Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover – The Reveal!

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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!

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessFinally.

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 agoI’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:

SONY DSCAnd, 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!

SONY DSCI 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!

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessEven as I started painting the walls, it was a huge difference. It’s amazing the effect just some paint can have. Bye bye, yellow!

PaintingI decided to paint our outdated vanity as well, from a light oak wood to a darker gray.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!

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessIt 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? 😉

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in Happiness

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in Happiness

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in Happiness

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessWe 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.

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in Happiness

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in Happiness

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in Happiness

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in Happiness

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessI love succulents and thought they’d be the perfect little pop to have around the bathroom! And since they’re faux, no watering required. 😉

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessThere 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!

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessSince 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!

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in Happiness

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessJoann’s had these adorable colored mason jars, and this one was a perfect match!

And, for my favorite part, some “before and afters…”

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessNo. words. What do you think of the difference?

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessLike 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:

Light & Bright Guest Bathroom Makeover. Such an incredible transformation of a small bathroom space! From Dwelling in HappinessI’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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    • Amanda says:

      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. 😉

    • Amanda says:

      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!

    • Amanda says:

      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. 🙂

  1. Karen says:

    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 🙂
    Karen

    • Amanda says:

      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!

    • Amanda says:

      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!

  2. Erica says:

    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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    • Amanda says:

      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!

  3. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom says:

    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.

    Carrie
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    • Amanda says:

      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!

  4. Susan says:

    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!

    • Amanda says:

      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!

    • Amanda says:

      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!

    • Amanda says:

      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!

  5. Tiffany says:

    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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    • Amanda says:

      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! 🙂

      • mary says:

        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

        • Amanda says:

          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. 🙂

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