A huge thanks to Behr who generously supplied paint for this light & bright guest bathroom makeover. All opinions of this fabulous and high-quality paint are completely my own; you can read my full disclosures here!
Ahh! You can’t see me, but I’m jumping for joy as I type these words to you: our guest bathroom is FINISHED!
It seems like just a couple months ago I was thinking about giving my guest bath a little refresh. Oh wait, it was several months ago. I’m just indecisive, so it takes me twice as long to get things done as other people. But my flaws aside, it’s done and I’m so thrilled to be sharing the reveal with you today!!
Let me back up and tell you about what the bathroom used to look like. When we moved into our house about 5 years ago, I literally threw up all the bathroom decor I used when I was in college. I must have reeeeeally been into bright colors (and lots of orange!), because it looked like half the rainbow vomited in my bathroom. I’m not kidding!
Don’t believe me? Here’s a before:
And, there’s no window in there so it’s a dark, ugly dungeon (as these awful photos show!). I remember really liking yellow, pink, and orange because it reminded me of a tropical oasis, but looking back, it just looks like a big hot mess. Yikes!
I had talked about my plans for this bathroom several months ago as I tackled some projects around our house.
I really wanted to update it a bit and try and make it a lot lighter and brighter. And by brighter, I don’t mean hot-pink bright. 😉
For the walls, I chose a pale gray color from Behr called Dreamscape Gray. It’s the perfect color to brighten up the room! I used their premium plus ultra paint, which only took two light coats over the existing yellow paint. It went on so smooth!
Even as I started painting the walls, it was a huge difference. It’s amazing the effect just some paint can have. Bye bye, yellow!
I decided to paint our outdated vanity as well, from a light oak wood to a darker gray. I posted a full tutorial on how incredibly easy it was to paint the whole vanity without all the extra work, just by using Behr Marquee paint!
It was just the transformation I was hoping for, and I loved how it popped against the light gray walls and white trim.
The two biggest jobs in the bathroom were now done, so it was just a matter of hanging shelves and a few other items and adding accessories.
And now, for all the full reveal pictures! I’m sorry in advance for the overload, but I’m just so happy with this space. Sometimes, I just like to go in there and just stare. Is that weird? 😉
We got rid of our builder grade mirror, and went with a smaller, white framed mirror. I also found a new light fixture at my local Habitat for Humanity Restore, removed the glass shades, and added some Edison bulbs for a neat industrial look (I got the idea from the talented Tasha at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body!). Removing the glass shades really helped to bring in more light to this small space.
I love succulents and thought they’d be the perfect little pop to have around the bathroom! And since they’re faux, no watering required. 😉
There used to be a towel bar on this wall, but it just wasn’t my style. Instead, I made a little towel rack/shelf to put on the wall. It’s a huge improvement! You can check out the full tutorial on how I made it HERE!
Since this is also Jade’s bathroom, I had her contribute some art by painting with watercolors (click for tutorial!). It was so fun, and she loves to tell me every time we go in there, “Jade painted that!” We still refer to ourselves in the 3rd person. A part of me wishes that’d never change, it’s too cute!
Joann’s had these adorable colored mason jars, and this one was a perfect match!
And, for my favorite part, some “before and afters…”
No. words. What do you think of the difference?
Like I mentioned, I’m completely ecstatic this makeover is complete. And, I’m totally elated that ugly striped shower curtain is gone. Seriously, why did I ever have that?!
Pin it for later for when you makeover your own bathroom:
I’ve now got the bug and I want to redo our master bath, too! Maybe in 6 months I’ll actually have some decisions made. 😉
Hope the rest of your week is lovely, friends!
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86 thoughts on “Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover – The Reveal!”
Well done! This looks fabulous! The before reminds me so much of the bathroom in our old condo apartment… it had orange tiles on the floors lol… This space looks really inviting now and the artwork is too cute! (And the lil’ artiste too!)
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Erin! Thank you! Oh man, we should all just say “no!” to decorating with orange. It’s just wrong. At least, not in a major living space; a kid’s room could work! Yay for new inviting, relaxing spaces! And cute artists. 😉
Such a huge difference! It’s amazing how paint can completely transform a space. I love the new wall color and the dark grays and light blues work so well together. Great job, it’s beautiful!
