Guest Bath: Before and After

Happy New Year!

There will be posts all over blogland about New Year’s resolutions and setting goals and all of that productive stuff, but I didn’t feel like talking about that today, so how about a fun Before and After?   We can get organized and make resolutions later.  Actually I’m not much of a resolutions girl.

Now that Christmas is over,  I can finally get around to showing all my rooms since we jumped right into the Holidays just as I was getting finished up.  My roommate, Rhonda, uses this bathroom and I got it looking good for her.  She loves it and I’m really proud of how it came out, especially since I didn’t gut it, but worked with what I had.  I will probably give it a new vanity one day, but for now, I’m totally happy with it.

Here’s a reminder of where this bathroom started.  Pretty blah and uninspiring and it definitely needed a little repair and painting.

The After looks pretty darn good, I think.  It’s amazing what paint, adding beadboard and molding, rugs, painting the countertoppainting the vanity, new lighting, and spray painting the hardware on the vanity will do.  None of these things were super expensive, but all together made for a pretty dramatic change in here.

Guest bath shower curtain

The shower curtain plays off the vanity which is painted Annie Sloan Duck Egg blue.  I did the Rustoleum countertop transformation kit which you can find in the link above.  The shower curtain , called Birds of a Feather, was ordered online through Walmart and it came via Wayfair (not sure how that works, but that is what my order says).  Wayfair has tons of products and this curtain was around $25.  I love how it adds some fun to the room.

Rug from Ballards

The rug came from Ballards Outlet and this is still in their catalog.  Loved the blue with writing on it, so I grabbed it while I was at the outlet.

tub rug

This little bathmat came from TJ Maxx and ties in nicely with the other rug and shower curtain.

framed mirror

There’s a good shot of the mirror frame from MirrorMate, which also adds a nice finished look in here.  And you can get a good look at the beadboard wallpaper and molding above.  I did add one more hook to the mix, total of 3.

mirror close

Close up of the frame.

Hooks and beadboard

Good shot of the hooks and beadboard with the shell art above.

Forgot to include a link to the beadboard wallpaper, which I carry in my online shop, from Graham Brown. I love working with this paper and have showed several projects over the years on my blog and how easy it is to work with.

beadboard and artwork

This shell art was in my master bath in my old house, so I’m reusing here.


And there was room for a wall shelf here on the end wall.  This piece was also in my old masterbath and I’m reusing it.  I sprayed it with Satin Nickel Rustoleum spray paint since I had painted it gold in my old bath.

bathroom shelf

Already had the lamp and beach print too, so all in all this was a very cost effective bathroom makeover.  This shot is most accurate for paint color.  It is hard to get good pics in a windowless bathroom.  It is Khaki and not gold.

Hope this gave you all some ideas on how you can take a plain Jane bathroom that is horribly dated and ugly and at least bring it up to date without completely starting over and gutting the space.  I was fortunate to already have this neutral tile on the floors too, so that did help a lot.  Much better than linoleum, so I’m grateful to have it.  I could definitely work with it.

Do you have an old bathroom that needs some help?  Think about painting the vanity, adding new hardware (although I kept mine and painted it), rugs, shower curtain and adding that beadboard wallpaper in mine really added a lot of architectural detail to an otherwise plain space.

All those little things add up to making a stylish space!

- Rhoda


  1. Marie in Va says

    The bathroom looks great! What a transformation! I love how you have reused so much that you already had.

  2. Marie in Va says

    The bathroom looks great! What a transformation! I love how you have reused so much that you already had.
    Happy New Year!
    May your 2013 be happy, healthy and hopeful 🙂

  3. Love it!! So pretty and functional. I am sure Rhonda is loving it. The whole house has turned out so pretty and I know you will continue to inspire me with even more projects to beautify. Thanks for sharing!

  4. great makeover!

  5. Love the blue and white.

    I think painting works really well when one has a good cabinet with a finish that needs updating. It’s a personal preference, but that cottage style cabinet looks better painted
    than stained.

    I have the same blue towels. I use them for throws in my daughter’s room.

  6. Looks great! I love the color combination of brown and blue. Wishing you a wonderful new year!

  7. What a beautiful transformation! Great Job Rhoda! Looks like a magazine photoshoot! Happy New Year!

  8. Looks great Rhoda, Happy New Year to you and your family, my kids were home for Christmas, we had such a nice time, snow held off until they left 🙂

    All the best in 2013
    Kathy 🙂

  9. Love your site have a Happy New Year

  10. Rhoda, your guest bath turned out so pretty!! Nice job!

    Happy New Year.


  11. Have I missed the winner of the mirror mate giveaway ? Tks

  12. Great transformation.

    Happy New Year

  13. LOVE IT!!

  14. I love it! Great transformation and it looks like the costs were quite low all in all. I have a question about the beadboard wallpaper. Would it work on textured “knockdown” walls?

    • Hi, Jeanne, I have never had knockdown walls before so I’m not sure that it would work over them. It might show the bumps underneath a little, just not sure.

    • Thanks Rhoda, I’m thinking the same thing. I’m beginning to hate these knockdown walls because things like wallpaper ans stencils don’t seem to work well on it.

  15. The bathroom looks great, Rhoda! I just finished one of the countertop kits in my sister’s bathroom, had to leave before they reinstalled the sinks, though, so I’ll be posting about it after I get back up there to take pics. Happy New Year, and let’s get together again soon! 🙂

    • Great, Sheila, glad you tried it out too, I’m sure it looks nice and yes, we will definitely have to get together soon.

  16. Wow! Your bath looks awesome! Rhoda, make sure you enter my giveaway for a free ticket to design camp in Atlanta with Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis in January!!!!

  17. What a great transformation! I love the look of the vanity…a great color! Have a great week!

  18. Rhoda,
    I love the updates in the bathroom. You did a great job with the beadbord wallpaper and trim. The colors in the shower curtain look so fresh!

  19. Rhoda, This bathroom doesn’t look anything like the old bathroom….I love everything about this makeover…Just beautiful!!! Love your blog….

  20. Just found you on Pinterest and I am drooling 🙂 My bathroom is on the “updating” list this year and I am going to use so many of your wonderful ideas. Can’t wait to sit down this evening and peruse your blog!


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