Another thought on shower doors: we replaced our ‘cloudy’ old glass with new clear glass doors because it really helps make our tiny bath look BIGGER! To keep them clean, we use a big squeegee after we have both showered and never have a problem with soap film or water marks.

  67. Great design. I like the paintings and I am sure you love the big mirror.

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