{Before & After} Guest Bath

Unlike my son’s room makeover, I did not complete the ‘sprucing up’ of this Guest Bathroom in two weeks,  nor was it my only focus. I also didn’t have a vision for it when I started….I had a wild hair to paint stripes, so I did. I thought the cabinets would look better dark, so I painted those. One thing led to another, and several months later I have a completely ‘new’ bathroom.

And did I mention there wasn’t really a budget either, since I wasn’t technically ‘making it over?’ Yay for paint and bargain accessories!

No ‘Before & After’ is complete without the ‘Before’…so let’s get started:

guest bath before

Nothing wrong with it, per se. But there was definitely no personality.
And AFTER!!!

after 2

The first step was adding darker stripes to warm things up and add the much needed energy.

after 1

Framing the mirror gave it a more refined and polished look. The light fixture, paper holder and potty handle got a coat of brushed nickel spray paint.

after 7

More depth and richness by painting the cabinets a dark espresso….now the cute Anthropologie knobs actually show!

after 5

Some inexpensive ‘art’ thanks to favorite beach silhouette photos and Ikea frames. The capiz tray was a $5 steal from Home Goods, and keeps with the beachy theme of the room. The shell, candle and plant I already owned.


The one true expense in the room was the faucet. I gave my son free reign … and I think he did pretty good choosing the waterfall style! Handwashing and teethbrushing are a little bit more fun now.


I still liked my World Market palm tree shower curtain, but I didn’t like how all the bath toys became visible as soon as the sun appeared in that window! I lucked out with the Greek Key curtain for $12 from Marshalls, and I like the modern edge it lends.

new shower curtain

We have three bathrooms in the house, but this one is closest to the front door, so it serves as the Powder Room. It also happens to be the kid’s bath (when they aren’t invading ours!)

after 6

I’ll eventually paint the ceiling, but for now it’s ‘complete,’ and I’m really happy.

bath before/after

What do you think?

Leave a Comment


  1. It turned out great! Don't you love what a little pain can do? I really like the cabinets…I'm a sucker for dark ones. 🙂 Have a great weekend!


    Posted 9.10.10 Reply
  2. Jen Eaton wrote:

    Absolutely beautiful! You are so crafty & talented…I think this re-decorating thing could easily be your 2nd profession 🙂 Love you!

    Posted 9.10.10 Reply
  3. Dharma wrote:

    Fabulous! Considering you weren't doing a "makeover"….lol. That's how all my rooms get done. I love the cabinets and knobs. Great pick from your little dood on the faucet 🙂

    Posted 9.10.10 Reply
  4. What a great transformation! I love the dark cabinet and the wall stripes. You gave me some good ideas for my bathroom!

    Sara @travelsinheels

    Posted 9.10.10 Reply
  5. christine wrote:

    I love that shower curtain… and for $12 I love it even more!!

    The room looks fantastic, nice work!

    Posted 9.10.10 Reply
  6. You did such a great job! I love the shower curtain. Have an amazing weekend!

    Posted 9.10.10 Reply
  7. It's amazing that just changing the cabinet color really makes such a difference in the room. I really like the stripes on the wall too!

    Posted 9.10.10 Reply
  8. WOW! What a beautiful room!! xx

    Posted 9.10.10 Reply
  9. Stripes, heart ! Greek key graphic, heart ! Well done yet again Cassie!

    Posted 9.11.10 Reply
  10. looks amazing! I love the kids pics from the beach so cute and fits in so well

    Posted 9.11.10 Reply
  11. unsuperb wrote:

    I had my heart set on vertical stripes in my guest bath until I stumbled upon your post talking about how to do the horizontal stripes aaand now I'm a convert. Lovely to see it all together!

    Posted 9.12.10 Reply
  12. Just loooove the stripes and shower curtain. I keep forgetting about World Market!

    Posted 9.12.10 Reply
  13. Tee wrote:

    WOW!!! you are right nothign was wrong with the first one but after seeing the AFTER…now I want to add some pizazz to mine and it's small enough that I may be able to pull off the stripes. GREAT job. Off to check out more of your transformations.

    Posted 9.12.10 Reply
  14. WOW! What a great before & after. The stripes add so much to the space. Very sophisticated and modern. The shower curtain is adorable, too!

    Stopping by from Between Naps on the Porch (:

    Posted 9.13.10 Reply
  15. Hi Cassie! WOW! What a beautiful transformation! Your ideas added so much warmth, texture, and chic sophistication to that room. ADORE that waterfall faucet. MUST have one….!!!! LOL! Great job!

