It has now been over two years since we bought our 1990’s fixer upper. TWO YEARS! I can’t believe it has been that long. I put off doing these before and after blog posts for a while. Not because I didn’t want to do them, but I’ve realized with a remodel, things are never done. I still have a long list of things I’d love to do around the house, but it’s time to finally share the progress. I decided to start with the smallest room in the house: the guest bathroom. You guys won’t believe the before and after remodel transformation.
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Before I go into the guest bathroom remodel details, I want to tell everyone a little bit about the space. Our house has three full bathrooms. This is the bathroom attached to the guest room, along with the restroom that most guests and visitors would use when stopping by our house. Since we knew a good majority of our friends and family would be in and out of this little space, we knew we wanted to come up with big design plans.
I can’t help but laugh when I look back at these photos. I was so excited about the potential in this space that I barely noticed the awful sage green walls, the awkward wall separating the shower from the sink and the dated brass fixtures. I love modern gold accents, but this is just old. I mean, do you see those tiny gold tiles in the shower? This guest bathroom was begging for a remodel!
Yes, the shower did have white tile, but the shower divider made the space feel even smaller and the shower was extremely dark. We knew right away we wanted to remove the shower wall and replace it with a glass shower door instead. We also hoped we would be able to raise up the ceiling in the shower, but sadly, HVAC duct work wouldn’t allow that to happen. The old toilet, flagstone flooring and pedestal sink were destined for the dumpster.
Now onto the big guest bathroom remodel reveal. Drum roll please……
We could not be happier with how the space turned out. Kurt and I spend a lot of our time watching HTGV and staying up late doing what we like to call “wine and design”. We obsessed over every single detail and made every single decision ourselves. Our design choices fit with our gray and white color scheme we have throughout the house. Let’s talk about the details.
Every single thing in this space is new except the drywall. We tore out the flagstone floors that ran throughout the house, replaced the pedestal sink with a new vanity, changed the shower tile, fixtures and even the toilet.
We considered installing white cabinets and quartz counter tops like the rest of the house. However, since the space is so small, it was more economical to go with a vanity which came delivered with a sink, counter top and even a matching mirror. Our vanity is only 30″ wide so it’s pretty small, but still has adequate counter space for guests.
There are a lot of fun vanities out there, but we ended up going with this gray vanity with a white marble top. We loved the modern design, storage drawers and space for towels underneath. Instead of using the chrome hardware that came with the vanity, we installed matte black hardware that matched the rest of the house, along with a matte black faucet. Our exact marble-look porcelain floor tile came from a local wholesale tile store, but this one looks very similar.
Alright onto the shower. Honestly, removing that wall between the shower and the vanity made the biggest transformation in the space. While this tiny bathroom does not have any windows, it does have an overhead sky light. During the day, a ton of light comes through the sky light into the shower, which makes it feel bright and open, even with the lower ceiling.
We decided to use the same marble chevron tile on the ceiling of the shower as we did on the floor. While it is real marble tile, it’s held up really well since the shower is only used a few times a year. Our exact marble chevron tile came from Lowe’s, but this one is pretty similar. The shape of the shower is kind of funny, so we went with an over-sized white glossy scraped tile laid in a vertical brick pattern. I love the bright white with the marble chevron, especially with the matte black shower head.
And finally, let’s talk about the shelves over the toilet. I feel like the shelves totally help make the space look more custom. I bought mine on Facebook Marketplace, but these shelves on Etsy look very similar. I added a few wash cloths, a straw basket, faux plants and a lantern as decor. I think it turned out pretty cute!
I’ve linked to as many of the products and materials we used throughout our remodel as possible in the widget above. Some items are old so I did my best to link to something similar. If you have any specific questions about our project, as always, feel free to shoot me an email.
So what do you think of our guest bathroom remodel? Major improvement, right?!