Guest Bathroom Makeover Reveal
It’s been a long time coming, y’all. I am so excited to finally be sharing with y’all the full guest bathroom makeover reveal here on the blog today! (FINALLY!) We found out we were pregnant right in the middle of this project. However, I managed to get it all finished and wrapped up before the worst of the morning sickness started. But when it hit… it took me out of commission — and naturally this project reveal was taken out of commission with me.
If you’ve been following along on Instagram and here on the blog, you know that Rob and I had been kicking off 2020 with a series of DIY projects to both refresh and add some more of our personality into our home. (Praise Jesus for a husband that goes along with my crazy and bold design ideas!) I’m absolutely obsessed with how this guest bathroom makeover turned out. With paint, some trim and boards, and using some materials we already had, we completely transformed this guest bathroom into something I feel could be straight out of a magazine.
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Modern Farmhouse Guest Bathroom Makeover
When you look at this makeover in stages, it really was so much easier to do than it looks. I really can’t get enough of how it all came together – especially that accent paint color and brush stroke look! While this guest bathroom makeover was definitely bold, it was so easy to do. I think anyone could do it!
This guest bathroom makeover was inspired by a few different photos I came across on Pinterest. (You can see my personal inspiration board for my home, HERE.) I loved how our entryway makeover came out with that rich jewel tone accent wall, and I knew I wanted to do something fun and bold with it in our guest bathroom. The guest bathroom is pretty small and is tucked back in our hallway. So I thought why not be bold and have fun with it, right? Take a look at the design board I created below for this project below.
As you can see, I changed my mind on some things somewhere in between the design board phase and the finished phase. For starters, I decided to to a vertical brush stroke look rather than diagonal. Ultimately, it was out of preference (and the fact that the vertical strokes were so much easier!) It also may have had a tiny bit to do with the fact that Rob said the diagonal pattern reminded him of tire tracks… that I was unable to un-see after that. Secondly, I decided to not paint our bathroom cabinets. Simply, I just really liked the dark look with everything once it was finished. I may decide to tackle painting the bathroom cabinets later down the line. But for now, I like them the way they are!
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DIY Guest Bathroom Makeover Details:
- Accent Paint Color: Cascades by Sherwin Williams (using Behr Marquee Paint at Home Depot in Satin finish)
- Wall Paint Color: Pure White by Sherwin Williams (using Behr Marquee Paint at Home Depot in Satin finish)
- Brush Stroke Color: Carbon by Behr (using Behr Marquee Paint at Home Depot in Satin finish)
- Mirror Frame Stain Color: Early American by Varathane (from Home Depot)
- Subway Tile Grout: Polyblend #60 Charcoal 10 lb. Non-Sanded Grout (from Home Depot)
Since we did this makeover using a lot of decor that we already had, I don’t have decor links for everything. I tried linking what I could below. If I was unable to find the exact product to link, I tried to include a similar product that would give you a similar look!
If you go to the ‘BATH MAKEOVER’ saved Instagram story highlight on our Instagram, you can see a before video of our how guest bathroom looked before the makeover. You can also see videos of the process! Our ‘Before’ bathroom was a very simple builder grade bathroom that we really hadn’t done much with in the two years we’ve lived in our house.
First things first, we taped off the guest bathroom and figured out how high up on the wall I wanted the accent color to go. We then used our new self leveling cross line laser level to make sure we taped at the same height all the way around the bathroom. (This is seriously my new favorite tool!! You can shop it, HERE.)
After taping off the space with Frogtape, I got to painting the top part of our bathroom Pure White by Sherwin Williams. A few days after the white section was done, I taped off again and painted the accent color (Cascades by Sherwin Williams) on the bottom part of the wall. From there, I painted the black brush strokes (Carbon by Behr) using the self leveling laser level to make sure my overall rows / lines were straight in order to make it look like a wallpaper pattern. With it being such a bold pattern, I wanted it to look as professional and clean as possible.
Once the painting was completely done, I put up the trim boards. I ended up painting them before I put them on the wall with the nail gun (and liquid nails). With how tiny the holes were, It really wasn’t much to touch up. We also caulked all the seams to make it look finished and seamless before touching up any paint.
Once the paint was completely done, Rob decided he wanted to try his hand at tiling above the shower. (Insert a face palm, here.) His argument was a good one though. The builder grade showers are short, and if you’re tall your head ultimately sticks out above the shower, leaving water droplets on the walls. With the builder grade paint they used in our house, the water spots were super noticeable. Even though we were using higher quality paint for the makeover, Rob wanted to still tile a couple rows above the shower to keep any water splatters off the walls.
We ended up using leftover white subway tile from our kitchen that we found in our attic and Polyblend Non-Sanded Grout (in Charcoal) from Home Depot. While ultimately you want to make sure you tile and grout BEFORE you paint, Rob did a really good job taping off with Frogtape and pieces of thick black trash bags to make sure the paint didn’t get messed up. While I was definitely against the idea of tiling after I had finished all that painting, I have to admit that I LOVE how it turned out.
DIY Framed Mirror and Shelf:
Once the paint and tile was done, we finished up the bathroom makeover with some finishing touches to add a rustic feel to a very modern farmhouse design. We framed the bathroom mirror using select pine boards that Rob ripped through the table saw to create 1×3 boards.
If you’re looking to do the same in your bathroom, we’ll have a tutorial coming to the blog later this week with exactly how we framed the mirror. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, we created a matching shelf using a 2×12 piece of pine that we had already in the garage. We placed the shelf on top of these absolutely darling corbels I snagged at HomeGoods for only $10 each. They were originally lighter and more white washed. However, I decided to stain the corbels with the tiniest about of stain to give it the same tone as the frame and shelf. Eventually, I want to re-create the hook rack we have on the opposite wall using the same hooks and a different piece of wood so that all the stains will match.
Finally, we finished off the space with decor! To complete the space, I wanted to combine style and function with these jars on the shelf as well as the basket behind the toilet. Other than a few pieces that I snagged at Target (the metal sign and the faux plant) and the gold frame I got from a friend, I reincorporated the decor I already had back into the new space. The best part? Such a drastic transformation on this space made it all look new!
Well there you have it, friends! I hope you enjoyed our modern farmhouse guest bathroom makeover as much as I did. What do you think? Leave me a comment below!
This project is probably one of my favorite ones we’ve done so far. Not only was it such a huge transformation from a simple builder grade bathroom. But it was also super fun getting to be bold with design choices and add more of our personality into our home. Ultimately, I hope this inspires you to pick up a paint brush and DIY this Spring!