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Thank you, Katie!! I’m totally in love with it now, and am so glad it’s all done! Paint is my best friend. 😉 Can’t wait to see how your bathroom turns out, too! 🙂 Hope your week is going great!
Where did you get the shower curtain? I love it!
Hi Ellen! I got the curtain at Target, however this was a couple years ago and they don’t carry it anymore, sadly!
Gorgeous bathroom Amanda!!! I love it and the artwork is so sweet. You did a great job!!
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Thank you so much, Leigh Anne! The artwork is definitely my favorite part, and my daughter’s, too! It’s so much fun when they can help in the decor. 🙂
It’s beautiful Amanda! It’s so clean and fresh and modern looking.
I love all the little touches, even down to the color of the shower curtain rod.
I have used that brand paint before and was really happy with it. You have sold me on that color!
I must say, your old bathroom was really something! The Corona bottles on the vanity made me smile 🙂
Thank you, Karen! I’m sooo happy with how it turned out, and I think our guests will approve, too! 🙂 I’m totally in love with Behr and have always had the best luck with their paint. Ok, I’ve gotta set the bar straight here though, I promise those weren’t just empty corona bottles sitting there!! 😉 Every time my hubby and I visited a new beach, we’d find a glass bottle somewhere along the beach and fill it with sand from that spot. So, we had about 5 or 6 bottles (which happened to be beer bottles!) filled with sand from different places. 😉 I might have to mention in the post so people aren’t thinking we just have beer bottles hanging around as decor! Ha!
Oh my goodness it’s come a long way since all that orange!! Ha. Love it Amanda, it looks so serene and peaceful!!
Ha! Thanks, girl! It’s definitely come a loooooong way. It’s definitely more serene than the seizure-causing “before.” 😉
Very nice!! Mentioned this before but the gray on white trim is such a sharp look!! Thanks for sharing Amanda, great job!!
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Thank you Melissa!! I totally agree, I think the colors work together so well. Just what I had in mind! I love when that happens. 😉 Hope your week is going great!
I am in looooooove with that shower curtain!! I love the pop of color it brings to the space and the grey is a perfect way to lighten the walls without going totally white. Beautiful job!!
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Aw thanks Meaghan!! I was so happy when I found that curtain, it was the first thing I bought for the bathroom and used that to go off of! I agree, the gray is a perfect way to lighten it up without having to go stark white. Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂
Where did you get the shower curtain?
Hi Elisha, I got the shower curtain at Target! I think it’s similar to this one: http://www.target.com/p/thrshld-lattice-shower-curtain/-/A-16648303#prodSlot=medium_1_3&term=lattice+shower+curtain (it might even be this one, but I got it in store and it looks a tad different online!) 🙂
Where did you get the shower curtain? It is exactly what I’m looking for for my bathroom remodel thanks.
Hi Tracey! I got the shower curtain at Target, but sadly I haven’t seen it since! 🙁 Hope you’re able to find something similar!
Where did you get the shower curtain? I love it but can’t seem to find it anywhere.
Hi Cara, I got the shower curtain at Target, but sadly they don’t carry it anymore! I believe I saw one similar awhile ago at Bed Bath and Beyond. Hope you find what you’re looking for! 🙂
Where did you get the shower curtain?
Hi! I got the shower curtain at Target, but I don’t think they carry it anymore! 🙁
Oh my gosh I LOVE it! I’m definitely with you – for some reason I thought it was a good idea to register for orange bathroom mats and yellow towels for our WEDDING. D’oh. What was I thinking?? I just ADORE what you did with this bathroom – it just looks so refreshing and sophisticated! I definitely want to give painting our bathroom cabinets a try and I think you’ve given me the courage! 🙂
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Thanks Erica!! Seriously, what was our problem?!?! Not that anything is wrong with orange and yellow, but not in my bathroom. Never again. 😉 The cabinets were super easy, too! Although we have the tiniest vanity ever, so that may have helped. 😉 Have a fab week, girl!
