Guest Bathroom Reveal

Sound the trumpets! It’s time for the full guest bathroom reveal.  Dan and I honestly could not be happier with the way that this Phase 1 makeover turned out.  In fact, I love it so much that I’m calling this a finished job until we move (we won’t be here forever).  Let’s take a look at each side of the space and how far we’ve come since December.  For reference, here’s a shot of our mirror/light fixture wall before we got to work on it.

And now, prepare yourselves for the after effects, all chronicled below in this post.

Paint & Hardware Updating

First, we repainted the entire bathroom with Benjamin Moore’s Harbor Gray in a matte finish.  After quite a few gray paint samples, this one was the best fit for us.  It looks even better in person: it’s a very true-to-color gray.  Dan also painted the trim and the door in Classic White.  Even just a few simple coats of paint made a big difference from the original dated and faded lavender color.  We also updated our towel bar to be a nice oil-rubbed bronze finish (note: the old faucet is in the above photo, so you can compare it with our new one!). The paint journey was detailed a few weeks ago here.

Mirror Wall

Remember the old wall-to-wall glass mirror and Hollywood bar light fixture? Gone are their memories, and in their place we installed a Hilary wall sconce and added a Home Depot mirror.  This is where the most change took place in the entire bedroom.  Just changing out those two fixtures alone makes the bathroom seem updated.  Here’s a side-by-side comparison for your viewing pleasure:

The dark frame of our new mirror really pops against the light gray of the walls.  It was definitely a great choice (and the sea turtle art to the right has been a pretty good complement so far!).  We changed out the light fixture first and then followed suit by removing the old mirror.


You may remember that we decided to save our pennies and opt out of changing the floor tile or the vanity. While an all-white, wall-to-wall vanity can look dated, we realized that by upgrading to oil-rubbed bronze door handles and a beautiful oil-rubbed bronze Moen faucet, we could really gussy this vanity up and make it look (almost) like new.  Read about changing our faucet here.


For decorating, I kept my plans pretty clear from the beginning: gray, white, dark finishes, blue, and green (it’s all in our Bathroom Mood Board).  I used as much as I could around the house to keep the decor simple and also customize it in a fun way (by having painting parties, of course!).  I added in some vases, books, lanterns, and baskets to round everything out.  Best of all, I kept each of my decorating projects to under $10 in this post.


We kept the art simple as well, starting with my favorite signature piece, the Help Ink Cherry Shake print.  With a nice big white frame around it, this print is definitely one of the focal points of the room.  Dan and I wanted to accent it even further, so we installed a floating shelf from Target above it in an espresso finish.  (Sidenote: this shelf was slightly more difficult to install than we anticipated.  It was installed with a bracket on the wall and the shelf was intended to fit onto that bracket.  It didn’t go smoothly, so Dan had to actually screw shims into the shelf to get them to adhere properly.  We’re still happy with the final product, but we won’t be putting much wait on the shelf for safety purposes.)  Shelves aren’t exactly common as decor in bathrooms, but we thought it accented things well – plus it can hold more decorative items to bring all of our color choices together.

Here’s the budget breakdown on our Phase 1 guest bathroom renovation:

Faucet (Moen from Amazon): $125
Paint (Benjamin Moore Harbor Gray in matte finish and assorted samples from Benjamin Moore): ~$60
Light fixture (Hilary wall sconce from Joss & Main): $51
Mirror (Headwest copper and bronze from Home Depot): $49
Espresso finish wall mounted floating shelf (Threshold from Target): $16
Doorknob hardware (Kwikset from Home Depot): $15
Oil rubbed bronze towel ring (Target): $15
Toilet paper basket (Threshold from Target) : $14
Seal photograph: $7 total; $2.99 for a print from Walgreens and $3.99 for an 8×10 Room Essentials frame from Target
Turtle photograph: $7 total; $2.99 for a print from Walgreens and $3.99 for an 8×10 Room Essentials frame from Target
Wine bottle craft project: $6
Loose seal craft: $3 for the 5×7 Room Essentials frame from Target
Arrow printed vase: $3 (Crate & Barrel vase was a free gift, fake Ikea flowers, and we already had the craft paint in the house)
Books from Habitat for Humanity ReStore: $2
Vanity handle upgrades: $6 ($3 each from Home Depot)
Green tea light lantern (Ikea): $1.99
Help Ink Cherry Shake print and frame: $0 (had it in the house already)
WoodWick candle: $0 (had it around the house)
Ikea basket: $0 (had it around the house)
Ikea duck print and frame: $0 (had it around the house)
Roald Dahl quote print and frame from KensieKate Designs on Etsy: $0 (bought it over the summer!)

Grand total for this Guest Bathroom Makever: $381.  We were right on track and well under the $500 budget we set at the beginning of this project!  Not too bad for a (somewhat) quick and (definitely) dirty makeover.  Now excuse me, I’m on the hunt for my next project…

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