    Happy Met Monday!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

    Posted 9.13.10 Reply
  16. idesign wrote:

    what an amazing transformation!! i love it so much! 🙂

    Posted 9.13.10 Reply
  17. Bella wrote:

    Cassie, it turned out fantastic. I love the NEW cabinet, and spray paint works wonders, gotta love that too. Don't think Im weird but my favorite part was that beautiful fern you have in the corner. I dont have any natural light in my kids bath, and sooooo wish I did. I love real plants, and wish I could have them in them bathroom. You did great, and I would REALLY love to have you join me for my very new link up party. Gosh I would appreciate the support, and everyone will love your makeover. Feel free to link up any other project too, I'm sure you have tons. 🙂

    Posted 9.13.10 Reply
  18. Ann wrote:

    Hi Cassie,
    That bathroom redo looks fantastic!! I love everything about what you did, especially the colors.
    Great job!
    The Tattered Tassel

    Posted 9.13.10 Reply
  19. Love it, the stripes added so much to the space.

    Posted 9.13.10 Reply
  20. nanhann wrote:

    Love the stripes and the faucet!

    Posted 9.14.10 Reply
  21. Wow! I can't believe the difference painting the walls and the cabinet made! It all looks FAB! thank you for linking up with All About You Monday, hope you come back next week where the theme is all about ribbon but any fun project, craft, recipe, etc is welcomed! So glad I found your blog!

    Posted 9.14.10 Reply
  22. Linda Q wrote:

    Great redo, really like the mirror and painting the cabinet made it look like a new piece!

    Posted 9.14.10 Reply
  23. Cincy wrote:

    Great job. Love the stripes & shower curtain! Karen

    Posted 9.15.10 Reply
  24. It's so fun!! What a great transformation…it gives the bathroom character and interest and really updates it.

    Your son did an awesome job with the faucet…I love those ones!!

    Great job with the whole remodel!

    Posted 9.16.10 Reply
  25. Cassie, it's amazing! You did such a great job on the stripes…I love it! LOVE that faucet…your son chose well! Beautiful bathroom redo!

    Posted 9.16.10 Reply
  26. heather wrote:

    LOOOOOVE it!!!!! Painting the cabinet dark REALLY made a HUGE difference in the room!!!!
    It looks SOOO great!!!!!!!! Way to go SUGARPLUM!!!!!!

    Posted 9.17.10 Reply
  27. Courtney wrote:

    You did a really great job! I've been debating what to do in our powder room, and tripes and a black vanity are on my list. SO nice to be able to see what it looks like before doing it myself! lol

    Posted 9.17.10 Reply
  28. So cute. Great transformation.

    Posted 9.17.10 Reply
  29. I have been wanting to do stripes like that for SOOOO long – love it!

    Posted 9.17.10 Reply
  30. Great job!!!

    Posted 9.17.10 Reply
  31. Chris wrote:

    Holy wow! It's a completely different room! I can't choose a favorite–the new vanity, the stripes, the gorgeous faucet! I love them all!

    Posted 9.19.10 Reply
  32. Sandee wrote:

    love those stripes!

    Posted 9.20.10 Reply
  33. Robin wrote:

    Amazing! Can I move in?!

    Posted 9.23.10 Reply
  34. Michelle wrote:

    I just painted my bathroom vanity black and spray painted the handles pewter, I can't wait to finish mine as I love yours!

    Posted 9.24.10 Reply
  35. What a wonderful new look for your bathroom. Haven't done mine yet but it dearly needs it.

    Posted 9.24.10 Reply
  36. Hey Cassie (great name by the way!!) We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it tomorrow at 12:00. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.

    Thanks for linking up to the party!

    Posted 9.25.10 Reply
  37. Nancy wrote:

    It came out really cute. I love the stripes!

    Posted 9.26.10 Reply
  38. Kristen wrote:

    Love it! Where is that gorgeous shower curtain from?

    Posted 9.26.10 Reply
  39. Katie wrote:

    Visiting from Remodelaholic, and just LOVE this!! I've been wanting to paint the cabinets in my guest bathroom, and was a little scared at how it might look. But after seeing this? I think I'm ready!! 🙂

    Posted 9.26.10 Reply
  40. Thank you so much! I can't believe the response my accidental makeover is getting…but it's hard to deny stripes!