Oh, do I love your new bathroom and it is so fun comparing the before and after photos! lol! On your Periscope last night you said you use LED (I think) bulbs for photos? Does that just make the photos better? I may have to try that. I just redid my bathroom and there is no window in there either and its a pain to get good lighting for photos! My favorite part of the bathroom besides the cabinets and shower curtain are the prints/painting your daughter helped you with above the towels.
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Thank you, Carrie!! Aren’t the before and after’s the best?! And the most embarrassing. Ha! Yes, I got LED bulbs that are supposed to look more like daylight than the typical “soft white” bulbs. And they last (supposedly!) for like 22 years! I’m thinking about just using them in my garage which is where I do most of my painting. Can’t wait to see your bathroom!! The art is my favorite part. 😉 Have a great week!
It’s absolutely PERFECT my friend! LOVE each and every detail!
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Thank you so much, Kristi!! I’m so happy with it! 🙂 Have a great week, friend!
Amanda, wow! You guys did a fabulous job. What an amazing transformation you can make with paint and a few accents. This space has totally been transformed! Great work!
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Aw thanks Shonee!! I love it, and I’m so glad it’s done. Yay for paint, right?! Thanks for stopping by, friend!
Do you remember what paint color you used o for the cabinet.
Hi Lana, I used Behr’s “Antique Tin” for the cabinet in their Marquee line. Thanks for visiting! 🙂
LOVE the transformation! Where did you find the hand towel holder? So cute! Looking forward to reading your steps on making the towel/rack/shelf as I need to do one in my guest bath. Thanks!
Thank you so much, Susan! I found that little towel holder at Hobby Lobby in the shelf section. It was perfect for that little wall! I’ll hopefully be sharing the tutorial for the other towel rack in a couple of weeks. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Love it!, Where did you get the shower curtain
Thank you, Sue! I got that shower curtain at Target a couple of months ago. 🙂 It’s the perfect match for our bathroom!
Looks fantastic Amanda! You’d never guess that was the same room as the before. I love the baskets that you have to hold the towels and jars.
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Thank you so much, Jamie!! I’m SO happy with how it turned out and came together. Now I want to tackle our master bath, too! Ha. Hope you had a lovely weekend!
Wow – what a lovely makeover! Amazing what colors can do to a room. All the details look amazing, especially the open shelving.. Popping over from Frugal Crafty home blog hop 🙂
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Thank you so much, Vidya! I love how just a little paint and accessories can really spruce up a room!! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Love it! Where did you get the small basket shelf holding the two jars?
Thank you so much, Laura! I got that basket at Hobby Lobby in the floral department. It has two little faux succulents in it, but I took them out and bought two small jars from Hobby Lobby to fit inside, too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and checking out my bathroom makeover!
Your makeover is adorable! I bet you smile every time you go in there.
If you have any tips on cleaning faux plants, I’d love to hear them. Thanks!
Thanks, Lauree!! I definitely smile every time I’m in there. It’s just such a transformation! 🙂
It looks fantastic, Amanda! It really does look so much brighter than before. I love all the pretty details.
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Thank you, Amy!! It totally is a huge difference than before, and is soooo much brighter! Yay paint. 🙂
Amanda, this makeover is absolutely gorgeous! It’s so bright and fresh! Now I want to go makeover my guest bath. Hmmm, wonder what Hubs would say, considering we’re in the middle of three other projects? :0) I love your DIY towel holder and the one that hangs near the sink is so cool! Plus, I love what you did with the light fixture! I’m also very glad to know that I’m not the only one who just stares and sighs and smiles when happy with the end result of a project. Have a wonderful weekend!
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Thank you SO much, Tiffany!! Ha, my hubs wasn’t wild about it, but it HAD to get it done. I hated giving Jade baths in there and having to stare at all the ugly! We love it so much now, and Jade does, too! Hope you have a great week! 🙂
Love the bathroom! Where did you get the basket/towel hook that you have near the mirror?