    Kristen — the Greek Key shower curtain was a Marshalls goodie…and the palm tree (older) curtain was from World Market.

    xo, cass

    Posted 9.27.10 Reply
  41. Sandra wrote:

    Beautiful! What brand is the waterfall faucet, it's my absolute favorite thing in there! (Besides the newly painted vanity!)

    Posted 9.28.10 Reply
  42. Bette wrote:

    I'm visiting from Better After. I love the change in the bathroom. You got my wheels turning now!

    Posted 9.28.10 Reply
  43. Thanks Sandra — the faucet is a Price Pfister from Home Depot.

    xo, cassie

    Posted 9.28.10 Reply
  44. Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I have featured this post as one of my September bookmarks — "Bookmarked on the Boardwalk". Feel free to stop by, take a look at your project as well as the others, and grab a button! If you're not a follower of my blog, I would love for you to sign up to follow, as well. It will make it easier to see your future projects through my "reader", and of course, I always return the "follow"! Congrats on a fabulous project!

    Posted 10.4.10 Reply
  45. What a great job you did! You sure got us thinking about what we should do with our next bathroom project!
    Left a quick post about yours at http://www.UglythenPretty.com

    Posted 10.11.10 Reply
  46. I saw this at Primitive and Proper and had to come and say your bathroom is fabulous. Great job, and thanks for sharing it!

    Posted 10.20.10 Reply
  47. i love this bathroom! i thought i had commented on it before, but alas, i had not! i meant to- it's so gorgrous. i love those stripes and the shwoer curtain. gorgeous! thanks for sharing!

    Posted 10.20.10 Reply
  48. How funny! I think I started my blog right after this post of yours so I never saw it. And never got caught up on it. I love this!!!! I am wanting to jazz up {who says "jazz up?"} my children's bathroom. I think I smell stripes! glad megan put this up!

    Posted 10.26.10 Reply
  49. JEANNE wrote:

    WOW, without inspiration you did a fabulous job on this makeover. It added richness to the room and HOW did you paint those stripes sideways. Brilliant. I painted stripes up and down in my master bedroom and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. It all looks so wonderful. Good job.
    Hugs, Jeanne

    Posted 11.11.10 Reply
  50. kristin wrote:

    I love this it is gorgeous! 🙂

    I am your newest follower!

    Posted 1.7.11 Reply
  51. Lisa wrote:

    Love! So pretty!

    Posted 1.7.11 Reply
  52. love that shower curtain…so cute!

    Posted 3.8.11 Reply
  53. Hey Cassie –

    This looks great! I have a question. Were your bathroom cabinets wood or laminate? I have similar white laminate vanity in my hall bath. I thought about painting but wasn't sure how it would turn out. If yours was laminate, can you tell me your paint technique?


    Posted 5.18.11 Reply
  54. This is such a great transformation! I love the new look and colors.
    (here from CSI)

    Posted 6.4.11 Reply
  55. Great job. Especially love the photos. (I dont know why but I love photos in a bathroom.)

    Posted 7.22.11 Reply
  56. Absolutely lovely! Really appreciate you linking up this great bath post at the Roomspiration blog party.

    Posted 9.19.11 Reply
  57. Bina wrote:

    Love it! Do you have the steps on how to do the bathroom cabinets? My oak cabinets are in need of a new up do.

    Posted 1.22.12 Reply
  58. Becky wrote:

    Those cabinets look great!!! That's exactly what I want to do with ours but I hesitate beacuse all of our cabinets are that awful thermofoil wrapped (plastic heat wrapped) kind of cabinets. Were your cabinets wood or do you know how to paint the plastic wrapped kind of doors? Thanks! I LOOOOVE your site and all of your amazing creativity and energy!!!

    Posted 6.21.12 Reply
  59. Anonymous wrote:

    Just found your blog…cute!! Love this bathroom. One of my bathrooms is setup alot like this one. And I have window over the tub, but our tub has no shower. Does this one have a shower? If so, what is your window like? We're wanting to add a shower to our bathroom, but are stumped as what to do with the window over the tub!

    Posted 10.30.12 Reply
  60. Hi Anon — there is a tub/shower behind the curtain. The window is about a foot tall and three feet wide….but up at the ceiling line, so privacy isn't an issue. If your window doesn't allow for privacy when standing to shower, just frost it!

    Hope this helps!

    Posted 11.5.12 Reply
  61. Anonymous wrote:

    This is fabulous and feeds my obsession with painted stripes. Could you please share the paint colors?

    Posted 12.22.12 Reply