Thank you!! I got that little basket/towel holder at Hobby Lobby. 🙂
Hi Amanda great job looks beautiful The gray looks dark in some pictures but really light in others I am looking for a light gray color. My bathroom is super tiny. Is it just the different pictures? I would like to buy this color if it is really light. So hard to find a gray tone that is light and bright. Thank You
Hi Mary! Thank you! This is a pretty light gray. I also have a very small bathroom, and using this gray (along with painting the ceiling white) and adding in some “daylight” bulbs really help brighten it up. I will warn you though, while it is a bright gray, it does have some lavender tones. It might depend on the lighting and space, though! Hope that helps. 🙂
OMG LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Recently remodeling our new home and your bathroom is pretty much what I’ve envisioned ours to look but I cannot find that shower curtain ANYWHERE!! do you remember where you got this?? I’ve searched high & low with no luck, no true aqua curtains out there lol. thanks friend!
Hi Becca!! Thank you so much!! I’m sorry this response is months late, I’m sure you’ve found something since!! But, I got this shower curtain at Target. I think they’ve stopped carrying it though because I haven’t seen it since! Hope your bathroom remodel went great! 🙂
Looks great! Where did you find that shower curtain at?? I am in the process of doing a little makeover on my bathroom, hoping to lighten it up and I think that shower curtain would look perfect with the paint color I picked out!
Hi Ashley! I found the shower curtain at target, but unfortunately I haven’t seen it there since! Hope you were able to find something else you loved instead!
Love the shower curtain. is it vinyl or cloth? I have been looking and looking for one for my (in the middle of being renovated) hall bath. Do you know the brand and name of it? love the color. But I hope it’s cloth and not vinyl.
Hi Lin! Sorry this is such a slow reply, you’ve probably found one by now! The curtain is vinyl, but almost looks cloth. I got it at Target, however I haven’t seen it in their stores or online for quite some time now. Hope your bathroom reno went well!
Sorry if I missed it but where did you get the shower curtain?
Love this design!!!
Thank you, Erin!! I got the shower curtain at Target, but unfortunately I don’t think they carry it anymore. Another place to check that had some similar is Bed Bath and Beyond! 🙂
I love this bathroom! Oddly enough, I already had this shower curtain and hand towel holder! I think I’m going to paint my bathroom walls the same color now.
Can you tell me where you got the white floating shelves? I like how you used them to fill in the space above the toilet.
Hi Melissa! I LOVE the shower curtain, it’s my favorite!! 🙂 To be honest, I’m not 100% sure where I got that shelf! Ha! I had gotten so many things for that bathroom at the same time I can’t keep it straight. I do however remember seeing them on Amazon, which was probably where I got mine. 🙂 Sorry that’s not more specific!
Hi Amanda! Where is that shower curtain from??
Hi Morgan! I bought the shower curtain at Target, but I’m afraid they don’t carry it anymore! 🙁 I think I’ve seen similar ones at Bed Bath and Beyond!
I love what you did to your bathroom. Strange question, but how is your shower curtain rod attached to the wall–is it a tension rod or one that is screwed into the wall. I am trying to find a workaround for a tension rod I mistakenly bought not realizing that my shower wall isn’t high enough to hang it, while the rod mounted on dry wall falls off.
Hi Laura! The rod I used is just a tension rod, and it works great! Hope you can find something that works for your space!
Where did you find the cabinet knobs? What color are they? More green? Blue? I’m trying to find something similar to yours, but easier said than done. That’s a tricky color to get just right when you’re looking online especially.
Hi Beth! The knobs are a turquoise color, but unfortunately they came with a dresser that I bought on Craigslist! Hobby Lobby may have something similar, I know they have a huge selection! Hope that helps a little!
Your bathroom is so beautiful- I love the colors! I have a couple questions for you: how on earth did you get the builder’s mirror down without completely tearing up your wall, and did you get a new sink counter top? In the before picture it looks yellow-toned, and white in the after picture.
Hi Wendy! Thank you so much! Surprisingly, the builder’s grade mirror was resting in a long metal piece at the bottom so it wasn’t completely glued to the wall, thank goodness! It came right down no problem. 🙂 The sink is actually the same! The lighting before made it look yellow. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
What color would you say this blue is (the shower curtain/mason jar)? Also where did you find the darker blue soap dispenser?! Love that pop of darker color.
Hi Sarah! I[d say the blue is more of a teal in the shower curtain and mason jar. I found the soap dispenser at Hobby Lobby! I think the soap we use might have a bluish tint to it too, making it look a little darker than the glass actually is. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!